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After Spanish, Portuguese, and English, what is the most frequently spoken language in South America? 
Be the first to answer correctly and you will win a fabulous CLAS-Themed Prize!
Email the correct answer to:

The answer to this question will be featured in next week's newsletter.

Last newsletter's question was: Which Latin American country produces most of the world's cardamom? 
The answer was: Guatemala

The winner was:  Marilu Nuñez

Please note: to collect your prize you will need to visit us at 4200 Posvar Hall. 


Feature of the Week!

Check out Pitt's Global Hub

Visit the Pitt Global Hub in Posvar Hall to explore
how to be global ready at home and abroad.


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Come and Celebrate! 

40th Latin American and Caribbean Festival

Save the date: Saturday, April 4, 2020

Starting at 3:00--9:00 P.M.

For photos from previous Festival and information, please visit:





Learn about safety on Pitt's campus! 
Environmental Health & Safety, Integrated Security, Parking & Transportation, Pitt Police, PittIT, Title IX, Oakland Transportation Management Association, Community & Government Relations, Student Health, Staff Council, Housing, PAAR, National Weather Service, PennDOT, Student EMS, Allied Security and more!
March 5, 2020 | 11am-1pm
William Pitt Union - Assembly Room
The ULS Joins a Proof of Concept Pilot for the Collaborative
Stewardship of Open Access Books

In 2016 the Latin Americanist Research Resources Project (LARRP) formally endorsed a search for a viable pilot project designed to explore the stewardship of a set of open access scholarly e-books published in Argentina.

The open access book content published by CLACSO (Latin American Council of Social Sciences) was selected for the pilot project. Garcia Cambeiro, based in Argentina, and JSTOR jointly provide essential library services for the stewardship of the 2018-2019 frontlist Open Access published by CLACSO and assist with the assessment of the pilot project. A group of LARRP member libraries are providing the necessary funds to support the pilot project. In addition to Pitt, other partner libraries include: NYU, NYPL, Harvard, UT Austin, Princeton, and Columbia University.

Latin American Council on Social Sciences (CLACSO) is an academic network which represents 345 research centers and 649 post-graduate programs in social sciences, located in 25 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, United States and Europe. CLACSO and its associates publish close to 300 monographs per year. The year one Partner Libraries are contributing $70,000 in total for this Pilot Project.  The funds cover the costs for the publishing, access, discovery and preservation of 200 CLACSO book titles covering the 2018 and 2019 copyright years.

Here is a link to view the individual titles which are available via keyword searches and browsing on JSTOR:

Certificate Information for Undergraduate and Graduate Students:

The number one priority of the Center for Latin American Studies is its students. CLAS seeks to expand and enrich resources on the Latin American and Caribbean region at the University of Pittsburgh in order to offer its students multidisciplinary academic training programs of the highest quality that complement a degree in a discipline or profession.

Undergraduate Programs:   
Graduate Programs:

To set-up an advising meeting with the CLAS Advisor go to:    

PressReader is a resource we recently started subscribing to with good international news coverage. 

It provides access to more than 6,000 current newspapers and magazines from over 100 countries and about 60 languages. Content is discoverable by searching publication name, subject, country or language preference.

Fully-formatted publications and stories appear just as they do in print.  The database archives content for up to 90 days.
It can be accessed at:
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Currently at the Pitt Global Hub:

Ramón Gómez de la Serna Exhibit 

Featuring a sample of items from this remarkable collection of one of the most innovative literary figures in Spanish literature of the 20th century. A prolific Spanish-Argentinian poet, novelist, and essayist, Gómez de la Serna is especially known for creating a new literary genre he named the “greguería.” Ramón himself defined the greguería as a mathematical equation:  Greguería = Humor + Metaphor. Others have characterized it as a brief, humorous insight expressed in metaphoric language.

It was a pleasure and a challenge for me to dig-into the Ramón Gómez de la Serna papers to select 16 items from the approximately 60,000 pieces that compose the collection. The ones selected for the exhibit are intended to present a glimpse of the scope of the collection, the range of topics, the physical formats (handwritten notes, drawings, caricatures, manuscripts) and Ramon’s untraditional approach to express his views on the subject matters. Numerous cross-outs and colorful marks can be found throughout his work.

Kari Johnston, Communications Support Specialist for the ULS, printed the images and designed the artistic display. Many thanks to Kari for her valuable contribution.

