JFKU Celebrates First Ever International Pronouns Day

Around the world, October 17th 2018 marks the first ever day of worldwide recognition of proper pronoun usage. John F. Kennedy University will honor this special day by offering various programming on the topic, including a brown bag seminar open to the entire JFKU community on October 17th.

Not sure exactly what it means to use the “proper” pronoun? You’re not alone! Join the club of people coming out on this internationally-recognized day to get educated about just what’s what. Referring to people by their preferred personal pronoun is considered basic to human dignity, so the whole idea is to make asking, sharing, and respecting them commonplace. JFKU is excited to help get its community on board, recognizing that developing a foundational awareness and skills surrounding this need is essential to supporting transgender and non-gender-conforming members of the academic community, and toward celebrating all the intersecting identifies found among the University’s diverse student body.

As Benisa Berry, Diversity and Inclusion Officer at JFKU, explains, respect for pronouns falls into the broader category of nurturing diversity and inclusivity. “It’s about being authentic and being able to be yourself at work or at school,” she says. “This topic is something that impacts everyone,” emphasizes Berry. No matter what field you’re in, whether it be psychology, business, or the law, humans need to be aware of each other in order to successfully interact.

In the Bay Area, the concentration of transgender and non-gender-conforming individuals may cause uninformed members of the community to feel ashamed of or frustrated with not understanding pronoun usage. “People are at different levels of knowing about this,” says Berry. “It’s important to get everyone on the same page, and we are creating a safe, non-judgmental environment for students, staff, and our broader community to do so.”

JFKU’s programming surrounding International Pronoun Day will begin on the day itself, October 17th, with a brown bag lunchtime seminar facilitated by members of the JFKU law and psychology programs. The seminar will offer a basic level-setting presentation that aims to get all attendees up to speed on the basics and to open a space for questions and dialogue.

The following month, on November 17th, the University will collaborate with the Rainbow Community Center, a local nonprofit focused on raising awareness of the experience of the LGBTQ community, for an exciting panel discussion as part of JFKU’s Thursday Soapbox series. Whether you’re in-the-know, need to know, or are somewhere in between, come out to exchange information and celebrate pronoun savviness with the JFKU community

October 2018 Student Newsletter

Academic & Campus News

Fall Quarter Registration

Priority* Registration Begins Monday, August 20, 2018
Registration Begins Tuesday, August 21, 2018
Instruction Begins Monday, October 1, 2018

The Academic Calendar lists the important dates for the rest of 2018-19. The list includes dates about the quarters, holidays, when grades are due and when you can expect to review them. Find it here.

To register for classes log on to the SOAR portal. Follow this step by step guide to self-enroll in classes. How to Register for Classes – in 11 steps

If you have any questions about degree requirements and study plans email AcademicCounselor@jfku.edu, or book an appointment online by logging on to BlackBoard – Office of Student Experience – Meet your counselor.
If you need assistance in registering for classes, please call the Registration Office at 925-969-3353 or email Registration@jfku.edu

For accounting questions, call 925-969-3160, email accounting@jfku.edu, or refer to the Managing Your JFKU Account Online – step by step guide.

New Student Orientation Sessions and Resources

New student orientations were held on ground at the Pleasant Hill campus and online on September 20th and September 29th. Thank you to all the students who attended the sessions! We had a record high turn out for our on ground orientation — 51 students participated, as well as on the online orientation –39 students participated. In addition to getting to know each other, Dr. Julie Cosenza, academic counselor, led an optional activity called Hopes and Fears, whereby students anonymously shared their hopes and fears about starting their program at JFKU. Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us and other students. It helps us connect better with you, as well as for you to connect with other students starting a new stage in their lives. Congratulations on starting your program and a new phase in your career!

To those of you who attended, we’d love to hear your feedback as to how we can improve our orientation sessions for incoming students in future terms. Please take a few minutes to fill out the Student Orientation survey.

If you are a student that is returning to JFK after taking a break, or if you missed our Fall 2018 new student orientations, we encourage you to watch the interactive New Student Orientation video to learn how to navigate the BlackBoard Learn and SOAR portals, register for classes, access important academic information and valuable student services and resources.

To access the video navigate to BlackBoard – Office of Student Experience – New Student Orientation (on the left hand menu). Email us at academiccounselor@jfku.edu with any questions.

Step-by-Step Guides - Register for Classes, Make Appointments and More

Click on the links below to access a list of helpful guides and tutorials with answers to frequently asked questions to help you get on board for Fall Quarter:

Poetic Voice Sekou Andrews performed at DVC

In collaboration with DVC, and the Speaker Series sponsored by the HSI Grant, JFK University brought poetic voice Sekou Andrews to motivate students to take action in furthering their education to achieve their goals. Sekou performed at the DVC campus for an audience of 150 DVC and JFKU students and faculty in a presentation entitled “Tu futuro está en tus manos/Your Future Is In Your Hands” on September 19th. SGA also participated in the sponsorship of the event.

Office of Accessibility News

Kurzweil 3000

The University now provides accessible Kurzweil Software (pdf reader). This assistive technology was developed to guide students through the learning process and facilitate the processing and articulation of new concepts.. For more information, contact OAS at 925-969-3362 or visit kurzweiledu.com.

