IA@SOUTH AFRICA: Race, Ethnicity, & Housing

Identities Abroad is offering a course titled American and South African Apartheid that will be taught in fall 2022 followed by travel to South Africa (Johannesburg and Cape Town) during the December intersession. The deadline to apply is May 1. 

Identity Abroad courses promote study abroad opportunities to first-generation, and African American and Latinx students and include a $1,500 stipend/scholarship for those who are eligible. 

The course focuses on factors governing the residential patterns of racial and ethnic minorities in the United States and South Africa, and the impact of these residential patterns on life chances and opportunities in American and South African societies.  Where one lives determines access to quality educational opportunities, health care, and employment.  It also affects proximity to crime, environmental hazards, and the development of mainstream cultural competencies.  Residential patterns are often explained as resulting from individual choice, however, racial discrimination and violence, and biases in government housing policies and mortgage lending practices have had an enduring effect and have affected access to societal resources on an equal basis.  Although laws governing residential patterns have changed, the legacies of past policies and practices remain, and continually replicate socio-economic and political disparities between whites and racial and ethnic minorities in the U.S. and South Africa.

Join Dr. Valerie C. Johnson for a virtual information session on Tuesday, April 26:  https://depaul.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwlcO6spzsiG9fMek3oW_1AbBLGOkvmZrT6

DART Careers in Community Organizing 

Direct Action and Research Training (DART) is holding an online info session on Wednesday, April 13 at 6 pm EDT / 5 pm CDT to discuss careers in community organizing. All DePaul students and alumni welcome, particularly those graduating by December 2022. Sign up at www.thedartcenter.org/rsvp

DART trains professional organizers and community organizations how to work for social, economic and racial justice, including:
* Holding police departments accountable
* Shutting down the school-to-prison pipeline
* Reining in predatory lenders
* Expanding access to primary health and dental care
* Prioritizing funding for affordable housing and job training
* Fighting for immigrants’ rights

Associate Community Organizer positions start August 8, 2022 and January 16, 2023 in cities below.
Starting salary $42,500-$44,000 + benefits.
Florida: Bradenton, Daytona Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Jacksonville, Lakeland, Miami, Pensacola, Sarasota, St. Petersburg
Kansas: Kansas City
South Carolina: Columbia, Greenville
Virginia: Charlottesville, Richmond

Lead Community Organizer positions start summer 2022 in cities below. Starting salary $50,000-$70,000 + benefits.
Florida: Melbourne, Fort Myers 
Kansas: Wichita
Nebraska: Lincoln

DART organizations are diverse coalitions including many low- and moderate-income, minority and immigrant communities. They strongly encourage people from these backgrounds, as well as fluent Spanish speakers and DACA recipients, to apply. To apply or learn more about DART, visit www.thedartcenter.org and find us on instagram and facebook @theDARTcenter. Still have questions? Contact hannah@thedartcenter.org or 202.841.0353.

Lessons from the Wall – Review of A Conversation with J.D. Bindenagel

This week, the Honors Program, alongside the Grace School for Applied Diplomacy, was fortunate to host J.D. Bindenagel for a conversation about his lifetime of diplomacy, centering on his experiences of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Ambassador Bindenagel was appointed by President Bill Clinton as U.S. Ambassador and Special Envoy for Holocaust Issues in 1999, later serving as Special U.S. Negotiator for “Conflict Diamonds.” He is an expert on U.S. – German relations, having served in West, East, and united Germany, including as deputy chief of mission and Chargé d’Affaires in the U.S. Embassy. He served as Vice President of Community, Government, and International Affairs at DePaul and as the founding Henry Kissinger Professor for security and governance at Bonn University, where he currently teaches strategic foresight. He has published widely on international security issues in the 21st century, and we are grateful to welcome Dr. Bindenagel (back) to DePaul for such a fascinating event!

As the event began, the room was filled with students and faculty both in person and over Zoom, with many friendly faces from our Honors community. Dr. Bindenagel sat at the front next to Professor Eugene Beiriger, with the event uniquely framed as a conversation rather than a lecture. This conversational style lent itself to an engaging back and forth, with the two experts building off each other in exploring the complex history of Germany and the fall of the Berlin Wall. The talk highlighted key events exploring the “German question,” hailed as central to understanding the 21st century. Germany has acted as a faultline for decades, existing as a transitional space between the East and the West. And it is this exact sort of threshold that diplomats seek out, places of connection, conflict, and transformation. The Berlin Wall served as a symbol of this borderline status in the most concrete way, arguably meant to keep in the East even more than it kept the West out.

