DSLC workshops address intersectionality, diversity

first_imgThe ninth annual Diverse Students’ Leadership Conference (DSLC), “Rethinking Leadership and Diversity,” took place on the Saint Mary’s campus Tuesday and Wednesday. The 16 workshops spread out over two days made it the largest event of the year hosted by the Student Diversity Board (SDB) and the largest student-led conference at Saint Mary’s.“After months of planning, our hard work is finally on display, and our hope is that [students] find everything to be insightful, challenging but most of all enjoyable,” senior Lucy Macfarlane, DSLC chair and SDB vice president, said at the beginning of the conference. “We hope [students] are inspired to make change where [they] see change is necessary ⎯ even if that’s within [themselves].”The two keynote speakers, activists Faisal Alam and Kevin Powell, were chosen to help students realize their own potential as leaders and rethink their previous understanding of what diversity means, Macfarlane said.“I think the keynotes actually had a lot in common,” she said. “[The speakers’] breadth and variety of life experiences demonstrated to them the necessity of self-actualization. When you know yourself and accept all facets of your identity you are more capable of accepting and including others in positive change.“Leadership is not categorized into one thing ⎯ like a man in a dark suit ⎯ but rather the creation of a safe space that allows others to voice their opinions and experiences. Diversity encompasses us all and must be a positive force for good.”Alam and Powell, the opening and closing lecturers, respectively, emulated this by sharing the stories that led them to the forefront of intersectional activism.“When people ask me where I’m from, I have to ask, ‘Well how far do you want to go back?’ The partition in Pakistan, to my birth in Germany…” Alam said.Alam founded Al-Fatiha, an organization that supports Muslims struggling to reconcile their faith, sexual orientation or gender identity. The queer-identified Muslim activist of Pakistani descent referred to himself as an “accidental activist,” as his experience grew out of inconsistent religious and societal expectations.“Today, there are second and even third generation Muslims born in the United States,” Alam said. “I am a one-point-five generation immigrant. What that meant for me was that I was straddling two different cultures: my Pakistani culture and Muslim faith, as well as my American identity.”Living in the context of the convergence of diametrically-opposed norms from the American public and from the traditions practiced in the privacy of a Muslim home comes more easily to Alam now than it did in the past, he said.“If I am an American Muslim teenage girl, I may want to go to the Britney Spears concert in Indianapolis, or in Chicago, on Friday night, and I will wear my headscarf because I am adherent to my faith and there is no conflict between the two in my mind,” Alam said. “Whereas in generations past, or even immigrant parents sometimes, American culture is often viewed as a threat to their own identity so there’s a stronger inclination to latch onto it.”Alam said modern-minded Muslim immigrants and children of Muslim immigrants aspire to enact progress rather than reform in the Islamic faith.“Progressive Muslims want a revival, a progressive form of Islam that is rooted in social justice and equality,” he said.This move towards equality is evident in the increased amount not only of tolerance but also of active incorporation, Alam said.“Just in the past five years there are communities that are growing and places of worship that are not only inclusive to the LGBT people but are also not gender segregated, particularly in times of prayer when generally women and men are separated,” he said.Women in the mosque are usually found praying behind men or on a balcony, Alam said. He said this segregation is nonexistent in these new progressive communities.“Men and women are praying side by side,” Alam said. “Women are allowed to lead prayer, which is a notion many people view to be outside the fold of Islam.”As this movement gains momentum in smaller communities, activism is occurring in the public sphere as well, Alam said. He said Keith Ellison is the first Muslim representative elected to Congress and one of two Muslims in the United States House of Representatives who recently announced their support of LGBT community.“There is diversity in the Muslim world,” Alam said. “There is a reality and a side of Islam that people haven’t seen before. American Islam is a unique blend of the Muslim faith and the American identity as well.”  Caroline Genco | The Observer The keynote speakers also spoke about the degrees to which minorities belonging to multiple distinct demographics face marginalization.“When we talk about diversity and leadership, there is not only so much history that needs to be looked at as how those notions of diversity were first defined in the United States, but also what different leadership looks like,” Alam said. “On top of that, if you add different layers of marginalization, what works within certain communities and what will not work within other communities.”Saint Mary’s students, faculty and staff discussed various other layers of social complexity throughout the DSLC. Marc Belanger, associate professor of political science, spoke about immigration and globalization. Graci Martsching, assistant director of Student Involvement and Multicultural Services, promoted inclusive leadership in her lecture.Other professors discussed diversity within the workforce and economy, specifically with regard to disabilities. Adrienne Lyles-Chockley, the head of the justice education program at Saint Mary’s, spoke about the intersection of race, gender, poverty and imprisonment, while both students and professors explored the true meaning of masculinity and tried to debunk immigration stereotypes.“My favorite part of the week was grabbing lunch with Kevin Powell, the closing keynote, at Whole Foods,” Macfarlane said. “He’s vegan and we just spent time in the hot-food line soaking in our conversation and the expectation of delicious vegan pizza. His emphatically encouraging demeanor and humility is profound, and I am lucky to have spent time with him.”Macfarlane said the DSLC event exceeded her board’s attendance goals for both keynotes and all the workshops.“It was the best it has been in recent years, with over 200 people registered,” she said. “The best takeaway I can have from this conference is that every person who came to me only had feelings of empowerment and knowledge was gained.“I wanted the conference participants to look within themselves and discover their own potential as leaders and advocates for inclusive change. I think we accomplished that this year.”Tags: Diversity, DSLC, Islam, saint mary’s, sexuality, SMClast_img read more

