CLAS Monthly Newsletter-JUNE 2021

CLAS Monthly Newsletter-JUNE 2021

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Despite the Center’s aim to ramp down to plan, develop and adapt for the coming academic year, we still have interesting events to engage in. In the month of June the CULTNA, “What’s in a Name?” and Charlemos series continue. You may also join us at the World Square Festival in Market Square, Pittsburgh for what will be our first outdoor, in-person engagement since 2019.

Political and civil liberties continue being challenged all over the hemisphere and we aim to respond to shed light on situations and the factors involved in a timely manner. Above all, we hope that you and all those you care about are staying safe, have adequate access to COVID vaccine, and find a path towards a more predictable and prosperous time ahead.



A Revolução dos Ganhadores

June 10, 2021 at 5:00 p.m.

João José Reis

O seminário "Culturas Negras no Atlantico (CULTNA)" é uma iniciativa que congrega o Laboratório de História Oral e Imagem (LABHOI) da Universidade Federal Fluminense e da Universidade Federal de Juiz de Fora, e o Center for Latin American Studies da University of Pittsburgh. Neste encontro, será discutido o livro Ganhadores (capítulos 3, 7, 8, 9, 10), de João José Reis, com o próprio autor. Evento em português. No Brasil, o livro está disponível para compra no site da editora:

To register, click "HERE

This series came out of a discussion about what it means to have a given name – names say a lot about who we are, or does it?
Can names create subconscious bias? What is the history of our given name? Does the region where our name is most popular impact how we are perceived? How do social status and laws affect our name? Why is it so challenging to ask someone how their name is pronounced?
This series aims to open a doorway to exploring issues that affect us every day, and that, ultimately, reverberate through the most intimate aspects of who we are. While we will explore basic tools and name etiquette, with the kindness and respect we all deserve, we intend to reflect on what our names say about us, and how they may be used to define who we are. Please join our exploration of a crucial topic seldom discussed.

What is in a Name Series
Schedule of Events:

  • May 19, 2021, 12:00 P.M.  My name introduction
  • Date and time TBA --"A thousand paper cuts: Microaggressions and our names"
  • June 4, 2021, 12:00 P.M. "Breaking the Bias" to registered click "HERE"
  • Date and time TBA -- "What should my name be now?"
  • For K-12 School Visits (Fall 2021  Spring 2022), please send us an email to 
This series is sponsored by the Global Hub and the University Center for International Studies (African Studies, Asian Studies, Latin American Studies, Global Studies, European Studies, REEES, Global Experiences Office, Nationality Rooms, and OIS).
CLAS' Latin American & Caribbean Festival at the University of Pittsburgh is very happy to be part of this celebration!

Come and visit the Festival's Table--We will be promoting our sponsors and participants that are registered for our upcoming event on Saturday, October 2, 2021.
We hope to see all of you at World Square (June 11-13, 2021).
World Square
Welcoming Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership are teaming up to host World Square, a platform to celebrate, promote, and welcome our local international communities.
Friday, June 11 – Sunday, June 13, 2021
Market Square, Downtown Pittsburgh
Free admission

Friday, June 11: 5 – 10 p.m.
Saturday, June 12: 12 – 8 p.m.
Sunday, June 13: 12 – 6 p.m.

Across three days in June during the Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival, Market Square will become a showcase for businesses, artists, makers, performers, food purveyors, and more from across the various international and newcomer communities.

To register, click "HERE"

The aim of the internship is to involve CLAS certificate student(s) in organizations that work in and with the Latinx community in Southwestern Pennsylvania and leverage the skills and language acquired during their course of studies at the University of Pittsburgh.

Internship Opportunities:

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Student Experience in the Research University Survey


Thank you for your interest in participating in the University of Pittsburgh’s Student Experience in the Research University (SERU) Survey. Click the appropriate logo below to be directed to the undergraduate or graduate survey.

Please be aware that you need your Student ID number to log in. Your Student ID number (i.e. PeopleSoft ID number) is a 7-digit number that identifies you in the University of Pittsburgh records system. You can find your PeopleSoft ID number via your Student Center in your account or on the bottom right hand corner of your Pitt Student ID. 

Student Experience in the Research University Survey | Office of the Provost | University of Pittsburgh

The University of Pittsburgh English Language Institute (ELI) Intensive English Program begins on May 11. Those looking to improve their English language skills can study using the University’s flexible instructional model. In-person learning will be offered when conditions allow for it, and remote classes are available for students and instructors whose personal health risks or circumstances prevent them from coming to the classroom.

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Pitt Events, References & Resources

Some college students qualify for SNAP now, and the changes are expected to last through 2021DHS and PA Dept of Education have announced a temporary change in eligibility for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, expanding eligibility for certain college students who qualify based on their families' income. Under the new terms. college students who are eligible for a state or federal work study program, regardless of whether they are participating, or those who have an estimated family contribution of $0 on their federal student aid determination are not eligible. Interested parties can apply for SNAP through COMPASS. More info about food resources around PA are available in a food security guide
Whether you are looking for a new job or a new hire, Pitt Commons is here to help.

 Searching for a job?                                                      

Find the job of your dreams! The Pitt Commons job board is exclusively available to members of the Pitt community and features openings posted by Pitt alumni who are eager to hire fellow graduates or connect them to open positions.

Find a job at Pitt Commons 

 Looking to hire Pitt talent?                                         

Hiring Pitt talent is always a great investment and Pitt Commons makes it easy to find highly qualified applicants. Help fellow Pitt alumni and soon-to-be Pitt graduates by posting open positions and making sure they’re the first to know if your company has opportunities available.

