Biweekly FMST Update 04/10/14

  • FMST Office locatIon: 416 Humanities 1
  • Link to 2013-14 course lists
  • Got something to say?  Contact your Student Rep
  • Career Planning - April Goral
  • Graduate Conference - Feminist Interventions: On Gender and South Asia - May 2-3


  • Job and Internship Fair - April 15
  • Kathy Kelly - “The Cost of War, the Price of Peace: Eyewitness Reports From Afghanistan” -  April 16
  • Critical Race and Ethnic Studies Candidates - April 17
    •     Fatima El-Tayeb - April 17
  • Caleen Sisk - “Water, cultural survival, and indigenous womens’ rights” - April 18
  • Juliana Birnbaum - "Sustainable [R]evolution" dinner, book signing and permaculture presentation - April 19
  • Take Back The WEEK April 21-26
  • Take Back the Night Rally and March  - April 23
  • WILPF - Community Dialogue about Nuclear Radiation - April 24
  • UCDC Winter 2015 deadline extended! - Apply by May 12


  • Mentoring Opportunity for UC Santa Cruz Scholars - Apply Now!
  • Barrios Unidos Internship Opportunity - Apply Now!
  • International Volunteer Opportunities with Women - Apply Now
  • UCSC Queer Happenings Calendar


FMST Office location: 416 Humanities 1
The FMST Office moved to 416 Humanities 1 (4th floor) and is open Mon-Thur 9am-noon and 1-4pm.  To schedule an advising appointment, contact Nicolette at or 831/459-2461 or Melanie Wylie at or 831/459-2757.  

Link to 2013-14 course lists

Your student representative attends FMST Executive Committee meetings to voice your comments, questions, and concerns. Please feel free to contact Lorena Garcia-Zemeno, undergraduate student representative, or Sandra Harvey, graduate student representative, anytime.

Career Planning
April Goral is the Humanities and Arts Career Adviser at the UCSC Career Center. She is available to assist students in developing career interests, finding a part-time job, or discussing possible careers after graduation. To schedule an appointment with her, sign up on SlugQuest at

Career Center Workshop and Events:


Feminist Interventions: On Gender and South Asia - May 2-3
South Asia By the Bay: A Graduate Conference

This conference seeks to explore the interrelated, epistemological frameworks of gender studies and area studies in the multiple articulations of what constitutes the subjects and studies of the terrain of “South-Asia.” We are particularly interested in work that builds on feminist theory to extend histories of regions via a discussion of translation, diaspora, migration, militarism and nationalism, to name a select few. Papers that highlight gender and sexuality as constitutive to regional formations are especially welcome. While the conference will be open to the public, it is primarily designed to create a much-needed space for connecting conversations between graduate students working on issues of gender within South Asia. With that goal in mind, the conference will be organized along the lines of a seminar with an emphasis on dialogue and critical exchange.

For more information:


Career Center Job and Internship Fair - April 15

Tuesday, April 15 from 10:00-3:00 pm in the West Field House at College Eight

A sample of recruiters:
EF Language Travel: This international educational travel provider is hiring Center Managers and Local Leaders. Students must be:
    •    interested in working in a fast-paced, international environment,
    •    developing their leadership and communication skills
    •    part of a dynamic and passionate team.
    •    individuals with a go-getter attitude and a strong entrepreneurial spirit.
    •    individuals in the realm of education and higher education. (preferred)
Playworks: A non-profit organization looking for students with interests in:
    •    urban education
    •    Education, Sociology, Politics, Anthropology, etc -
    •    getting some field experience working with underserved/underrepresented communities in Northern California
First Investors: No need to be a business major; full training is provided! However, candidates must have:
    •    excellent communication and customer service skills
    •    an interest in developing financial strategies and a genuine concern for the welfare of others
    •    an entrepreneurial work ethic and the desire to achieve financial success!
Hertz Corporation: Many positions available at the Hertz Corporation. Students must be:
    •    self motivated,ability to multi-task in a fast paced environment and is results driven
    •    customer service oriented, sales oriented
PeaceCorps: Thirsty for adventure? Check out the Peace Corps if you are:
    •    interested in language and international development
    •    flexible
    •    care about volunteerism/ public service; promoting peace and friendship
Monterey Bay Aquarium: One of the world's most amazing aquariums is hiring and looking for students in every discipline such as:
    •    education and guest experience,
    •    conservation and science,
    •    marketing and communications,
    •    exhibits,
    •    development and membership, and
    •    human resources

Kathy Kelly - “The Cost of War, the Price of Peace: Eyewitness Reports From Afghanistan” -  April 16
Wednesday, April 16 at 7:00pm at the Resource Center for Nonviolence, 612 Ocean St., Santa Cruz
No one turned away for lack of funds. $8-15 sliding scale donation at the door.  Visit for more information.