TEDxUND 2018 challenges participants to ‘Dare to…’

first_imgNotre Dame undergraduates, staff members and alumni will present live at TEDxUND 2018 on Saturday at the Patricia George Decio Theater in the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center. TEDx is a program created by the TED program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience.TEDx is not new to Notre Dame — similar conferences organized by the administration took place here in 2014 and 2015 — but this is the first year that the event planning has been spearheaded by students, specifically by juniors Caitlin Murphy and Tim O’Connell, the student government directors of student life.Both students, after being elected to their student government positions last April, applied for the TED license during the summer and began planning the event once they returned to school. In September, they sent out speaker applications for TEDxUND, O’Connell said.“We had our TEDx organizing team read through those,” he said. “There was about 125 applications. Our team narrowed those down to 45 people, interviewed 25 and then chose our final 16 who would present.”“In the interviews, it was us and our advisor, Patrick Gibbons, executive director of academic communications in the provost’s office,” Murphy said. “He was such a huge help to this entire process.”Despite the long process and a talented pool of applicants, both students said they felt like they chose a diverse background of speakers. Among them are students, alumni, faculty and community members.While only 400 students received tickets to the event, Murphy said 1,400 students applied for the student ticket lottery. More community tickets were available on the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center’s website and sold out in about two hours.Murphy and O’Connell said they hope to follow the original mission of the TED organization while also showcasing ideas, culture and knowledge specific to Notre Dame.“The mission of the TED organization is to unleash new ideas, inspire and inform,” Murphy said.The organizers chose the theme “Dare to …” for the event, and each speaker has this theme incorporated into the title of their TED talk.“Our idea is to start a conversation that is representative of Notre Dame,” O’Connell said. “We have a very diverse pool that we’re pulling many different ideas from. We have a lot of different people on this campus who do a lot of amazing things who you may never meet, but this is an opportunity to start a new conversation.”The morning TEDxUND 2018 session will take place from 10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. The afternoon session will run from 2 – 4:30 p.m. A TEDxUND livestream will be available in the Duncan Student Center’s Midfield Commons from 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.Tags: TEDxUNDlast_img read more

Foley Family of Companies, Green Mountain Power and Small Dog Electronics are finalists for Deane C Davis Award

