Grad students create new cultural association

first_imgAccording to Newman, president and business chair of the organization, planning for MIA began in May 2018. During a [email protected] lab program, they proposed their idea to their peers and professor Jay Clewis. “[He said] people don’t watch films because there are Hispanic people, black people or women in it,” Tran said. “He kind of just shut off and completely dismissed any kind of topic in regards to race or gender, and it made me very uncomfortable that it wasn’t even open to my perspective on it at all.” Tran tried to report the professor to the director of her program but was told nothing could be done. “I knew that creating this wasn’t really about me, I know that I’m going to [be] graduating soon, so I’m not going to be able to see what [MIA] will be like in two years or even a year,” Newman said. “[MIA] is not about what am I getting, its about what can I help provide for others. ” With the help of fellow graduate classmates Angela Newman and Deon Reid she decided to take matters into her own hands by forming the Multicultural Innovators Association, a student-run club within the [email protected] program. Tran said MIA aims to start conversations about microaggressions and the challenges students of color face at USC. Tran is the club’s vice president and technology chair. Newman, Tran and Reid created a document with thoughts and concerns about the disadvantages that they had faced as students of color and emailed it to Iovine and Young Academy Dean Erica Muhl. [email protected] is an 18-month program, and most members of MIA’s executive board are set to graduate in May, but Newman said the organization was formed with future students in mind. Graduate student Angela Newman helped the Multicultural Innovators Association within the mostly-online [email protected] program as a space for marginalized students to feel more comfortable. (Tucker Judkins/Daily Trojan) “It was an actual project assignment that we were getting graded on,” Newman said. “We had to do surveys, we had to do interviews. We had to make sure that [there was] sound evidence to prove that [MIA] was something that [students at [email protected]] need and wanted.” “Our [[email protected]] program is mostly online,” Tran said. “And to be experiencing unconscious bias and microaggression over a computer [in a classroom setting] was kind of crazy for [me and my friends] — that’s when we started meeting up to discuss what to do about it.” But by the end of the meeting, Newman said no official plan had been made, so they decided to start a club. They then met with Muhl, department heads and advisors to have a conversation about diversity and inclusion in the Academy. [email protected], also known as the Masters in Integrated Design, Business and Technology, is a program in the Iovine and Young Academy. According to Iovine and Young’s faculty page, its faculty is composed primarily of white men. There are only two women and three people of color out of 20 instructors listed on the page. According to Tran, MIA launched in January as a diversity and inclusion initiative — one of the first in Iovine and Young. “I really appreciated that the dean did that,” Newman said. “[She] took the time to say ‘Hey, I was reading your email, let’s sit down and have a talk about this’ … she could have said nothing.” According to MIA’s website, the club’s purpose is to protect the educational rights and needs of [email protected] students of color. Meetings take place on the first Monday of every month on Zoom, a video conferencing app that is also used in the Academy’s online courses. [email protected] has students from around the world, including Chicago and Canada. According to Newman, MIA is meant to be inclusive of those students who do not have the opportunity to participate in events that take place on campus. “When you think of the idea of being with people online, it sounds a little bit isolating,” Valenzuela said. “You [think that if] you’re alone in a room and you’re far away from everyone, [you can’t] interact with anyone. In actuality, [MIA] does a really good job [of creating social connections] … It’s more comforting than it is isolating.” Katia Valenzuela, a graduate student in the [email protected] program and MIA’s graphic design chair, said the online aspect of the club allowed her to build relationships with her peers. “We started with texting and just conversations in class,” said Newman, a graduate student in the [email protected] program. “Then we started to meet up … and started brainstorming on the board and starting throwing up all the things that we’re bothered by, or things that we wanted to change, or things that we don’t have …  as minority students.” When [email protected] student Tawny Tran decided to discuss Asian American representation in media for an online class assignment, the comment she got from her professor wasn’t one she expected. last_img read more

