Yosimar Reyes clarifies, reflects on the misperceptions of immigrants

first_imgSaint Mary’s Diversity and Leadership Conference — which aims to promote attitudes of inclusion and dispel stereotypes about marginalized populations — kicked off in Carroll Auditorium on Monday night with a speech from Yosimar Reyes, a poet and activist who discussed his desire to amplify the often-muted voices of undocumented individuals.Those who quickly cast judgment and make assumptions about immigrants often struggle to cope with their own insecurities and fears, Reyes said.“I can only be myself,” Reyes said. “If you don’t like me based on the fact that I don’t have a social security number, then there’s a deeper investigation that you need to do within your own anxiety and your own healing.”Reyes said writing grants him the opportunity to relay and disseminate the lesser-known narratives of the undocumented community, which he said society often views strictly in terms of the labor, taxes and educational achievements they contribute.“One of the things that we do within this country is we have a really great analysis on race relations — we talk about racism very openly — but one of the things we really don’t have conversations about is class,” he said. “Wage inequality is something that is very real and something that really affects a lot of communities.”Americans often direct anger about unsatisfactory social or economic conditions toward immigrants, Reyes said, misplacing their frustrations and propagating harmful stereotypes.“People started saying undocumented people are stealing resources,” he said. “The reality is that most undocumented people are living below the poverty line, so they’re relying on whatever they can to make a living.”His grandparents, who sustained his household by selling recyclable bottle and cans, serve as a prime example of this phenomenon, he said.“For the longest time, I had a really hard time talking about how we managed to survive in this country, but now I’m more open about it because I realize that there are more people who understand poverty at a different level,” Reyes said. “One of the beautiful things is that now as a writer, I tell these stories and using the quote that ‘My grandparents took the trash this country gave them and recycled it and we made it into art.’”Reyes said the adversity undocumented immigrants face may seem especially pertinent now, as they have garnered a noteworthy media presence, but their struggles have historical roots. “In 1994, Prop. 187 — which is a proposition also known as Save Our State Law — was an initiative … to establish a state-run citizen screening system and prohibit illegal aliens from using non-emergency healthcare, public education and other services in the state of California,” Reyes said. “Prop. 187 was something I was really aware of as a kid because around this time I was in the third grade, and my grandma is taking me to Safeway, and I see a bunch of people protesting this. … It actually passed, but it went to court, and it never really went into effect.”Proposition 187 propelled citizens to view undocumented people in terms of dissimilarity, Reyes said, and this sentiment pervades modern culture decades later.“It’s interesting because this is proposed by Pete Wilson, and if you go look back … at videos that were promoting this, it’s the same talking points that we heard when Trump was coming into office,” he said. “It’s the same images of undocumented immigrants jumping the border.”His writing aims to re-envision the master narrative of undocumented individuals and grant them the deserved agency to define themselves, which will hopefully enable people to form connections and learn from one another.“One of the things that I’m trying to do … is to create work that gives undocumented people a mental break,” Reyes said. “I want to also create stories that make people laugh or remind them of something else or remind them how funny this predicament is. I think right now what we need is, ‘If you have some access to a network, how do you become a mentor to an undocumented person in your industry?’”Tags: Diversity and Leadership Conference, Immigration, Proposition 187, Save Our State, Undocumented, Yosimar Reyeslast_img read more