Edward Galloway, Associate University Librarian for Archives & Special Collections, provided valuable advice and support. Many thanks to Ed. 

The exhibit will be on display throughout the spring and a talk about the collection will be scheduled later in the semester. 

I will welcome questions and comments about the exhibit.

Please send them to:  Martha E. Mantilla

Librarian, Latin American Studies and Eduardo Lozano Collection

For more information about the Collection, visit:



 Pitt Scholarships  

 Fund your graduate school, research, study abroad, and more! 
For more information and to apply click here:

Pitt's National Scholarship Mentors can help you craft competitive applications for national and international scholarships, fellowships, awards, and grants. 

Explore your scholarship options: Schedule a one on one appointment on Pitt Pathways with Lesha Greene, Josh Cannon, Dave Fraser, or Aidan Beatty. 

For more resources here:


Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences Office of Graduate Studies: Dean's Tuition Scholarships

Dean’s Tuition applications for Summer 2020 are now available. Applications are due on
Friday, April 17, 2020. 

The primary criteria for this award are financial need and academic achievement in the graduate program as certified by the applicant’s graduate department. Priority is given to registered students who have exhausted all university and personal resources. Due to limited funds, tuition scholarships will not be provided for beginning students or to students who have previously received the scholarship. This is a tuition only scholarship. Students are responsible for any other required fees. The application can be found on our website:

Applications can also be obtained from departmental graduate administrators or from 5141 Sennott Square. In addition to completed applications, a letter of recommendation from the student's advisor is required in order to be considered for this scholarship. The letter should comment briefly on the student's academic achievements, progress toward a degree, anticipated completion and graduation dates, and financial need. Completed applications and letters of recommendation should be sent to the Dietrich School Office of Graduate Studies, 5141 Sennott Square. 


The Richard E. Greenleaf Library Fellowships

The Latin American Library at Tulane University is pleased to announce the Richard E. Greenleaf Fellowships to support research at the Library for 2020-2021. Their purpose is to offer researchers who permanently reside in any country of Latin America or the Caribbean short-term residential fellowships to use the resources of the Latin American Library at Tulane to conduct research in any field of the humanities or social sciences.

Up to three fellowships will be granted every year. Each fellowship will cover the full cost of round-trip airfare as well as housing expenses and a monthly stipend to cover living expenses for a period of two to three months, as well as full library privileges at Tulane University. Fellowships are available to any qualified scholar - including independent researchers - who resides permanently in any country in Latin America or the Caribbean (including Puerto Rico and the Anglophone Caribbean). Applications from scholars of any nationality who are permanent residents of any country in the region will be considered, but preference will be given to citizens of Latin American or Caribbean nations, including Puerto Rico. Citizens of Latin American/Caribbean countries currently living outside the region and Puerto Ricans residing outside the island are not eligible.

Fellows are expected to reside in New Orleans, to conduct research at the library for the term of the award, and to deliver a public presentation of their work-in-progress during their stay. Fellowships will be awarded on the basis of the applicant's scholarly qualifications, the merits and significance of the project, and the relevance of the Latin American Library's collections to the development of the project.

Aside from the residential requirement, criteria for selection include:

  • The merit of the research project and proposal, which should be in any field of the humanities or social sciences
  • The relevance to the project of the resources of the Latin American Library
  • The scholarly achievements and merit of the candidate, and the significance of his/her project

All inquiries and documents regarding the Greenleaf Fellowships must be submitted to the following address:

Becas de Investigación Richard E. Greenleaf

La Biblioteca Latinoamericana de la Universidad de Tulane se complace en anunciar el concurso para las becas de investigación Richard E. Greenleaf para 2020-2021. El propósito de las becas Greenleaf es ofrecer a investigadores que residen permanentemente en cualquier país de Latinoamérica o del Caribe una beca a corto plazo para utilizar los recursos de la Biblioteca Latinoamericana de Tulane para adelantar un proyecto de investigación en los campos de las humanidades o las ciencias sociales.

Un máximo de tres becas serán otorgadas cada año. Cada una cubrirá el costo del transporte aéreo y del hospedaje, mas una suma mensual para ayudar con los costos de manutención, por un período de dos a tres meses. Se aceptan solicitudes de investigadores que estén o no afiliados a una institución académica o que sean estudiantes avanzados de programas de postgrado.

