Member Resources Newsletter October 7th, 2016

Member Resource Newsletter

October 7th, 2016


Hey y'all! How much coffee have you used to get you through this week?

Week 7 is down--we're almost halfway through the semester, so hang tight. In this newsletter we have a little something for everyone. You can find cool ways to:

  • take a break from school (maybe learn how to rap? Design our holiday card and get $$?)
  • practice self care (learn nonviolence communication, attend a healing space)
  • be a cooperative member of the BSC (fill out the health needs assessment, use this Amazon link to get money for the BSC)
  • Attend some awesome networking events (grad school fair, LEAD/BSC Resource Fair, Sustainable Economies Law Center Fall Showcase.

Don't forget to 'Like' the BSC on Facebook! Have a good weekend.

The Oakland Mind, a local group of artists will be at Cloyne Court Hotel October 8th at 7pm to hold a workshop called " The Art of 16 Bars" in which they will teach us how to rap. The first half of the evening will be a workshop and the second will be a performance. Please come and join us for a night celebrating local artists from our community and learn a little about what they do.

Do you shop on Amazon?

Use this link to shop, and Amazon will donate a percentage of your purchase to the BSC!
Calling all BSC artists and designers

Every year, the BSC sends holiday cards to our alumni and donors.  Please submit your  art! If your art is selected for the 2016 BSC Holiday Card, you will win $50!

Entries must be received by November 1, 2016, 5pm.

Art guidelines:
  • Secular art. The cards will be mailed on or before Thanksgiving Day. 
  • Cards are 5" x 7". Art will go on the front of the card, portrait orientation.
  • If your art or design is chosen, we may ask for further revisions to suit the overall design of the holiday card. 
Upload submissions here

Questions? Contact Madeleine Loh, BSC Development Director, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (510) 649-8984

Are you thinking of graduate school or do you know someone who is?

We are writing to invite you to our annual Idealist Graduate School Fair in San Francisco, where you can learn about more than 150 graduate degree programs from across the country:

The Idealist Grad School Fair is free to attend and great for anyone looking to pursue a socially-minded career path, or advance their skills in the nonprofit or public service sectors.

At the fair you can meet representatives from 150 local, national, and international universities, and learn about graduate programs in social work, public policy, nonprofit management, international affairs, public interest law, social entrepreneurship, and many more.

Where: Golden Gate Park, San Francisco County Fair Building, 1199 9th Ave, San Francisco, CA, 94122
When: Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Time: 5:00 - 8:00 PM

This fair is generously hosted by the The Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

Additional thanks to our sponsors: University of San Francisco, Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University, University of the Pacific McGeorge Law School

To RSVP and for more details, including a list of all the schools that will be there, please click on this link:

If you have any questions about the fair, please contact us at

We hope you can join us!

What is Week Without Violence? 

YWCA is on a mission to eliminate racism, empower women, stand up for social justice, help families, and strengthen communities. That’s why for more than 20 years, we have set aside one week in October as a Week Without Violence. Week Without Violence is part of a global movement to end violence against women and girls with the World YWCA. This year, we are focusing on ending gender-based violence. Gender-based violence recognizes a spectrum of violence, including but not limited to, intimate partner violence, sexual assault, trafficking, and harassment. At YWCA, we know that not all violence is acknowledged or responded to equally and that some victims go unrecognized altogether.
We invite you to join us from October 11 – 14 as we share information, elevate stories, talk with policymakers, and get out the vote with a common goal in mind: together, we can end gender-based violence.

Click here for more Information about Week Without Violence

Sherman Hall Hardscape Project

1960s Sherman Hall boarder Paul Furukawa is raising $28,000 to fund much needed updates to Sherman Hall, which is right next to Memorial Stadium. Thank you Paul for keeping us close to your heart after all these years!

For more information, check out and 'Like' us on Facebook!

