As the heart of on-campus Asian expertise, the Asian Studies Center plays a vital role in proactively sharing knowledge and resources with its many stakeholder communities. Stretching from West Virginia and Ohio to the Atlantic shores of Delaware, Maryland and Pennsylvania, the Center’s outreach initiatives target educators as well as the business community and the general public.

Outreach initiatives include but are not limited to professional development workshops for K-12 educators, faculty development seminars, curriculum development projects, school visit programs, free educational resources, study abroad opportunities, and lecture and film series. The Asian Studies Center also partners with Pitt’s other area studies centers to develop two- and four-year college and university faculty workshops on global and Asian themes. Additionally, the Center is the home of the Confucius Institute at the University of Pittsburgh and a national coordinating site for the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia.

Confucius Institute at the University of Pittsburgh

Part of a network of Institutes worldwide, the Confucius Institute at the University of Pittsburgh (CI-Pitt) promotes cultural and scholarly understanding, and exchange between the United States and China. Through its collaboration with Wuhan University, CI-Pitt partners with Pennsylvania and Ohio school districts to introduce Chinese language and culture courses to K-12 pupils. CI-Pitt also offers a variety of programming for local communities, including Chinese language courses, cultural exchange programs, and scholarly activities.

National Consortium for Teaching about Asia

With a regional focus on Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania and West Virginia, the Consortium’s outreach activities target K-12 social studies teachers and teachers of world history, geography, literature, and language arts. Outreach includes East Asian seminars, opportunities for travel to Asia, and support for curriculum development and in-service training.

Volunteer Opportunities

We are always looking to bolster our roster of outreach volunteers. If you would like to volunteer your time to teach Asian cultural activities ranging from simple language lessons to calligraphy, arts and crafts, and dance, please fill out the form at http://www.ucis.pitt.edu/asc/outreach/volunteers.