Los candidatos deben residir permanentemente en cualquier país de Latinoamérica o el Caribe, incluyendo Puerto Rico. Si reside permanentemente en Latinoamérica o el Caribe, pero es ciudadano de EE.UU., un país europeo o tiene doble nacionalidad, puede postularse pero se dará preferencia a los ciudadanos de países latinoamericanos y del Caribe. Los puertorriqueños recibirán la misma preferencia que los ciudadanos de países latinoamericanos o del Caribe.

Si es ciudadano de un país latinoamericano o del Caribe, pero actualmente tiene residencia permanente fuera de la región, aunque sea temporalmente, no será considerada la solicitud; Los puertorriqueños que residen fuera de la isla no pueden postularse al concurso.

Si se le concede la beca, el candidato debe trasladarse a Nueva Orleans para residir aquí y mantener una presencia continua en la Biblioteca Latinoamericana durante los meses de vigencia de la beca. Asimismo, deberá hacer una presentación pública de su trabajo en marcha durante su estadía.

Los criterios de selección son:

  • Los méritos y logros profesionales del solicitante
  • Los méritos y significado el proyecto, que debe ser en cualquier campo de las humanidades o las ciencias sociales
  • La relevancia de las colecciones de la Biblioteca Latinoamericana con respecto al tema del proyecto
Toda correspondencia referente a las becas Greenleaf ha de dirigirse a únicamente.


Bolsas de Pesquisa Richard E. Greenleaf

A Biblioteca Latino-Americana da Universidade de Tulane, Nova Orleans, tem o prazer de anunciar o programa de bolsas Richard E. Greenleaf para apoiar a realização de pesquisas na biblioteca durante o ano acadêmico 2020-2021. O objetivo do programa é oferecer aos investigadores com residência permanente na América Latina ou Caribe, incluindo Porto Rico, bolsas residenciais de curto prazo que permitam a utilização dos recursos da Biblioteca Latino-Americana da Universidade de Tulane em seus projetos de pesquisa em ciências humanas ou ciências sociais.

O programa concede até tres bolsas cada ano. A bolsa cobre o custo total da passagem aérea de ida e volta e o alojamento durante o respectivo período. Também inclui um estipêndio mensal para cobrir as despesas para um período de dois a três meses. As bolsas estão disponíveis para qualquer pesquisador qualificado - inclusive pesquisadores independentes - que resida permanentemente em qualquer país da América Latina ou Caribe (incluindo Porto Rico). Serão considerados pesquisadores de qualquer nacionalidade que residam na região, mas será dada preferência para cidadãos latino-americanos ou caribenhos. Os cidadãos dos países da América Latina e Caribe que atualmente moram fora da região não são elegíveis.

Os bolsistas deverão residir em Nova Orleans durante a duração da bolsa e dar uma palestra para a comunidade da Universidade de Tulane sobre a pesquisa em andamento. As bolsas serão concedidas com base nas qualificações acadêmicas do candidato, os méritos e a importância do projeto, bem como a pertinência das coleções da Biblioteca Latino-Americana para o desenvolvimento do projecto.

Além do pré-requisito do país de residência, outros critérios para seleção incluem:

  • O mérito do projeto de pesquisa e da proposta, nas áreas de ciências humanas, sociais e literatura
  • A relevância dos recursos da Biblioteca Latino-Americana para o projeto
  • O mérito e as realizações acadêmicas do candidato e a importância do projeto

 Toda correspondência e documentos relevantes para as bolsas Greenleaf devem ser enviados ao endereço eletrônico



AMD3 Foundation/Operation Walk Pittsburgh Student Intern - Non-Clinical


The AMD3 Foundation/Operation Walk Pittsburgh is a private, non-profit medical service organization that provides free surgical treatment for patients in developing countries who have limited or no access to life-improving care for arthritis or other debilitating bone and joint conditions.

Marketing and Communications Intern (MC)

The AMD3/OpWalk MC Intern will work closely with the Program Analyst and Program Director to

● Provide marketing and communications support for: AMD3 Foundation and Operation Walk Pittsburgh community and patient engagement events and programs; fundraising campaigns and events; campus outreach efforts; 2020 Operation Walk Mission trip logistics; and volunteer engagement activities.

● Provide event planning and coordination support for all efforts above as needed.

