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MCSC Programming:
   - MCSC Soul Spa Presents: Comfort Station (Nov 3-6) @1-2pm at MCSC Kitchen! Stop by for snacks, conversation, and relaxation.
   - MCSC Study Break: Nov 11th @4-5:30pm (raffle, care package, meet others to do study groups) RSVP

UVM Events: 
  - Take BHSC 096: Antiracism and Health Spring course
  - Queer Crafternoon: pet Rocks Nov 11 @2pm-3p RSVP Here
 - Diwali 2020 Nov 14th 5:30pm attend in person or online (
  - Affinity-Based Political processing spaces. Reserve your space TODAY
  - STEM Career Exploration Week 11/9 - 11/12 

Jobs, Internships & Webinars: 
     - Senator Leahy Internship for the Spring - More info here and scroll down to the bottom of The MCSC Scoop
     - Temp Program assistant at VT Center Email them
     - Chance to be part of NextGen Leaders Initiatives at Disability:IN
     - Vermont Legal Aid Hiring

As we evolve this newsletter and refine our processes, we welcome any feedback you have capacity to share with us. Email us with any thoughts you have!

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Community Spotlight 

MCSC Programming


Affiliated Identity Org Meetings

UVM Mixed Experience 
Meeting Thursdays 6-7pm on MS Teams
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UVM Interracial Adoptee Group 
Black Student Union
Asian Student Union
Alianza Latinx
African Student Association
Muslim Student Assocation
Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/ Hispanics and Native Americans in Science
National Society of Black Engineers

People of Color Outdoors
Womyn of Color Coalition

Indian Student Association

Self and Community Care

Join Campus Advocate, Judy Rickstad, for a space for writing and healing, Tuesday, November 10th at 3pm!
Email: for the link!
Other UVM Events
STEM Career Exploration Week: 11/9 to 11/12 
Join us for a week of career exploration and networking during this year's STEM Career Exploration Week, taking place from November 9th to 12th. This week will feature different opportunities to connect with professionals through panels, affinity spaces, and virtual networking. You can attend as many sessions as you wish. 

Wednesday 11/11: Affinity Panels 
On November 11th, we will be offering a series of identity-based panels that feature working professionals who identify with different underrepresented groups in STEM, including Black, Indigenous & People of Color; LGBTQIA+; and women. Please note that these events are intended to provide space for students and networkers to connect across shared identities, and are only open to those who identify as members of the shared identity group. 
5 to 6 PM: BIPOC in STEM - Register 
6 to 7 PM: LGBTQIA+ in STEM - Register 
7 to 8 PM: Women in STEM - Register 

The Prism Center is so excited to be hosting a series of affinity spaces for our LGBTQIA2S+ UVM student community this year! This affinity space meets once a month as an opportunity for Bisexual, Pansexual, and other students who identify with middle sexuality to gather socially in community with one another and have thoughtful conversations about their experiences centered on specific topics.

They’ll be meeting on Wednesdays 9/30, 10/28, and 12/2 from 3:30-4:30pm. Our first meeting will be in-person and the rest will be virtual.

Please check out the Prism Center web calendar and stay tuned to our Instagram for more details about each meeting. And if you have any questions about this space email Alex Hazzard at!

Explore Progressive Christianity, Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m. via Zoom. Cooperative Christian Ministry at UVM welcomes, affirms, and advocates for justice for all, across race, gender, and sexuality. Thinking and questioning are practiced and encouraged!

Email to receive the Zoom link.

Jobs, Internships & Webinars

Employment Diversity in Highway Construction (EDHC)