As a longtime peace activist, Kathy Kelly visits places on Earth where violence is the norm and war is all around. She recently returned from her twelfth trip to Afghanistan, where the United States’ war has displaced 400 people per day, according to Amnesty International.
This winter—her fourth in the war-torn country—she says 100 people froze to death, including 26 children in Kabul refugee camps. “People flock to places where there is no room for them,” she says of the fleeing.
As co-director of the Chicago-based Voices For Creative Nonviolence, Kelly has dedicated her life to bringing an end to U.S. military and economic warfare. She is currently focused on Afghanistan, which is the site of the longest war in U.S. history. On Wednesday, April 16, Kelly will share her experience of living with working-class Afghanis in Kabul at Santa Cruz’s Resource Center for Nonviolence in a talk titled “The Cost of War, the Price of Peace: Eyewitness Reports From Afghanistan.”
The recent trip brought the plight of street children into focus for Kelly. Children—an estimated 600,000, she says—hawk goods like tissues and cigarettes on the streets of Kabul to earn money for their displaced families who have fled to refugee camps.
“They’re cold and earning a meager wage, but it’s necessary for the family to survive,” she says. “They go back to wretched housing that’s sometimes just a piece of plastic held up by four poles and perhaps some blankets issued by the UNHCR [United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees].”
Kelly and others from Voices For Creative Nonviolence were invited to Kabul by Afghan Peace Volunteers, a group of former refugees that coordinates food and education for street children and their families.
She has made similar trips to many regions in the midst of war. From 1996 to 2003, she formed 70 delegations that openly defied economic sanctions against Iraq by bringing medicines to Iraqi children and families. Kelly lived in Baghdad throughout the 2003 “Shock and Awe” bombing, alongside Iraqis and members of Voices in the Wilderness, an earlier incarnation of her current organization. She has also lived alongside people during wars in Gaza, Bosnia, Nicaragua and Lebanon.
“The first time I was under a drone I didn’t even realize it,” Kelly says, recalling a day in Lebanon in 2006. “The Israeli-Hezbollah war had ended with a cease-fire but surveillance was still going on.”
She was attending a funeral for Muslim children who had been sent by their parents into a bomb shelter. “The mother of one of the children showed me a photo of her 6-year-old daughter and told me, ‘They must have known that my daughter was in the bomb shelter overnight and that she ran back to be with me for breakfast in the morning,’” Kelly says. “She pointed up at a drone overhead and said, ‘Didn’t they know? Didn’t they see?’ Then she asked me, ‘Who is the terrorist?’ She tapped the photo of her daughter and asked me, ‘Is she the terrorist?’”
Kelly has joined in protests against drone warfare at U.S. military bases in Nevada, New York and Missouri. She was sentenced to one year, from 1988 to 1989, in federal prison for planting corn on nuclear missile silos and spent three months in prison in 2004 for crossing the line at Fort Benning’s military training school. She has also refused to pay all forms of federal income tax since 1980. These experiences and more are detailed in her 2005 book, “Other Lands Have Dreams: From Baghdad to Pekin Prison.” Kelly has been nominated twice for the Nobel Peace Prize.
The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) reported earlier this year that civilian drone deaths in Afghanistan tripled in 2013, with 45 civilians killed in drone strikes last year. U.S. and British drones also killed civilians in Pakistan and Yemen, where at least 12 civilians attending a wedding were reported killed on Dec. 12, 2013, according to Human Rights Watch. “U.S. plans for maintaining special operations forces and drone warfare in Afghanistan will prolong and exacerbate the war,” Kelly says.
“People in Afghanistan who experience drone surveillance or night raids, or whose neighbors and relatives have been hunted down in drone attacks, express intense frustration and anger,” she continues. “Even General [Stanley] McChrystal, the former U.S. commander in Afghanistan, said as recently as January 2013 that the arrogance of drone strikes jeopardizes the security of people in the United States.”
She would like to see Americans “start asking some very pointed questions about drone surveillance.”
Kelly will touch on first-hand observations of the implications of U.S. drone policy at her April 16 presentation. She will also share her insights into the true nature of the War in Afghanistan and actions that can be taken to stop the violence.
“We here at Voices for Creative Nonviolence believe that where you stand determines what you see,” Kelly says. “And what I’ve seen is that the U.S. is not waging a ‘humanitarian war’ in Afghanistan. The actual purpose for U.S. involvement is to ultimately gain control over the pricing and flow of some very valuable resources: rare earth elements reputed to be under the Hindu Kush Mountains and the natural gas and fossil fuels from the Caspian Sea basin. When those resources are extracted, whoever manages to build a pipeline or roadway can control the pricing and flow. The idea that we’ve protected women and children in Afghanistan is a cruel notion because the opposite is true.”
Visit for more information.


