San Diego Chinese Center
4th Annual 2014-2015 Year of the Ram Scholarship
This year's essay topic is:
The value of diversity: Given your personal background, describe an experience that illustrates what you bring to the diversity of your community, or an encounter that demonstrated the importance of diversity to you.
My name is Ariffa Bevin and I am an author and blogger from the Capital Region in New York. I’m starting an online tutoring service called English World Tutoring for those living abroad who wish to learn the English language.
We have a large population of immigrants and U.S. citizens who do not have English as their first language and can receive aid through many services here. Because of the growing demand of learning the English language, the family or friends of this population living abroad are most likely interested in the same thing. However, they face the obstacle of finding a dedicated teacher to help them. My goal is to bridge this gap by providing education of the English language to those interested throughout the world.
As one way of reaching my students, I would like to outreach to any of their friends and family living here. As such, I would like to send you my program's flyer in hopes that you may be able to post it and hand it to those whose family or friends may benefit. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out.
Dear Prospective Research Participant:
The purpose of this research project is to determine whether people of one ethnicity can accurately identify emotions displayed by people of another ethnicity. This is a research project being conducted by Olivia Gafford, M.A. and James Turner, Ph.D. at Alliant International University as part of the requirement for earning a doctorate. You are invited to participate in this research project because you are a member of one of the ethnic groups being looked at in this study.
Your participation in this research study is voluntary. You may choose not to participate. If you decide to participate in this research survey, you may withdraw at any time. If you decide not to participate in this study or if you withdraw from participating at any time, you will not be penalized.
The procedure involves filling an online survey that will take approximately 15 minutes. Your responses will be confidential and we do not collect identifying information such as your name, email address or IP address. The survey questions will be about your ethnicity, your personality, and about pictures you will see. The questions about your ethnicity will simply ask you to choose from a list of ethnicities. The question about your age will ask you to verify that you are over eighteen years of age. The questions about your personality will ask you to indicate how much you agree with each of 30 sentences.. When you get to the pictures, there will be a list of emotions and you will be asked to indicate which emotion you believe the person in the picture is feeling. You will also be able to choose that none of the listed emotions apply. There will be a total of 28 pictures displayed, one at a time.
We will do our best to keep your information confidential. All data is stored in a password protected electronic format. To help protect your confidentiality, the surveys will not contain information that will personally identify you. The results of this study will be used for scholarly purposes only and may be shared with Alliant International University representatives.
To participate, please go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Gafford2
You have a right to information about the outcome of this study. Once the study has been completed, this information will be available athttp://www.gaffordresearch.info
If you have any questions about the research study, please contact Olivia Gafford, M.A. at firstname.lastname@example.org, James Turner, Ph.D. email@example.com, or the Alliant International University Institutional Review Board (IRB) at SD-IRB@Alliant.edu and (858)635-4752. This research has been reviewed according to Alliant International University IRB procedures for research involving human subjects. You may print a copy of this consent form for your records.
Thank you for your time and contribution.
Olivia Gafford James Turner, Ph.D.
The City of San Diego with the Five Year Consolidated Plan and would like to request your assistance to engage your beneficiaries, members and partners and to make sure their voice is heard and represented in this process.
The planning process to create the Consolidated Plan serves as the framework for a community-wide dialogue to identify housing, economic, and community development priorities. The Consolidated Plan will ultimately prioritize the limited federal funds the City of San Diego receives to improve local communities – and input by your contacts is very important.
There will be community forums this week and next week, and they ask to share the attached flyer and the attached community needs survey with any contacts. Any and all assistance to get the word out is greatly appreciated.
Additional details can be found here: http://www.sandiego.gov/cdbg/
SDG&E Public Service Announcement
English Version (Youtube Channel): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wL454Zk_x5U
Spanish Version (Youtube Channel): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P7m5Lt-TTNo
• Located in Shanghai, the economic center of modern
• Courses led in English by American-educated Ph.D.
• No more than 15 students per class. Subjects flow freely
between students and professors in classroom
• Curriculum allows students to fuel own creativity and
natural talents and allows them to become more
economically viable on a global scale after graduation.
• Academics focus on cutting-edge international issues
that concern China, the U.S., and the world (economics
& international business, energy use & climate, history of
conflict and diplomacy, international studies and political
science, ethnic studies, psych and social behavior,
• Courses include guided cultural excursions to some of
China’s most exciting locations such as Beijing, Hong
Kong, and more.