Opinion Taking the first steps into education can be daunting – for

first_imgHelp familiarise your child with their new school before they startSet up play dates for your child with new classmates before school startsMake fun days of buying books and a new uniformEstablish a good sleeping and eating routine in the weeks beforehandEncourage your child to ask their teacher plenty of questionsDon’t…Ignore changes in their behaviourDismiss any fears or concerns that your child hasForget to talk to your child about every aspect of their dayBe too anxious yourselfShane Kelly is Professional Services Manager with the Irish Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy. AS THE NEW school year approaches, parents and pupils are counting down the last days of summer before easing themselves into the usual routine of buying books and uniforms. However, for those children who will take their first steps into education come September, the new term can be a daunting experience.Venturing into the unknown and undergoing major changes in your everyday life – for example, starting a new job or moving house – is stressful for anyone, irrespective of their age, so it is hardly surprising that young children feel scared when they are suddenly introduced into new surroundings.Thankfully, there are a number of things that parents can do to make the transition to primary education as easy and painless as possible and to ensure that the first day at school is a memorable one.Schools are far more welcoming, inviting places than they used to be, and it is important that parents bring their children to visit their new school before the first day of term.This will allow children the opportunity to meet their teacher and the principal, who will do their most to welcome them to the school. It will also help children to familiarise themselves with their new surroundings, including the classroom and facilities like the toilets and the playground.Visiting the school before term begins will also help you to find parents and children who are in a similar situation. Organising play dates with other kids who are in the same boat will ensure that your child has some new friends on the first day and will help them to settle in. In some instances, schools can put you in touch with other parents to arrange a play date.Ahead of the start of term, parents should also discuss school as much as possible with their child and dispel any fears they have. While a pre-term visit will have helped to allay many of your child’s concerns, why not plan some school-related fun events? One of the most effective ways to do this is by organising a family day out to buy books, uniforms and schoolbags. This will help make the prospect of school seem exciting, positive and something that they will look forward to.Parents should also encourage their children to ask questions like ‘what do I do if I need to go to the toilet?’ or ‘what do I do if I need a drink?’ This will help ease any worries that they might have and it will also show that the teacher is there to help them. Consequently, it will make it easier for them to settle in and to feel comfortable in their new environment.It’s also important that you encourage your child to be friendly and helpful to their classmates and ask others to play with them. This will help them to build on the friendships that they made during the pre-school play dates and joining after school clubs will cement these new relationships.Once these first-timers start school, parents should talk to them every day about their experiences. Ask them what they did and what their favourite part of their day was. It’s important that you are excited and enthusiastic about their stories, which will validate their positive experiences.By the same token, don’t dismiss your child’s fears. You must address them and talk through them. The more they talk, the easier it will be for them and you will get a better sense of how they are coping.You should also keep an eye for changes in children’s behaviour such as not sleeping, not eating, being irritable, quiet or angry as it may indicate that they need more help to cope with the new environment. If there is a specific issue, have a quiet word with the teacher.Thankfully, most children adapt quickly to their new surroundings and have a great first year in school, so, as a parent, try not to be too anxious yourself. After all, being in school are the best days of your life.Dos and don’ts for starting schoolDo…last_img read more

Docker is releasing a new commercial platform for

first_imgDocker is releasing a new commercial platform for enterprise development and IT teams. Docker Enterprise Edition (EE) is a new platform designed to streamline the Docker experience, and accelerate business critical app deployments. “From the very beginning, Docker has been focused on taking very complicated tooling and software and making it intuitive and easy to use,” said Solomon Hykes, CTO and founder of Docker. “With EE, we’ve built on that legacy by removing the layers of complexity and giving users a more native and tightly integrated experience. Our latest set of editions makes it even easier for users to get critical applications into production, and only Docker provides an open solution with full stack portability across any infrastructure from one environment to another—without breaking the seamless workflow between Dev and Ops.” Docker is also launching the Docker Certification Program for partners to integrate and certify their technology with Docker EE and make them available on the Docker Store.GitHub Enterprise 2.9 now availableGitHub is improving its enterprise platform for developers and administrators. GitHub Enterprise 2.9 is designed to improve reliability for admins as well as help developers take advantage of pull requests. The latest release features load balancer support, a new hosting option on Google Compute Engine, resolved merge conflicts, review requests, the ability to dismiss pull request reviews, the ability to rebase and merge pull requests, and the ability to use GitHub projects at the organization level. Microsoft to start shipping Windows Mixed Reality dev kitsMicrosoft wants developers to start blending the real world with the virtual world. The company announced plans to start shipping its Windows Mixed Reality dev kits this month. The developer edition headsets were created in partnership with Acer, and will come with the Acer headset, documentation, access to the Windows 10 Insider preview builds, and an SDK for building mixed-reality apps. “At Microsoft, we are building Windows 10 to be the most complete platform across the broadest range of mixed reality devices and experiences. We believe that mixed reality can empower new waves of creativity and should be affordable and attainable for everyone,” wrote Alex Kipman, technical fellow at Microsoft, in a blog post. Operation Rosehub helps patch vulnerable code Instead of posting a security advisory and asking developers to address every vulnerability, Google has formed a task force, called Operation Rosehub, to update its open-source code.Building awareness is key to drawing attention to the tools that exist for fixing software on a massive scale, wrote Justine Tunney, software engineer on TensorFlow, in a blog post. Operation Rosehub was organized from the bottom-up on company mailing lists, according to her, and employees who volunteered sent out patches in a matter of weeks.last_img read more