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 CLAS Upcoming Online Events
Wednesday, April 1, 2020

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After the signature of the peace agreement between the Colombian Government and the FARC-EP guerrilla in 2016, different Colombian institutions have promoted avitourism, a form of eco-tourism based on birdwatching, as an economic activity that can revitalize local economies after decades of conflict. International institutions and NGOs have pointed out that avitourism simultaneously generates income, empowers local communities, and encourages the conservation of fragile ecosystems. However, avitourism also relies on an epistemology of sound imbricated in notions of difference that separates nature and culture, a binary that allows the commodification of biological diversity to fuel neo-extractivist “green industries.” This presentation introduces an analysis of Ana Maria Romano’s “El Suelo Desde el Viento” and Edson Velandia’s “El Cli-Cli-Clí de Paro” to explore an alternative epistemology of sound connecting culture and nature, human and nonhuman, who coexist in a way that one becomes a part of the other. Such study presents the Colombian case to explore the limits and biases of the uses of notions such as biodiversity within neo-extractivist economies in the Global South, while points to the necessity of understanding and respecting the meaningful ways how different peoples interact with the nonhuman beings around them.

Juan Fernando Velasquez is a Postdoctoral Scholar at Michigan Society of Fellows and Assistant Professor in the Department of Musicology in the School of Music, Theatre & Dance at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He also holds a Ph.D. in Musicology with certificates in Latin American and Cultural Studies from the University of Pittsburgh and an MA. in Musicology of the University Eafit, from Medellín, Colombia. His articles have appeared in journals like Latin American Music Review and the Boletín de Musica de Casa de las Américas, and his book “Los ecos de la villa: La música en los periódicos y revistas de Medellin (1886-1903)” won the fellowship for research in Culture by the Municipio de Medellín (2011).
Among other recognitions, he has received the Fulbright-Mincultura fellowship for Colombian Artists (2012), the Tinker Fellowship (2015), the Andrew Mellon Predoctoral Fellowship (2017), and an honorary mention in the Otto Mayer-Serra Award (2018). His new project, “Remapping Urban Sounds: A Cultural and Social History of Music, Sound, Listening, and Urban Modernization in Colombia (1886-1930),” studies sound’s relationship to urban modernization in postcolonial contexts by analyzing questions about privilege, modernity, and ecologies of sound in postcolonial Colombia.


Support local businesses!
Below are local Latin American/Caribbean
food vendors offering take out or delivery at this time.
*Indicates free delivery to select neighborhoods.

For more vendors offering take-out/delivery, Check this group in Facebook: this Facebook group.


If you know of a business not listed below, and you know that they currently offer delivery/take-out, please pass this information to them. We recommend for you to NOT fill it out for someone else. Rather, we would ask that you pass this information to them to fill out themselves.Though some of you work with the community, please get approval before you fill out a form on somebody's behalf.
Thank you and be safe!
Building New Hope (Nicaraguan fair trade coffee)
(We are not currently offering order pickup. We offer FREE DELIVERY in: Shady Side, Bloomfield, Point Breeze, Squirrel Hill N, Highland Park, Friendship, East Liberty and Edgewood.)
Delivery: YES

Black Bean dba Hunan Bar (Cuban/Chinese)
239 Atwood St.
Pittsburgh pa 15213
Delivery: YES (3-mile radius)
Delivery fee: YES
Hours of Operation: Monday-Sunday 12-8
Website: Facebook (Hunan bar)
Menu Items: Chicken & beef Empanada, fried rice, pork belly, Check out menu on Facebook (Hunan Bar)
Telephone Number:  412-621-2326
California Taco Shop Etna (Check the Facebook page—Only take-out)
Telephone: (412) 409 2155
890 Butler Street 
Pittsburgh, PA 15223

Casa Brasil
5904 Bryant St
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
(412) 404-7573
Delivery: Order delivery in GRUBHUB

Cilantro & Ajo (Venezuelan)
901 E Carson St
Pittsburgh, PA 15203
Delivery: YES (5-mile radius)
Delivery Fee: YES
Gift Certificates: YES (Send via MAIL)
Telephone Number: (412) 432-5708

Round Corner Cantina (Mexican)
3720 Butler St
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15201
Delivery: Order delivery in GRUBHUB

Chicken Latino (Peruvian)
Phone: (412) 246-0974
155 21st St
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Delivery: Order delivery in GRUBHUB
El Patron Mexican (Three locations—check their website for Online ordering)
El Campesino McKnight (Mexican)
4771 McKnight Rd
Pittsburgh, PA 15237
Delivery: Order delivery in GRUBHUB
Telephone Number: (412) 366-8730

