News for Politics students -- 9-14-2021

  1. Reminder: “The Right to Bear Arms: A Conversation,” Sept. 17. Join us for a guided discussion on the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution to celebrate Constitution Day! Please listen to "The Gun Show" (More Perfect podcast) prior to the event. Register here. 12 to 1 p.m. Questions? Contact Dr. Joice Chang (Department of Politics) at All participants will be eligible to win $10 Amazon or Cafe Brio gift cards! 
  2. Umoja Center Open House, Sept. 17 and 24. The Umoja Center for Pan African Student Excellence will hold 1) an in-person open house September 17 from 4-4:30pm and 4:40-5:10pm, and 2) a virtual open house (registration link here) September 24 from 4-5pm. The in-person open house events are limited to 20 participants. Entry requires RSVP. To RSVP, email for details. 
  3. WRRAP Job Announcement. The Waste Reduction & Resource Awareness Program (WRRAP) is hiring a Student Zero Waste Director ($14/hour, 7-10 hours per week). To apply, email a cover letter and resume to by Sept. 17. The Zero Waste Director serves as an advocate for adoption of the zero waste hierarchy as the waste management practice for the campus, for Dining Services and for students. This position works toward improving - and building active engagement with - waste reduction programs and services available to campus users. Responsibilities include building internal and external partnerships; developing, implementing and overseeing maintenance of zero waste programs, associated initiatives and outreach efforts to support WRRAP’s mission and the achievement of HSU’s waste reduction goals; and collaborating with other WRRAP branches to implement projects.
  4. Check It: HSU's Sexual Violence Bystander Intervention program seeks volunteers. There are many opportunities to get involved with CHECK IT, HSU’s sexual violence bystander intervention program. 1) Attend CHECK IT's Virtual Volunteer Team Retreat on Saturday, Sept. 18, from 10am-1pm. Register at this link. Free t-shirts for all those who attend! Learn more about CHECK IT, bystander intervention, volunteer projects and ways to create a more consent-centered culture. 2) Attend CHECK IT Weekly Volunteer Meetings. Every Friday from 1-2pm, beginning Sept. 10. Volunteers create graphics/artwork, develop resources, and engage in social media projects, and other projects of interest. Zoommeeting link; meeting ID: 824 8092 5777. Follow us on instagram @checkithsu to stay up to date with volunteer opportunities. Questions? Email Madeleine Rivera at
  5. Students for Zero Waste Social Media Intern. The Post-Landfill Action Network is hiring a student intern to create social media content before and during our 2021 Students for Zero Waste (SZW) Virtual Conference. This intern will work (remotely) with the Director of Communications and another intern to produce promotional content building excitement for the event, provide day-of social media coverage, and conduct direct outreach to students and campuses. Apply here Sept. 20.
  6. Sustainable Futures Speaker Series, Sept. 23. 5:30pm. Grace Wu will speak on “Building a net zero energy system that protects biodiversity.” Register for the webinar here. Achieving net zero economy-wide carbon emissions will require the large-scale expansion of low-carbon energy infrastructure at unprecedented rates. Yet we lack an understanding of where that infrastructure may be sited, the scale of the land and ocean area requirements, and its possible conservation impacts. This talk will present results from studies that use highly detailed energy and land use modeling to examine the effect of various levels of environmental protections on the energy infrastructure required for the Western US to achieve ambitious climate targets.
  7. Our City Forest AmeriCorps opportunity. Our City Forest, an environmental nonprofit in San Jose, is recruiting Climate Action Leaders for our 2021-2022 AmeriCorps term. Our City Forest is an environmental urban forestry nonprofit whose mission is to cultivate a green and healthy Silicon Valley by engaging community members in the appreciation, protection, growth, and maintenance of our urban ecosystem, especially our urban forest. We are looking for individuals who are interested in community engagement, environmental stewardship, and climate change mitigation. Position start date is Oct. 5. To apply, send resume and cover letter to See here for more information.
  8. Atlas Zero Waste Fellowship Coordinator. This position, a member of the Atlas Zero Waste Project, will oversee a cohort of Fellowship students as they go through Atlas Stage 1 on their campuses. In Stage 1 of the project, student fellows use the Atlas Campus Programs Checklist to assess the existence of campus-wide purchasing policies, programs, logistics, and infrastructure that are needed to reduce disposable consumption and establish systems for institutional reuse, composting, and hard-to-recycle materials management. Campuses who engage in the program can support one to five students to serve as Zero Waste Fellows, who are responsible for conducting this assessment through a series of qualitative stakeholder interviews. This position will oversee the onboarding of Spring 2022 campuses, conduct check-ins with the student Fellows, and complete assessments by drafting Stage 1 Summary Reports. Apply here by Oct. 24.
  9. Peer mentor office hours. Politics Department peer mentors Samuel Perez ( and Serena Archila ( host drop-in office hours every week. Let them help you: plan a path through the major, answer coursework questions, help motivate you to stay focused on your success, and support you during challenging times. Sammy’s hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3-4pm and by appointment (Zoom room link). Serena’s office hours: Mondays from 4-5pm, Wednesdays from 3-4pm, and by appointment (Zoom link).