Need something to do this winter? Check out the in-person socially distanced and online training opportunities below. We are currently waiving our $25 contribution requirement, so there is no cost to participate in any of these trainings!
What is EDHC? A collection of Equal Employment Opportunity affirmative action programs with a primary objective to increase training and employment opportunities for women, minorities, and other disadvantaged individuals who are underrepresented in the highway construction industry.
Eligible candidates must be a woman, minority and/or disadvantaged person. A disadvantaged person is defined as someone who is participating in a Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (WIOA) program through a state Department of Labor. The disadvantaged person must meet the WIOA “priority populations” eligibility requirements.
BASIC WELDING (in-person)
Randolph - Jan. 9-10 or Feb. 21-22, 9am-4pm, Vermont Tech. Click here for more information.
St. Albans - Wednesdays Feb. 3rd - April 7th, 6-9pm, Northwest Technical Center. Click here for more information.
Essex - Five Mondays starting Feb. 8th. Class meets from 4:30-8:30pm at Center for Technology.. Click here for more information.
Link to Subsidy application
If you are approved for a subsidy, there will be no cost to you (we are currently waiving the $25 contribution requirement).
DOT Transportation Safety Courses (online)
AdvanceOnline offers transportation safety training. CMV Driver and CMV Motor Carrier Management courses cover the DOT Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) and best practices that impact safety ratings of motor carriers and commercial motor vehicle drivers. Their HAZMAT transportation courses discuss the regulations for transporting hazardous materials.
Click here to see their catalog. If you are interested in taking one or more of these courses, please complete a training subsidy application. If you are approved, we will register you and pay for the full cost.
VTrans CDL Funding Program (for in-person courses)
On a continuous basis, we offer funding (up to $1,500) to eligible participants to use towards the cost of CDL classes through six state-approved Commercial Driver Training Schools. Please visit our website for more information.
If you are working towards earning your CDL permit, we recommend you spend time studying the Vermont Commercial Driver's Manual.
More Opportunities with VTrans here
My name is Teresa and I am the manager of the NextGen Leaders Initiatives at Disability:IN where we provide free mentorship, career development, and job opportunities for college students and recent grads, including veterans, with disabilities. As a Black disabled woman, I participated in this program years ago and am passionate about ensuring other people with disabilities, especially disabled people of color, have access to this mentorship and career development program.
We would love to have disabled students, alumni, and veterans at University of Vermont take part in our 2021 NextGen Leaders program. Here’s the link to the application: The deadline to apply is November 20th. I’m also including a link to a digital flyer that provides more information on the program that you can circulate to students.
This is an open position in Vermont State Government recently brought to my attention. I believe this position is in the Burlington Public Defender’s Officer at the Church Street Marketplace - 192 College St # 301, Burlington, VT 05401. I received this on Thursday, October 22, 2020 the application process request an applicant apply by Sunday, November 15, 2020 with a resume, and cover letter through email to
Application Here
Spring 2021 Intern at the U.S. Senate Office of Senator Patrick Leahy
About U.S. Senate Office of Senator Patrick Leahy:
Senator Leahy is the most senior member of the United States Senate, he is the Vice-Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee and also the senior-most member of the Senate Judiciary Committee and of the Senate Agriculture Committee.  Senator Leahy offers internships during the fall, spring and summer semesters. For more information on Senator Leahy, please visit his website at:
About this position:
Senator Leahy’s internship program provides an opportunity to experience the legislative process at work, while becoming an integral part of the staff.
Internships are available in Senator Leahy’s offices in Burlington, as well as in his Washington, D.C. personal office. Interns work part- or full-time during the fall or spring school semesters, and full-time in the summer. Each intern will be given a variety of tasks, including researching legislative issues, drafting letters and memoranda, attending meetings, and performing general administrative duties. Stipends are often available, though not guaranteed. Preference will be given to Vermont candidates. 
Please complete BOTH of the following steps. Those applicants who do not complete both steps will not be considered for the program.
1. Submit an online application via Senator Leahy’s website:
2. Email one PDF document containing: a cover letter, resume, college transcript, and two letters of recommendationto
Application Deadlines: 
Spring 2021: November 15, 2020
Summer 2021: March 14, 2021 

More details:
Salary: Paid 
Type of Job: 20 hrs/week
Duration: Temporary/Seasonal
Job Location: Burlington, Vermont 
School Years: All School Years; Preference for Junior/Senior 
Majors: All Majors
Contact Information:
                Email address:
Address: 199 Main Street, 4th Floor, Burlington, VT 05401
Phone: 802-863-2525
Vermont Humanities is searching for a creative, talented, and effective communications professional who can work independently to manage graphic design projects, print publications, email communications, fundraising materials, and media relations. The Communications Production Manager will also serve as a key partner in maintaining and enhancing the Vermont Humanities website, contributing to our vibrant social media presence, and developing audiovisual productions. The Manager may be called upon to assist the Director of Communications, Executive Director, or other staff members with programming and development activities such as grant writing, reporting, and creating fundraising materials.
Vermont Humanities is committed to using a diversity, equity, inclusion, and access lens to meet its mission. The Communications Production Manager will be a life-long learner and contribute to the organization’s growth and cultural competency around these issues. Applicants are encouraged to include information in their cover letter on how they can contribute to this vision.
The full job description can be found here
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