CIES Weekly News, April 25 - May 1, 2021


  • Wednesday, April 28 - Panel: Responding to Sexual Violence on Campus. 7:00pm, via Zoom. Panelists from Luther, with guests from Riverview Center and Helping Services, will use a trauma-informed approach to share data from the campus climate sexual assault survey (2020), discuss how faculty and staff can support students in need, and provide information on being a bystander. A Q&A will follow the presentation, and panelists will offer information on confidential and free resources both at Luther and in the Decorah community. Event link
  • Friday, April 30 - Journey & Healing: Trauma in LGBTQIA+ Communities: NEIPJC webinar. 6:00 - 7:00pm, via Zoom.  Register for this webinar here



  • International Students:  Counseling Service wants to hear from you!  As they plan for service offerings for the fall semester, they'd like to hear from all Luther international students about your interest in offering an International Student Support Group again next academic year.  Even if you did not sign up or participate in the group offered this year, they would still really appreciate your feedback.  The survey should only take a couple minutes and is anonymous.
  • Summer Housing for Graduating International Students Awaiting OPT is Available! If you decide to apply for summer housing, you would need to plan on having other housing options in place by August 3rd. The summer housing application is available here.
  • J-Term 2022: ENG/IDS 240: Zora Neale Hurston and the Harlem Renaissance.  Spend J-2022 exploring the life and writings of a major American writer in ENG/IDS 240: Zora Neale Hurston and the Harlem Renaissance, led by Martin Klammer and Kathy Reed. We'll travel to Washington, DC, New York City (Harlem), and Orlando (Eatonville), Florida for the annual Zora Neale Hurston Festival. Course fulfills HEPT, Intercultural, and J-2. Course information and price on the Center for Global Learning website or contact Professor Klammer.
  • Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month in the U.S. will begin on Saturday, May 1st. As a celebration, ASAA will be organizing ‘Who Belongs Here?,’ which will include a collaborative panel discussion with students and faculty advisors to address RACE from a multidisciplinary approach. Please use this form  to share racism you have experienced. If you want to be a member of the panel please contact ASAA.
  • "What Was I Wearing" Exhibit - through April 30
    Gender and Equality House (Gjerset House) Room #2. Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. As part of SAAM (Sexual Assault Awareness Month), Norse Against Sexual Assault and Riverview Center welcome you to walk through the "What Was I Wearing" exhibit.
    The Installation asks participants to understand that it was never about the clothing. The violation is not simply woven into the fabric of the material, it is a part of the survivor's new narrative. If only ending sexual violence was as easy as changing our clothes.  Instead, it requires all of us to evaluate what enabled us to ask, “what were you wearing?” in the first place.
  • 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.
  • Support for seniors:  The Career Center has added Handshake appointments for 1:1 customized support for our soon-to-be graduates. This link lists the various appointment types as well as the available times.
  • Call for applications:  The Banyan Impact Fellowship is a fully-funded, interdisciplinary experiential learning program that places young professionals from India and the US in service with communities across India. Open to US citizens, US permanent residents or Indian citizens aged 21-35, with a Bachelor's degree (or higher) in hand by November 1st, 2021. Learn more about it here. Applications due by April 30.
  • 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.
  • Check out these AAPI Mental Health Resources organized by state.
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