first_imgThis year’s competition for the highly anticipated Deane C. Davis Outstanding Business of the Year Award was impressive. All of the Vermont businesses who applied for this prestigious award were worthy but only three could be named as finalists. The finalists this year are The Foley Family of Companies of Rutland, Green Mountain Power of Colchester and Small Dog Electronics of Waitsfield.  All three businesses exemplify the standards by which the Deane C. Davis Outstanding Business Award nominees are judged.    One of these impressive finalists will be named the Deane C. Davis Outstanding Vermont Business of the Year on Wednesday, May 25.  The award presentation ceremony will kick off the 27th annual Vermont Business & Industry EXPO, organized by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce. Governor Peter Shumlin will present the award at 10 am in the foyer of the Sheraton Burlington Conference Center. Until that time, one of the most important traditions of the award will remain intact; the winner’s identity is kept secret, even from the finalists, until the moment the award is presented. This year’s finalists exemplify the resourcefulness, innovation and success that radiates from all corners of the state capturing the essence of Vermont business. All share in common a dedication to their employees, communities and Vermont’s natural environment.  However, each tells a unique story of vision, commitment and growth.    Green Mountain Power is the second largest Vermont electric utility, providing electricity to 175,000 people and businesses.  The company has been in operation for 108 years, transforming from a traditional utility to an industry leader in technology, environmental stewardship and commitment to its workforce.   The Foley Family of Companies started in 1879, when Michael Foley purchased Goodwin’s Laundry in Rutland, Vermont.  The business grew over generations and eventually became Foley Laundry, a business still in operation today.  The Foley family used the small operation to launch new business ideas and in 1973, the Foley Family of Companies was created.  Today, the thriving business owns and operates The Party Store, Pistols & Roses, Foley Services and Foley Distributing.   Small Dog Electronics has been making a name for itself in the competitive electronic retail market since 1995. Recognized by Apple as the most knowledgeable Apple retailer in the U.S., Small Dog is the only Apple specialist and authorized Apple reseller in Vermont.  The growth and sustainability illustrated by Small Dog Electronics speaks to the high company standards outlined in their mission statement.  This business has a strong commitment to people, planet, and profit.  In an effort to recognize and honor Vermont’s best companies, the Vermont Chamber of Commerce and Vermont Business Magazine created the Deane C. Davis Outstanding Business of the Year Award in 1990. Named for the former Governor of Vermont, this annual award honors a Vermont business that shows an outstanding history of sustained growth while displaying an acute awareness of what makes Vermont unique. Commitment to the environment and dedication to employee relations are key components to receiving the award. Join the Vermont Chamber of Commerce and Vermont Business Magazine as we unveil this year’s award recipient at the Vermont Business & Industry EXPO on Wednesday, May 25 at 10 am during the Opening Ceremonies.Vermont Business Magazine is the state’s most respected business publication. Since 1972, VBM has published statewide business news, economic and political news and commentary, business and individual profiles, data, analysis and statistics in a monthly magazine. For more than a decade it has published online and now reports daily through its industry-leading, free email newsletter. VBM also publishes three annual publications: Vermont Business & Manufacturers Directory; The Book of Lists; and Ask the Experts/Profiles. Along with the Deane Davis Award, VBM sponsors or co-sponsors the Centennial Business Awards, Best Places to Work in Vermont Awards, SBA Small Business Person of the Year Award, 5x5x5 Growth Awards, and the Rising Star Awards.www.vermontbiz.comThe Vermont Chamber of Commerce, the largest state-wide private, not-for-profit business organization, represents nearly every sector of the state’s corporate/hospitality community. Our mission is to create an economic climate conducive to business growth and the preservation of the Vermont quality of life.last_img read more

Instagram Takeover | Tyler Mann

first_imgThis week we’re handing over the reigns of our Instagram takeover of Tyler Mann, AKA @mtnsoul_t. Tyler has traveled much of the country capturing the beauty of different mountain landscapes, but he calls the Smoky Mountains of Eastern Tennessee home. Check out some of his work below and scroll to the bottom to read our Q & A with Tyler.linville-gorge Linville Gorge Wilderness, North Carolina  ” Two things that make me happy are sunrises and coffee.  Put the two together with a view like this and you’ve already owned the day.kodak-along-french-broad-river From a farm just off of the French Broad River in Kodak, Tennessee“Some days you’re in the right place at the right time, and this day happened to be one of those.  I didn’t plan on getting my camera out of the truck because of other priorities this morning, but when I saw the show mother nature was putting on my priorities quickly changed!”big-creek-gsmnpBig Creek, Great Smoky Mountains National Park North Carolina“I do a lot of trail running in the Big Creek area but this particular day I decided I wanted to work on some water shots.  I started up the trail anticipating hiking up a few miles but 3.5 hours of shooting later I realized I hadn’t even made it 2 miles.  Turns out my hike was shorter than expected that day, but I left feeling satisfied.”max-patch Max Patch, North Carolina“For years I have loved spending time at Max Patch but with the increase in traffic there I find myself venturing other directions.  I happened to be on my way home from Asheville one afternoon and decided spur of the moment I was going to take a chance and catch a sunset.  Turns out I was one of three people on the bald this evening, and I couldn’t help but remind myself to take chances even when you don’t always feel like it.  More times than not I am always glad I did after it’s all said and done.”mt-cammererTaken from Mt. Cammerer Fire Tower, Great Smoky Mountain National Park“Mt Cammerer has long been one of my favorite places to get away in the Smokies, and this day I was certainly blessed by mother nature.”[divider]Q & A with Tyler Mann[/divider]BRO: How long have you been taking photos?     TM: About Christmas time last year is when I made the decision to purchase a camera and actually start taking real photos. I had just gotten back from a trip to Canada a month or two before and several friends and family kept asking to see pictures, but all I had were iPhone photos to show them.  I realized that I had no good pictures of years worth of adventures I had been on and that’s when I decided I wanted to start capturing these beautiful places I love. This past year has been full of adventures all over the country and my Nikon has been by my side for every step.  I’m hooked and now find myself learning anything and everything I can about photography, and shooting every chance I get.BRO: What kind of equipment are you using?     TM: I’m shooting with a Nikon D5500 and most often a 35mm prime.  I swore that I wouldn’t spend any money on new lenses until I mastered the ones I have and actually use them to their maximum potential.  I have held true to that decision so far, mostly because I’m too cheap to fork out the money required for better lenses. BRO: Do you live in the Blue Ridge?   TM: My home base is in East Tennessee near the Sevierville area.  I’ve been blessed to grow up close to the smokies and always seem to migrate back every time I leave. BRO: What’s one piece of outdoor gear you can’t live without? TM: First aid kit. I never leave home without one because I’m the most graceful person you will ever meet. BRO: If you could only recreate in one state park, national park, national forest or wilderness area for the rest of your life, what would it be?          TM: This is an extremely tough question to answer but I’m inclined to say the San Juan Mountains in Southwest Colorado.  I just can’t get enough of that area and one can push their limits any way you can imagine in the outdoor recreation world.BRO: Tell us about your craziest experience while out on a shoot or just out in the woods in general. TM: I work in the outdoor field so this is tough to narrow down to one crazy experience, but this summer I was out on a training run preparing for an upcoming trail race I had planned to run. It was extremely hot and I had planned to do a 16-mile loop this particular day.  I must have miscalculated my hydration and nutritional needs because at about mile 12 I turned into a zombie.  Cramps, hearing killer bees that weren’t really there, and the mental game took over and I wasn’t sure if I was going to make it back to the trailhead.  Fortunately, I did but it was crazy and a humbling experience to say the least. BRO: What is your all-time favorite outdoor pursuit?       TM: Paddling whitewater has always been my passion, and I still can’t get enough of it to this day. I have slowed down a bit due to some shoulder injuries that have really limited my paddling over the last few years, but it will always be a part of my life.  A friend that got me into paddling once told me that paddling rivers would change my life, and 15 years later I guess I have to say he was right.last_img read more

