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.

Pitt-to-You Student Ambassadors

The Pitt to You program is seeking current undergraduate Pitt students who are willing to serve as student ambassadors to welcome incoming Chinese international students. The trip will depart from Pittsburgh and host workshops in two Chinese cities - Beijing and Shanghai. 

The Pitt to You program has two purposes: to welcome incoming international students to the University of Pittsburgh and to provide Pitt students with an international leadership opportunity especially those who have limited international experience. This opportunity will span two academic years (2017-2018 for training and preparation, 2018-2019 for engagement with incoming international students). Students selected for the program will cultivate relationships with international students before they arrive on campus and then maintain these connections throughout the next academic year.

Click here for more details and for a link to the application.

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 here.