Interdisciplinary Initiative Forum

Interdisciplinary Initiative Forum The Interdisciplinary Initiative Forum is a student organization at The University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. We seek to promote the exchange of thoughts and ideas across all academic disciplines.

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11/26/2013

Good evening IIF fellows,

Our last event of the semester will feature a discussion on Growing Home, Chicago's leading social enterprise focused on empowering people and communities through urban farming. In preparation of our last event of the semester on Monday, December 2nd, find below 4 links to pages highlighting Growing Home activities.
http://growinghomeinc.org/learn-more/transitional-employment/

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/17/emanuel-urban-farm-networ_n_2896417.html

http://foodtank.org/news/2013/10/growing-home-inc

http://grist.org/food/chicago-urban-ag-farm-district-could-be-the-biggest-in-the-nation/

10/30/2013

Dear Friends!!

Come to the IIF Meeting Monday November 4th in union room 143.

Dian Mitrayani, a Graduate student at UWM will be coming to inform us about peace education and its value to our society.

Refreshements will be served

We look forward to seeing you there!!

IIF

10/24/2013

Thanks to Everyone who came to the meeting on Monday. Using Complexity science Darius explained to us what factors affect gun violence in Milwaukee.

After a long discussion on possible causes, effects and solutions, we all agreed that community involvement is crucial to reducing violence in the community. One of our new members mentioned that she worked with community programs like Alice Garden and Fondy Foods here in Milwaukee, and listed instances where these community garden initiatives have been successful. It is through programs like Fondy Food, Alice's Garden and many others that we can help improve our communities.

IIF has some community involvement projects in the works so please stay tuned for more information.

Again thank you to those who all participated in this engaging conversation, and thank you Darius for presenting your compelling research.

IIF

10/21/2013
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Hey Everyone!!!
Just a reminder that tomorrow we have our first event featuring Darius Carr who will be discussing Gun Violence in Milwaukee, we hope you all can make it.

See you there

IIF

To help you prepare for tomorrow's meeting, please take a look at the video below to hear what some city officials have ...
10/21/2013
City officials speak out on recent gun violence in Milwaukee

To help you prepare for tomorrow's meeting, please take a look at the video below to hear what some city officials have said about this issue

http://fox6now.com/2013/08/07/city-officials-to-speak-out-on-recent-gun-violence-in-milwaukee/

MILWAUKEE (WITI) -- Milwaukee has seen a rash of violence in the last few days and on Wednesday, August 7th Mayor Tom Barrett and Police Chief Ed Flynn spoke out for the second time this week on th...

10/21/2013

Hey Everyone!!!
Just a reminder that tomorrow we have our first event featuring Darius Carr who will be discussing Gun Violence in Milwaukee, we hope you all can make it.

See you there

IIF

10/14/2013

Hello IIF Friends!!!!

Our next meeting will be Next Monday Oct 21st 2013. The meeting will feature Darius Carr, who is in his last year at UWM as a Global Studies Major. This Past summer Darius spent his time researching gun violence as a McNair Scholar. Darius is passionate about his work and we look forward to learning more about the gun control discourse.

On Monday, Darius will be discussing his research and will be giving us insight on what are the realities of gun Violence in Milwaukee. This research explores the rhetoric of gun culture in America. The researcher focuses on gun culture in the city of Milwaukee to comprehend the complexity of what many scholars denote as a cultural divide in America on gun control. In the American ethos most of recent news and policy has focused on assault rifle bans and mass-shootings, while at the same time ignoring high levels of gun-related homicides by handguns in urban centers. The goal of the study is to offer some clarity on: What are the factors that perpetuate high homicide-rates and why are deaths in inner-city populations more tolerable than those of random acts of mass-shootings. This research was conducted in inner-city Milwaukee (the city's seven districts; excluding suburban communities that comprise the metro-Milwaukee area) to understand the causal factors that perpetuate gun violence in the city of Milwaukee. The aims of the research uses the communication and development framework for sustainable peace-building or "complexity science" to garner a holistic perspective of gun violence in inner-city Milwaukee to identify potential leverage points in which communities, Non-governmental Organizations (NGO’s), and governmental agencies can intervene to lower the levels of gun-violence in those communities.
Key Words: Gun Violence; complexity-science; sustainable peace-building; Milwaukee

See You there

10/07/2013

Hello everyone, Remember, today is the IIF Info Session. Come learn more about the IIF at 7pm at the UNION Room 260

09/10/2013

Hey Everyone!!!! come visit the IIF table at the Student Involvement Fair tomorrow from 11am-2pm. There will be CANDY!!!!

08/27/2013

Please stay tuned for upcoming events and meetings.

Thanks
IIF

08/27/2013

Hello IIF Friends!!!!

The new semester is quickly approaching, hopefully everyone had a great summer. Since the end of the summer is right around the corner, we wanted to remind you of some events that took place around the world.

1. Remember Edward Snowden who leaked NSA surveillance programs to The Guardian? He was then charged with espionage. Do you think he is a Hero, Whistle-blower, or a traitor?

