CIES Weekly News, April 11 - 17, 2021


  • Tuesday, April 13 - Paideia Text & Issues: "Resilient Communities in a Time of Change." 7pm, via Zoom. Prof. Jon Jensen, with Luther seniors Piper Wood, Carina Hansen, and Jonathan Rivera, will discuss how communities can increase resilience and prepare for social and environmental changes in the twenty-first century. Event link
  • April 18 - 24 - Climate Justice Week. This year's theme is "Social Equity In Our Changing Climate." Click here for information and here for a list of events.


  • CIES would like to wish all our Muslim students a blessed Ramadan. Ramadan Mubarak!
  • Attention International Students who are seniors!
    If you are graduating this semester and plan to apply for OPT, now is the time to begin the process. The information you need for the process is available at: When you have all the required documents, please email [email protected] for a review before mailing.
    If your program end date on your I-20 is May 2021 BUT you still have course(s) to take to complete all of your degree requirement, make an appointment to talk with Wintlett ([email protected]) about this NOW. Do not wait.
  • This Monday, April 12th we are offering FREE haircuts by a highly experienced barber who owns barber shops in Rochester and Winona, MN.  Luther is partnering with ClipDart, an organization that helps barbers come to you. On Monday, April 12th from 9-5 pm, Gil Jordan IV, will be on our campus to give haircuts. He has capacity for seven (7) students. Mr. Jordan has 20+ years of experience cutting hair and will get you feeling fresh and ready to finish up the semester.
    With only 7 slots available, appointments are going fast! Click here to sign up for a time as soon as possible. Once the slots are filled, we will email you with information about where to go on campus to get your haircut. If you received a haircut on March 29th, you are welcome to sign up again, however, priority will go to students who have not had their haircut yet.
  • Feeling isolated dealing with mental health challenges? You're definitely not alone. A NAMI Connection support group for Luther students is meeting virtually on Saturdays at 1:30 pm, starting April 10th. The group is led by other students who have personal experience with mental health conditions. To get the Google Meet link, please fill out this form. Contact [email protected] with any questions.
  • WHY participate in the ROCHESTER SEMESTER? 94% of hiring managers say that they would be more likely to hire a recent graduate who has completed an internship. – AACU Leap Survey, 2018.
    The Rochester Semester offers an opportunity to:
    -Complete an immersion internship (20 hrs/week onsite) that is developed with your interests in mind
    -Take a place-based, community-integrated Paideia II course and a course that integrates your academic and career development
    -Live in community in downtown Rochester and radically collaborate with your Luther peers in this shared experience
    Thursday, April 15th : Final Deadline for applying to the Fall 2021 Rochester Semester and the Priority Deadline for Spring 2022 Applications.  Apply on the Rochester Semester CGL webpage.  For more information or questions about the program, contact: Elizabeth Finanger, CGL Off-Campus Programs Advisor, [email protected]
    Jodi Enos-Berlage, Rochester Semester Director, [email protected]
  • Check out these  AAPI Mental Health Resources organized by state.
  • Learn the 5 D’s of bystander intervention:
  • DeRay Mckesson: Building Power for Racial Equity and Social Justice. Monday, April 12, 2021 7:30-8:30pm.  Join activist, educator, and author DeRay Mckesson speaking on his journey from middle school math teacher to acclaimed civil rights leader and police reform advocate. DeRay will share the lessons he learned from the streets of Ferguson, the jail cells of Baton Rouge, and the West Wing of the White House. In conversation with Margarita Luna, DeRay will answer questions about the future of community organizing, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Black and Brown communities, and the possibility of ending police violence in the United States. Register for FREE today!
  • The New York Times and the Ida B. Wells Society for Investigative Reporting are seeking an inquisitive, enterprising and nimble student journalist or recent graduate to join The Times’s Investigations desk as a paid summer reporting intern. Apply before April 19th!
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