● She/he will execute digital communication plans (social media, email campaigns, newsletters, blogs, etc.) each month with guidance and support from the Program Analyst. She/he will and assist with various stages of the publication cycle, from ideation and content creation to distribution and metric tracking. She/he will track and report on success indicators as defined in the Foundation’s strategic plan.

● Participate in weekly planning meetings with Foundation staff and hospital stakeholders. She/he will provide written progress reports for all effort within the context of those meetings.

Upon completion of this internship, the MC Intern will:

● Acquire strategic communications experience and skills to develop and execute outreach and promotion strategies for medical nonprofit programs.

● Acquire familiarity and marketable non-clinical experience in the medical/public health sector.
● Acquire operational experience and skills in project planning, community outreach, event coordination and fundraising, for local and international programmatic effort in a nonprofit setting.

Required & Desired Skills

The ideal candidate will have at least one year of nonprofit experience or one year of nonprofit coursework at the graduate level. She/he will be in good academic standing (3.6 Minimum GPA) and be available for the entirety of the internship period. She/he will be able to multitask in a fast-paced, team environment under direct supervision but also thrive as a self-starter. She/he will have excellent verbal and written communication skills, strong organizational skills and experience using Google and Microsoft suite products. Experience utilizing software such as Squarespace, Mailchimp, Buffer, and the Adobe Creative Suite is a plus. Health sector experience is a plus, as well as demonstrated interest in Latin America and familiarity with Spanish.

Compensation, Schedule & Structure

The MC Intern will be financially compensated $16-$20 per hour based on previous experience. Schedule is full time during summer months with option to extend part time during the school year if warranted. At the close of the internship, a formal performance evaluation will be conducted.

Application Instructions

Qualified applicants will submit a 1-2 page resume, including 3 references, and a 1 page cover letter to the AMD3 Foundation by emailing no later than March 1, 2020, with the subject line MC Internship Application . For more information about the AMD3 Foundation and Operation Walk Pittsburgh, please visit



This special eight-week course is designed for people wishing to study beginning Brazilian Portuguese. SIPI 2020 will take place June 15th through August 7th, 2020.


Enrollment is open to advanced undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty and other researchers from any institution and will be useful to those who need to develop communication skills and reading knowledge for research.  Enrollment is limited to 18 students.

The Institute will take place at the University of Wisconsin-Madison during the eight-week summer session, June 15-August 7, 2020. Instruction is five days a week, four hours a day and the courses (listed as Portuguese 301-302) carry a total of 8 credits. Knowledge of Spanish or another Romance language is required (2-3 years equivalency).

The Summer Intensive Portuguese Institute is sponsored by the Latin American, Caribbean and Iberian Studies Program (LACIS) – a Title VI National Resources Center- and the Department of Spanish & Portuguese at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Our priority deadline for applicants is February 1, 2020. The final deadline to apply is May 1, 2020.


  • Complete the 2020 Summer Intensive Portuguese Student Application.  The final deadline for applications is May 1, 2020.  Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis — if space is still available, applications submitted after the deadline may be considered.  The priority deadline for applicants is February 1, 2020.
  • Applicants will begin to be notified about the status of their applications starting in mid-March 2020.
  • Once accepted:
  • If you are a current UW-Madison student, you can enroll for classes via the MyUW Student Center:
  • If you are not a current UW-Madison student, you will first need to submit an application form to become a special student via UW-Madison’s Adult Career and Special Student Services:

    Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows Competition for Recent PhDs

    The online fellowship and grant administration (OFA) system is now open for applications.


    • Stipend: $70,000 per year, employer-based health insurance, a relocation allowance, and up to $3,000 in professional development funds over the course of the fellowship
    • Tenure: Two years; start date on August 3 or September 1, 2020, depending on the fellowship position
    • Applications will be accepted only through the ACLS Online Fellowship Application system ( Please do not contact any of the organizations directly.
    • Application deadline: March 18, 2020, 9pm EDT
    • Notification of application status will occur by email starting late-May 2020.

    ACLS is pleased to announce the tenth annual competition of the Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows program. The program promotes the visibility and value of the humanities PhD beyond the academy by offering opportunities for PhDs to contribute to the public good while gaining career-building experience in the fields of policy, community development, conservation, arts and culture, and media. This initiative is made possible through the support of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. 

    In 2020, the program is offering 21 two-year term positions at organizations in government and nonprofit sectors for recent PhDs from the humanities and humanistic social sciences. Fellows will participate in the substantive work of these organizations and will have opportunities for networking, mentoring, and career development programming, both in-person and virtually. Fellows receive a stipend of $70,000 per year and have access to employer-based health insurance through the host organization. In addition, ACLS provides funds for relocation and professional development.

