Need to Learn How to De-Stress? Free Teleseminar on Self-Care

5 Steps to Productive Conversation about White Privilege 

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It IS possible — and necessary — for white people to engage others in authentic conversation about privilege. There are productive ways to go about it. These five steps we’ve shared before can be applied to the clip “Understanding White Privilege” from the World Trust film Mirrors of Privilege: Making Whiteness Visible.

Use this approach to start small and practice leading a group conversation using a short clip as a focal point.  No professional training in diversity activity facilitation is required, and these steps can be covered in less than an hour. Gather a few people together and give it a try. Let us know how it goes!

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The remarkable thing that happens to poor kids when you give their parents a little money

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By Roberto A. Ferdman | The Washington Post | Photo credit AP/John Bazemore

Twenty years ago, a group of researchers began tracking the personalities of 1,420 low income children in North Carolina. At the time, the goal was simple: to observe the mental conditions of kids living in rural America. But then a serendipitous thing happened.

Four years into The Great Smoky Mountains Study of Youth, the families of roughly a quarter of the children saw a dramatic and unexpected increase in annual income. They were members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, and a casino had just been built on the reservation. From that point on every tribal citizen earned a share of the profits, meaning about an extra $4,000 a year per capita.

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5 Practices for Radical Self-Care In the Age of Chronic Overwhelm

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Free Teleseminar, Oct. 14, 12:00 – 1:00 PM (PST)

Welcome to the age of chronic overwhelm. You know how it goes. A thousand and two unread emails, a gazillion and a half *really important* phone calls to be made, and a to-do list that’s a mile long. This is the age of never-enough, go-go-go, always more to do, learn, fix, and improve upon. And right alongside, we have the age of never-enough-time-to-respond. As a result, so many of us feel beaten down by our busy lives, left to catch our breath in the margins of our lives, without hope for peace, sanity, or a break on the horizon.

Sound familiar? You’re so (so) not alone.

In this free teleclass, we’ll share 5 powerful practices from Nonviolent Communication, mindfulness, and meditation to help us break the cycle, and re-establish the breath, sanity, and self-kindness that we truly need to sustain our full and overflowing lives.

Come as you are, harried and overwhelmed, or cool and calm alike, and let’s together find ways to tap into radical self-care and inner calm. And it won’t be just talk; you’ll leave the class with your own radical self-care plan!

To register, click here.

Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps JD Program, Deadline 10/30

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The Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps JD program provides a $1,212 education award to law students who deliver critically needed legal assistance in low-income and underserved communities across the country.

Our fall application deadline is October 30. Learn more about the program and application by reviewing our guide.

Click here to view the guide.

Funding for Graduate Student Research

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Mellon Fellowships for Public Projects in the Humanities
Applications accepted Oct. 16–Nov. 13
We invite proposals from graduate students to undertake projects in public scholarship in summer 2016. Awards of $6,500 with an additional research budget of $2,000.

Digital Humanities Summer Institute
Oct. 16 deadline; courses June 6-10 
The Simpson Center invites proposals to attend the renowned Digital Humanities Summer Institute at the University of Victoria, British Columbia.

How to Apply for Simpson Center Funding
Tuesday, Oct. 20, 3–4:30 p.m.
Seattle campus, CMU 202
Learn about the application process, including insider tips on what makes for a strong application.

Graduate Funding Information Service
Tuesdays/Thursdays, 1:30–2:30 p.m.
Seattle campus, Research Commons Consultation Studio
Don’t let funding applications deadlines pass you by! Get help identifying and locating funding for grad school expenses including tuition, research, conference and research travel.

Support UW Gates Scholar Hilary Hammell’s Organization Bayview/Hunters Point Community Legal’s Campaign to Win $500,000 from Google! Help Support Legal Aid!

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Four out of five low-income Americans are unable to get legal aid when they face discrimination in the workplace, have their property destroyed or their savings stolen, or confront many other challenges. Bayview/Hunters Point Community Legal is working to ensure that everyone in the local community can get access to civil representation. Over the next 12 months, they will expand this first-ever model to more neighborhoods, protecting thousands of families’ rights.

Check out the video here.

To vote, click here.