Critical Race and Ethnic Studies Candidate - April 17

Fatima El-Tayeb, Associate Professor of African American Literature and Culture at UC San Diego
The Queer Life of Diaspora: Race, Religion, and Resistance in Colorblind Europe
Thursday, April 17, 2:00-4:00pm in Humanities 1, Rm 210
This talk takes a comparative approach to processes of racialization in order to both complicate US-centric readings of (post)raciality and to challenge notions of a colorblind Europe. The rise of U.S. empire in the second half of the 20th Century coincided with the reordering of Europe into West and East, the loss of colonial empires, and after 1990, another reordering, largely collapsing “Europe” into the European Union – with the latter often being seen as the more humane, civil alternative to militarized US domination.

While both spaces represent “the West,” they take – seemingly - radically different approaches to racial difference: where (post)racial US multiculturalism works through differential inclusion, Europe defines itself as structurally unaffected by race and racism. Using queer of color critique as my methodological framework, El-Tayeb questions this and map a European system of domination to which race (and its intersections with religion, class, sexuality and gender) is central.

Focusing on translocal queer of color activism across the continent, El-Tayeb traces racialized communities’ resistance to a system of neoliberal multiculturalism that is as present on the continent as in the US. At the same time, the specific histories of colonialism, migration and internal racism in Europe produced different constellations, for example reflected in the intersections between black, Muslim and Roma communities, whose activism, El-Tayeb argues, can offer important impulses for US debates on diaspora, (settler)colonialism and coalitional politics.

Fatima El-Tayeb's research and teaching interests include African and Comparative Diaspora Studies, Queer Theory, Transnational Feminism, European Migrant and Minority Cultures, Muslim communities in the West, Queer of Color Critique, Visual Cultural Studies, and Media Theory.
Caleen Sisk - “Water, cultural survival, and indigenous womens’ rights” - April 18
Friday, April 18 at 12:15 - 1:40pm in Kresge Seminar Room 159
UCSC’s Common Ground Center
Caleen Sisk, Chief and Spiritual Leader of the Winnemem Wintu tribe of Northern California will give a talk about the Winnemem Wintu tribe of Northern California struggle for survival and their current work of restoring natural water systems as well as indigenous women’s rights, followed by a short film screening and discussion. Caleen will speak at UCSC in advance of an evening program in Downtown Santa Cruz entitled "Salmon and Sovereignty: Indigenous perspectives on water and cultural survival in California.”

Strongly rooted in their traditional practices, the Winnemem Wintu tribe is engaged in ecological, cultural, and spiritual restoration, including bringing salmon back to their home river, the McCloud. Chief Sisk will speak about the tribe's struggle for survival and their current work of restoring natural water systems and stopping the Shasta Dam raise that would flood large portions of sacred Winnemem land for the second time. The Shasta Dam raise would also flood out Puberty Rock, a sacred site that is essential to the Winnemem coming of age ceremony for women. Caleen Sisk will talk about the tribe's long fight with the US Forest Service for the ability to hold their coming of age ceremony in peace and dignity without harassment by either law enforcement or hostile recreational boaters, and how this fight is emblematic of the larger issue of California's "unrecognized" tribes being denied the right to practice their religions and cultures.
The event is sponsored by UCSC's Common Ground Center at Kresge College. The mission of the Common Ground Center is to “create cultural change for social justice, environmental regeneration and economic viability”. The Center hosts a series of public lectures and workshops based on this mission, as well as undergraduate courses, two themed residence halls, and a range of student-led activities. A list of subsequent talks, and more information, can be found at

The event is free and open to the public. Parking is $3 in the Core West Parking Garage. More parking information is online at
Contact -- David Shaw, (831) 207-4206,
Juliana Birnbaum - "Sustainable [R]evolution" dinner, book signing and permaculture presentation  - April 19