Dr. Bindenagel shared several fascinating stories of his work as a diplomat, giving us the scoop on what it is like to be at the center of the action during such a pivotal moment. He discussed the many conversations, news reports, and diplomatic acts that built to a turning point no one fully saw coming until it was there. Stories of friendly conversations leading to late-night diplomatic meetings, with ambassadors rushing to create and communicate a clear picture as press outlets blasted incomplete messages of the unfolding transformation. From his experiences, Bindenagel emphasized the importance of self-determination, democracy, sovereignty, and, most critically, acts of courage to bring about changes like the fall of the Wall.

While the focus of this event was the role of diplomacy in historical events like the fall of the Berlin Wall, much of the conversation was salient to the events of today. Dr. Bindenagel emphasized that, while history may exist in the past, it is certainly not past us. So many current events, most obviously the crisis in Ukraine, are influenced by our history. Dr. Bindenagel graciously passed the torch to us, the students entering a new world of international engagement. Quoting Thomas Bagger, Bindenagel reminded us that, “The end of history was an American idea, a German reality, and a millennial [or gen Z] problem.” Most notably, and reassuringly, he emphasized that we do not have to go forward blindly. We have a history behind us full of lessons, and it is up to us to learn what we can and take it with us in creating lasting change.

The event ended with a hint for more diplomatic events featuring Dr. Bindenagel to come, so keep an eye out for those and more great events here at the Honors Blog! And again, many, many thanks to Dr. Bindenagel for his time and generosity!

Lunar New Year Celebration

To ring in the new year of the Tiger 2022, DePaul Chinese Studies Program, along with two student organizations, is hosting two events, one at 12:30-3:00 PM on February 8 in LPC Student Center and one at 12:30-3:00 PM on February 9 at the 11th floor in DePaul Center (loop). All are welcome to join either or both of the events. Unlike past lunar new year events, pre-packaged grab-n-go new year food will be served. At both events, you can participate in various festive activities: photo booth, papercutting, Chinese calligraphy, making/getting your own red envelope, learning about your zodiac sign, writing a new year greeting message on our message wall, and a free new year gift if you were born in a year of the Tiger (e.g., 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, etc.) Lunar new year masks will be provided.

No RSVP is needed for both events. Walk-in guests are welcome. There will be a special live ceremony at 12:30-1:00 pm on February 8 in the atrium area of LPC Student Center featuring Provost Ghanem’s lunar new year greetings and student group performances.

Wishing everyone a happy and healthy year of the Tiger!

Update on COVID-19 Vaccine Booster and Mask Guidelines

Hi Honors Community,

With in-person learning returning this coming week (Tuesday, January 18th), it is more important than ever that we do all we can to keep ourselves and others safe and healthy. As you may have seen, DePaul has updated its guidelines to help limit COVID exposure during Winter Quarter. Following the guidance of the Chicago Public Health Department, there are new requirements regarding booster vaccinations and updated mask guidelines.

Students, faculty and staff should receive a COVID-19 booster as soon as they are eligible, and proof of a booster vaccine is required by Tuesday, March 1st. Additionally, cloth masks alone no longer meet the mask requirements, and KN95 or N95 masks are highly recommended. If you do not have access to these types of masks, you may layer a cloth mask over a surgical one, and certain DePaul buildings will have a limited number of KN95 masks available. To see a list of these locations, visit the face masks FAQ at: https://resources.depaul.edu/coronavirus/faqs/Pages/health-wellness-prevention.aspx. It is also recommended that everyone get tested for COVID-19 before returning to campus. Visit: https://resources.depaul.edu/coronavirus/resources/Pages/testing-information.aspx for testing hours and locations.

Keep an eye out for updates and thank you for doing your part in keeping our DePaul community healthy.

For details, see the official statement at: https://resources.depaul.edu/coronavirus/updates/Pages/jan-13-message.aspx.

For more information on DePaul’s COVID guidelines and safety tips, visit: go.depaul.edu/covid.