Post a job at Pitt Commons 

Pitt Commons is an online network of alumni, students, faculty, and staff who are invested in helping one another succeed professionally. Job seekers enjoy the advantage of applying for positions that have been posted by Pitt alumni professionals. And hiring managers can easily scan a pool of applicants who share their connection to the University of Pittsburgh.

When you join Pitt Commons, you’ll also be able to explore mentorship opportunities, register for Pitt networking events, workshops, and training opportunities, and find other professional development resources in your field

It's free and easy. View a job listings on Pitt Commons today!



The Student Emergency Assistance Fund is a joint venture led by the Office of the Provost, Office of Philanthropic & Alumni Engagement, Student Government Board, the Graduate & Professional Student Government, and the Division of Student Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh. The health and safety of our Pitt community, particularly our students, is paramount.

The fund, to be administered at the direction of the Provost, will be used to provide financial support for degree-seeking students of the University of Pittsburgh with unanticipated and insurmountable expenses related to emergency situations that may result in students facing financial hardship. Undergraduate, graduate, and professional students may apply for funds when they experience a financial barrier based on an emergency situation, and when they have exhausted all other available resources.

Community Support

Chancellor Patrick Gallagher called upon the University to acknowledge our role in the response during this time of great challenge… Join us in Pitt’s Pandemic Service Initiative: expanding staff, faculty, and student service; contributing to drives and collections; and forging innovative partnerships. We are rolling up our sleeves.


As part of the Pitt Pandemic Service Initiative, faculty, staff, and students are coming together to meet critical community needs. You can make a difference with even just a small amount of time. Priority needs identified by community partners include care and connection calls and IT support.

Student Service
Faculty/Staff Service 
Drives and Collections

We’re committed to being a University of the community. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Pitt students, faculty, and staff are volunteering to provide technology support, well-checks, and a host of other forms of support. 

For community members, this means access to resources and information. 


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The Eduardo Lozano Latin American Collection & Hillman Library 

Eduardo Lozano Latin American Collection


 For more information, click "HERE"

University Library System

Currently, all ULS libraries are open, but if you have questions, please contact Ask Us or check the Library Response & Resources page for ways the library can still help!

Bolivian Studies Journal/Revista de Estudios Bolivianos

We invite you to review its contents by accessing the corresponding website:
Thanks for your continuing interest in our work.

Los invitamos a revisar los contenidos de este nuevo número, disponibles en el sitio:

Elizabeth Monasterios - Martha E. Mantilla
Bolivian Studies Journal/Revista de Estudios Bolivianos

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CLAS' community engagement programs play a pivotal role in sharing information and expertise on Latin America to educators both at the college/university level and kindergarten through secondary (K-12) level, the professional community, and general public as part of its Educational Public Service (Outreach) mission. Community Engagement programs are offered throughout the academic year. These include but are not limited to: professional development workshops, study abroad opportunities, faculty development seminars, summer research fellowships, curriculum development projects, school visit program, lecture and film series, resource lending library, list of Latin American Organizations in Pittsburgh, and newsletters, including CLASicos and a weekly digest.

University Center for International Studies (UCIS) Engagement 

UCIS Engagement Website:

UCIS Monthly Newsletter:

To request a club or classroom visit:

To share their needs and feedback about UCIS engagement,

we are encouraging educators to take our Fall survey:


Registration Open: Hemispheres Summer Institute
 6/14 - 6/18/21


Hemispheres Summer Institute is now open for registration. This week-long workshop will be virtual again this year, and they will include both synchronous and asynchronous sessions. Speakers will be covering topics related to all of our Hemispheres world regions (Europe, Latin America, Middle East, Russia, South Asia, Eastern Europe, Eurasia). 
Click "HERE" for registration  
Hemispheres Summer Institute 2021: Raising Voices and Narratives of Resistance Around the World
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Community Events List:

To see the latest events happening in our community---see below. For additional events, please "CLICK HERE". You will see a list of events by date. 

If you have any events that you would like to add, go to: to let us know what is coming up in the community.

ESL classes 
ESL classes for adults start again on May 1st! 

These classes are for beginners, or people with Level 1 of English.There are 3 schedule options for you to choose from.

To register or for more information you can write us or call 412-335-7446 Ext 208.


Salud para niños- Clínicas Pediátricas y de Vacunación Gratuitas 


Mi libro de actividades sobre las vacunas 

to download the book click "HERE"

Latin American & Caribbean Cuisine


(Delivery, Takeout and/or Gift Certificates)

We are creating a list of local Latin American and Caribbean cuisine offerings to support and promote your business. Please complete the included survey to help us identify you and find out what services you offer (delivery, takeout, hours, menu, etc.).

We plan to share this list with other local organizations, and promote it in our newsletter and email list. We hope that you take the time to answer this questionnaire. Thank you!

Click HERE to see the list of local Latin American and Caribbean Cuisine you can order!

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(Call for papers, training, conferences, academic, research, and resources opportunities)

For call for papers, training and conferences

Call for papers, training and conferences opportunities are listed by deadline dates and are updated as information is available.

The Latin American Studies Association (LASA) and CLAS have had strong ties for many decades. They have compiled a comprehensive list of event videos hosted by different universities since the pandemic started and we are very glad to contribute to this great initiative. To see videos, click "HERE"

Academic Organizations and Resources:

"Click HERE"

Hand, Keep, Globe, Earth, Continents, Usa, America

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In this document you will find the latest employment opportunities available.

If you have any questions, we recommend that you contact the company directly. The employment opportunities are listed from the newest to the oldest.
 "Click here"

Bulletin Board, Stickies, Post-It, List, Business


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