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 is working 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 have 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 that led to the founding of the Association for Students and Teachers of Color in Slavic Studies (STC), an affiliate organization of the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies dedicated to connecting and expanding the network of minority scholars working in the Slavic studies profession. This organization, now renamed the Association for Diversity in Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ADSEEES), is committed to improving understanding of 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. REES continues to work closely with ADSEEES, which serves as a platform for discussions of race, ethnicity and other forms of diversity in the region.