Saturday, April 19 at 5:00-8:00pm in Kresge 159 Seminar Room
UCSC Common Ground Center

“Sustainable [R]evolution” permaculture presentation by Juliana Birnbaum will be shown at UCSC’s Common Ground Center
On Saturday, April 19 the Common Ground Center will be showing “Sustainable [R]evolution: Permaculture in Ecovillages, Urban Farms and Communities Worldwide” in which filmaker Louis Fox and anthropologist Juliana Birnbaum took an in-depth look at sustainable solutions in communities across the globe. It features the work of a worldwide network of visionaries—including journalists, activists, indigenous leaders and permaculturists—in a beautifully photographed collection of profiles, interviews, and essays featuring 60 innovative community-based projects in diverse climates across the planet.
Trained as a cultural anthropologist and skilled in four languages, Juliana Birnbaum has lived and worked in the U.S., Europe, Japan, Nepal, Costa Rica and Brazil. In 2005 she founded Voices in Solidarity, an initiative that partnered with Ashaninka indigenous tribal leaders from the Brazilian Amazon to support the development of the Yorenka Ãtame community-led environmental educational center featured in the book. She has written about ecovillages, native rights and social justice issues in a variety of newspapers, indigenous journals, and anthologies including E-The Environmental Magazine, Bridges Journal, El Reportero, The Rising Nepal, World Rainforest Movement Bulletin, Quechua Network, and Cultural Survival Quarterly. She was the first graduate of the Cornerstone Doula School, one of the most rigorous programs in the country, focusing on natural birth and a holistic model of care.

The event is sponsored by UCSC's Common Ground Center at Kresge College. The event is free and open to the public. Parking is $3 in the Core West Parking Garage. More parking information is online at  Common Ground Center, Email:

Take Back The WEEK April 21-26

Shine a Light into the Darkness

33rd Annual Take Back The Night Rally, March, and Testimonials - Wednesday, April 23

Take Back the Night/Take Back the Week is a series of events that focus on raising awareness of rape, sexual assault, and violence against women in our communities, and seeks to provide a space for survivors to heal, culminating in a march and testimonial session where folks who have experienced these acts can speak openly about their experiences. Join us for any or all of our TBTN events!  More specific information and event details coming soon. For questions or to get involved with Take Back the Night please contact us at .

WILPF - Community Dialogue about Nuclear Radiation - April 24

Women's International League for Peace and Freedom
Thursday, April 24 at 7:00-9:00pm at the Center for Spiritual Living, 1818 Felt St., Live Oak/Santa Cruz

Has radiation from Fukishima reached our beaches?  Is it time to pull the plug on nuclear power plants?

Join WILPF on April 24 to hear what credible scientists know about the safety of our shores and to discuss the actions we should take to prevent nuclear disaster in the future.

Speaker:  Dr. Kai Vetter, Co-Founder of Kelp Watch, and Director of Applied Nuclear Physics Program at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Moderator:  Dan Haifley, Executive Director of O'Neill's Sea Odyssey, environmental activist, and 2011 Ocean Hero by Save Our Shores
The program is free. Donations are welcome.  For more information or transportation, call 831/428-5096.

UCDC Winter 2015 deadline extended to May 12 - Apply now!
Apply by Monday, May 12 at 4:00pm

Are you interested in the UCDC program?  Apply for next Winter quarter now!  UCDC is a unique program of internship and study in Washington, D.C.  Participants spend a quarter attending classes and conducting an internship in the nation’s capital, while registered as UCSC students and earning academic credit.

Internship placements are geared toward student interests, including but not limited to:
-government and public policy
-science and the environment
-human rights
-electoral politics
-the arts
-business and finance
-media and communications

The application deadline for Winter 2015 is Monday, May 12th, by 4:00 p.m.  Please submit your application to Marianna Santana, Room 10 of Merrill College Academic Building.  To learn more, pick up an application from Merrill Academic Building, Room 10 or 27, or see

Two faculty letters of recommendation are required, so please begin the process now to allow time to solicit letters and complete the application.


Mentoring Opportunity for UC Santa Cruz Scholars - Apply Now!

My name is Andrea and I am the Programs Coordinator with CollegeSpring, a non-profit organization that provides SAT test prep and college readiness lessons to low income high school students in the community. Last summer was our first summer serving students in the Santa Cruz community. We were able to work with 30 students and increase their SAT scores an average of 198 points! We are continuing our work in the community this summer and are planning to serve over twice as many students.

