CALL FOR APPLICATIONS
NAIS Mellon Mini-Grants and Residencies
Five Colleges, Incorporated, has been awarded a $2.5 million, four-year grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to help its member campuses transform how they approach Native American and Indigenous Studies (NAIS), with the goal of enhancing teaching, learning and scholarship in the field. As part of this multi-year initiative, FCI is offering mini-grant and residency opportunities to Five College faculty and staff interested in working collaboratively to integrate NAIS into their curricula.
Five College full-time faculty or staff members responsible for creating curriculum are encouraged to apply for mini-grants to lead team projects to develop one or more course modules, a new course, or a cluster or sequence of courses (such as language study). This funding opportunity is also open to faculty with a more multi-disciplinary background and no prior experience in NAIS who are interested in infusing Indigenous approaches into their courses through collaboration with other faculty experts. Mini-grant projects should include multiple faculty and can also include the engagement of Five College staff, students, and community participants as collaborators.
Faculty can also apply for residencies to host indigenous artists, authors, activists, and community historians. Please note that campus policies during the pandemic will severely restrict residencies but creative and/or remote options will be considered.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis with two more deadlines this academic year: December 1, 2020 and February 9, 2021. Virtual information sessions will be offered prior to each deadline to assist applicants in refining their proposals. The next information session will be held on November 17, from 4 to 5pm. Prior to submitting a proposal, applicants are encouraged to attend an information session and read the Frequently Asked Questions section of the FCI NAIS mini-grants website.
For more information, please visit https://www.fivecolleges.edu/natam/mellon-grant
While this year may not provide the same fall traditions as in the past, The HR Activities Committee invites you to show off how you are celebrating the season. Join us for a Fall Photo Collection Showcase to present and talk about your photos of:
- Costumes! Do you and/or members of your family have costumes and no where to go? Get dressed up and snap a picture! We want to see pictures of you, your children, your pet, etc. in costume!
- Decorations! Did you pull out the decorations out of the basement to put out this year (bonus - you don't even need to dust them off if you are going with the Halloween theme!)? We want to see how you decorate your yard, your car (trunk or treat), your workspace, etc. for the season
- Nature! Share your photos of the leaves changing colors in your backyard, on campus, while you were on a leaf-peeping drive, etc.
If you are unable to join us live for the showcase, pictures can be sent to email@example.com with a caption to be shared.
Look for the Zoom link in the Daily Mammoth and/or the OHR Newsletter.
Join Christine Overstreet, Director of Fellowships, and Truman finalists Jeremy Thomas '21 and Margot Lurie '21 to learn about the Truman Scholarship. We'll talk about what makes a strong candidate, how to produce a compelling application, and what the application process entails. The Truman is open to juniors who are U.S. citizens planning a career in public service. All class years are welcome in the session.
Zoom link: https://amherstcollege.zoom.us/j/99871620008
The Office of Human Resources is pleased to offer Zoom office hours for staff and faculty as an opportunity to ask questions, provide feedback and receive information on a variety of topics. We will review recent communications and important developments in the workplace as the semester progresses, and provide a resource takeaway to support effective communication within departments. You will also have opportunities to hear specific tips and best practice examples from other supervisors/department chairs.
Please see the OHR Newsletter or the Daily Mammoth for the Zoom link. You can also contact firstname.lastname@example.org for the access information.
We look forward to connecting with you!
Journal writing in particular enables us to reflect on and to integrate past experiences. Stop by to learn about a range of practical suggestions for how to get started on journal writing as part of the process of recovering from what we have endured. We will have information on a number of ways you can journal including bullet and gratitude journaling. Drop in to tent #4 on the Val Quad to learn about how journaling can be a powerful tool for developing self-understanding. The first 150 students will receive a journal and pen.
This event is for students only.
If you are interested in having more opportunities to speak Arabic, join us Tuesdays and Thursdays for the Arabic Language Social Hour! This Zoom gathering is open to any and all members of the Amherst College community who would like to have conversations in Arabic. You can come and go as it fits your schedule. All levels are welcome!
Please email email@example.com to receive the Zoom link. To ensure you receive the link in time, please email before 2PM on the day of the Social Hours.
Join the Muslim Student Association as we read and reflect on the Islamic texts. No knowledge of Arabic required. All Zoom links will be emailed to the MSA email list weekly and sent via group chat. Please email MSA co-chairs Basma Azzamok (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Ala Kaymaram (email@example.com) to be added to the group chat.
Want a buddy while working on Biology? Drop by the virtual Biology study sessions for a space to be productive! Whether studying silently together in the homeroom or working on an assignment with others in a breakout room, you can build community while getting work done.
Zoom link: bit.ly/2ZGbPAX or Meeting ID: 939 140 9559.
Dr. Stefan Bradley, author of Upending the Ivory Tower: Civil Rights, Black Power and the Ivy League, will speak about the history and impact of Black student activism at elite colleges with Amherst student activists Jeremy Thomas '21 and Kyndall Ashe '18. This discussion will kick off several events commemorating the fifth anniversary of the Amherst Uprising.
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