April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and Michigan Tech is hosting virtual events to educate the campus community in order to prevent sexual violence. The following events are available to students, staff and faculty:

  • Start by Believing Day, today (April 1) — Michigan Tech is participating in the 5th annual Start by Believing Day through the Title IX Instagram Account, part of a national public awareness initiative created by End Violence Against Women International (EVAWI). As part of the campaign, we encourage students, staff, faculty and the community to take the pledge to Start by Believing and share that they have taken the pledge on their social media accounts with the hashtag #StartbyBelieving. When you take the pledge, You pledge to; Start by believing when someone tells you they were raped or sexually assaulted; Support survivors on the road to justice and healing. Help end the silence. EVAWI is a nonprofit founded in 2003 by Sergeant Joanne Archambault, a retired San Diego Police Department officer, to improve criminal justice and community response to gender-based violence. The organization provides training and technical assistance for law enforcement agencies investigating sexual assault and domestic violence cases.
  • Sexual Assault Awareness Month Day of Action, Tuesday, April 7 — Help turn social media teal — the color of sexual assault awareness and prevention — on Tuesday by sharing a teal selfie using #SAAM. Teal ribbons, t-shirts, nails, hair, makeup, jewelry, ties, and other accessories have been popular items worn in the past. Sample post: Today is the Sexual Assault Awareness Month Day of Action, and I'm wearing teal to show my support for survivors. #SAAM #IAsk
  • Dial Help Virtual TEAL Survivor Support Group, Tuesday, April 7 — Dial Help, Inc. is hosting a virtual TEAL Survivor Support Group at 7 p.m. Tuesday through Zoom. Contact Paige to join or call (906) 482-9077. TEAL is a free, safe, and non-judgmental community support group for anyone who experienced sexual violence past or present, including childhood abuse. Funded by the Division of Victim Services.
  • Denim Day Wednesday, April 29 — Michigan Tech Title IX invites you to wear denim with a purpose on Wednesday, April 29 for International Denim Day to support survivors and educate our community about the forms of sexual violence. Denim Day was founded after a 1999 Italian Supreme Court decision overturned a rape conviction because the victim wore tight jeans. Enraged by the verdict, within hours the women in the Italian Parliament launched into action and protested by wearing jeans on the steps of the Supreme Court. Peace Over Violence, a nonprofit organization in Los Angeles, organized the country’s first Denim Day event in 1999. You can find more information about Denim Day here. Please join us in wearing denim proudly on April 29.

If you have questions about any of these events, please contact Kaylee Kapatos.

Testing Center Staff Available to Help with Canvas Quiz Conversion

With the Stay-at-Home order, the Testing Center is no longer physically open. But, the staff is now available to assist with transcribing paper / pencil quizzes/exams into Canvas. To do this: Send the exam (Google, Word Doc, or PDF) to techtesting-l@mtu.edu with the correct answer noted. Include any special instructions.

By default, the Testing Center will use the settings of shuffle answers on multiple-choice questions and show only one question at a time. Be sure to include a name for the quiz or exam (e.g. MEEM3400 S20 Exam 3) and the deadline by which it needs to be completed.

A canvas course will be created and shared with you when the transcription is completed. Within that course, you will find the quiz/exam(s). Once you are satisfied with the transcription, you can import the quiz into your canvas course.

Mental Health Check-In

Like it or not, we’re starting to settle into our new routines. Gone are the hypotheticals of what ‘quarantine’ / working from home will be like — we’re living that reality now. My new reality = a tow rope for our backyard ski/snowboard hill and two newly constructed ‘MTB manual machines’ in my living room (because, why wouldn’t you practice learning how to manual during the COVID crisis?). No, my idea of ‘stocking up’ did not include buying the necessary supplies for a tow rope, and I certainly don’t prefer to decorate my living room with mountain bikes, but yes, it certainly does keep things exciting around here. Needless to say, I am not even remotely in control of my environment anymore. I'm guessing I’m not alone in feeling this way. But, that doesn’t make me helpless.

It’s time to focus on self-care. For me, that means a new download on Audible and daily stroller walks with the baby. Working in mental health, and really just higher ed in general, we talk about self-care a lot. Adults are generally just kinda okay at it, but teens and emerging adults might really struggle. Good self-care requires a great understanding of self, the ability to reflect and analyze emotional responses, and some planning.

Have you checked in on your students yet? Our students may really be struggling with their new confines. Rough home life, younger siblings, spotty internet, cramped spaces, shared bedrooms, etc. can all be major obstacles to overcome.

