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Tip Sheet for the week of Jan. 5, 2010

RELEASED: Jan. 5, 2010

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Twenty-eight education students will travel to Prince George's County, Md., and the Washington, D.C., area Jan. 8-18 to work as student interns in local schools. The students will be placed with elementary and secondary teachers and have the opportunity to observe classroom dynamics and assist the teachers with instruction in classrooms that are very different from those found in our region. These settings are much more diverse than the Chippewa Valley schools where most UW-Eau Claire education majors spend their time. In addition to their classroom-based service learning, students will visit cultural sites in the D.C. area in order to gain a deeper understanding of how historical, cultural and economic factors impact issues of identity, equity and access in formal educational and diverse community settings. Drs. Jill Pinkney Pastrana and Dwight C. Watson will accompany the students on the trip. For details, contact Dr. Jill Pinkney Pastrana at 715-836-4537 or pastrajp@uwec.edu or Dr. Dwight C. Watson at 715-836-2013 or watsondc@uwec.edu.

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Fifty people will visit sites of historic importance to the U.S. civil rights movement as part of the 2010 Winterim Civil Rights Pilgrimage. The group will leave at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 8, from the south side of Towers Hall on upper campus. They will return Monday, Jan. 18. Participants include students, faculty, administrators and community members. The group will visit the birthplace of Martin Luther King Jr. in Atlanta; the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute in Birmingham, Ala.; the Civil Rights Memorial and the Rosa Parks Museum and Library in Montgomery, Ala.; the National Voting Rights Museum and other sites in Selma, Ala.; Central High School and the William J. Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock, Ark.; and the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tenn. Twelve of the students are enrolled in a three-credit travel seminar that will introduce them to women activists of the 20th century and the American civil rights movement. Students will conduct a service-learning project in Selma, Ala. They will work with civil rights activist Joanne Bland to videotape personal accounts from "foot soldiers" of the civil rights movement. The completed video project will be featured in the National Voting Rights Museum in Selma. The trip's student organizers — Sarah Gonzalez, Anthony Och, Sarah Tweedale and Ann Watson — will conduct research to assess the impact of the trip on participants. A national organization recently honored the pilgrimage as an outstanding diversity program. The program received the Celebration of Diversity Award from the Region IV-East division of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators. Attached is a photo of the students Janna Caspersen, Anthony Och, Sarah Gonzalez taken at the Civil Rights Memorial at the Southern Poverty Law Center in Montgomery Alabama during a previous pilgrimage. For details, contact Jodi Thesing-Ritter at 715-836-2325 or thesinjm@uwec.edu.

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