Saturday, November 20, 2010

U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Scholarship Program

Supporting students interested in pursuing the basic science and technology innovations that can be applied to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security mission.
* Undergraduate students (who have earned no more than 60 units)
* U.S. citizenship required
* Funding available for fall 2011
* Full tuition and monthly stipends
* Includes 10-week summer internships at federal research facilities or DHS Centers of Excellence
* Application Deadline: January 5, 2011

Questions regarding the DHS Scholarship Program can be sent via e-mail to
Complete information is available online at

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Summer Leadership Program for Talented Black Male College Sophomores

The Institute for Responsible Citizenship is recruiting talented African American male college sophomores to participate in its summer leadership program. Admitted students work at high-level internships, take a challenging course in government and economics, and meet influential leaders in the public and private sectors. Applicants must be college sophomores. We strongly encourage students who major in the sciences, engineering, business, and entrepreneurship to apply. We accept applications on a rolling basis through January 7, 2011. To learn more about our announcement and the application process, visit our website at Frequently Asked Questions can be found at

If you have any questions, please contact me via email or by phone at 202-659-2831. Please share this information with the men in your fraternity. If you have any questions about our program, please contact me via email of by phone at 202-659-2831.

John T. Saunders III
Chief Program Officer
Institute for Responsible Citizenship
1227 25th Street, NW Sixth Floor
Washington, DC 20037
Phone: (202) 659-2831

Sunday, November 14, 2010

BGLOs should have paid field staff

Provide Field Staff by Dr. Gregory S. Parks

White fraternities and sororities often have field staff that travel the country, advising their chapters. This is a great idea for organizations that can afford it. I can only assume that there are 2 BGLOs that could do this. For the other BGLO, I’d suggest drawing upon a team of members who are student affairs personnel to serve as remote/virtual advisors. Let’s use my fraternity, Alpha Phi Alpha, as an example. I know of around 20-30 Alphas who work in student affairs. Say 15 of them served as virtual advisors. Each could pick a group of specific issues that would be their specialty. If a Greek Affairs advisor had an issue with a chapter of Alpha and needed help resolving it, they could email the Alpha virtual advisors. The request could then be assigned to the brother who has a specialty in that area, and within 24 hours, he would respond with his recommendations. Proactively, Alpha could periodically—say once a month—run a report on problem chapters (e.g., those who have failed to submit required paperwork to the organization, those with poor chapter g.p.a.s, those where brothers are not graduating in a timely fashion). The remote advisors would then seek to ascertain what the purported issues are and work with the chapters to resolve the issue or issues.