El Paso Mexican Grill
1778 North Highland Rd
Bethel Park, PA 15241
Delivery: YES; 20 miles radius
Delivery Fee: YES
Gift Certificates: YES; mail or email
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday: 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday: 11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Saturday: 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Sunday: 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Telephone Number: (412) 409 2155

Fogo de Chao* (Brazilian)
525 Smithfield St
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Delivery: YES (Curbside Pickup & Free Delivery—Includes catering)

La Feria (Peruvian)
5527 Walnut St
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15232
Telephone Number: (412) 682-4501

La Palapa, Mexican Cuisine & Mezcal Bar*
2224 East Carson Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15203
Delivery: YES; Approximately 3mile radius
Gift Certificates: YES--Online--stay tuned!
Hours of Operation: Tuesday - Sunday 1pm-8pm; Monday Closed
Telephone: 412-586-7015

Marisqueria Insomnia 
810 Brookline Blvd
Pittsburgh, PA 15226
Delivery: YES (UBER eats)
Telephone Number: 412-343-7827

Mendoza Express (Mexican)
812 Mansfield Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15205
Take-Out: YES
Telephone Number: (412) 429-8780

Mi Empanada

(Argentine-American empanadas)

4034 Butler St, Pittsburgh, PA 15201
Delivery and Take-Out: Yes
Telephone Number: 412-685-5474

Pabellon Venezuelan
2957 Banksville Rd
Pittsburgh, PA 15216
Delivery: Order delivery in GRUBHUB
Telephone Number: (412) 344-1122

Tango Truck (only Empanadas)
Needs two days to prepared the orders.
Telephone Number:  412-641-0110

The Colombian Spot
2019 E Carson st
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15203
Delivery: Yes (Order delivery in GRUBHUB)
Telephone Number: 412-381-9000

Resources for Individuals and Families


COVID-19 Related City of Pittsburgh Press Releases (Translated Copies)

*For financial support resources, see below


Small Business Resources

The information below is from

COVID-19 Resource Pages


Financial Support (Individuals and Small Businesses)

Business Links

Attention Businesses! Join the "Gift Cards as War Bonds" Program 
The "Gift Cards as War Bonds" program is underway, and "I want you" to organize your neighborhood to participate!  Here is what it takes;

For the poster campaign to drive business to our open and closed businesses to help them survive lost revenue due to our public health crisis.  Participating Groups / Neighborhoods will need to commit to the following;

1. Reach out to all businesses your able to contact in your area (not just folks on your mailing list) by email and phone if necessary to deliver and gather the following information;
a. Provide 

current OSHA guidelines
b. Make sure they are listed and current on google maps
c. Gather info on if they are open, current phone number, website, and gift cards sales instructions

2. Create a web listing using all the information Gathered in 1c (see 

Hilltop Alliance Example)
a. Web listing must also contain links to 
ACHD health guidance, and
b. URA main page for this promotion (TBA), and
c. Information for businesses who would like to be added / included (must include BOTH phone and email contact)

3. Maintain the web listing, including
a. adding folks, and
b. altering listings of businesses as their statuses may change, and
c. periodically checking on businesses to verify listing accuracy

4. Promoting the campaign;
a. Distributing digital versions of the poster through social media, next door, newsletters, webpages, etc
b. Printing and hanging 8.5" x 11" posters when and where possible

NOTE: No remuneration will be provided to participants from the URA, City of Pittsburgh or any other project participant, this is a voluntary program.

For more information, contact

Contemporary Developments on Media, Culture and Society:
Argentina and Latin America

We invite submissions to the conference “Contemporary Developments on Media, Culture and Society: Argentina and Latin America.” The conference, organized by The Center for the Study of Media and Society in Argentina (MESO), will take place on August 27 and 28 2020, at Universidad de San Andrés in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

This will be the sixth annual conference organized by MESO on the interactions between media, culture and society. For more information about previous events, please visit our website. This sixth annual conference is sponsored by the Center for Global Culture and Communication at Northwestern University.

Submissions should contribute to ongoing conversations about media, culture, and society in empirical, theoretical or methodological ways. They might also broaden our knowledge about the relationship between media, culture, and society at the national and regional level. Articles may refer to different aspects of communication, media, and cultural goods and services in the areas of journalism, entertainment -cinema, theater, television, music, etc. - advertising and marketing, public relations, social media, and video games, among others.

