GTL Newsletter #38

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“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” —Harriet Tubman 

GTL General Updates

This Week –
  • Add our new GTL Discord account — GlobalTalentLink#2183 
  • Today is our GTL Lunar New Year party!! Be there or be square.
  • Our Learner Sprint program will be streamlined by having a foundational four curricula that can be modified and recycled before more personalized sessions!
  • The service group met on Tuesday and had a great discussion on GTL’s mission and future.
  • Linkers Jerson, Samantha, and Chantal are working with Learners this week! Hooray!
  • Thank you to Linker Madison for spearheading the rehaul of our slide deck.
  • Congrats to Linkers Steven and Zhengyang for their continued efforts on our GTL website. We appreciate you!
  • Mental Health Awareness! Linkers Annie and Rebecca are passionate about mental health and have created a mental health-related newsletter! 
  • The GTL Newsletter is looking for submissions!!
    • Send in blog posts, activities you’re involved in, poetry, art, interesting articles, cool opportunities; etc. Reply to this email with your ideas.  
  • LEARNERS—We’d love to hear from you about your experience with any GTL services you’ve been a part of! Respond to this email with anything you’d like to share ?
  • Monthly GTL Community Events — keep a lookout for monthly programming and events for Learners, Linkers, and the greater GTL community!!
    • Have suggestions or ideas about events you’d like to see? Let us know by responding to this email. 

Last Week – 

  • Last week we introduced our three new Linkers Madison, Sang, & John!!
  • Linker Rebecca continued preparing for a GTL Book Club. Stay tuned.
  • Linker Lava updated our Learner Sprint protocol to be more streamlined.
  • Great job to Linkers Samantha and Chantal for starting with new Learners last week!
  • Linker Zhengyang created some wonderful designs for our website. Thanks for all your work.

GTL Services Highlight

Growth Quest

Growth Quest helps a student design a transformative journey to become a “future you” with a GTL neighborhood including an expansive network of family, friends, and supporters.It starts with charting a growth map, continues with challenges and reflections, and reaches ever higher milestones of purpose and autonomy.

Click on the picture or the hyperlink for more information! 

Happy Lunar Year!



Check out GTL’s Lunar New Year video!!

GTL Blog Spotlight:

New Careers After COVID-19
by Maya Kaelei Lewis

The new year marks new beginnings in the job market, and as we emerge into a post-COVID-19 era, the professions once deemed improbable are becoming incredibly common.  

This new job market relates to new academic instruction as remote opportunities are necessary safety precautions to minimize the spread of COVID-19.
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Black History Month

To honor Black lives past and present, we will highlight people, organizations, and events throughout history that speak to the rich and diverse culture and contributions Black people have made for their communities and the world over.


Here’s the story behind Black History Month — and why it’s celebrated in February 

by Jonathan Franklin, NPR 

Every February, the U.S. honors the contributions and sacrifices of African Americans who have helped shape the nation. Black History Month celebrates the rich cultural heritage, triumphs and adversities that are an indelible part of our country’s history.

This year’s theme, Black Health and Wellness, pays homage to medical scholars and health care providers. The theme is especially timely as we enter the third year of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has disproportionately affected minority communities and placed unique burdens on Black health care professionals.

“There is no American history without African American history,” said Sara Clarke Kaplan, executive director of the Antiracist Research & Policy Center at American University in Washington, D.C. The Black experience, she said, is embedded in “everything we think of as ‘American history.’ “

First, there was Negro History Week 

Critics have long argued that Black history should be taught and celebrated year-round, not just during one month each year.

It was Carter G. Woodson, the “father of Black history,” who first set out in 1926 to designate a time to promote and educate people about Black history and culture, according to W. Marvin Dulaney. He is a historian and the president of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH).

Woodson envisioned a weeklong celebration to encourage the coordinated teaching of Black history in public schools. He designated the second week of February as Negro History Week and galvanized fellow historians through the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History, which he founded in 1915. (ASNLH later became ASALH.)

The idea wasn’t to place limitations but really to focus and broaden the nation’s consciousness.

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Any comments, questions, or concerns?
Want to share your own blog or announce something to the GTL Community?
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