    As the tenth anniversary Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows cohort, the 2020 fellows will join a robust network of fellows and program alumni working across the nonprofit, public, and private sectors. Please see listings of current and past fellows here. The diverse experience of the Public Fellows community is a shared resource that fellows are encouraged to draw on during and after their fellowship terms.

    Applicants must:

  • have a PhD in the humanities or humanistic social sciences (see note on eligible fields below) conferred between September 1, 2016 and June 19, 2020
  • defend and file/deposit their completed dissertations no later than April 6, 2020, and be prepared to verify this with official university documentation during the review and selection process
  • be authorized to work legally in the United States. Neither ACLS nor the host organization will sponsor fellows for work visas.
  • Prospective applicants should read through all the fellowship positions listed below and identify the positions that best fit their career goals. Each applicant may apply to up to two positions.

    The deadline for submitted applications is Wednesday, March 18, 2020, 9pm EDT.

    Applications must include:

    • A completed application form
    • A cover letter tailored to each selected position and addressed to the host organization (1-2 pages). Applicants applying for two positions will submit two distinct cover letters.
    • A résumé (1-2 pages). Applicants applying for two positions will submit two résumés.
    • Two reference letters for each selected position.

    Please note that finalists may be asked to provide institutional documentation of PhD conferral (or, if the degree has not yet been conferred, an institutional statement from the registrar attesting that the dissertation defense and deposit have been completed and confirming the degree conferral date).

    Only complete applications, submitted through the ACLS Online Fellowship Application system by the deadline, will be considered.


    After screening applications for eligibility, ACLS transmits eligible applications to external peer reviewers. Applicants who advance to the final round of review will participate in interviews with staff from the host organization and, in some cases, with ACLS staff. The review process takes place throughout April and May, and the exact timeline varies by organization. Notification of application status will occur by email by late-May 2020.

    Reviewers will evaluate applications based on:

  • Demonstrated relations between past experience—both within the academy and beyond—and the qualifications and responsibilities of the position
  • Demonstrated interest in and commitment to pursuing a career with the relevant field
  • Applicant's academic and extra-academic accomplishments

    Click on the below positions to view the PDF of the full description, which includes detailed information on the host organization, the position, and requisite qualifications. Read each description carefully and ensure that your application materials address the position’s requirements as well as the host organization’s mission and priorities.

  • Alliance for Higher Education in Prison (Denver, CO) – Community Engagement Director
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science (Washington, DC) – Government Relations Project Manager
  • American Civil Liberties Union (New York, NY) – Research Associate
  • Asian Cultural Council (New York, NY) – Manager of Strategic Research
  • Children’s Defense Fund (Washington, DC) – Senior Research Associate
  • City of Seattle Innovation & Performance Team (Seattle, WA) – Outreach & Engagement Research Analyst
  • Humanities Action Lab (Newark, NJ) – Public Programming and Exhibitions Manager
  • Institute for Study Abroad (Indianapolis, IN) – Assistant Director of Global Learning and Assessment
  • National Book Foundation (New York, NY) – Education Programs Manager
  • New Jersey Institute for Social Justice (Newark, NJ) – Policy Analyst
  • ONE Archives Foundation (Los Angeles, CA) – Communications Manager
  • Oxfam America (Washington, DC) – Research and Policy Advisor
  • Partnership for Public Service (Washington, DC) – Writer and Editor, Communications Team
  • Partnership for Working Families (Oakland, CA) – Public Goods Policy Strategist
  • Pittsburgh Cultural Trust (Pittsburgh, PA) – Government Relations Specialist
  • Refugees International (Washington, DC) – Program Manager
  • San Francisco Arts Commission (San Francisco, CA) – Community Impact Analyst
  • Solutions Journalism Network (New York, NY) – Higher Education Program Specialist
  • Twin Cities Public Television (St Paul, MN) – Audience Development Project Manager
  • University Settlement Society of New York (New York, NY) – Advocacy Director
  • Washington Center for Equitable Growth (Washington, DC) – Engagement Project Manager
  • Applications for these positions are accepted solely through the Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows program. Only complete applications, submitted through the ACLS Online Fellowship Application system ( by Wednesday, March 18, 2020 9pm EDT, will be considered.