Self-Care Tips for Public Service Folks in the New Year

Attention Pro Bono and Public Service Lawyers and Law Students!

burnoutDid you know “helping” professions (yes, that’s you) tend to have the highest rate of job burnout?  And the holiday season and its attendant stress can make life a bit more challenging too.  Read about job burnout and how to take action in this article and how to take care of yourself in this “Help for Helpers” article by State University of New York at New Paltz, which reminds us that “caring for yourself while helping others does not make you selfish or needy.  The care that helpers provide to others can only be as good as the care they provide themselves.”

Learn more about working with clients in crisis or with trauma and how to address secondary trauma and compassion fatigue for advocates by attending our clinics/pro bono honors class on Wednesday, January 21 3:30-5:20pm room 133. All are welcome! Stay tuned for more info when we announce upcoming events.

Serve on NJP Board of Directors, Connect with Students About Your Summer Internship, Tips to Avoid Burnout & Criminalization of the Poor

Apply to Serve on the Northwest Justice Project’s Board of Directors

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The Northwest Justice Project has an opening on its Board of Directors for three attorneys, for three-year terms starting Jan. 1, 2014. NJP is a statewide not-for-profit law firm providing free legal services to low-income people from 13 offices.

For more information about the position and how to apply, see the Volunteer Opportunities area of the WSBA website.

Just Finished your Summer Internship, Externship or Volunteer Experience? Want Other Students to Benefit and Learn from Your Experience? Got 3 minutes?

networkingIf you answered YES to all of these questions then be sure to add your contact info to our public service student experiences database so that other students can connect with you to learn about your internship, externship or volunteer experience! Click here to access the database and add your contact info.  Be ready to enter your UW NetID to access the database. Please note that this database is only available for current UW law students.

From Fired up to Burnt Out: 7 tips to help you sustain a life committed to social justice

Stone CirclesBy Lindsey Mullen, Reprinted by Idealist.org, photo credit stone circles at The Stone House

When she was an organizer in the 1990s, Claudia Horwitz began to notice that many of the people she worked with were overworked, exhausted, and stressed out. Responding to the urgent need she saw in the activist community, Claudia founded stone circles, an organization that works to strengthen and sustain people committed to transformation and justice.

Since 2007, stone circles has been based in Mebane, North Carolina at The Stone House, a retreat and training center on 70 acres of land. One of stone circles’ primary goals is to address high rates of burnout among activists and organizers.

Burnout is more than just a busy week at work—it’s the long-term result of carrying continual stress, exhaustion, anxiety, or isolation.

Here are some tips from stone circles for addressing burnout:

1. Develop a personal practice.

A practice is simply a habit that gives us energy and reminds us of what matters most. Having a practice helps us pay concentrated attention to the inner voice—a presence that has the power to continually re-inform the activities of our daily lives. Mindful breathing, yoga, meditation, prayer, and journal writing are all examples of personal practice. Choose a practice that replenishes you and commit to doing it daily for a month. This can help make it a habit. Conitinue reading here.

Civility 

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by Tim Harris, Real Change Executive Director, Alliance for Equal Justice September Newsletter
A Pioneer Square business owner angrily compares homeless people in a nearby park to pigeons and demands in a public meeting that they be cleared away immediately.  Yakima considers new anti-panhandling legislation, and sheriffs in Snohomish County are ticketing freeway on-ramp beggars for pedestrian interference.
While all of this is recent, none of it is new.  Over the past two decades, as the numbers of homeless people have steadily risen, visible poverty has been criminalized across the United States, with a battery of legislation to prohibit sitting or lying on public sidewalks, camping on public property, overnight parking, panhandling, feeding people in public, and even the possession of a shopping cart or a blanket.
While these laws have added to the troubles that poor people face with fines, jail time, and criminal records that makes it harder to find housing and work, homelessness itself has continued to rise.
Recent budget cuts at both the state and federal levels have not helped.  Over the past four years, more than $20 million has been slashed from Washington state programs offering mental health and addiction treatment services to the very poor.
Once proposed, these laws, driven by fear and prejudice, almost always pass.  Seattle has provided a few recent exceptions, but these stand as a fragile hedge against the greater trend. Continue reading here.