Linking All Types of Teachers to International Cross-Cultural Education

Date: February 25, 2013
To: All LATTICE members and friends


Subject: LATTICE Newsletter #529

TO: ALL LATTICE Members and Friends:

Newsletter highlights:

  1. Message from LATTICE Director
  2. Spring 2013 Fellowships for LATTICE Graduate Students
  3. Fulbright - Hays Opportunity
  4. Caring Neighbor: Cornerstone of Community
  5. Learning from International Study & Exchange Program
  6. One World, Many Stories Event - A Community, Family Event
  7. College of Education International Potluck
  8. World Friendship Day Event

    1. Message from LATTICE Director
    Greetings LATTICE Family,
           I hope you are all staying warm and cozy on this blustery day!  Thank you for another great discussion at our meeting this past week on the topic of gender violence.  Our thanks have been extended to both Julie Hagstrom and Holly Rosen for their generosity of their time and wisdom in serving as our small panel on this important issue.  Following up on the request for the “wheel” graphic and a list of resources from Holly’s presentation, please find Holly’s message below.  I also extended our thanks to Ms. Cecilia Teng for her insightful reflections on her journey studying abroad. 
          Our next meeting is Thursday, March 21st at Spartan Village Community Center’s room 160.  As usual, we will gather from 12:00- 12:30 p.m. for social time, and the meeting will be from 12:30 – 3:30 p.m.  Please bring a dish to share even if you did not sign up with Jane Fitch!  John Metzler will be facilitating this meeting, and we have a number of guests scheduled.  Cornelius Onyekaba, our friend from Nigeria, will be back from Trinidad and Tobago.  He will be sharing his experiences with T & T’s Carnival compared with his experiences coordinating Nigeria’s version of Carnival.  We will also learn about MSU SAID’s current India Project and hear another prize-winning study abroad reflection from the team of Annie Melcher and Meghan McCullough.
          Our last meeting of the year will be April 18th.  We have a tradition of taking a yearbook photograph of our entire LATTICE family, and this group picture will be taken at the April 18th meeting.  Members are most heartily encouraged to wear traditional clothing of their culture for this important portrait picture. 
          There are many great opportunities and events coming up which we have highlighted here.  If you think we have missed something, please let us know.  Also, don’t forget to “friend” us on Facebook to get further announcements and event reminders.  Also, please consider joining the planning team for LATTICE!  Our next planning meeting is Tuesday, February 26th from 4:30 - 6:00 p.m. at Grand Traverse Pie Company’s back room.  This is located at the corner of Grand River and Hagadorn Road.  All are welcome!  It helps if you let me know you are coming with a quick email only so I can make sure I have enough chairs and handouts for all. 
            World Friendship Day is coming up on Saturday, March 16th at the Spartan Village Community Center.  It has been a very fun tradition that many LATTICE members volunteer and help with our "Cultural Mall" part of that event.  We have many tables set up in a large gymnasium, and each table features activities and displays from different cultures or countries.  Students engaging in the activities and having fun with our international volunteers has always been a highlight of the day for all concerned.   Sometimes we already have lots materials and artifacts for an activity, but we just need volunteers to engage with the students.   Please consider volunteering for this event!   The cultural mall portion of the event includes set up from 1:30 - 2:00, with the actual event from  2:00 - 3:00 p.m., but you could also come early and join us for an international lunch at noon.  Shirin Kambin Timms, the Executive Director fo the Refugee Development Center, will be our special guest and luncheon speaker.   If you would be willing to help, please send me an email at
           Lastly, I would like to thank you all for the opportunity and experience of being your session director for these last two years.  It has been an honor to serve an organization for which I care so deeply and has been such a blessing in my life for over a decade.  It has been a pleasure to work with the Board of Directors, the planning team, the graduate assistants, the food team, the book club, and all the wonderful members through the years.  However, I will be stepping down as session director at the conclusion of this school year to more fully embrace my new role as grandmother.  I strongly encourage you to consider stepping up and taking my place!  It has been a wonderful experience which I highly recommend!  If you would like to inquire more about this rewarding position, please don’t hesitate to contact me.  

    In friendship,
    Karen Klein
    Session Director


    Attached is a power and control wheel, with local information about the two programs in the area that provide support services to survivors and facilitate community education: MSU Safe Place in East Lansing, and End Violent Encounters (EVE, Inc.) in Lansing. A handout with area resources and definitions is also attached.

    If the teachers from the 2/21/13 program are interested in having someone from EVE, Inc. come to their school to facilitate a program for children about domestic violence, they can contact Jillian Pastoor at 372-5976 or  Jillian facilitates programs for middle and high school on dating violence, although as I mentioned last week, the funding may not be in place after July 2013 ? so I don?t know how EVE will handle that for the 2013-14 year, and in the future. Jillian may know of other resources as well, related to this kind of programming .

    In my presentation I also mentioned the curriculum that the Michigan Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence (MCEDSV) created for educators about this issue. They also have a resource center, with informed staff and resources (videos, articles, etc.) that anyone in the area can review or borrow. To find out more about the MCEDSV, go to or call 517-347-7000. The MCEDSV is a coalition, representing the needs of survivors of domestic violence, stalking and sexual assault across the state. They do not facilitate programs or offer services directly to survivors; they provide technical assistance, training opportunities and legislative updates for services providers ? including providing a training and curriculum about dating violence for Michigan schools.