  1. Empower your students. Stuck ≠ helpless. Encourage them to make positive changes in their lives.
  2. Remember to humanize yourself. Share some of your changes, sprinkle in some humor, love, and wisdom from the hurdles you’re overcoming with your new routines.
  3. Share resources — did you know that Wellness is posting daily tips on Instagram, FB, and Twitter? Do you have favorite podcasts, books, or shows that help you maintain sanity?
  4. Start a self-care forum or challenge with your class. Have everyone share ideas on what they’ve done for self care.
  5. Spend a minute or two on daily gratitude. Give students a minute to breathe, and reflect on what they’re thankful for or what gave them a moment of happiness. Take time to do this during a Zoom lecture, or via a discussion board on Canvas.

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be hearing from others on campus with more tips about the work-life balance and ideas on ways to support your students’ mental health. Stay tuned!

Magic Show at Home

Join us virtually at 9 p.m. (EDT) on Friday, April 10 for a night of laughs, magic and fun. Comedy magician Trent James is bringing a fresh new feel to the “classic magic show."

His high-energy performance combines mind-boggling magic with gut-busting humor that has earned rave reviews in seventeen states. James is quickly becoming one of the top magicians in the country. Don’t take our word for it — he has received top awards from both The International Brotherhood of Magicians and The Society of American Magicians, as well as being the youngest recipient of The Milbourne Christopher Award (Past winners Included David Copperfield and Penn and Teller).

James' unique sleight of hand magic and hip vibe have made him a huge hit at colleges, comedy clubs, and corporate events. Everyone is invited and the show is family-friendly. You will even get to learn a trick or two. Anyone with the link can join on Zoom. Want more fun events? Keep an eye on our Facebook page and website.

Summer Opportunities for Quality Online Teaching Training

The Educational Technology Organization of Michigan (ETOM) will be offering the Canvas version of ETOM's Summer 2020 Online Teaching Certification Course from May 11 to June 21. This course meets the minimum required content to be one of Michigan Tech’s Currently Approved Online Teaching Training and Certification Courses and the course fee will be reimbursed through an agreement between the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) and the Provost's office.

To be reimbursed for the course, registration must be paid with a University procurement card. Following successful completion of the course, a University account funds transfer to your academic department will be processed. For reimbursement questions, contact Angel Cooke. There is a required textbook for this course. The CTL has many physical copies and an electronic version of the book is available through the Van Pelt and Opie Library. Arrangements to receive a physical copy can be made through Angel Cooke.

If you have any further questions about the online teaching qualification process, email online@mtu.edu.

Advocates Team Call to Action

Help make campus culture more equitable for all. We encourage you to apply to join the Advocates team.

What is Advocates and Allies?

Advocates and Allies is one of three programs currently being adapted to the Michigan Tech culture as part of the NSF-funded ADVANCE Initiative. This program is dedicated to engaging majority stakeholders in the dissemination of knowledge on gender equity as well as actively participating in activities to increase allyship on campus. Advocates and Allies at Michigan Tech has been in startup phases over the past few years through a series of video conferences and in-person visits with Roger Green from North Dakota State University (NDSU). The program launched in earnest with a series of workshops in October 2019 facilitated by a team from NDSU and Auburn University. The Advocates and Allies initiative seeks to leverage the momentum from the October workshops and the formation of an Advisory Board of minority stakeholders (women, minorities, and gender diverse individuals) by forming an Advocates team of majority stakeholders to further institutionalize the commitment to gender equity.

What is the Advocates Team?

This group of majority stakeholders (men) will work closely with the NSF-funded ADVANCE initiative and the Advocates and Allies Advisory Board (AAAB) to make our campus culture more inclusive by advancing knowledge, allyship and policy/practices. Advocates will be expected to participate in program development and delivery while executing Personal Action Plans related to equity issues on campus. Applications are due Friday (April 3).

What is the time commitment and is there compensation?

Rome wasn’t built in a day and building gender equity is no easy task. We anticipate a time commitment of 1-2 hours per month in person in addition to literature review and program planning and development over the course of the staggered one to two-year appointments. After a year, half of the Advocates team members will train their replacements before passing their torch to the next group. The ADVANCE Initiative will be able to provide compensation to Advocates in the form of automated credentialing in Digital Measures. Other forms of compensation are currently being pursued.

How Do I Apply?

Interested individuals should complete our Google form and upload a CV/Resume and a 2,000 character max. description of advocacy experience/vision. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns we would love to hear from you. Feel free to email us or call 7-2519.

ADVANCE Weekly Roundup

In this time of social distancing, it’s important to remember and retain the sense of community we all possess when we’re gathered on campus. One way to do this is to participate in online gatherings/communities and contribute to collaborative resources.

This week's article for the ADVANCE Weekly Roundup highlights how we as a university community can work together to help each other during this crisis. 

The ADVANCE Weekly Roundup is brought to you by ADVANCE at Michigan Tech, which is an NSF-funded initiative dedicated to improving faculty career success, retention, diversity, equity, and inclusion. Contact us to learn more about our mission, programming, and to check out our growing collection of resources. Visit our website.

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