    Do not contact any of the host organizations with questions. Questions about the fellowship program should be directed in writing to (no calls please), though we will not field questions about the particulars of specific positions or the organizations. Please carefully review the program information, the positions, the sample application, and the FAQ before contacting ACLS.

    If you have questions about your eligibility, please contact For more information about eligibility, visit the FAQ page. 


    Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) Pitt Competition

    What is a 3MT competition?

    The 3MT competition celebrates the exciting research conducted by Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) students. Developed by The University of Queensland (UQ), 3MT cultivates students’ academic, presentation, and research communication skills. The competition supports their capacity to effectively explain their research in three minutes, in a language appropriate to a non-specialist audience. The 3rd Annual Pitt 3MT competition will be held on April 6, 2020.

    Read about the 2019 3MT Pitt Competition.

    Read about the 2018 3MT Pitt Competition.

    Who is eligible to enter?

    PhD students who have successfully completed the dissertation proposal defense (PhD candidate status) and are actively in the dissertation stage of training are eligible.

    Preparation workshops are being conducted on February 4, 2020 and March 5, 2020 to both review the rules and eligibility requirements and to provide helpful tips to prepare a 3-minute oration and an presentation slide. Registration is required.

    How do I enter the 2020 Pitt 3MT Competition?

    • Win your school-level competition. Each school will run a competition. (Check back as schools announce their competitions.)
    • If no competition in your school is held, place in the online competition. (Details for the online competition will be announced soon.)

    3MT Rules for the Pitt and Online Competitions

    We are following the 3MT rules suggested by the University of Queensland, which founded the event.  

    Noted are a couple variations for the online competition.

    • A single static PowerPoint slide is permitted. No slide transitions, animations, or ‘movement’ of any description are allowed. The slide is to be presented from the beginning of the oration. (For the online competition, simply attach a file to your email submission.)
    • No additional electronic media (e.g., sound and video files) are permitted.
    • No additional props (e.g., costumes, musical instruments, laboratory equipment) are permitted.
    • Presentations are limited to three minutes maximum, and competitors exceeding three minutes are disqualified.
    • Presentations are to be spoken word (e.g., no poems, raps, or songs).
    • Presentations are to commence from the stage. (Not relevant for the online competition.)
    • Presentations are considered to have commenced when a presenter starts their presentation through either movement or speech.
    • The decision of the adjudicating panel is final.

    Prizes for the University Competition

    First place prize:                 $1,000 travel grant

    Two runner-up prizes:        $500 travel grant

    People's Choice prize:        $1,000 travel grant

    Judging Criteria

    Check back to see who our celebrity judges will be—and who will hear our competitors talk about their research.

    At every level of the competition each competitor will be assessed on the judging criteria listed below. Each criterion is equally weighted and has an emphasis on audience.

    Comprehension and Content

    • Did the presentation provide an understanding of the background and significance to the research question being addressed while explaining terminology and avoiding jargon?
    • Did the presentation clearly describe the impact and/or results of the research, including conclusions and outcomes?
    • Did the presentation follow a clear and logical sequence?
    • Was the thesis topic, research significance, results/impact, and outcomes communicated in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience?
    • Did the presenter spend adequate time on each element of their presentation—or did they elaborate for too long on one aspect or was the presentation rushed?

    Engagement and Communication 

    • Did the oration make the audience want to know more?
    • Was the presenter careful not to trivialize or generalize their research?
    • Did the presenter convey enthusiasm for their research?
    • Did the presenter capture and maintain their audience’s attention?
    • Did the speaker have sufficient stage presence, eye contact, and vocal range; maintain a steady pace; and have a confident stance?
    • Did the PowerPoint slide enhance the presentation—was it clear, legible, and concise?

    Presentation Resources

    To learn more about the competition history, rules, and to gain valuable preparation tips, visit the 3MT Web site.

    Preparation Workshop

    Pitt Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition: Speaking to Non-specialists Workshops

    February 4, 2020, 4–5 p.m.
    Alumni Hall 528

    March 5, 2020, 12-1 p.m.
    B26, Alumni Hall

    Come and learn all you need to know in order to compete in the 3rd annual Pitt Three Minute Thesis (3MT), to be held on April 6, 2020. In this workshop, Meghan Culpepper (Office of the Provost) will review the rules and eligibility requirements for the 3MT Competition, and Dr. Joel Brady (Center for Teaching and Learning) will provide students with helpful hints and tips to prepare a three minute oration and an accompanying presentation slide of their research. Registration is required.

