2017 Diversity Networking and Jobs Fair

Join us for Metro’s career event of the year!

Date: Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017
Time: 2–5 p.m.
Place: Student Center, Saint Paul Campus

Meet over 30 employers who are intent on hiring Metropolitan State students and alumni.

$5 Coupon: Good at Ali Mama’s in the Student Center
FREE: Professional photo for your LinkedIn profile
Job Fair Prep: Prep for the Fair with Alumni!

Register for the fair today at www.metrostate.edu/job-fair

Visit CAREER CENTER: Call (651) 793-1528 or visit at www.metrostate.edu/career

 

Some long-term I-94 east metro ramp impacts delayed until Aug. 14

The re-opening of the northbound Highway 61 to eastbound Inerstate 94 ramp scheduled for 5 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 8 has been delayed until next Monday, Aug. 14. The ramps are not ready to reopen, subsequently, the closure of the Mounds Boulevard to eastbound I-94 ramp will be delayed until Aug. 14.

Closure durations and time frames are all approximate and weather dependent. Visit the project website for all current and upcoming traffic impacts.

Metropolitan State University to host Summer 2017 Conference for Current and Aspiring Educators of Color and American Indian Educators

Lack of teacher diversity in Minnesota is a crisis that contributes to the achievement gap for our students of color.

Ensuring recruitment and support for more people of color and American Indians into the teaching profession and to support the retention of those who already are in the profession is the ongoing purpose for the annual Conference for Current and Aspiring Educators of Color and American Indian Educators.

This conference is unique in the country and is now in its second year in Minnesota, and is full with over 300 people registered to attend, including nearly 80 percent who identify as persons of color or American Indian. Its theme is “Voices Heard: Transforming Education Equity.” The conference will be Aug. 9-11, 2017 at Metropolitan State University, Saint Paul Campus, (700 E. Seventh Street) and is organized by the Coalition to Increase Teachers of Color and American Indian Teachers in Minnesota (www.tocaimn.com). The program begins at 6 p.m., Wednesday with an opening program and reception and concludes Friday morning with a focus on youth voices and the donation of hundreds of backpacks and school supplies to local youth expected to be brought by conference participants. (Click here to see and use pictures from the summer 2016 conference.)

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Student Health and Wellness Association seeks new membership

The Health and Wellness Association at Metropolitan State University is seeking new members to join its revamped student group.

On-campus health and wellness expos, health and wellness assessments, and discussions of positive campus behaviors and habits are just a few activities this group will facilitate and participate in.

Students already have free access to the Metropolitan State Fitness Center as part of their tuition. A discounted rate of $40 is offered to faculty and staff for the fall semester.

Those interested should contact Mitesh Rai at bc2633xr@metrostate.edu, or Jodee Fitgerald at jodee.fitzgerald@metrostate.edu.

July 26: Metropolitan State Resource Fair

Metropolitan State University’s Student Parent Center annual resource fair will be from 2 to 7 p.m., July 26, Saint Paul Campus, New Main, reception area.

This is an opportunity for Metropolitan State University students to pick up donated clothing and household items, at no cost.

Items available at the resource fair include:

  • Baby/ children clothing
  • Adult clothing
  • Sporting equipment
  • Baby items

Tote bags are not supplied, so bring your own bags to carry items.

Upcoming Interstate 94 east metro ramp closures

Construction crews are making progress on the eastbound Interstate 94 pavement replacement. The old pavement is nearly completely removed, and construction crews are on track to begin pouring concrete for the new driving surface of the eastbound lanes this week.

As the project progresses, so does the need to adjust traffic restrictions to give crews the space to complete this important work.

Expect these changes in the coming weeks within the work zone:

  • The ramp from eastbound I-94 to northbound McKnight Road will close early Thursday morning, July 20. Anticipate re-opening both eastbound I-94 to McKnight Road ramps in August.
  • The ramp from Etna Street to southbound Highway 61 will close early Monday morning, July 24, through the end of August

Ramps are being closed to they may be repaved. Closure durations and time frames are all approximate and weather dependent.

What’s next

Anticipate final construction stage in early August. There will be additional lane and ramp closures (and openings) before the project is completed this fall.

Stay Connected

Visit www.511mn.org for real-time travel information anywhere in Minnesota.

July 25: U.S. Advisory Council on Human Trafficking town hall

Metropolitan State University will host the U.S. Advisory Council on Human Trafficking during a three-day visit to Minnesota for a regional meeting to discuss and deliberate ways to meaningfully engage survivors of human trafficking, as well as educate, empower and create awareness for those survivors.

Five members of the visiting council will meet with survivors in Minnesota, as well as with representatives from the Minnesota Human Trafficking Task Force, the Minnesota Department of Health, the International Institute of Minnesota, FBI, Department of Homeland Security, and state sheriffs and county attorneys. Over the course of the visit, from July 23-25, councilmembers will identify and discuss key objectives for the council’s 2017 report.