Topics to be addressed include the following, among others:

  • Transformations in content production.
  • Change in the use of media.
  • Innovation and technological change.
  • Media sustainability and funding.
  • Gender, race, ethnicity, and identity.
  • State, government and civil society.
  • Regulation and public policies.
  • Political communication and electoral campaigns.
  • Production, distribution and consumption of information on social media.

To make a submission:

  • Submit an extended abstract of the article, with a maximum length of 500 words (excluding title and references).
  • Detail contact information, a brief (no more than 75 words) biography of each author and provide institutional affiliation and position.
  • The deadline for submission is April 30, 2020. Scholars should provide the extended abstract via submission form:

A selection committee will evaluate the abstracts and the results will be notified to the authors on May 31, 2020.

Please write to if you have any questions and/or need any further information.


Latin American Studies Asociation (LASA) 

The LASA Career Center is free to all job seekers and provides you with access to employers and jobs from all over the world. For more information, please visit:

Pennsylvania Court Interpreter Program

Court interpreters are a vital tool in fulfilling the Judiciary's obligation to guarantee the rights of persons with limited English proficiency and those who are deaf or hard of hearing.

"Due process is a core value of the American judicial system, ensuring that every litigant and criminal defendant receives a fair hearing that is based on the merits of his or her case and presided over by an impartial judge. No one should be put at a disadvantage in court by reason of race, ethnicity, or gender. The basic fairness of the Pennsylvania court system is jeopardized if litigants with limited English proficiency (LEP) are unable to have access to competent interpreters and other language assistance."

- Final Report of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, Committee on Racial and Gender Bias in the Justice System, March 2003

Become an Interpreter

The Interpreter Certification Program was established to provide trained and qualified interpreters for the courts of Pennsylvania. A statewide roster of qualified and certified interpreters helps each judicial district implement effective interpreter services. The program works with judges, administrators and the legal community to promote awareness of interpreter issues including training, testing, skills and the role of interpreters. For an overview of the need, requirements and qualifications, download the Become an Interpreter brochure. To learn more about the necessary qualifications to become a court interpreter, take the Self-Assessment Quiz, and read about the required Knowledge and Skills court interpreters must have. If you would like to become an interpreter, register for the Interpreter Certification Program.

Orientation Workshops

All candidates are required to attend a two-day orientation workshop sponsored by the Interpreter Certification Program. 

The interpreter program will be holding their next orientation workshop in Pittsburgh on May 2-3.

Workshops are offered in locations throughout the state. Dates and locations are posted on the interpreter program calendar as they are scheduled. 

Topics covered in the workshop include interpreting as a profession, the state's judicial system, ethics and professional development, interpreting skills and modes of interpretation. Candidates receive training materials, information about resources, legal glossaries and study tips for the written and oral examinations.

Workshops are taught by federal and RID certified interpreters who have legal interpreting experience. Candidates must attend both sessions to meet certification requirements. Sessions start at 8 a.m. and end at 5 p.m. each day and are limited to a maximum of 50 attendees.


To register for the orientation workshop, print, complete and mail the orientation registration form to the address at the bottom of the form. Since places are limited, it is important for candidates to submit registration forms as early as possible. The Interpreter Certification Program tries to accommodate candidates' date preference in the order forms are received. 

The cost of the workshop is $150 for state residents and $175 for non-residents. Registrations must be accompanied by full payment. Payment can be made by money order or personal check written to the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts. Registration and payment must be received by 5 p.m. on the registration deadline listed as the first choice. A $25 fee is assessed for all returned checks. Registrations canceled before the confirmation letter is mailed are entitled to receive a full refund. Candidates who fail to attend the workshop will not receive a refund.

Download the orientation registration form.


Once forms and payments are received, candidates are sent a confirmation email. Once registration closes, candidates receive a confirmation letter with the location of their orientation site, directions and any other relevant information. All arrangements are made at the candidate's expense. You must bring your confirmation letter and a valid government issued photo ID on the first day of the workshop.


Summer Teaching Jobs Available Nationwide:
Teach Reading Classes to Students of All Ages

Now Accepting Applications for Summer 2020

The Institute of Reading Development offers summer reading skills programs in partnership with the continuing education departments of more than 100 colleges and universities nationwide. Since 1970, the Institute’s teachers have helped over 3 million students master valuable reading skills and develop a lifelong love of reading.  Programs designed by the Institute give students the right skills, books, and experiences that result in greater success in school and beyond.

We are currently hiring hard-working, encouraging people with a passion for reading to teach our summer programs. As an Institute teacher you will:

  • Earn up to $8,000 in one summer. Our full-time teachers typically earn $550-$700 per week.
  • Improve your teaching skills and confidence during our comprehensive, paid training program.
  • Gain over 400 hours of classroom teaching experience with a variety of age groups from 4-year-olds to adults.
  • Help your students become successful readers with a love of great books.

