Donations offer way for Norwich University community to help students mitigate coronavirus pandemic

Giving Tuesday is nearly here. And this year, the Norwich University community can help students affected by the coronavirus pandemic through the Emergency Scholarship Fund.

The fund helps students meet unforeseen financial challenges; in the past three years, its grants have helped 31 students graduate.

With the pandemic having prompted layoffs, business closures or other fiscal hardship, sudden needs for Norwich families have increased.

With the pandemic having prompted layoffs, business closures or other fiscal hardship, sudden needs for Norwich families have increased.

“My financial circumstances changed because my mom was out of work; that caused a lot of uncertainty for me,” one student recipient of financial relief wrote. “Thanks to the Emergency Scholarship Fund, I was able to graduate from Norwich.”

Giving Tuesday, which recurs on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, began in 2012 as a partnership between New York City’s 92nd Street Y and the United Nations Foundation, and became a standalone global nonprofit organization in 2019. On its website, the nonprofit said 2019’s campaign encouraged about $503 million in U.S. donations.

“Every act of generosity counts,” the organization’s website said, “and everyone has something to give.”

Donate to the Emergency Scholarship Fund here.

— Careerpalooza event: The Brooke Charter Schools, a partner of the Norwich Career and Internship Center through Handshake, will hold a virtual information session from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Monday.

Brooke Charter Schools, a network of Boston charter academies, will share information about its salaried Associate Teacher Program which lasts a year, is based in schools and prepares participants to become successful lead teachers. The program’s manager and associate teachers will discuss the schools’ culture, the program’s structure, mentorship and professional development and pay.

On its website, Brooke Charter Schools counts 1,975 kindergarten-through-12th grade students, 92% of whom are Black and Latino, enrolled on five sites for 2020-21. The schools earned a 2019 Massachusetts School of Recognition designation for excellent achievement.

Click here for details on the information session.

— Admissions Office webinars: The Admissions Office will hold virtual information sessions on the Career and Internship Center’s offerings from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday and from 9 to 10 p.m. Wednesday. The session will deliver information on its partner program, recruitment fairs and other offerings that connect Norwich students with employers for internships and jobs.

Click here for details on Tuesday’s session; click here for information on Wednesday’s session.

— Racial justice talk: The Master of Public Administration Speakers Series will host a virtual talk by Debby Irving, author of “Waking Up White, and Finding Myself in the Story of Race” from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday.

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Debby Irving

Irving, a white woman who grew up in Winchester, Massachusetts, in the 1960s and 1970s, will discuss the racial divide she observed while working in Black neighborhoods in Boston during the mid-1980s and 1990s. She’ll describe how she learned to better understand racial dynamics and transform anxiety and inaction into empowerment and action.

In “Waking Up White,” which was published in January 2014, Irving wrote: “My waking-up process has been built largely on the collective wisdom from people of color throughout the centuries who’ve risked lives, jobs, and reputations in an effort to convey the experience of racism.”

Click here for information on the talk.

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