Sunday, June 7, 2009

ICIRR AmeriCorps Position

f you know of any people who'd be interested in an AmeriCorps spot with ICIRR, please pass this along.

As early as June 1 we will have an opening here at ICIRR for an AmeriCorp Member. I’d really like to reach out to young adults who are familiar with immigrant communities, outgoing, and bi-lingual in any language representing a sizeable immigrant community here in Chicago (Arabic, Hindi. Urdu, Russian, Polish, etc). I’m attaching the job description. The person has to be a Legal Permanent Resident or US Citizen. Let me know if you have youth who might be interested. I’d love to get someone who is already familiar with the work of ICIRR’s members.

Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights
Title: Immigrant Family Resource Program AmeriCorps Member: Outreach Specialist
Make a difference by providing stepping stones to self-sufficiency for diverse immigrant
communities. Work with organizations across the state providing community outreach.
Organization and Program Description: ICIRR is a 23-year-old membership
organization composed of over 100 dues paying organizations whose mission is to
promote the full and equal participation of immigrants and refugees in the political, civic
and economic life of our diverse society.
The Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR) Immigrant Family
Resource Program is a unique-in-the nation partnership between the Illinois Department
of Human Services (IDHS), ICIRR, and ethnic community-based organizations across
Illinois. Over the past nine years the Immigrant Family Resource Program (IFRP) has
excelled in educating and providing access to immigrant families needing safety-net
services like Food Stamps and Medicaid through case management, professional
interpretation and translation, and referral services.
IFRP partners with 40 ethnic organizations across Illinois; operates in 52 languages,
mainly Spanish, Korean, Arabic, Polish, Cantonese, Mandarin, Hindi, Vietnamese, and
Urdu; and reaches people from 80 countries of origin. IFRP reaches Metro Chicago’s
diverse immigrant communities including Latino, Polish, Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean,
Arab, South Asian, Eastern European, African, and Refugee groups; Suburban Cook and
Collar County growing immigrant communities; and rural Latinos in Central and
Downstate Illinois. This access has proved vital in integrating immigrant families into
the fabric of our state.
Position Description:
The primary goal of the IFRP AmeriCorps Partner is to increase access to and
participation in specific safety-net programs through improved community outreach. The
specific programs and outreach topics include Health Programs, Food Stamps,
Employment Assistance, and Work Rehabilitation depending on eligibility of individual
community members. The Outreach Specialist will be supervised by the IFRP Program
Associate and Program Director.
The full time Outreach Specialist will be primarily responsible for ensuring Partner
outreach is successful and will do so by:
• providing ICIRR created materials for outreach and education;
• monitoring and evaluating current outreach events conducted by IFRP Partners;
• maintaining bi-weekly record keeping and reporting of partner outreach and
effectiveness (based on new cases, information and referrals);
• assisting with day-to-day project operations including data collection and reporting;
• inter-program planning and coordination, information dissemination to grantees and
between agency partners (including limited work on IFRP page of website);
assisting with in-service training opportunities for project grantees;
participating in bi-weekly ICIRR staff meetings.
The Outreach Specialist will be based out of the ICIRR offices in downtown Chicago but
will travel to outreach events in the Metro Chicago area and sometimes in other parts of
• Demonstrated experience working effectively with diverse constituencies with
differing interests and needs;
• Access to car (mileage will be reimbursed);
• Outgoing personality with excellent interpersonal and organizational skills;
• Ability to balance time between field work (outreach) and administrative work;
• Experience with Excel and Microsoft word;
• Detail oriented with the ability to juggle many different tasks simultaneously and
complete them in a timely manner;
• Some knowledge and awareness of immigration law and policies, and experience
working with immigrants and/or refugees preferred;
• Desire to work in social service or community organizing;
• High school degree or equivalent required; some college preferred;
• Ability to write clearly in English;
• Preferably bi-lingual in English and language of one of the target communities:
Spanish, Cantonese, Vietnamese, Polish, Korean, French, Hindi, or Urdu.
Additional Details:
As an AmeriCorps Partner, the Outreach Specialist will receive a modest living
allowance, health insurance, and an education award of $4,725. The one-year position
begins June 1, 2009 with 5 days of training and will be completed on May 31, 2010. This
AmeriCorps position at ICIRR is arranged with the Logan Square Neighborhood
Association (LSNA). The AmeriCorps Partner will receive some training with the other
LSNA AmeriCorps Partners.
Send Questions and Resumes with Cover Letter to:
Jennifer M Kons
55 E Jackson Blvd, #2075
For Information on AmeriCorps visit
Chicago IL 60604
ICIRR is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

SAVE THE DATE: Asians with Disabilities Community Forum June 12th


Asian Americans with Disabilities
Community Forum and Dialogue
Friday, June 12, 2009
1pm - 3pm

Access Living
115 W. Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL 60654


Last year, DHS launched an effort to understand the gaps in services
and needs of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders with disabilities who
require state services. As part of this effort to identify these needs,
DHS is working with Professor Rooshey Hasnain of the University of
Illinois at Chicago to co-host a community forum and dialogue around
issues of disability, access, and cultural awareness in Asian American
and Pacific Islander communities.