Successful Institute Teachers:

  • Have strong reading skills and read for pleasure
  • Are responsible and hard-working, with good communication and organizational skills
  • Will be patient and supportive with students
Best of all, you’ll make a lasting impact on your students.

In order to apply for a teaching job you must have:

  • A completed undergraduate degree (min. 3.0 GPA) before teaching begins--We are seeking applicants from any academic discipline
  • Full-time use of a reliable car throughout the summer
  • A computer with a webcam for participating in video meetings
  • Minimal or no scheduling conflicts during the training and teaching season

Learn more about teaching for us and apply today: Summer Teaching Jobs


Job Posting: Business Development Representative ($1,000 Signing Bonus!)


RoadRunner Recycling is seeking upbeat, proactive, goal-oriented individuals to join our inside sales team at the company headquarters in Pittsburgh, PA.  

As a Business Development Representative (BDR) you will be responsible for developing new business through proactive, strategic outreach methods including prospecting, cold-calling and lead qualification.

You will be assigned to one of our fast-growing markets and paired with an Account Executive in the field. Together you will work as a team develop leads and grow the business on a day by day basis!

If you're the type of person who gets excited about the opportunity for advancement in your career, then the RoadRunner Sales team is a great place for you!

As a BDR, you will have the ability to earn three promotions within your first year! Each promotion comes with additional responsibility and of course more compensation!

What you will be doing:

  • New business development
  • Lead-generation via prospecting
  • Cold calling
  • Building target call lists
  • Navigating the decision-making tree
  • Working closely with the Account Executive team

To be great in this role you must be:  

  • Career-oriented
  • Coachable
  • Resilient
  • Confident
  • Passionate about growth
  • Possess a winner's mentality 
  • Resourceful

Education: Two-year college degree required; 4-year college degree preferred

We offer:

  • First class leadership!
  • Educational 8-week training program led by our head trainer and top performing reps
  • The opportunity to earn three promotions during your first twelve months
    • Top level reps carry a total compensation package of $60,000 annually
  • Uncapped commission!
  • Fun and motivating monthly contests
  • First class Health, Dental, & Vision coverage
    • RoadRunner pays 99% of the coverage for the employee and 75% for spouse and any dependents. Employees are eligible for benefits coverage in their second month of employment.
  • 401(k) with a generous 4% company match
    • Employees are eligible to participate after six months of employment
  • Commuter Benefits
  • 17 Earned Paid Vacation/Personal Days each year

About RoadRunner Recycling:

RoadRunner Recycling is one of the fastest growing companies in America. We are transforming the waste and recycling industry with innovative thinking and unprecedented results. We create and manage end-to-end waste and recycling solutions for businesses large and small. Every day we cut carbon emissions, divert recyclables from landfill and reduce operating costs for our customers. With the belief that recycling should be mutually beneficial for the planet and our pockets, we help commercial businesses recycle more and spend less.  

  • Voted by Business Insider as the #1 Hottest Enterprise Start-Up in the Country!
  • Voted by the Tech Tribune as one of the 2020 Best Tech Startups in Pittsburgh

For consideration, PLEASE APPLY TODAY. We thank all applicants for their interest in RoadRunner Recycling, but only those selected for an interview will be contacted. We look forward to reading your application!

RoadRunner Recycling is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer and is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or genetic information. It is the policy of RoadRunner Recycling that qualified individuals with disabilities are not discriminated against because of their disabilities regarding job application procedures, hiring, and other terms and conditions of employment. It is further the policy of RoadRunner Recycling to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities in all aspects of the employment process. RoadRunner Recycling is prepared to modify or adjust the job application process or the job or work environment to make reasonable accommodations to the known physical or mental limitations of the applicant or employee to enable the applicant or employee to be considered for the position he or she desires, to perform the essential functions of the position in question, or to enjoy equal benefits and privileges of employment as are enjoyed by other similarly situated employees without disabilities, unless the accommodation will impose an undue hardship. To request reasonable accommodation, please contact our Human Resources department at RoadRunner Recycling, at

