Friday, October 8, 2010

SPIN & OMSA Partner to Create the EMERGING MINDS PROJECT 2010 - 2011

  • The purpose of the Emerging Minds Project is to create a space for intentional discussion between students, focused on issues that are encountered daily in current society.
  • Participants of this program will engage in facilitated discussions on topics including, but not limited to: disabilities, abilities, religion, language, immigration, class, access, power and privilege, white privilege, sexuality, gender.
Program Goals
  • The Emerging Minds Project will supplement student coursework with a process that actively and purposefully engages their voice and experiences in collective learning. Through the Emerging Minds Project students will have the opportunity to develop their intercultural and intergroup communication skills that are helpful in an increasingly global economy and society.
  • Program participants will gain the skills to better navigate an increasingly complex society through a transformative learning experience.
  • Through meaningful intergroup discussion and education, the Emerging Minds Project will provide the necessary tools for students to promote the creation of a just, multicultural University of Chicago campus community.
  • To meet the goals of the program, the cohort will be open to 15 student participants.
Participant Expectations
Student participants will be expected to adhere to the following--
  • Attend all sessions which will be held once a month from December until June.
  • In the event a student is unable to attend a session, they must notify the cohort and Assistant Director two days prior.
  • Attend current events that relate to the discussion topic.
  • Actively contribute to the final project.
  • Respond to emails within two days of receipt.
  • Read monthly articles prior to meetings.
  • Write a brief blog/journal entry monthly.
In addition to these program expectations, the cohort will develop a set of ground rules and accountability measures to be followed by the group.

If you would like to participate in the Emerging Minds Project, you must return your completed form by Monday, November 1, 2010. Interest forms can be submitted in person at 5710 S. Woodlawn or via email to OMSA Assistant Director, Rosa Yadira Ortiz, Should you have any questions, please email or contact Rosa at 773.834.4642.