Short presentations will be given by UIC Honor's Program students.
Please see the attached flyer and agenda. Some topics that will be
covered include:

* Mental Health in the Asian American community
* Deafness and cultural understanding in the Asian American community
* Family support in the development of adolescents with disabilities

Please mark your calendars!

We look forward to seeing you at this exciting event!

Kriti Festival of S. Asian Arts and Literature -- registration / schedule now available

The third Kriti Festival of S. Asian Arts and Literature will take
place this June 11 - 14, at UIC and Roosevelt University. The
festival features Guests of Honor Amitava Kumar, Bapsi Sidhwa, and
Romesh Gunesekera, along with more than fifty other authors, dancers,
actors, and musicians. There'll be two theatre performances
(including a performance of _Yoni Ki Baat_, the S. Asian version of
the vagina monologues), two nights of dance and music performances,
and more! A full schedule is available here:

Registration is free for UIC students, faculty, and staff, but we do
strongly recommend that you register in advance, in order to ensure
your space is reserved. Details are available here:

And please do help us spread the word, to your family, friends, and colleagues!

- Mary Anne Mohanraj

Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Illinois at Chicago
Executive Director, DesiLit,
Executive Director, SLF,

6/14/09: A Special Qawwali Concert with Faiz Ali Faiz at Old Town School of Folk Music

Inner-city Muslim Action Network (IMAN) Presents: A Special Qawwali Concert with Faiz Ali Faiz

Sunday, June 14, 2009 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Old Town School of Folk Music
4544 N. Lincoln Ave.
Chicago, IL

Contact Info: | 7734344626

On Sunday, June 14th, 2009, IMAN will embark on an exciting endeavor with the Old Town School of Folk Music to host a special concert with the renowned Qawwal, Faiz Ali Faiz and Party from Pakistan!!

Qawwali is a Sufi devotional vocal music with a dynamic musical tradition that stretches back over seven centuries, and Faiz Ali Faiz is one of its current leading voices. Faiz Ali Faiz comes from a family of qawwals from seven generations. Born in 1962 in Sharaqpur, Pakistan, Faiz Ali started his professional singing career in 1978. Faiz Ali learned classical music with Ustad Ghulam Shabbir Khan and Ustad Jafar Khan and received qawwali training with Masters Muhammad Ali Faridi and Abdur Rahim Faridi Qawwal. He practices the doaba style from eastern Pakistan.

Faiz's voice is characterised by its large range and a specially rich tone which reminds us of the legendary Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, who has been his revered inspiration and whose compositions he enjoys singing. Faiz Ali Faiz is considered by many to be the great new voice of Qawwali, winning the BBC's World Music Award in 2006. He has also been highlighted in the media for his collaborations with flamenco musicians and more recently, gospel singers.

Produced in partnership with the Old Town School of Folk Music, a Chicago landmark in outstanding world music, we hope this event will further promote our belief that the arts are a critical tool for cross cultural communication and mutual understanding.

Do not miss this!! Tickets are only $20!! You can either purchase tickets online: or by calling Old Town's box office at: 773.728.6000

Thank you to our sponsors:
East-West University

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UCLA: Professor Valerie Matsumoto Promoted to Full Professor

The UCLA Asian American Studies Center and Department are very pleased to announce that our invaluable colleague, Professor Valerie Jean Matsumoto, has been promoted to Full Professor, effective July 2009. Professor Matsumoto holds a split appointment in UCLA's History Department and the Asian American Studies Department, and is actively involved as a member of the Faculty Advisory Committee of the Asian American Studies Center.

A graduate of Arizona State University (B.A.) and Stanford University (Ph.D. History). Professor Matsumoto has had a distinguished career that has already spanned over 20 years at UCLA and hundreds of undergraduate and graduate mentees. Her book, Farming the Home Place, is widely regarded as a classic in Japanese and Asian American community studies. She also co-edited (with Blake Allmendinger) Over the Edge: Remapping The American West. Her newest book manuscript, which focuses on (second-generation Japanese American) Nisei women's social networks before, during, and after World War II, is a timely, innovative study which promises to be as influential as its predecessor. Dr. Matsumoto also continues her on-going research projects on Asian American History; U.S. 20th Century, Women's History, and Oral History..

Professor Matsumoto is also one of UCLA's stellar instructors. She was the inaugural recipient of the C. Doris and Toshio Hoshide Distinguished Teaching Prize in 2006, as well as the recipient of the university-wide Distinguished Teaching Award in 2007. She has chaired or been a member of hundreds of senior theses, MA theses and doctoral dissertations, and the students she has mentored are faculty members across the nation, award-winning writers, and leaders in the community and society.

During her UCLA career, Professor Matsumoto has also contributed to the Asian American Studies Center by serving as guest editor of several special issues of Amerasia Journal, Associate Director of the Center, organizing conferences and events, and chairing selection committees. She also has been an active leader in the Asian American Studies Department, and was Vice Chair of the department and a member of a number of committees. She is also an active volunteer with many local and national museums, historical societies, and other organizations and institutions.