University welcomes early admits for class of 2023

first_imgNotre Dame released admissions decisions to its Restrictive Early Action (REA) applicants Dec. 14. Out of 7,217 applicants, a total of 1,532 were invited to the class of 2023 — roughly 21 percent — making this round of REA the most selective ever.Claire Kopischke | The Observer One-hundred-twelve fewer students were admitted this year than last year. According to Don Bishop, associate vice president of undergraduate admissions, this was because Notre Dame’s yield rate — the percent of admits choosing to enroll — continues to grow. In 2018, the total yield rate for all applicants — early and regular — went from about 55 percent to 57 percent. For REA admits only, the yield rate increased to about 67 percent. This puts the University in the top-10 highest yield rates for higher education institutions. Bishop said Notre Dame also aims to save more than half of applicants for the regular admission pool, lowering the number of students accepted this year. Additionally, Bishop said, applying early does not give students an inherent advantage, as most students applying early are at the top of the applicant pool.“The reason [applicants] apply early is that there’s nothing more they can do. They’re already at the top already, so they might as well apply,” Bishop said. “Lower-income households, first-generation households don’t apply as early and want more time to decide and spend more time applying … so the higher percentage of class that you cash in early may create an equity of access in regular action. A higher percentage of those groups come in the regular action pool, so if you overstuffed the first early fruit, you’ve really eliminated — to some degree — opportunity, and we don’t want to do that.”This REA group also is a diverse one — about 13 percent of the class is made up of either international students, dual citizens, or U.S. students abroad; first-generation student admits are up by 16 percent from last year; the number of U.S. students of color admitted through REA is up 15 percent; and 53 nations are being represented in the class. “We’ve gone out and identified more low-income students, and made sure that they knew Notre Dame was very encouraging to them,” Bishop said. “We have a lot of people that send us their test scores … so we have some interaction with them that they started, but we are trying to do more interaction with students that we start. We have been trying to find more students that are from first-generation households by creating relationships with community-based organizations where they know where the low-income, high-achieving students are.”According to the release, the number of REA applicants is up 16.5 percent from 2017’s REA application round — an increase of 1,036 applicants. Bishop said he attributes this increase to the several steps the University has taken to continue the upward trend in applicants. “Part of it is that we’re doing a better job in the admissions recruitment effort,” he said. “Secondly, the campus development — all the new buildings — the campus just presents well. Also, the success of Notre Dame alumni, and the students have really gotten very involved in helping us recruit the next wave of students.”This year, 1,375 applicants — 19 percent— were deferred to the regular decision pool. Bishop said, on average, about 100 applicants are accepted during the regular application round. If an applicant is deferred, Bishops advises them to demonstrate they are still interested in attending, and update the University on any changes in their grades, activities or awards. “We don’t want them to feel like they have to campaign, but they can send us any major updates to their transcript,” Bishop said.The admissions department looks for more than just grades; they look for students who have demonstrated motivations behind their accomplishments, a desire to go beyond just academics and to be of service to others, Bishop said. “In the end, it’s a balancing of your academic talent and potential, and some students have more potential that don’t come from all the resources that other students come from. So when we see that there is a talent level, if you give them the Notre Dame resources, we think that they will jump in performance higher than some other students who’ve come from enormous resources,” Bishop said. “Some of these students are more impressive to us, and we think that long term they are going to be, in some cases, the more dynamic people that will be Notre Dame graduates and serving in the world and not just serving their own success.”Tags: class of 2023, Don Bishop, early actionlast_img read more

Guards at the Taj & More Win Big at Obies

first_imgOmar Metwally & Arian Moayed in ‘Guards at the Taj’Photo: Doug Hamilton Rajiv Joseph’s Guards at the Taj was one of the big winners at the 61st annual Obie Awards on May 23, taking home the prize for Best New American Play. Meanwhile, honorees in the performance category included Jayne Houdyshell for The Humans, Ben Platt for Dear Evan Hansen and the ensemble cast of Eclipsed: Pascale Armand, Akosua Busia, Zainab Jah, Lupita Nyong’o and Saycon Sengbloh. Hosted by Lea DeLaria, the event took place at Webster Hall and the evening’s festivities included a special performance by 2016 Tony nominee Leslie Odom Jr. of “Without You,” to mark the 20th Anniversary of Rent.See below for a complete list of winners.PlaywritingLucas Hnath, The Christians and Red SpeedoStephen Karam, The HumansMusical TheaterSteven Levenson (book), Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (music & lyrics), Dear Evan HansenDirectionRachel Chavkin, The RoyaleMichael Leibenluft, I’ll Never Love AgainPerformanceKhris Davis, The RoyaleEmily Donahoe, The ChristiansGeorgia Engel, JohnEnsemble, Eclipsed: Pascale Armand, Akosua Busia, Zainab Jah, Lupita Nyong’o, Saycon SengblohJayne Houdyshell, The HumansOmar Metwally and Arian Moayed, Guards at the TajBen Platt, Dear Evan HansenLucas Caleb Rooney, Red SpeedoTamara Tunie, FamiliarDesignRachel Hauck, Sustained Excellence of Set DesignJason Lyons, Sustained Excellence of Lighting DesignJames Ortiz, Puppet Design, The WoodsmanBray Poor, Sustained Excellence of Sound DesignKaye Voyce, Sustained Excellence of Costume DesignSpecial Citations: CollaborationAnnie Baker (playwright), Sam Gold (director) and the design team of JohnMark Barton (lighting), Ásta Bennie Hostetter (costumes), Mimi Lien (set), Noah Mease (props), Bray Poor (sound) Dominique Morisseau (playwright) and Ruben Santiago-Hudson (director), Skeleton Crew Obie Grants ($4,000 prize to each theater)Bedlam TheatreNoor TheatreProspect Theatre CompanyThe Ross Wetzsteon Award ($3,000 prize)NAATCO/National Asian American Theatre CompanyBest New American Play ($1,000 prize)Guards at the Taj by Rajiv Joseph (Atlantic Theatre CompanyLifetime Achievement AwardCarmen de LavalladeA.R. Gurney View Commentslast_img read more