2. After only a year in power, Mohammed Morsi, first Egyptian president, was ousted. Currently Egypt is led my the military, many civilians have died, and the situation has worsen.

3. Syria. The situation in Syria has always been a difficult one. Currently the news headlines have been about the chemical attack on civilians.

4. In China, Bo Xilai is awaiting for the judge's verdict on corruption charges brought against him

5. and in Europe, the BBC reports that Greece may "seek to renegotiate repayment plans for its Bailout.

Of course there is much more going on around the world. So if you think of anything else, you are all welcome to post a link, a video, etc. anything that will help us stay informed.

Thanks

IIF

See you Tonight at 6PM in Union Room 179 for the IIF discussion on "The Impact of Obstetric Fistula and Pelvic Organ Pro...
05/02/2013
A Stitch in Time | Gynecological surgeons and health care providers committed to treating women in n

See you Tonight at 6PM in Union Room 179 for the IIF discussion on "The Impact of Obstetric Fistula and Pelvic Organ Prolapse in Wo...men in Developing Nations."

Check this video to learn more about the issue and Dr. Tracy Capes:

http://astitchintime.org/

A Stitch in Time was born in a delivery room. The women who brought the organization to life are gynecological health care professionals, three surgeons and a nurse-midwife, who met through work and affiliations with Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York. The work led to friendship, and the realiza...

This is a reminder that the last IIF event of the semester is this TOMORROW: Thursday 02, May 2013 at 6pm in Union room ...
05/01/2013
A Stitch in Time | Gynecological surgeons and health care providers committed to treating women in n

This is a reminder that the last IIF event of the semester is this TOMORROW: Thursday 02, May 2013 at 6pm in Union room 179.

The discussion will be led by Dr. Tracy Capes on "The Impact of Obstetric Fistula and Pelvic Organ Prolapse in Women in Developing Nations."

Dr. Capes specializes in the treatment of pelvic organ prolapse, incontinence and fibroids, including techniques for uterine preservation. She volunteered to come talk about prolapse, an issue that women usually faced after giving birth. The issue is even worse and more prevalent in developing countries where women don’t have access to good heatlhcare treatments. She will talk about her involvement with astitchintime, educate us on health issues associated with prolapse, as well as the psychological and socio-economic effects on women from the USA, Bangladesh and other countries where she was involved. We welcome you to attend her presentation and engage in the discussion.
For more information on this topic, see the link below and play the video featuring Dr. Capes and astitchintime work:

http://astitchintime.org/

A Stitch in Time was born in a delivery room. The women who brought the organization to life are gynecological health care professionals, three surgeons and a nurse-midwife, who met through work and affiliations with Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York. The work led to friendship, and the realiza...

04/29/2013

Hello IIF friends,

This is a reminder that the last IIF event of the semester is this Thursday 02, May 2013 at 6pm in Union room 179.

The discussion will be led by Dr. Tracy Capes on "The Impact of Obstetric Fistula and Pelvic Organ Prolapse in Women in Developing Nations."

We really look forward to seeing you for the last IIF discussion of the semester.

IIF Meeting 03/29/13 "Systemic Approaches to PeaceBuilding"
04/27/2013

IIF Meeting 03/29/13 "Systemic Approaches to PeaceBuilding"

04/27/2013

Congratulations to the IIF new officers who will contribute to the development of the organization. There are four positions, among which we decided to combine the secretary and marketing roles. The new officers are as follows:

President - Elodie Kassa

Secretary, Marketing Officer - [Ken Tapsoba] & [Hui Xie]

Treasurer - [Donnie Crego]

Compliance Officer - [Marco Gamez]

We wish you the best success in your journey with the IIF :)

IIF New Officers 2013-2014
04/27/2013

IIF New Officers 2013-2014

Dear IIF Friends, Our last meeting of the Spring 2013 semester is Thursday, May 02, 2013 at 6PM in Union room 179.  Pres...
04/23/2013
A Stitch in Time | Gynecological surgeons and health care providers committed to treating women in n

Dear IIF Friends,

Our last meeting of the Spring 2013 semester is Thursday, May 02, 2013 at 6PM in Union room 179.

Presenter: Dr. Tracy Capes , MD Obstetrics & Gynecology

Topic: The Impact of Obstetric Fistula and Pelvic Organ Prolapse in Women in Developing Nations

Dr. Capes specializes in the treatment of pelvic organ prolapse, incontinence and fibroids, including techniques for uterine preservation. She volunteered to come talk about prolapse, an issue that women usually faced after giving birth. The issue is even worse and more prevalent in developing countries where women don’t have access to good heatlhcare treatments. She will talk about her involvement with astitchintime, educate us on health issues associated with prolapse, as well as the psychological and socio-economic effects on women from the USA, Bangladesh and other countries where she was involved. We welcome you to attend her presentation and engage in the discussion.

For more information on this topic, see the link below and play the video featuring Dr. Capes and astitchintime work:
http://astitchintime.org/


As always, we look forward to seeing many of you for the last meeting of the semester. Feel free to cascade this message.

A Stitch in Time was born in a delivery room. The women who brought the organization to life are gynecological health care professionals, three surgeons and a nurse-midwife, who met through work and affiliations with Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York. The work led to friendship, and the realiza...