The BSC is working to improve our health worker program through the BSC-wide Health Needs Assessment. This is an anonymous, 10 minute survey about your experience with health and healthy behaviors in the co-ops. This survey was initially sent out in 2012, so we will be able to compare the results from then and now.

Here are some reasons to take this survey:

1. You can win customized "I

Houses with a response rate of over 50% will receive condoms with the "I

2. You can help improve our manager training by making it more relevant to your health needs. Training on issues like consent, keeping your community healthy, sanitation, and holding a safe party will be informed by survey results.

3. You can reflect your own health behaviors. Taking the survey is an excellent opportunity to check in with yourself about how you take care of your mental and physical health.

4. You can help your house and your manager team understand the specific health needs and strengths of your house. Each house will receive a summary of results specific to that house. If you are concerned about anonymity because of the smaller selection of responses, there is an opportunity on the survey to opt out of sharing your results with your house.


Here is the survey:

Thank you!

Restorative Justice Center Offering Training on Nonviolent Communication and Community Healing to BSC Managers

Restorative Justice is an approach to harm in community which focuses on the needs of the victim and offender, as well as the needs of the community. This contrasts to more punitive approaches to wrongdoing where instead the focus is on accountability, making amends, and rehabilitation for transformation of the offender's behavior-if all parties are interested. Restorative justice is an incredibly useful way to approach harm and conflict in communal living. 

If you are interested in having a training on restorative justice at your house (we can come to you!) or if you are experiencing conflict and believe your community could use some healing, please email 
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Also let us know at that time if you would like the facilitator to hold a particular identity, and we would be happy to accommodate. 

Here our website you want to learn more: 
Restorative Justice Center.
Healing Space for Survivors & Allies
Wednesday, October 12, 5-7PM
Gender Equity Resource Center - 202 Chavez

Sexual violence and harm are deeply impacting individuals and communities across the UC campus. In this healing space, survivors and allies are invited to create community, in which we explore these impacts and collectively address and respond to individual and community needs. Together, we will then pool wisdom built from experience to develop strategies for harm reduction through institutional and cultural change.

If you have any questions/concerns, please feel free to email 
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ASUC/Wheelchair accessible. For disability related accommodations, please go to with as much notice as possible.

LEAD/BSC Let’s Get Connected Resource Fair!

If you are interested in learning more about the many student support resources UC Berkeley and surrounding Berkeley communities have to offer, join us for our 3rd Annual LEAD/BSC Let's Get Connected Resource Fair!!!

LEAD/BSC Let’s Get Connected Resource Fair
What:  Let’s Get Connected Resource Fair
Who:  BSC Community
When:  Friday October 21st,  2016
Where:  Cloyne House
Time:  12-3pm (we’ll be asking folks to be there by 11:30am)
Join us and feel free to email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further questions!

Come get wrapped up in the next economy and enjoy an evening of fun filled fantasy and adventure!

Join the Sustainable Economies Law Center as we celebrate 7 years of building community around the legal roots of just and resilient economies! 

A mouth-watering dinner catered by Masa Pa'La Raza, a humble endeavor by two social-and-environmental-justice activists to serve the community with organic, home-cooked food that nourishes the movement. Their banana leaf and corn husk tamales are from recipes passed down by elders, and their commitment to organic ingredients is based in intention and resistance!

With solidarity economy change makers, social justice advocates, and SELC friends and fans!

Silent Auction showcasing local cottage food delights, locally-made clothing, and much more from Bay Area cooperators! Buy tickets here!

Unable to afford a ticket but still want to attend? 

You can volunteer at the event in lieu of paying for a ticket! We need help hosting, serving, setting up, and breaking down on the day of the event. There are a limited number of volunteer spots available.

If you are interested and would like more information, please email Eunice Kwon at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

That's all for this newsletter! Hope y'all enjoyed it. If you have any questions or submissions for the next newsletter, shoot me an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Don't forget to 'Like' the BSC on Facebook!