Big Oil, ‘Unloved and On Sale’

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Sydney Morning Herald:Big Oil is under pressure, unloved and on sale.Energy giants from Exxon Mobil to Royal Dutch Shell are struggling back to their feet after a three-year oil slump, while also fighting to prove they can survive for decades to come amid an accelerating shift to clean energy.So getting dumped by the world’s biggest investment fund wouldn’t be welcome news.Norway’s $US1 trillion ($1.25 trillion) sovereign wealth fund said on Thursday that it wants to sell about $US35 billion of shares in oil and gas companies to make the nation “less vulnerable” to a drop in crude prices.Norges Bank Investment Management has nearly 380 investments oil and gas investments worldwide, the majority of which are in the US. If the strategy is implemented it will have an enormous impact on the market as the fund is amongst the top ten largest institutional investors in some of the world’s largest oil and gas companies. It holds stakes worth more than US$5 billion in Shell, US$3 billion in ExxonMobil, and US$2 billion in Chevron, BP and Total.Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis director of finance, Tom Sanzillo, said the move as a reminder that ongoing low oil prices were a continued risk.“The Norges Bank recommendation that the Norwegian Fund remove oil and gas stocks from its benchmark indexes reflects the long-term deterioration of these stocks,” Mr Sanzillo said.“Oil and gas stocks are no longer stable providers of cash or value added contributors to institutional investment funds. The bank’s decision now incorporates the risks from these increasingly speculative investments.More: For sale: $25 billion oil shares dumped by world’s biggest fund seek new owner Big Oil, ‘Unloved and On Sale’last_img read more

Four reasons credit unions are in a great position to serve the financial needs of women

first_img 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr On Mother’s Day (and every day) we give thanks to all women for the significant role they play in our lives. This time of year, we tend to reflect on the positives our moms have brought to life for us—like unconditional love, heartfelt support and selfless guidance. Today, many women are also a powerful influence in their families’ finances. In fact, women in the United States:Control 51 percent ($14 trillion) of personal wealth.Drive 70-80 percent of all consumer purchasing.Act as the “CFO” in the majority (51 percent) of households.We also know that 85 percent of women over the age of 40 has had one or more child. They are complex consumers with unique needs. Compared to men, research suggests that women:Live longer.Earn and save less.Are more likely to take career breaks to raise a family.Invest more conservatively. continue reading »last_img read more

