Language Building Blocks for Engaging (Border) Children & Families

Beyond the Classroom presents a special seminar: Language Building Blocks for Engaging (Border) Children & Families – Talk by Dr. Anita Pandey

When : Wednesday, September 17, 2014 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Where : South Campus Commons Bldg 1, Rm 1102

Children and young adults whose families are displaced by immigration (legal and illegal) experience multiple challenges in U.S. schools: as this session will demonstrate, a focus on language is essential for meaningful instruction, assessment, and engagement of immigrant children as dual language learners.

Research shows that educators who take an interest in children’s heritage languages and who are knowledgeable in linguistics are more successful at including children and families from diverse backgrounds. Educators and other community members are invited to this talk on the importance of engaging (border) children and families through language.

The first half of this seminar will be followed by an informal conversation with Dr. Pandey for students considering cross-cultural careers.

Dr. Pandey is Professor & Coordinator of Professional Development & Communication at Morgan State University, & Executive Board Secretary for the National Association for Bilingual Education.


For more information, contact:

Meredith Collier

Beyond the Classroom Living & Learning Program

+1 301 314 6620

Winter-Spring 2015 International Program Intern

Job Description: The Center for Economic and Policy Research is currently looking for a full-time International Program Intern for Winter-Spring 2015 (January-May).

Responsibilities include…

  • Assisting staff with research on upcoming papers and opinion pieces
  • Organizing events with Latin American delegations, CEPR staff, and visiting academics
  • Assisting in tracking and logging press mentions
  • Working on outreach to press, advocacy organizations, and Congress.

The responsibilities vary based on their interests and experience, as well as the particular issues that CEPR is working on at the time. Interns will be able to attend relevant events around Washington, DC.


  •  General understanding of economics, international relations, and democracy issues
  • Interest in economic justice
  • Previous research, data and/or outreach experience is extremely helpful
  • Interns with strong economics or foreign policy experience (including Master’s degrees) will have the opportunity to engage in serious research, and those with strong organizing or outreach experience will have event management opportunities.
  • Fluent in Spanish, including the ability to perform accurate written translations
  • Able to work in a fast-paced environment with limited management
  • Be a self-starter and independent learner
  • Should have excellent writing and communications skills.

Stipend: At least $1,588.41 per month, plus up to $250 for health insurance reimbursement per month.

Closing Date of Position: October 10, 2014.

To Apply:

Send cover letter, resume, and a brief (2 page) answer to the question “How can the US improve its foreign policy toward Latin America?” via email to No calls or faxes please..

Organization Description:

TheCenter for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) was established in 1999 to promote democratic debate on the most important economic and social issues that affect people’s lives. It is an independent nonpartisan think tank based in Washington, DC. CEPR is committed to presenting issues in an accurate and understandable manner, so that the public is better prepared to choose among the various policy options.

CEPR is an ideal place to learn about current economic and global justice issues in a friendly, relaxed and fun environment. Work schedules are flexible.

CEPR is an equal opportunity employer that considers applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, or any legally protected status.

Language House Coffee Conversations

Starting Monday, September 8, 2014

Mondays: 4:00 — 5:30 p.m. in St. Mary’s Hall Basement


You are all welcome to come and practice, improve and maintain your foreign language skills in a casual setting over coffee and refreshments at the Language House: St. Mary’s Hall.

Coffee Conversations also provide you with the opportunity to meet with native speakers of each language and to find conversation partners of varying proficiency levels.

No need to register, simply show up and join the language table of your choice.


15 languages currently offered:

 Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swahili and Tagalog.


Come by and reconnect with old friends and make new friends!


Please contact: Naime Yaramanoglu at <> for further information.


For more information, contact:

Naime Yaramanoglu

Language House/SLLC

+1 301 405 4046


ESOL Conversation Program

The ESOL conversation program gives UMD international students, faculty and non-UMD community members a chance to improve their English conversation skills through weekly conversation sessions with student and community volunteers.

Volunteers are currently being recruited to lead conversation sessions as well as participants who want to improve their Oral English skills.

Interested volunteers, please fill out this online pre-registration form.

Interested participants, please fill out this online pre-registration form 


Alternative Breaks!

The University of Maryland Alternative Breaks program engages student teams in short-term service-learning experiences that challenge social, political and economic structures of our global community. Through reflection, education and service, Alternative Breaks develops mutually beneficial community partnerships, critical thinking and leadership skills to create a socially just world.

To learn more about being a Staff/Faculty Advisor or a Student participant on any of this year’s 27 trips, come to one of the upcoming AB Meet and Greet events where you can talk with student and staff leaders of the program.

  • Sept. 10th, 6-8pm, Stamp Atrium
  • Sept. 23rd, 4-6pm, Stamp Atrium

Applications now available here.

For more information, contact: 


 Beyond the Classroom presents the world premiere of “DISRUPTION: Climate.Change!”

When : Sunday, September 07, 2014 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Where : 1102 South Campus Commons, Building 1

How do we understand the growing environmental and political challenges of global climate change as well as the possibilities for taking action? Why are citizens organizing for the world’s largest rally at the People’s Climate March in New York City on Sunday, September 21st? Is this the generation that will finally mobilize to solve the global climate crisis? Come find out at the world premiere and discussion of’s new film “DISRUPTION: Climate. Change!”