Southampton Car Chase Suspect Nabbed

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Southampton Town Police have apprehended a suspect wanted for fleeing officers who tried to stop him for driving a stolen vehicle last week, authorities said.Carlos Garcia was arrested Monday and charged with grand larceny.Police said the 21-year-old man fled Stony Brook University police who spotted him driving a stolen car near the Southampton campus Thursday.Garcia fled on foot after he jumped out of the moving vehicle, causing it to crash, police said.He was also charged with burglary of a cell phone from an AT&T store Montauk Highway in Hampton Bays last August, police said.He will be arraigned Tuesday at Southampton Town Justice Court.last_img

Information security awareness best practices

first_img This post is currently collecting data… This is placeholder text continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrcenter_img Cyber threats occupy matrixed attack vectors across numerous organizational assets, making it vital to have a layered security program that implements physical, technical, and administrative controls.Here, in honor of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, are some common threats enterprises face in the novel work environments of 2020.Phishing, smishing, and vishingPhishing and smishing, social engineering attacks delivered through email and SMS text messages, respectively, are the most frequent threats impacting organizations today.The increased use of personal devices stemming from unexpected work-from-home environments, coupled with national economic and political volatility, have dramatically increased the success rate of social engineering attacks.last_img read more

2 Southampton Day Care Workers Charged With Child Endangerment

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Two women have been accused of repeatedly force feeding, pushing and slamming children on the floor at a Southampton day care facility where they worked as teachers, authorities said.Kathleen Culver, 33, of Southampton, and 23-year-old Sarah Dawber of Mastic Beach, were arrested Monday and charged with endangering the welfare of a child.Police said the only reported injury has been an 18-month-old child vomiting from the forced feeding at Side By Side Day Care Center at North Sea Road. The two women worked in the infant room tending to children ranging from 4 months old to 18 months old, authorities said.The arrests were the result of a joint investigation between Southampton police, the New York State Office of Children & Family Services and Suffolk County Child Protective Services. The investigation is continuing.Detectives ask any parents and guardians of children who have attended the Day Care to contact them if they have any information that may aid in the continuing investigation at 631-702-2230.last_img read more