    If you have any other questions, don?t hesitate to contact me. It was a pleasure to meet you and talk with the LATTICE group ? and fun to do a program with Julie again, after all these years!

    Take care,

    Holly Rosen, LMSW
    MSU Safe Place Director
    219 Wilson Road, Room G-60
    East Lansing, MI 48825
    phone:  (517) 355-1100 ext. 2
    fax: (517) 432-6193

    Check out my FirstGiving fundraising page:
    Check out MSU Safe Place on the web at
    Find Michigan State University Safe Place on Facebook:
    We're now on Twitter! Follow us at @MSUSafePlace

    2. Spring 2013 Fellowships for LATTICE Graduate Students 
    For the seventh year in a row, LATTICE has been allocated funds to be awarded for graduate student fellowships for the academic year. LATTICE is soliciting requests from graduate students (international and domestic) for fellowships to support research or activities that are related to LATTICE’s mission to cultivate a global perspective in K-12 classrooms.  Although not a requisite for consideration or award, particular attention will be paid to research and activities that contribute (or have contributed) directly to either LATTICE, its network, its teachers' classrooms, or to replication of aspects of LATTICE elsewhere, including overseas.

    Please click the attached document for further details and the application form.


    3. Fulbright - Hays Opportunity
    Apply for a 5 week Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad focusing on the UN Millennium Development Goals in Costa Rica, June 14-July 19 (dates are approximate). Full-time K-12 teachers in the social sciences, humanities and Spanish from across the U.S. are eligible to apply. Cost is $1,000 and covers round trip airfare from Detroit, lodging, meals, admission fees, transportation in Costa Rica. Sponsored by Michigan State University's Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, the College of Education, and the Earth Charter International Secretariat in Costa Rica.  Application deadline is March 11. More information & application:

    4. Caring Neighbor: Cornerstone of Community
    The Caring Neighbor and the Niagara Foundation invite the public to a symposium on the meaning of neighbor in a world that technology today is shrinking into a crowded neighborhood.  The symposium will take place on March 7th at Haslett Community Church, 1427 Haslett Rd., Haslett,  beginning at 7:00 p.m.  Five panelists will delve into the meaning of neighbor, past and future, as understood from a Jewish, Christian, Muslim, political and academic perspective.  Also, there will be an art display from local high schools, which participants of the symposium will have the opportunity to rate on content and ingenuity.  Later, at a Capitol Reception there will be monetary prizes awarded.  For more information, please contact Yasir Bilgin at 734-252-9476 or

    5. Learning from International Study & Exchange Program
    The College of Education: Global Experience Symposium will be held on February 27th at 1:30 p.m. at Erickson Hall’s room 252.  This symposium invites a range of participants to speak to this question, including MSU and Beijing Normal University undergrads taking part in the Global Education Cohort Program exchange and graduate students from MSU and Southwest University doctorial study tours.   

    6. One World, Many Stories Event - A community, family event
    Join us for stories, a concert, and art! 
    Featured Artist:  Barbara Bailey Hutchison (
    Featured Book:  I Have a Right to Be A Child.
    Red Cedar Elementary
    Friday March 22, 2013
    $1.00 pizza from 5:30-6:00 p.m.
    Activities from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

    Sponsored in part by Target, East Lansing Public Library, and MSU

    7. College of Education International Potluck
    Join Us For An International Feast With Dishes From Around The World!
    The Office of International Studies of Education continues to collaborate with international students and scholars in the College of Education to put together an exciting event. The purpose of this event is to foster community building across the Departments and at the same time provide an opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate the presence of international students and scholars within the College.

    College of Education International Potluck
    What Would You Like to Bring?
    Friday, April 5th
    5:00 - 7:00 pm
    Erickson Hall 252
    ALL College of Education faculty, staff, students and their significant others are welcome.


    8. World Friendship Day Event
    Please mark your calendars for the World Friendship Day Event on March 16, 2013 from 9.30 am – 3.30 pm at Spartan village community Center.
    World Friendship Day provides an excellent opportunity for youth to connect with people of di­verse backgrounds while exploring issues of peace, diversity, and tolerance. This fun-filled, active day of music, art, dance, food, and motivational speakers promotes unity and individual empow­erment of participants to be the change they wish to see in this world.
    See flyer for detailed information. 



LATTICE is supported by 17 mid-Michigan School districts and the African Studies Center, Asian Studies Center, Center for Advanced Studies of International Development (CASID), Center for European and Russian Studies, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS), College of Education, Graduate School, International Studies and Programs, Women & International Development (WID) at Michigan State University. With members from 80 countries, the LATTICE list currently has 996 subscribers worldwide.

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Best Wishes,

Karen & Damaris

LATTICE Session Director
Karen Klein

LATTICE Graduate Assistant
Damaris Mayienga

(Linking All Types of Teachers to International Cross-cultural Education)

Office of International Studies in Education 513 Erickson Hall College of Education
Michigan State University East Lansing
MI 48824

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