News for Politics students -- 5-10-2021

  1. Virtual commencement celebration. All Politics students are welcome to attend the Department of Politics virtual commencement celebration taking place Friday, May 14, 4:00-5:15pm. If you are a graduating senior, please RSVP by completing the RSVP google form sent by the Politics Club or by sending an email to department chair Stephanie Burkhalter at During the celebration, Christian Boyd, a graduating senior, will be giving a "senior speech". Every senior who RSVP's will have their name read by a faculty member with reflections on their time as a student in the program. Member of Congress Jared Huffman will be providing a message for our graduates. Several alumni of the program will attend and reflect on their experiences since they graduated. There will be a social after the ceremony so that students can mix with family, friends, faculty and alumni. Contact for the Zoom meeting code and password.
  2. Inaugural class of Huffman Democracy Fellows, apply by May 14. Summer fellowship opportunity co-sponsored by North Coast Congressman Jared Huffman's campaign. This opportunity is open to highschool and college students. Modelled after the successful “Democracy Summer School” program conceived by Huffman’ Maryland colleague Congressman Jamie Raskin, the program includes participation in an exciting on-line seminar and curriculum designed by Rep. Raskin (a constitutional scholar) focused on the history of social and political change in America and the progress of political democracy. In addition, Fellows will be trained as organizers and activists, getting hands-on field experience in politics. More details and the application can be found HERE
  3. Humboldt Asian Histories & Futures, May 14. A reading, panel, and community conversation organized by HAPI (Humboldt Asians and Pacific Islanders in Solidarity). 5-6:30pm. Info here. Zoom registration here. In this program, community members, historians, and local artists come together to remember Humboldt’s Chinese expulsions and their reverberations today. The 90-minute event features a reading from Chinese American poet Daryl Ngee Chinn, a background of the anti-Chinese exclusions and expulsions in Northern California from historian Jean Pfaelzer, and a panel discussion about contemporary challenges the Asian community faces in Humboldt. We hope that the open discussion can spark conversations around what racial solidarity and support can look like today and into the future.
  4. HSU Summer Session grants. All HSU students enrolled in a minimum of 6 units in Summer Session will receive a $1,000 Summer Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) Summer Grant. Classes start May 24, 2021. Classes offered online. Fulfill prerequisites and GE requirements. Graduate sooner. Make room for electives in fall and spring. 
  5. IdeaFest journal, submissions due May 21. Get published in HSU’s interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed ideaFest Journal. Open to all members of the HSU community. Details here.
  6. Project Superbloom summer fellowship. Project Superbloom is a youth-led organization to empower young Californians to organize their communities and build a powerful coalition to elect working-class leaders to the state legislature. This fellowship will give students the opportunity to immerse themselves in political organizing, learning from experts in campaign finance, fundraising, policy, and electoral politics. Students will then apply the knowledge they gain to crafting and executing a local and statewide strategy to transform California’s political landscape. This program is for young people under the age of 25 who will be living in California over the summer and are interested in pursuing solutions for racial, environmental, and economic justice. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until May 25. Application here.
  7. Environmental justice campaign workshops. The Northcoast Environmental Center is developing is a series of free workshops that will be offered to the greater Humboldt community. The workshops are designed to walk participants through creating an environmental justice campaign, from identifying the problem and setting goals; to identifying targets, allies and opposition; to formulating strategy and implementing tactics. We aim to bring in a diversity of leaders from the environmental and activist community to share their expertise with each cohort, and to serve as mentors for specific topics and projects. If you are interested in participating, email
  8. Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities internships, deadline June 4. The HACU National Internship Program (HNIP) is seeking applicants for its fall 2021 internship session. HNIP provides students the opportunity to receive valuable work experience through paid internships with federal agencies and private corporations nationwide. Open to undergrads, graduate students, and recent grads. See here for further details and information on how to apply.