Oxford Street shop sells at 5.4% yield

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Govt aims for 10 million MSMEs to go digital by year end

first_img“During the pandemic, we did door-to-door QRIS education and eliminated the QRIS transaction fee to accelerate MSMEs’ digitalization,” he said.Financial technology firm Xendit co-founder and COO Tessa Wijaya said that small and medium entrepreneurs who were already familiar with social media could easily adapt to digitalization.“Partnering with start-ups and companies that focus on MSMEs is also important as they can further incentivize small businesses to go digital,” she said.Read also: Start-ups help SMEs digitalize during pandemicSmall businesses, which make up around 60 percent of the country’s economy, are losing sales because of coronavirus restrictions, which are now being phased out in some places.To help MSMEs, the government has allocated part of its Rp 641.17 trillion economic recovery stimulus to soften the impact of COVID-19. It also planned to spend $49.7 billion on procuring SME products and services. The government aims to have 10 million micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) go digital by the end of the year to help them ease the financial burden of the pandemic, a high-ranking official has said.Cooperatives and Small and Medium Enterprises Minister Teten Masduki said there were currently only around 8 million MSMEs that had an online selling platform, either through e-commerce or social media. The number represents around 13 percent of all MSMEs in the country.“Businesses that can survive and thrive during this pandemic are those that have an online presence,” he said during a keynote speech at an Indonesian Fintech Association (Aftech) online discussion on Tuesday. Teten said that MSMEs also needed to integrate their businesses with digital payment solutions because consumers were switching to cashless payments due to fears of contracting the coronavirus.“Digitalizing payments for small businesses allows them to have transaction records that can be used to apply for loans,” he added.According to a recent survey by YouGov, 75 percent of Indonesian respondents have mostly used digital payments, such as e-wallet OVO, in the last three months, followed by debit or credit cards, which indicates that a large portion of consumers is accustomed to e-payments.Bank Indonesia assistant director Ronggo Gundala Yudha said there were 3.7 million merchants in Indonesia that used the Quick Response Indonesia Standard (QRIS) code, 2.5 million of which were small and medium enterprises, while 600,000 were micro merchants.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Governor Wolf Hails DCNR Online Reservation Innovation for Campers, Cost Savings at State Parks Across Pa.

first_imgGovernor Wolf Hails DCNR Online Reservation Innovation for Campers, Cost Savings at State Parks Across Pa. SHARE Email Facebook Twitter August 18, 2016center_img Efficiency,  GO-TIME,  Press Release Wellsville, York County, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today praised the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ efforts to implement new digital technology to make reservations more accessible for visitors and made agency efforts more efficient, saving more than $100,000 a year.“DCNR’s innovative new online reservations system is an example of how technology can help us deliver better services and save precious taxpayer dollars,” Governor Wolf said. “Our state parks are some of Pennsylvania’s most beautiful assets and DCNR has succeeded in making them more accessible for all Pennsylvania’s residents.”Reservations can be made 24 hours a day, seven days a week. In 2015, 194,000 reservations were made, swelling the total to more than 327,000 since the system rolled out in February 2015. More than 82 percent of advanced reservations are now made online, reducing DCNR’s incurred contractor costs for 2015 and future years.DCNR Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn today joined other state officials, Bureau of State Parks representatives and state park campers in celebrating cost-saving park reservation improvements that recently gained DCNR recognition from the Governor’s Office of Transformation, Innovation, Management and Efficiency (GO-TIME).“Our Bureau of State Parks’ workers are justifiably proud of this distinction afforded by Gov. Wolf,” Dunn said. “Not only do these reservation improvements make for happy, better informed and served campers, they also help this department realize savings of more than $100,000 a year.”Veteran campers who have enjoyed the recent benefits of the online reservation system improvements also spoke at today’s gathering at Gifford Pinchot State Park, York County.Recognized Aug. 2 by Gov. Wolf and GO-TIME officials, Bureau of State Parks reservation improvements will ease bureau expenses by lowering software transaction costs. At the same time, the bureau has seen a marked increase in online and overall camping reservations.“The new reservation system now utilized by the Bureau of State Parks is a great example of smart savings,”  said Sharon Ward, director of the Governor’s Office of Transformation, Innovation, Management & Efficiency. “In short, it delivers both lower costs and better service to Pennsylvanians.”Gov. Wolf has announced state agencies saved over $156 million through GO-TIME efforts such as DCNR’s, exceeding a $150 million savings goal for the 2015-16 fiscal year. More than 150 department initiatives across the state have contributed to a $156 million savings so far.“Our new reservation system was tested and vetted on all levels to ensure we were not only improving benefits to our customers, but improving park operations as well,” Dunn told the park gathering. “In addition, lower software transaction costs will save our department over $100,000 per year, over the next three years.”Veteran Pinchot State Park campers Nancy and Glenn Peck said the system changes have streamlined their efforts to stay annually at the 2,338-acre state park, graced by Pinchot Lake and its almost 350 acres.The state park reservation system can be found at on Gifford Pinchot and Pennsylvania’s 120 other state parks can be found at Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: read more