The regional meeting will culminate with a public town hall, 1 to 2:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 25, hosted at Metropolitan State University, 700 7th Street East, Saint Paul.  It will be held on the Saint Paul campus, in the Founders Hall Auditorium.  Expected speakers include State Senator Foung Hawj of District 67, Saint Paul City Council member Jane Prince of Ward 7, FBI Assistant Special Agent in Charge Anne Saunders of the Minneapolis Field Office, Lauren Ryan, JD, director of Safe Harbor/No Wrong Door at the Minnesota Department of Health, and university President Virginia “Ginny” Arthur. The event is open to news media and will also be livestreamed to the council’s Facebook page.

The council was formed in 2015 under the U.S. Department of State to “provide a formal platform for trafficking survivors to advise and make recommendations on federal anti-trafficking policies to the President’s Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (PITF).”

The council is made up of 11 selected volunteers who are survivors of human trafficking. Its purpose is to provide recommendations to the U.S. government to strengthen federal policy and programming efforts that reflect the best practices in the field. The council meets in person three times annually. An initial report from the council was delivered last year.

IN MINNESOTA*

  • In January 2009, the FBI identified the Twin Cities as one of 13 U.S. cities with a high incidence rate of child prostitution. (source)
  • By very conservative measures, a November 2010 study found that each month in Minnesota at least 213 girls are sold for sex an average of five times per day through the Internet and escort services. This number does not include hotel, street or gang activity. (source)
  • A November 2010 study found that on any given weekend night in Minnesota, 45 girls under age 18 are sold for sex through the internet classified websites and escort services. (source)
  • In 2010, investigators from three states determined that Minneapolis was the home base of a large domestic prostitution (sex trafficking) ring comprised of three generations of one Minnesota family that was prostituting (trafficking) mostly young girls across the United States. (source)
  • About 50 percent of adult women interviewed as part of a 2010 study focused on North Minneapolis stated that they were first traded for sex when they were under the age of 18, with the average age at 13 years. (source)
  • In just one 72-hour sting in summer 2013, an FBI-led operation rescued 105 children and netted 152 pimps in 76 cities nationwide, including four alleged pimps in the Twin Cities.

* “Get the Facts,” Women’s Foundation of Minnesota

Selected nationally, the appointees are from diverse backgrounds and bring personal experiences of human trafficking to the council. They were also selected for their ongoing work and leadership in their local communities against human trafficking.

The council includes Bukola Oriola, a spring 2017 graduate of Metropolitan State University. In 2016, she was appointed to a two-year term on the council. In that year, she attended an inaugural meeting in Washington, D.C., with the council and then-U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. She also serves as the council’s secretary.

Other councilmembers to attend are:

  • Harold D’Souza; a survivor, spokesperson, and advocate. D’Souza is a senior supply chain associate for Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, a position he has held since 2008. He is also a co-founder of Eyes Open International, a founding member of the National Survivor Network, and is active with End Slavery Cincinnati.
  • Ronny Marty; an independent consultant and speaker to combat human trafficking.
  • Flor Molina; founding member of the Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking (CAST) Survivor Leadership Program and a member of the National Survivor Network. She has advocated for policies to combat human trafficking since 2002.
  • Evelyn Chumbow; a project assistant at Baker & McKenzie LLP. Since 2014, Chumbow has been an advocate with the Alliance to End Slavery and Trafficking (ATEST). She was recently awarded the Presbyterian Peaceseeker Award for her efforts to combat human trafficking.

Oriola, a Nigerian-born journalist who came to Minnesota in 2005 to meet her husband for the first time, was instead held hostage and forced into labor in his Ramsey home, and suffered mental and physical abuse over the next two years.

Oriola has spoken about her experience since 2009. In September 2016, she traveled to her native Nigeria to speak out about the problem of human trafficking. Over 11 days, she met with university students and the international media there to tell her story and experience as a victim of human trafficking and to bring a different understanding and dialogue about the forms that human trafficking can manifest.

Volunteer opportunities in the community

The Minnesota Literacy Council, a nonprofit organization that provides educational services to children and adults is in need of volunteers to tutor adult immigrants and refugees who are learning English, help them build their language and literacy skills, and thrive in the United States.

Students are also invited to explore opportunities volunteering with learners who are pursuing their GED or brushing up on reading, writing, math, and computer skills.

Volunteers help with  tasks, such as helping a child with homework, reading a prescription bottle, helping an adult fill out a job application. It may not seem like much, but it’s important work, and makes a big difference.

This is an excellent opportunity for Metropolitan State students to help their neighbors achieve their dreams while gaining teaching experience and learning more about the people in the community.

No previous tutoring experience is necessary. Required training is provided. The only language requirement is the ability to read, write and speak English. Flexible morning, afternoon and evening opportunities are available throughout the Twin Cities. The time commitment ranges from two to three hours per week. Volunteers must be 18 years old, or 16 if volunteering with a parent or guardian.

The organization’s learning centers are across the Twin Cities metro area and volunteers can be matched to nearest locations.

Contact Wendy Roberts for more details: wroberts@mnliteracy.org.

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