Job Posting: Coordinator of Social Service Ministries

Good Samaritan Catholic Church is seeking a Coordinator of Social Service Ministries to serve the Latino community in Beaver County. This individual will be responsible for extending the mission of this Church to serve and support immigrants by connecting them with social service providers and empowering them to become more self-sufficient. The overall mission of this ministry is to connect Latino immigrants with services so that they may successfully adjust and thrive in the United States and Beaver County. The Coordinator of Social Service Ministries must keep sight of the ultimate goal of building self-sufficiency and to facilitate coordinating and accessing community resources to empower immigrants to do increasingly more for themselves and for each other.
This is a full-time position that will oversee a growing network of social services provided by Good Samaritan Catholic Church. This person will perform client intakes, individual assessments, coordination, and monitor the delivery of service coordination to high-need immigrant populations with language and cultural barriers. S/he will also oversee case assessments and management, referrals/coordination to social service, medical, and government agencies (etc.), and linkages with interpretation assistance and English classes. The ideal candidate will be fluent in both English and Spanish and have a background in serving minority communities.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in social service, education or related field (Master’s Degree a plus), and/or 3 years of experience with immigrant services, service coordination or other social services.
  • Alert to cross-cultural differences in dealing with foreign-born clients, able to behave in a culturally sensitive manner, and to respond appropriately to the cultural characteristics of the clients.
  • Excellent team player with organizational, communication, and leadership skills.
  • Be a practicing Catholic with familiarity with Catholic theology and social teachings.
  • Fluent or near fluent reading, writing, and speaking in English and Spanish. Experience in translation-interpretation is preferred.
  • Strict adherence to confidentiality and ability to pass a background check.
  • Flexible schedule for some evening and weekend hours. Car required.

  • Screen/meet with clients to determine and assess gaps in service, English proficiency level, medical needs, social service and other needs, provide referrals, and track progress on a regular basis.
  • Develop individual plans that aim to build competence in accessing services independently.
  • Coordinate services and referrals with partner agencies, County human service providers, schools, healthcare and government entities, etc.
  • Interpret in person or by phone to connect immigrants with services.
  • Collect and record client data, producing measurable outcomes, as appropriate.
  • Write case notes for all activities on behalf of clients, including any telephone communications.
  • Perform Exit interviews during last quarter to determine successes and future plans.
  • Serve as cultural liaison, informing internal and external providers on culture, norms and customs, and orienting immigrants to American systems, customs and culture.
  • Practice cultural sensitivity while engaging with professional partners, communities, and clients.
  • Recruit, train, and manage a team of volunteers to support the ministry and outreach.
  • Liaise with an ESL Coordinator and office staff to ensure room requests, schedule, announcements, and other ESL needs for clients needing English class referrals.
  • Attend any meetings required by supervisor.
  • Manage social media communications with Latino community.
  • SUPERVISOR: Casa San Jose, Monica Ruiz, Executive Director
    For more information, please contact

    Job Posting: SPANISH TEACHER

    Beginning August 2020

    St. Edmund’s Academy seeks a dedicated and dynamic educator to teach Spanish at St. Edmund’s Academy.

    The teacher will be responsible for designing curriculum, planning lessons, and promoting the world language program in collaboration with the school’s academic leaders. The teacher will also partner with the French and Latin teachers to implement a program that emphasizes fluency, linguistic dexterity, and an appreciation for global perspectives and the cultural aspects of language instruction.

    Candidates must possess enthusiasm for 21st century pedagogy, be open to change and new ideas, and have an outstanding record teaching elementary and/or middle school age groups. Excellent writing skills and strong verbal communication are expected. Ability to be positive, collaborative, detail-oriented, and innovative is essential. Candidates must have the capacity to teach extended periods in a rotating block schedule.

    Educators dedicated to meeting the academic, social, emotional and personal needs of children should apply. A Bachelor’s degree is required; a Master’s degree is preferred. Preference will be given to candidates who are fluent in more than two languages.

    St. Edmund’s Academy does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, religion, national or ethnic origin, or sexual orientation in the administration of its employment policies, or any other policy of the program.

    St. Edmund’s Academy provides an exceptional independent school experience for students in preschool through 8th grade, combining a rigorous academic curriculum with enduring Core Values and rich tradition in a nurturing environment.

    Core Values

    • Respect for the needs and feelings of others
    • Understanding and appreciation of the differences among people

    • The worthiness of service to others

    • The importance of taking responsibility for one’s own conduct

    • The central role of honesty in relationships

    • The value of setting high standards in all endeavors

    Core Competencies

    • Character

    • Critical thinking

    • Communication

    • Collaboration

    • Creativity

    • Cross-cultural competency

      Interested candidates should send a résumé and cover letter to:

      Thu-Nga Morris
      Assistant Head of School, Director of Academics, and Director of Upper School
      St. Edmund’s Academy
      5705 Darlington Road
      Pittsburgh, PA 15217

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