College of Natural Resources, UC Berkeley

Courses and Mentorship Opportunites

December 4, 2009

Other Voices, 2-unit Course Co-sponsored by the English Dept and the SLC is Now Accepting Enrollments
Other Voices is an exciting learning experience that introduces students to the literary studies currently being undertaken by Berkeley faculty, postdocs, graduate students, and community artists interested in issues of race, class, gender, ethnicity, and the formations of diverse, innovative, and emerging literary cultures.

The central aims of the course are to raise student awareness of the role literature has played in shaping the historical debates about multiculturalism and rethink the ways we conceptualize identities in the United States. The course also affirms student experiences, promotes student
dialogue and activism, and presents a forum for discussing interactions between diverse subjects, communities, and institutions.

Guest lecturers will come to speak at our Monday 12-1 lectures in 205 Martin Luther King, Jr Student Union (The Heller Multicultural Lounge). There are one-hour discussion sections that will meet on Wednesdays at the same time, from 12-1.

If you know students who might be interested in careers where discussing and teaching literature is important and if they are looking for a fun and interactive 2 unit course, please let them know about Other Voices.

Students can visit the Other Voices website at http://slc.berkeley.edu/writing/othervoices.htm . I have also attached a PDF of the course flyer. Please feel free to share it with anyone who you think might be interested in it.

Landscape Architecture 198: Engaged Scholarship in Urban Forestry (2 credits)
Professor Joe McBride
Lecture: Thurs 9-10am, 315A Wurster Hall
(NOTE: Meeting time may change based on students' schedules. Email lararoman@berkeley.edu if you have a conflict with the first class.)

CCN: 48562

The engaged scholarship course in community urban forestry is a service-learning component associated with the lecture course LA 225: Urban Forest Management and Planning. Students interested in learning more about local community forestry in the San Francisco Bay Area should enroll in this separate 2-unit course as LA 198.

The service learning component will consist of a weekly seminar with 1) discussions and readings on the role of community groups in urban greening, 2) training in tree measurements, condition rating, tree planting, pruning, and other arboriculture techniques, 3) workshops on working with diverse communities, 4) guest lectures from the leaders of local urban forestry non-profit organizations and municipal arborists. In addition, student teams will engage with local urban forestry projects, such as organizing and assisting in planting events, conducting tree inventories, developing educational materials, assisting with community-based research projects. Students will reflect on their experiences throughout the semester, and teams will present progress reports in class and deliver final reports to the community partners.

Students interested in enrolling in LA 198 are encouraged to take LA 198 concurrently with the lecture course. Students who previously completed LA 225 or who have scheduling conflicts with the lectures may be permitted to join as well.

For additional information about this new course, email Lara Roman (lararoman@berkeley.edu).

Tutor Writing at the Student Learning Center!
The Student Learning Center Writing Program is currently recruiting tutors for the Spring 2010 semester. Help students increase their skills and confidence as writers while improving your own writing and communication skills. As a Writing Tutor at the SLC, you will join a dynamic and diverse community of writers and educators. All SLC Writing Tutors receive training in composition theory and valuable experience in educational practices. We have limited paid positions available for new tutors, and English 310 or Ed 97/197 units are also available.

For further information and to download an application, please visit our website at http://slc.berkeley.edu/tutor/tutor_writing.htm or contact the Writing Program Coordinators, Alberto Ledesma (aledesma@berkeley.edu) and Carolyn Swalina (cbs@berkeley.edu).

Building Diversity in Science is Seeking Mentors
Building Diversity in Science is looking for students in science and engineering to participate in their mentoring program. They seek would benefit from career counseling, grad/ professional school mentoring, scientific development/ critical thinking training to
analyze research papers.

BDIS was started by Cal alum and the meetings will be held on the Cal campus.

The mission of BDIS is to utilize science as a platform to empower students to pursue careers available with a science degree.Specifically, our aim is to equip these students with powerful tools to successfully navigate the academy and life. The deadline is December 31st.
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