This is How We Resist: Civic Engagement of Immigrant-Origin Students in Post-Trump US

Immigrant-origin college students (those who have immigrated to the US themselves and children of immigrants) are a growing population. Currently, a third of all college-age young people in the US are first- or second-generation immigrants (Rumbaut & Komaie, 2010).
As immigrant-origin students come of age, they become keenly aware of the social and cultural reflections of themselves in the “social mirror” (Suarez-Orozco, 2004). With xenophobia, racism and discrimination on the rise, especially as directed towards immigrant groups in the US (Chavez, 2008), it is critical to understand how these students develop within contexts that give them complicated messages about how to belong.
Utilizing a strengths-based perspective, we will explore the ways in which immigrant-origin youth respond to such discrimination and how this might impact their developmental experiences. Drawing on a number of mixed-methods studies of immigrant-origin college students, this presentation will highlight the contributions of immigrant-origin youth to their families and communities as well as the ways in which they conceptualize and engage in resistance to social inequality.

“This is How We Resist”: Understanding the Civic Engagement of Immigrant-Origin College Students in Post-Trump US

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Improving Energy Materials Using Quantum Physics and Machine Learning (video)

Materials are useful – they store energy for cell phones and electric cars, turn sunlight into electricity, and track your movements while you exercise. How do scientists understand and improve materials at the level of atoms? And what does machine learning and quantum physics have to do with all of this? Maria Chan, a scientist at Argonne National Laboratory, will explain the state of the art of materials discovery and improvement. This event is part of our STEM lecture series.

Watch this talk here: Improving Energy Materials Using Quantum Physics and Machine Learning (MVCC login required off campus).

Life & Education in the Netherlands (video)

Dutch faculty members who are part of the CCID exchange partners discuss Dutch society and working in Dutch higher education.
Speaker Ingrid Koers is from Gorinchem, Netherlands which is about one hour outside of Amsterdam and teaches health care professionals at Da Vinci College in Dordrecht.
Speaker Herman Hofmeije is from Leusden, Netherlands which is about 40 minutes from Amsterdam. He teaches math and calculus at ROC Midden Nederland located in Utrecht.

Life & Education in the Netherlands

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Me or We: A Panel Discussion on Heroes, the Social Contract & Our Responsibilities to Each Other

Joined by Psychology Professor Dr. Amy Williamson and Sociology Professor Dr. Jeffrey McCully we will consider questions such as: Do individuals have responsibilities to society? If so, what are they? If not, what is the role of individuals in a society? What responsibilities do heroes and leaders have to society? Are individuals becoming increasingly egocentric, and if so, what are the implications of this? What is the social contract that we hold with each other? This event is a collaboration between One Book One College and the Democracy Commitment.

Me or We: A Panel Discussion on Heroes, the Social Contract & Our Responsibilities to Each Other

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Planning for the Future

If you’re planning to transfer to a four-year college after your time here at Moraine, stop by Moraine Valley’s Transfer Day from 10am-1pm, today, October 10th, located on the second floor of buildings B and L by the bridge. There you will be able to meet and talk to representatives from nearly 60 four-year institutions.

To assist in your future college search the Moraine Valley Library has resources available to compare and research different colleges and universities throughout the country. Also, the library has a variety of resources to help you choose a future career or major. Transfer guides are available through the college to assist you in the transfer process.

 

200 Years of Illinois History in 75 Minutes (video)

Honest Abe, Prairie settlement, steel plows, Jane Adams, the blues, urbanization, labor riots, the Black Hawk War, protests, railroads, Barack Obama, and more! Faculty members discuss the history of Illinois to commemorate the Illinois bicentennial and sponsored by the Democracy Commitment.

200 Years of Illinois History in 75 Minutes

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Invisible Illness, Sikh Understanding & Chocolate Truffles: Nov 7th TLC Talks

We are excited to announce our talks scheduled for our TLC: Teaching & Learning Community event. This event will be held in the library on Wednesday, November 7st at 11am with a 2nd session at 12pm in the library event space.  Each talk will last 15 minutes followed by a short Q & A period. They are scheduled to align with the general Wednesday class schedule.

My Struggle to Feel Normal: How an Invisible Illness Forced Me to Take Charge of My Health
November 7th, 11am-11:50am
Amanda Sidorowicz
never wanted to be a burden to her family, friends, and coworkers, so she hid her health struggles for years. It wasn’t until she hit a breaking point in 2017 when she decided to put her health first and seek answers to her medical mystery. In this talk, Amanda will discuss her struggle to feel normal, including coming to terms with the symptoms of the autoimmune disease Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, her breaking point, and how she’s feeling today.

To Sikh Understanding: My Faith as a Sikh
November 7th, 11am-11:50am
Sumeet Singh
grew up the Northwest Suburbs of the Chicago land area. He had a pretty normal childhood and grew up in a house filled with love, care, and an actual white picket fence. He felt like everyone else except the fact that he looked different. Sumeet shares his experience about embracing his Sikh identity and his unique perspective on life.

My Culinary Journey: From a Truffle to a Teacher
November 7th, Noon-12:50pm
Do you believe that one event, one person or one moment in your life change your life? Did you go to college for one major, yet found another passion in life that changed your journey? Rose Deneen shares her journey starting with the single chocolate truffle that changed her life. This one truffle led to her becoming a chef and eventually to a culinary teacher today.

Pumpkin Contest Time

It’s almost time for the Moraine Valley Library’s annual pumpkin contest. You can enter individually or as a group, club, department, etc. The more the merrier. We look forward to seeing all of your creative ideas! And, don’t forget to stop by the library to see all the great pumpkins and vote for your favorites.

Here’s everything you need to know:

Students, faculty and staff groups are invited to DECORATE A PUMPKIN. No Carving!

Artificial pumpkins are allowed and encouraged.

Pumpkin drop off begins Oct 22nd at 8am.

Voting for the best pumpkin begins Oct 22nd at 8am and runs until Oct 25th at 9pm.

Votes sell for 25 cents or 5 for $1.  Purchase a pumpkin for $20.

Pumpkins will remain in the Library until Oct 26th, 1 pm.

Winners announced Oct 26th at 1pm.

Trophy will be awarded to the pumpkin that receives the most votes.

All proceeds go to the Moraine Valley Library Student Scholarship fund. For more information, contact Sue Yach at 708-974-5297 or yach@morainevalley.edu.

Ms. Marvel, Meaning & Modern Storytelling : A Faculty Panel (video)

In preparation visit of author G. Willow Wilson, faculty and students will the significance of the award winning comic Ms. Marvel, which is the 2018-2019 One Book selection. This event is part of the One Book, One College program on Ms. Marvel and the Graphic Novel Symposium.

Ms. Marvel, Meaning & Modern Storytelling: A Faculty Panel

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Iva-Marie Palmer & Marta Kissi: Their Partnership as Writer and Illustrator (video)

Iva-Marie Palmer, author of the Gabby Garcia’s Ultimate Playbook series, will talk about writing middle-grade novels with a graphic component. Attendees will hear about how this process differs from the typical novel, as well as the nuts and bolts of working with an illustrator. The illustrator of Gabby Garcia’s Ultimate Playbook, Marta Kissi, will join via Skype to talk about her side of the story. This event is part of the One Book, One College program on Ms. Marvel and the Graphic Novel Symposium.

Iva-Marie Palmer & Marta Kissi: Their Partnership as Writer and Illustrator

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