04/23/2013

Good morning IIF friends,

This is a reminder that the IIF officers' election will be hold this Friday, April 26 at 4p.m. in Union room 220. The time of the elections was moved to 4p.m.!

The new officers will be elected to serve the IIF for the Fall 2013 and the Spring 2014. If you are interested in contributing to the development of the IIF, we encourage you to run for one or two of the positions described in the attached document.

Have a nice day :)

04/22/2013

Good morning IIF friends,

This is a reminder that elections are this Friday from 6pm-7pm. If you believe in the IIF mission and have time to contribute to grow the organization, we strongly encourage you to postulate for a position.
More info to come very soon!

Have a nice day!

04/15/2013
http://www4.uwm.edu/letsci/events/upload/2013-April-18-Goolsbee.pdf

Event Information Sharing:

Hello IIF Friends,

The event is oragnized by the Society for Advanced Economics Studies. See the link below.

Date: Thursday, April 18th at 6-7p.m.
Location: UWM Zelazo Center room 250

Speaker: Austan Goolsbee, Former Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers and Chief Economist for President Obama's Economic Recovery Advisory Board

Topic: "Standing Still or Standing Up? Laying the Groundwork for the U.S. and Global Recovery"

http://www4.uwm.edu/letsci/events/upload/2013-April-18-Goolsbee.pdf

Memories of Violence Haunt Upcoming Presidential Election in Kenya | PBS NewsHour | Feb. 26, 2013
04/12/2013
Memories of Violence Haunt Upcoming Presidential Election in Kenya | PBS NewsHour | Feb. 26, 2013

Memories of Violence Haunt Upcoming Presidential Election in Kenya | PBS NewsHour | Feb. 26, 2013

After the disputed presidential election of December 2007, Kenya fell into chaos as neighbors from different tribal ethnic groups turned on each other in violence. Five years later, Kenyans are worried that history may repeat itself as they prepare for new elections. Special correspondent Kira Kay r...

04/11/2013

Hello IIF friends,

As we are approaching the end the Spring 2013 semester, it is fundamental to discuss the future of the IIF and how to best put it on the hands of a leadership team that will positively contribute to the organization's long-term development. It has been a great honor and pleasure to work with you and help start the IIF. Below, you will find information on eligibility, and open officers' positions.

Any IIF member who made it to at least to one meeting in the Spring 2013 is allowed to run for a maximum of two different positions. I strongly encourage you to take a more active stance through the IIF's officers body and contribute with your unique set of skills to the growth of our organization.

If you are interested in running for one or two positions, please communicate them via the following email address: [email protected]

Further information regarding the election process will be provided. The election is by vote and the election date will be Friday, April 26th from 6PM-7PM. More information on the location will be provided soon.


There will be 7 officer positions (among which 2 as Marketing Officers and 2 as Compliance Officers)

- 1 President
The primary responsibility will be to get in touch and secure event dates with individuals that will lead discussions at the IIF. He/she will prepare the speaker and event topic synopsis and email it to the members' list as well as post it on other IIF communications platforms. He/she will ensure that the Officers board meeting is hosted once per month and he/she will keep track of the evolution and performance of each officers' project/responsibility. The President will lead the strategic planning for the IIF upcoming school year.

- 1 Secretary
The primary responsibility will be to administer the IIF Information matrix, prepare the meeting schedule for the semester, coordinate the booking of the room and any material needed. the secretary will also assist the president in scheduling the Officers board meeting. Another responsibilty of the secretary will be to develop the connection with IIF alumni. The Secretary will assist the president in the IIF's strategic planning. The Secretary will evaluate other officers' performances.

- 1 Treasurer
The primary responsibility will be to manage the budget, to explore and develop new sources of funding for the IIF activities. He/she will participate in grant trainings. The Treasurer will evaluate other officers' performances.

- 2 Marketing Officer
The primary responsibility will be to prepare a strategy to develop relationship and partnership between the IIF and other organizations (student orgs., professional orgs. ect...). He/she will administer and manage the IIF blog, the Facebook, and Linkedin page. The Marketing Officer will also develop a strategy to raise the IIF members' size and keep track of member retention. The Marketing Officer will evaluate other officers' performances.

- 2 Compliance Officer
The primary responsibility will be to work in a team in order to draft the IIF Constitution. Also, this team of 2 Compliance Officers should reconcile the IIF's Constitution with the Center for Student Involvement's Constitution. The Compliance Officer will evaluate other officers' performances.


Cordially,

The IIF Team

Dear IIF Friends,The Institute of World Affairs at UWM is hosting the Kennan Forum on peace on April 24th. It is Free an...
04/04/2013
IWA - Institute of World Affairs

Dear IIF Friends,

The Institute of World Affairs at UWM is hosting the Kennan Forum on peace on April 24th. It is Free and opened to the public, i suggest you all look into it.

There is an array of wonderful speakers who will engage participants in the conversation of peace.

For more information please visit this page, and you may also want to like the IWA page.
http://www4.uwm.edu/cie/iwa/


Enjoy the Sunny Day

IIF

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