FY 2015 Graduate Research Fellowship Program for Criminal Justice Statistics

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Bureau of Justice Statistics

(BJS) is seeking applications to fund one or more fellows under its Graduate Research Fellowship (GRF) Program for Criminal Justice Statistics. This program furthers the Department’s mission by facilitating collaboration between academic and government researchers in survey methodology, statistics, economics, and social sciences. BJS provides Graduate Research Fellows the unique opportunity to address substantive, methodological, and analytic issues relevant to BJS programs and to further existing knowledge about and understanding of the operation of the criminal justice system.

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Question of the Week

Poverty and Opportunity in Your Community: What Are You Seeing?

This week, we want to hear from you about some of the pressing issues in your own community related to poverty and opportunity.

Yesterday, President Obama sat down with Harvard professor Robert Putnam and American Enterprise Institute president Arthur Brooks for a discussion on poverty, moderated by Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne. Now we want to hear from you on this important topic.

Share with us how these issues are playing out in your community, and how you think we can continue expanding opportunity for more Americans.

White House Celebrates Entreprenuers Around the World

The White House Celebrates Entrepreneurs Around the World

On Monday, the President welcomed emerging entrepreneurs from across the country and around the world to the White House to honor their achievements in their fields of business. He also announced new commitments in support of the Spark Global Entrepreneurship Initiative — a bold goal of generating $1 billion in new investment for emerging entrepreneurs worldwide by 2017.


In Case You Missed It: The First Lady’s Powerful Remarks to Tuskegee University’s Class of 2015

In Case You Missed It: The First Lady’s Powerful Remarks to Tuskegee University’s Class of 2015

This past Saturday, First Lady Michelle Obama delivered the commencement address to the Class of 2015 at Tuskegee University — a historically black university in Tuskegee, Alabama. Founded by Booker T. Washington in 1881, Tuskegee is the only university in America to be designated as a National Historic Site.



3 Thoughts the President Shared on Poverty

A Discussion on Poverty in America

Yesterday, President Obama traveled to Georgetown University to sit down with Harvard professor Robert Putnam and American Enterprise Institute president Arthur Brooks to share his views on poverty in America. The President also outlined what we can do to ensure every American — no matter who they are, where they come from, or where they live — has access to the opportunities they deserve.

If you missed the discussion, here’s three important things that the President said.

National Center for the Study of Collective Bargaining in Higher Education and the Profressions

The National Center E-Note is an electronic newsletter providing news, updates and analysis concerning events and issues of interest to constituency groups.

May 2015 Edition Contents:

  1.      The National Center’s 42nd Annual Conference: A Major Success
  2.      Photographs from the Annual Conference
  3.      Proceedings from National Center Conference Since 1973 Now Available On-Line
  4.      NYPERB ALJ Decides Cayuga Comm. Coll. Adjuncts Belong in Separate Unit
  5.      NLRB RD Finds Lesley Univ. Temporary Faculty Should Be in Unit with Core   Faculty
  6.     GEU-UAW and U. Conn. Ratify First Contract for Graduate Assistants
  7.     SEIU Certified to Represent Lecturers at Boston University
  8.     Petition Filed for Representation of Schenectady County Comm. Coll. Adjuncts
  9.     Representation Election Scheduled for Siena College Adjunct Faculty
  10.     Representation Election Scheduled for Siena College Visiting Faculty
  11.     Webster University Adjuncts Vote Down Union Representation
  12.     NYU Annual Labor Conference To Examine Employee and Employer Status
  13.     The Journal of Collective Bargaining in the Academy 
  14.     Donate to Support the National Center’s Work and Mission

2015 NASA MUREP Virtual MSI Symposium and Collaboration Videoconference

2015 NASA MUREP Virtual MSI Symposium and Collaboration Videoconference Audience: Minority Serving Institutions Event Date: May 20, 2015 Time: 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. EDT

2015 NASA MUREP Virtual MSI Symposium and Collaboration Videoconference NASA’s Office of Education will host this virtual symposium to provide an opportunity for Minority Serving Institutions (MSI) to receive in-depth information about current NASA EONS solicitations.

This discussion is offered in an effort to help strengthen collaborations between MSI’s and NASA Centers in support of open solicitations in EONS.   MSI’s will have an opportunity to listen to presentations from each NASA Center on Center strengths, core competencies and education interests.  This virtual session will serve as a platform to connect MSI’s with appropriate Center POC’s and raise awareness of the unique strengths of each Center.

