REES provides outreach programs for faculty and students from other higher education institutions throughout the Western Pennsylvania region and the nation. These include professional development workshops for faculty and annual conferences for both graduate and undergraduate students.
In 2014-17, REES worked with the Community College of Beaver County (CCBC) to implement the “Bridging Cultures” project, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, through which CCBC faculty developed course modules on East European cultures for infusion into the curriculum. The Bridging Cultures website offers resources for disseminating this model of curricular internationalization to other two- and four-year colleges. For more information, see articles about this project on the ASEEES blog and the CCBC website.
REES also hosted a national symposium in 2011 that led to the founding of the Association for Diversity in Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies, an organization dedicated to connecting and expanding the network of minority scholars working in the Slavic studies profession. REES remains committed to supporting initiatives that address the unique challenges faced by students and educators of color studying, teaching, and conducting research in and about the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, and to providing platforms for discussion of race, ethnicity, and other forms of diversity in the region.