MCEDC Digest - July 23 , 2018
Program News
Moving On

With a bit of sorrow, and a lot of excitement, I wish to formally announce my departure from the Mortenson Center as of July 31st to pursue a new position as the manager of diverse faculty recruiting initiatives for the College of Engineering and Applied Science. It has been my honor to work with some amazing people and on life changing activities for these past 14 years. After my departure, please contact Evan Thomas ( for your Mortenson Center-related needs. He will direct you to the correct resource. 

I wish the program and each individual success in the future.

Respectfully yours,
Robyn Sandekian, PhD
Ten CU Students/Alumni Offered Prestigious Grants

EDC Student Naomi Chang is highlighted in an article about her Boren fellowship that will take her to Indonesia. Read about the exciting linguistic work she is doing there.
Webinars & Online Courses
Volunteer Essentials Pathway
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This five-part course is an introduction designed to give volunteers a comprehensive overview of the humanitarian sector with practical guidance around 'need-to-know' skills and activities. The five modules are: Humanitarian 101: the basics; Security and well-being; How to guides; Program Management, delivery and leadership; Disaster risk reduction and management for volunteers. Join now.
Become a Graduate Peer Mentor at CU
Application Deadline: Thur. Aug. 23, 2018

The Graduate School and the United Government of Graduate Students (UGGS) at CU are seeking graduate student mentors to offer non-crisis guidance and support to members of the graduate student community. One aim of the program is to offer graduate students ways to meet and build community across disciplinary boundaries. No experience is necessary. Mentors will receive a $30 campus meal card for volunteering. Apply here. or Learn more.
Women Forward in Technology Scholarships
Submission Deadline: Wed. Aug 1, 2018

Undergraduate or graduate female students enrolled full-time studying in a STEM field can apply for the Women Forward in Technology Scholarships. Several $3000 scholarships will be awarded. Apply now.
Post-doc Research Associate Position Available at University of San Diego
Priority Application Deadline: Thur. July. 26, 2018

The Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering is seeking candidates for one or more years as a postdoctoral research associate to work on the NSF grant: IUSE/PFE REvolutionizing Engineering and Computer Science Departments (RED): "Developing Changemaking Engineers". This position will collaborate with faculty, students, and industry partners to assist in producing and disseminating activities in and out of the university classroom in support of our model for collaborative change to redefine the "engineering canon" and develop "Changemaking Engineers". For more information, visit
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Development Professionals of the Future
Tue. July 24, 2018, 10am

The role of development professionals is rapidly changing, meaning new skill sets and knowledge are required. Representatives from USAID and DAI will discuss the shifts in the development sector and how changes are impacting their organizations. You will also learn how the sector can ensure it is supporting the development skills of the future. Register now.
In the News
New Guidance Helps Humanitarian Organizations Support Sexual & Gender Minorities
According the the Humanitarian Advisory Group, sexual and gender minorities are overlooked or excluded in emergency responses due to a "blind spot" that could be something more. Read the article.

What Do Driverless Cars Have To Do With SDG 6? The UN Explains.

"It seems that we are busy celebrating a fourth industrial revolution while the benefits of the first three have yet to reach billions of people."
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