This event will be held on Wednesday, May 20, 2015, at 3:30 p.m. EDT.  During the event, audience members may submit typed questions via chat box.  After the presentation, there will be a brief Q&A via teleconference call line to provide real time answers to participant questions. In order to address as many participants as possible, questions should be clear and concise, and limited to general topics only. This event will begin promptly on time, so everyone is encouraged to connect 10 – 15 minutes prior to start time to address any technical difficulties you may encounter. To join this symposium, follow these instructions and connect to both videoconference and teleconference number.

To connect to videoconference (for slide presentations and presenter introductions) login at: https://paragon-tec.adobeconnect.com/msi-symposium/

To connect to teleconference call number Dial toll free: 1-844-467-6272 Enter participant passcode: 529064

This call will be recorded and transcribed. For the sake of accuracy be sure to speak slowly and clearly, and please spell anything that might be recorded incorrectly.  Please keep all phones muted at all times until it is your turn to speak. Cell phones are not recommended for use for this call due to the possibility of disconnection and static. Subsequently, a written transcript of this symposium will be posted to the NSPIRES website. Questions asked during the call will also be posted. Any questions regarding this session should be sent to Clarence.F.Jones@nasa.gov.

Technical/system requirements necessary are:

  • High speed internet connection
  • A nearby landline
  • Updated browser (preferably Firefox)
  • Updated Adobe Flash Player
  • Bandwidth: min. 56 Kbps (if unsure, you may test your connection speed athttp://www.speedtest.net/)

At any time, you may test your system and internet connection at: http://admin.adobeconnect.com/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm.  This diagnostic test will ensure your computer and network connections are properly configured to provide you with the best possible Adobe Connect meeting experience. The diagnostic test checks for the following:

  1. Clear connection to Adobe Connect
  2. Bandwidth availability
  3. Latest Adobe Connect Add-in

If all tests pass successfully, you are prepared for logging in this symposium 10 minutes before scheduled start time.  If you should experience any difficulties during the diagnostic test, the site also includes troubleshooting tips and procedures as well as a few detailed instructions if this is first time using Adobe Connect.

First In the World MSI Call Monday, April 27th at 3:00PM!!!

This year, Congress has appropriated $60 million to the Department of Education (ED) for the First in the World (FITW) grant competition, with a $16 million set-aside for Minority-Serving Institutions (MSI’s).  Although priorities for the FY2015 competition have not yet been announced, ED is providing general information about FITW to help institutions begin preparing

On Monday, April 27th , from 3:00-4:00pm Eastern Time, the White House Initiative for Historically Black Colleges and Universities will host “Office Hours” for Minority Serving Institutions.  Dr. Ivory Toldson, Deputy Director for the Initiative, will open up the call and turn it over to Frank Frankfort and Gary Thomas of the Office of Postsecondary Education to discuss First in the World and take questions.

To participate, please dial in at:

Dial In: 800-369-1818

Participant passcode: 5411524

The purpose of the FITW grant competition is to incentivize institutions of higher education and partnering nonprofit organizations to collaborate and help spur the development of innovative approaches and strategies that will improve educational access and outcomes. To help grow the evidence base of effective educational practices, FITW is structured as an evidence-based grant competition that offers up to three tiers of grants – development, validation, and scale up.  Each tier requires a specific level of evidence underlying the proposed approach, and rigorous evaluation of each funded intervention.

ED expects to announce priorities for this competition in May; proposed priorities for the overall program were open for public comment in February-March.

The First in the World competition is run out of the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) office, at ED’s Office of Postsecondary Education.

To learn more about the Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE) and its grant programs, please visit OPES’s website or follow us on Twitter at: @EDPostsecondary.

A RSVP is required for this call. You may RSVP by sending and email to: WHIRSVPs@ed.gov

Job Opportunities with U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Office of Minority and Women Inclusion (OMWI) has job opportunities available.

Brief Background:

OMWI was established in July of 2011, as required by Section 342 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010.  OMWI is responsible for:

  • taking affirmative steps to seek diversity at all levels of the SEC’s workforce,
  • increasing participation of minority-owned and women-owned businesses in the SEC’s programs and contracts, including standards for coordinating technical assistance to such businesses; and
  • assessing the diversity policies and practices of entities regulated by the SEC.

For more information regardign the job opportunities see : Vacancy Announcement or contact

Germon Rochez
Recruitment Coordinator
Phone: 202-551-6046