• Courses provide guest seminars lead by prominent
business and political leaders from the Xing Wei College
‘Masters in Residence’ program and from the Chinese
Executive Leadership Academy, Pudong (CELAP).
• International students take class alongside their Chinese
peers, and live w/ them on campus, creating more
opportunity for cultural immersion.
• Xing Wei strives for 30% US student population, 70%
• Brand-new, modern dormitories located on a beautiful,
American-style campus featuring state-of-the-art fitness
center, dining facilities and state of the art library.
• Programs are available for the Summer [5 weeks, 3-6
credit hours] and Fall/Spring semesters [15 weeks, 12-15
• Internships are also available.
**Scholarships are available for applicants with excellent GPA
and financial aid will apply to the overall cost.
For more info., please contact Michael Avila
US Liaison, Xing Wei College, Shanghai
(858) 480-9152 ext. 308
In Loving Memory of Ruby Tom, founder of the San Diego Chinese Center
Jui Chiung Tom, known to friends and family as Ruby, passed away peacefully on October 16, 2011 at the Quarry Hill retirement home in Camden, Maine. She was 85. A native of Kunming, China, she came to the U.S. as a foreign student. She was the first Chinese coed to ever attend Arkansas College, where her American classmates dubbed her "Ruby" because they found her Chinese name impossible to pronounce. She planned to return to China, but the Chinese Revolution cut off her hopes of going home. From afar, through an exchange of carefully worded letters, she learned of the hardships suffered by her parents, whose large estate in Kunming was confiscated by the government. She never saw her parents again. After her marriage to Ernest B. Tom, Ruby settled in San Diego, where her difficulties as an immigrant inspired her to help other Chinese immigrants. Even while busily raising two children, she managed to earn a Master's degree in Social Services at San Diego State University. In 1972 she co-founded the Chinese Social Service Center, now known as the San Diego Chinese Center. 39 years later, the organization she created continues to provide social services and cultural programs for the San Diego community. With the re-opening of China to tourists, Ruby was finally able to visit her homeland several times, and she was delighted to meet nieces she'd never seen. A fearless traveler, she often made bold and surprising choices in life -- including a decision to get divorced after 32 years of marriage and live by her own rules. After moving to Maine in 2008, she settled in at Quarry Hill, where the extraordinary and compassionate care of the nursing staff eased her final days. A private family service is planned next summer in Kunming. She is survived by her daughter, novelist Terry (Tess) Gerritsen of Camden, Maine, her son Dr. Timothy Tom, an anesthesiologist in Corpus Christi, Texas, and her grandsons Adam and Joshua Gerritsen, and Christopher Tom. In lieu of flowers, the family would deeply appreciate donations to the American Heart Association:
Cultural Homestay International is currently looking for loving families to host a high school foreign exchange student. All you need to provide is a bed and food. Anything else outside of the house, they have their own funds. They have students that come from all over the world. Right now they have Vietnam, Germany, China, Slovakia, Colombia, Spain, Thailand, Mongolia, Belgium. The list goes on and on. Also, if you have a particular interest, you can find a student who might have the same interest as you. You can build a long time friendship and go visit them in their country. Many people have done that. The website is www.chinet.org
Email Kelly if you have any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org
She can send you a lot more information.
They have so many students that they need to place within the next 2 months, so if you can't host for the 5 or 10 months, they are also looking for "Welcome Families" and thats for only 1 or 2 months.
FREE Citizenship Services
This FREE program is for citizenship services for senior applicants age 65 and older. Applicants get:
- Free computerized completion of the N-400 application
- Free photos and mailing
- Free citizenship classes
- Free home tutoring
- Free follow-up services
* IRC's free services do not include USCIS application fees.
For more information, call IRC at 619.641.7510 ext. 250 or visit:
International Rescue Committee
5348 University Ave. Ste 205A, San Diego, CA 92105
FREE Citizenship Classes
9:00 - 11:00 AM
3792 Fairmount Ave. Room 214, San Diego, CA 92105
For more information call 619.388.4512
Classes sponsored by San Diego Continuing Education
Thank you Chewfun Luen, Director of Social Service, for your 20+ years of service to the community and to the center! We appreciate your hard work and dedication.
(Chewfun has been with SDCC since July 26, 1988.)
If you have a love of Chinese culture and have a desire to give back to the community, we would love to hear from you. We are currently looking for people to join our fair planning committee or help out in other ways, please contact us if you are interested.
Special Sponsorship by:
San Diego Chinese Center, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization
428 Third Avenue - San Diego, CA 92101
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