Dragon/Legal Dragon

The University now provides Dragon Naturally Speaking, a speech recognition software (voice to text). This software has the capability to execute commands as well as record text. The software allows the student to speak into a microphone on a computer with software translating the spoken words into text in a text program (text program, microsoft word). For more information, contact OAS at 925-969-3362 or email Access@jfku.edu.

Bender Virtual Career Fair

Employment for People with Disabilities – Virtual Career Fair is FREE for students and alumni with disabilities to attend. If you are a person with a disability looking for a career opportunity or an internship, this Virtual Career Fair will allow the opportunity to connect you with employers looking to hire people with
disabilities. Virtual Career Fair Date: November 14, 2018, register at CareerEco.com/Events/Disability Or call 770-980-0088.

Follow My Lead - Alumni/Community Referral Scholarship Do you love your program, faculty and friends at JFKU? Refer a friend to one of JFKU’s degree programs and they will receive a scholarship upon enrolling.

Student Services

Equipment Loans Available on a Need-Basis to All Students through the Undergraduate Success Center

With support from a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) Grant from the Department of Education, the Undergraduate Success Center offers a need-based electronic lending library of laptops, Surface Pro tablets & voice recorders. The service is available to all JFKU students who are enrolled in classes in the current term and need the equipment to complete assignments. To apply, read the step by step instructions on How to Borrow Equipment from the USC Lending Library.
 

Tutoring, Writing Center and Academic Counseling Schedules

Tutoring

Tutors are available on-call/by appointment at the Undergraduate Success Center, room S228 at Pleasant Hill, or online via the Tutoring Virtual Room on BlackBoard collaborate at the times specified below.

    • Legal Writing Tutor – Lisa U’Ren: Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 3 – 7pm and Saturdays 9am to 1pm
  • Legal Technology Tutor – Henry Tran: Mondays through Fridays 5pm to 9pm. Saturdays 10am to 4pm.
  • Statistics/Math and Computer Tutor – Jesus Milian: Mondays through Thursdays 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm.

To book an appointment go to BlackBoard – Office of Student Experience – Undergraduate Success Center – Tutoring Services. If you have a time conflict email hsi@jfku.edu to inquire about alternative tutoring hours.

How to Book a Tutoring Appointment – step by step guide

Writing Center

Joyce Young, Writing Consultant is available for appointments in Pleasant Hill and online via email and ZOOM. View the schedule and book appointments by logging on to BlackBoard – Office of Student Experience – Writing Center.

Writing Center Workshop –  The Writing Process

Wednesday, October 24, 2018, 5:15 – 6:30 pm

Room S202, Pleasant Hill or via this ZOOM link-Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android.

We’ll discuss strategies for getting your writing started, outwitting your internal perfectionist and keeping your writing moving toward a strong first draft. We’ll also take a look at macro and micro revision

and when to use them.

Academic Counseling

Academic Counseling at Pleasant Hill and online: View the schedule and book appointments by logging on to BlackBoard – Office of Student Experience – Meet your Counselor.

In the Community

Joyce Young, JFKU Writing Center Consultant, launched her new book

On Saturday evening, September 22nd, in the Fellowship Hall at the Oakland Peace Center there was an evening of readings, live music, refreshments, and friends of Oakland-based Nomadic Press for the launch of seven new chapbooks. Joyce E. Young, Writing Consultant at the JFKU Writing Center, wrote one of the new books entitled “How it Happens.”

Learn more about Joyce’s new book by visiting the Nomadic Press website and the SF Chronicle Sunday Datebook.

National Day on Writing – October 20th

The National Day of Writing is celebrated every year on October 20th. Although there is a designated day, the event is really an invitation for individuals to reflect and write about why they write on the days that lead up to the 20th. And it is an invitation to post about their reflections, if they wish, on Twitter and other social media. There are also nationwide events happening. For more information visit  http://whyiwrite.us/ or follow the JFKU Writing Center on Twitter at @JfkuWriting

Voter registration deadline – October 22nd

Don’t forget! October 22nd is the deadline for registering to vote in the upcoming November midterm election.

Voter Registration Forms are available on the counter in the Enrollment Office (Room 212.) You can use the Form even if you live in a different county in California. You can also register online: RegisterToVote.ca.gov

You can check to find out if you’re currently registered in Contra Costa County: cocovote.us. Scroll down and click on “Am I Registered?”

Campus Events

Go to jfku.edu/events for the latest information.

 

International Pronouns Day – Office of Diversity

International Pronouns Day is October 17th.  This international commemorative day seeks to make asking, sharing, and respecting personal pronouns commonplace. Referring to people by the pronouns they determine for themselves is basic to human dignity.  To fully understand why pronouns are important we must be more conscious of language, concepts and queer cultures.

To support our community to develop a foundation of knowledge, support non gender conforming members of our academic community, and celebrate people’s multiple, intersecting identities, JFKU will be holding awareness activities during the time leading up to International Pronouns Day, and on October 17th.  Presentations will be held for faculty and staff in the September Staff and Faculty senate meetings. A brown bag lunch seminar will be held for faculty, staff and students on Wednesday, October 17th. More information will be shared about planned activities in the coming weeks.

For more information contact Dr. Benisa Berry, Diversity and Inclusion Officer at bberry@jfku.edu or extension 3572.

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