I am hoping to share this opportunity with UC Santa Cruz scholars that would enjoy mentoring high school students and are interesting in giving back to the Santa Cruz community. We recently extended our application deadline specifically for the Santa Cruz community. I would appreciate it if you could share the information with your networks using any of the options below. Thank you in advance for your support!

CollegeSpring, a nonprofit organization providing SAT preparation and college readiness mentoring to students from low-income communities, is hiring for several summer positions. We are hiring Mentors, Lead Mentors and Interns. Mentors lead small groups of high school juniors to prepare for the SAT, Lead mentors participate in leadership development and provide pedagogical support to mentors and Interns work with all of our departments and get a behind the scenes look at a non profit. If you are motivated to make a difference in your community, empower students with the skills and knowledge they need to get into college, and gain valuable experience in the education field, apply for a paid mentor position NOW. We are accepting applications specifically for the Santa Cruz region. For more information, and to submit an application, visit

Andrea Cruz, Bay Area Programs Coordinator, CollegeSpring.        Office 415.230.0640 x1009 | Mobile 650.741.4364 | Email

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Barrios Unidos Internship Opportunity - Apply Now!

Barrios Unidos is a multicultural, non-profit organization based in Santa Cruz, California. Our mission is to prevent and curtail violence among youth and incarcerated individuals by providing them with life-enhancing alternatives.

Barrios Unidos has a variety of programs that aim towards promoting non-violence such as the Prison Project, Juvenile Transitional Program, Kids' Club and  within the County Jail. You can visit our website  for more specific information on each program.

Barrios Unidos is currently looking for interns or volunteers. We ask for students to commit to a minimum of one quarter, but preferably for six months. This can also be used as an independent/ field study.

If there are any questions please contact Reyna Ruiz,  Programs Director at If you have specific questions about The Prison Project contact Cynthia Gutierrez, Prison Project Coordinator, at


International Volunteer Opportunities with Women - Apply Now

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: Uganda x2, Cameroon, Tanzania, Costa Rica
Work in the shelter; do community education; help women become economically independent
so they can leave abusive relationships; and/or help develop counseling programs for women, men and kids.

SEX TRAFFICKING: Nepal & Mongolia
Trafficking of women and children for sexual exploitation
is the fastest growing criminal enterprise in the world, exceeding the drug trade.
We have two new placements working to abolish sex slavery. Come help!

FAMILY PLANNING: Uganda x2, Cameroon, Tanzania
For women that have 10 kids, they will tell you that contraception is life changing.
If families had fewer kids, they would have fewer mouths to feed and be less poor.
Melinda Gates of the Gates Foundation believes this is one of most important goals in world for women.
Now there is a groundswell in Africa and they are asking for help with this.

WOMEN'S RIGHTS CAMPAIGNS & LEGAL EMPOWERMENT: Uganda, Cameroon, Morocco, Tanzania:                           
Many places women do not know their rights and consciousness raising is essential.
In Tanzania, the work revolves around implementing the new laws that protect women, esp GBV.

MICRO-FINANCE: Costa Rica, Tanzania, Uganda
Micro-finance has helped women all over the world lift out of poverty.
Spanish, a background in Business, Finance or Entrepreneurship are helpful in Costa Rica.
Tz & Ug you simply must be able to help women find their economic talents & remove obstacles to their success.

"INCOME GENERATION": many places in Africa, Costa Rica, Bolivia, Sri Lanka
Do you have craft or small cottage industry skills that you could teach uneducated women earn more income?
e.g. Soap-making? Quilting? Wine making? We have a special call for people with a background in fashion merchandizing.

Joseph Kony's Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) took kids as child soldiers and made girls sex slaves of LRA commanders.
The war is over and now these women have been urged to collect their stories into a book (for income generation.)

This is the first org that we know of in Africa that is addressing sexual abuse.
A background in Social Work or Psychology is helpful so you can counsel these girls and youth.

Women prostitute themselves because they are poor and have few choices.
Help empower these women personally & economically so they can pick other life styles.

The altiplano of Bolivia is very high and dry. Women forage for hours each day to find firewood for cooking food.
Some of the these new technologies have been life helping women not have to forage endlessly.

Interested? Please read NGOabroad website
and send answered Questionnaire and resume to:

These are volunteer opportunities.   Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.



To join the UCSC Queer Happenings calendar, produced by The Lionel Cantu GLBTI Resource Center, send an email to