Start your job search now for a successful 2018

first_imgCulture/atmosphere Geographic location Benefits and other perksUpdate your résumé.  Contact a trusted recruiter to begin your search. Compile your career “wish list.” Include preferences such as: Job role and dutiescenter_img 41SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Kim Kreps Kim Kreps, VP & Executive Search Director, is often asked for her insight on pressing issues and industry trends.  Find out how today’s workforce is evolving when it comes to … Web: www.jmfa.com Details If you made a New Year’s resolution in 2017 to make a job or career change, odds are you’re still with your current employer.The reason New Year’s resolutions have such a low success rate, according to University of Scranton professor of psychology Dr. John Norcross, is because most of us aren’t ready for big changes.One of the biggest changes you can make in life is to change your place of employment. Your career not only affects your income and ability to live a certain lifestyle. It also affects your health (an energy-zapping job can leave you grabbing unhealthy, processed foods or skipping the gym), your home life (long hours can mean less time with family), and your leisure (weekends spent catching up on emails instead of enjoying hobbies).  With so much riding on how and where you work, making sure you’re highly satisfied in your career should be at the top of your to-do list. But waiting until the new year will cost you — there are so many reasons to get started in your job search TODAY. The jobs are there.According to an Accounting Principals survey of more than 500 human resources or hiring managers, 94% recommend job seekers continue their job search through the end of the year. We wholeheartedly agree with this. Most people think that hiring managers want to wait until the new fiscal year to fill open positions, or that they’re on vacation for much of December, but this just isn’t true. It’s rather typical to see a steady stream of job openings throughout the year, without any significant dip in November and December.In the fourth quarter, many companies meet to evaluate progress on current goals as well as to strategize for the upcoming year. Achieving bigger goals often requires adding additional talent to the team, and a company that plans well (read: a company you want to work for) will want to hit the ground running in 2018 with its team already in place.By getting all of your ducks in a row and contacting companies or recruiters now, you’ll be in prime position to have interviews underway before the new year begins — and, conveniently, at a time when your current workload may be lighter and days off are often easier to schedule. You’ll beat the rush.While other passive job seekers are “just trying to make it through the holidays,” you’ll be able to stand out better in the smaller pool of candidates if you start your job search now. You’ll also have a much better chance to snag those aforementioned open positions, with fewer candidates to contend with. And, even if you don’t find the perfect fit before January 1, you’ll still be more familiar to recruiters than those who submitted their resumes after the first of the year.You can time it to your benefit.While bonuses are typically paid between December and February, you don’t have to wait until the check clears the bank to start your search. Remember, hiring doesn’t happen overnight. By starting your job search now, you have time to complete the interview process and secure a new job that begins after you receive any expected bonuses. Also, if you know you definitely want to work for a different company, have better work-life balance, be in a higher role or relocate, the edge you get from staying ahead of the competition may be worth more than any bonus you may receive.There’s no risk.When you work with a solid recruiting firm, there’s nothing to lose. Typically, job seekers do not pay for these recruiting services, but they do reap the benefits of the recruiter’s expertise, connections within the financial industry and ability to make mutually beneficial matches between employers and candidates.Be sure to look for a team that operates with integrity and keeps all information, documents, and conversations confidential. Your resume or name should never be shared with an organization without first discussing the position with you and getting your permission to proceed. There should also be confidentiality agreements throughout the entire process so you feel comfortable that there is the utmost discretion in place.Whether you apply directly with an organization or work with an experienced recruiting firm, getting ahead of the pack and seizing opportunities always makes sense. Use this simple checklist to help you to begin your job search TODAY. CHECKLIST FOR JOB SEEKERS Size of organizationlast_img read more

On the board improvement highway, the onramp and the offramp are equally important

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr It’s a simple metaphor. Really. Credit union board service is a highway journey for which we must have an onramp and an offramp. But here’s the deal – too many credit unions, boards and directors only pay attention to the “highway” part of that. Some pay cursory attention to the onramp and MOST ignore the offramp completely. To extend this metaphor (reductio ad absurdum) to the ridiculous, it’s as if the board-mobile slows down a little bit, barely long enough for you to get in, but only opens the door for you to drop and roll on the way out. Sheesh! All to the detriment of the board. (In the next episode – is your board-mobile a 1972 Cadillac, a 1986 Chevy Chevette or a 2020 Tesla?!)Back to Our Highway MetaphorWhen I’m out talking to directors, whether it be with an individual board at a governance session, or speaking in a conference setting, I often ask board members about their first days as directors. I ask how long it was from the time they signed their first board oath, to the time when they felt comfortable, knew enough to ask hard questions, and really understood not just the financials of the credit union, bit the full scope of its operations. The answers to this are inevitably measured in YEARS … not weeks, or even months. continue reading »last_img read more

Iceland moves to curb heavy pension fund influence over local companies

first_imgIceland’s pension funds should be forced to be more transparent over how they manage their ownership stakes in the country’s businesses, according to a working group appointed by the country’s government.The task force – chaired by Gunnar Baldvinsson, chief executive of the Almenni Pension Fund – has published a report recommending a series of measures to address the economic and competitive risks resulting from pension funds’ now wide-scale ownership of domestic companies.Iceland’s pension fund assets amount to around 150% of the country’s GDP — making its pension system one of the largest in the world relative to the size of its economy. Since the severe financial and economic crisis which hit the country in 2008, Iceland’s pension funds have increased their ownership of businesses in various sectors of the economy. This was partly due to the collapse of major banks but also because of foreign capital controls imposed by the government. The controls were only fully lifted last year, and had forced pension funds to invest their comparatively large asset bases domestically. Baldvinsson’s group has advised that pension funds should increase their target allocations to foreign assets in their long-term investment policies in order to reduce risk.Funds should also be required to establish policies outlining their roles as owners of enterprises, the group said.It went on to recommend that pension funds be obliged to publish a report at least once a year with information about their communication with companies in which they invest, including information on how they vote at shareholder meetings.The group also urged the government to consult on allowing a portion of an individual’s pension contributions to be allocated to housing savings.Baldvinnson told IPE the working group did not consider it necessary to propose any changes to Iceland’s Companies Act, but “rules should be imposed that require pension funds to establish a formal strategy about ownership policy”.Such a strategy should include articles about corporate governance for pension funds as shareholders; articles about competition issues and what pension funds intend to do to ensure competition in the market; and articles on communication with companies and participation in decisions at shareholders’ meetings, he said.Last June, Iceland’s then prime minister Bjarni Benediktsson appointed the working group, in consultation with the Council of Ministers for Economic Affairs, to examine the role of pension funds in the structure of the economy.Apart from examining the economic and competitive risks in pension funds’ high level of corporate ownership, the group was to say whether rules should be put in place or legislative changes made to corporate ownership and the involvement of pension funds in the management of commercial enterprises in order to reduce the funds’ stakes and ensure market competition.last_img read more

Fancy a Noosa beach house? That’ll be $14m, thanks

first_imgInside the property at 2 Belmore Tce, Sunshine Beach.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus16 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market16 hours ago“They flew up, loved what they saw and signed an unconditional contract on the spot,” Mr Offermann said.The pristine, white house has five bedrooms and six bathrooms and is on a 1258 sqm double lot with 41m of ocean frontage and a 23m pool.Records show the property was owned by Susan Wade, who bought one of the lots for $2.4 million in 2002.She then acquired the lot next door and built the current house on both of them. This property at 2 Belmore Tce, Sunshine Beach, has sold for $14m.A NOOSA beach house has sold for $14 million to an interstate buyer before it even had a chance to hit the open market.The sale of the luxurious, oceanfront property at 2 Belmore Tce, Sunshine Beach, marks the third highest sale in the region.Earlier this year, the home of tennis great Pat Rafter in Seaview Tce, Sunshine Beach, sold for $15.2 million to the founder of Betty’s Burgers. “Some people assume if the Sydney and Melbourne markets are going down that the Noosa market will follow, but we’re a regional market,” he said. The view from the property at 2 Belmore Tce, Sunshine Beach.Mr Offermann said he would soon be announcing another $10 million-plus sale in Noosa Heads, topping off a big few months of sales.He said the agency’s sales for the September quarter were up 58 per cent on the same period last year, inquiry levels were showing no signs of slowing and listings remained tight. “There seems to be a lot of people that just want to get out of Melbourne and Sydney for lifestyle reasons, traffic, frustrations, security concerns,” he said. “Most people that buy here already know friends or relatives that own property or live here.“They’re being introduced to the region by a holiday or an experience up here and going back to busy lifestyles and saying; ‘Wouldn’t it be nice to enjoy the Noosa lifestyle everyday?’” The ocean view from the property at 2 Belmore Tce, Sunshine Beach. This property at 2 Belmore Tce, Sunshine Beach, has sold for $14m.That was soon followed by the sale of a property in nearby Webb Road, which set a new record for the region of $18 million.Tom Offermann Real Estate principal Tom Offermann, who negotiated the sale of all three properties, said it reflected the appeal and confidence in the Noosa property market, despite uncertainty around lending restrictions and cooling southern markets.Mr Offermann said he and his colleague, Nic Hunter, were still putting the finishing touches on the marketing material for 2 Belmore Terrace when they invited an interstate buyer on their books to have a preview inspection. This property at 2 Belmore Tce, Sunshine Beach, has sold for $14m.Mr Offermann said the housing downturn impacting the Sydney and Melbourne markets was not spreading to the Noosa region.last_img read more