    Note that participation in the workshop is not required to enter a school or online competition.




    XV Central American History Conference, August 3-7, 2020

    Call for papers!

    The XV Central American History Conference will be held at the University of Costa Rica and is coordinated by the School of History, the Center for Historical Research of Central America and the Central American Postgraduate History. In addition, members of the National University History School, the Costa Rican Academy of Geography and History and the Central American Pro-History Association collaborated in the production of this event. This conference has become the most important event for the meeting and discussion of specialists in the history of this region that includes historic Central America, Chiapas and Panama. The main objective of this conference will be to foster the meeting and the discussion of the new advances in the historical research of Central America and to frame them in transnational, global and interdisciplinary themes.

    Please submit proposals through the form below by March 1, 2020:
    Form: Formulario: Propuesta de ponencias

    El XV Congreso Centroamericano Historia se desarrollará en la Universidad de Costa Rica y está coordinado por la Escuela de Historia, el Centro de Investigaciones Históricas de América Central y el Posgrado Centroamericano Historia de esa casa de estudios. Además, en la producción de este evento colabora miembros de la Escuela Historia de la Universidad Nacional, de la Academia de Geografía e Historia de Costa Rica y de la Asociación Pro-Historia Centroamericana. Este congreso se ha convertido en el evento más importante para la reunión y discusión de especialistas en la historia de esta región que incluye a la Centroamérica histórica, Chiapas y Panamá. El principal objetivo de este congreso será auspiciar el encuentro y la discusión de los nuevos avances en la investigación histórica de Centroamérica y enmarcarlos en términos trasnacionales, globales e interdisciplinarios.
    Envío de propuestas: Para mantener bien registro y orden de las propuestas, deben enviarse a través del formulario que se encuentra en este vínculo: Formulario: Propuesta de ponencias
    Favor reportar problemas con el formulario a:
    1 de marzo del 2020: fecha límite para la recepción de temáticas de ponencias y sesiones.

    1 de abril del 2020: las coordinaciones informarán sobre las ponencias y mesas aceptadas.
    1 de junio del 2020: difusión del borrador del programa del Congreso.
    1 de julio del 2020: difusión del programa del Congreso.
    21-31 de julio del 2020: curso optativo de Historia de Centroamérica dirigido a estudiantes de grado y posgrado y organizado por la Asociación Pro-Historia Centroamericana.
    3-7 de agosto del 2020: XV Congreso Centroamericano de Historia.

    Para mas información, haga clic aquí.


    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.




    A Student Journal of Social Relations


    Contact Us:

    Latin American Studies Asociation (LASA) 

    Join LASA in Guadalajara, Mexico!

    To learn more about upcoming Conferences, visit this link:

    Dear CLAS Faculty,

    The Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) offers resources and funding for affiliated faculty throughout the University. For more information please visit our faculty link here:

    2020 CLASP Junior Faculty Teaching Award

    The Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs (CLASP) calls for nominations for its eighth annual “CLASP Junior Faculty Teaching Award.”  The award recognizes excellence in teaching Latin American Studies designated courses.  Tenured faculty members are not eligible.  Nominees in a tenure-track position are preferred, but visiting or adjunct professors and instructors/lecturers are eligible.  Graduate students are not eligible.  Nominees must have the Ph.D., and they must be currently teaching at a CLASP member institution.  Nominations should come from senior or supervising faculty or administrators.  However, self-nominations are also accepted, but at least three professional references must be included in the self-nomination letter. The nominator (or self-nominator) should briefly provide clear and convincing evidence of the following:
  • Outstanding teaching effectiveness, including pedagogical style and student success stories.
  • Contributions to the Latin American Studies program and/or the Department.
  • Involvement in the wider community, including professional associations and participation in service activities.
  • Incorporation of own academic research and field experiences into the classroom.

    Nominees must also provide a Statement of Teaching Philosophy and a current CV.  The CLASP Teaching Committee and former winners will evaluate the nominations and will recommend three finalists to the CLASP Executive Committee.  The finalists will then be asked to provide the contact information of two current or former students, and these students may be asked to provide evidence of teaching effectiveness in a recommendation letter.  Nominations will be accepted through March 1st, 2020.


    UCIS@Pitt News:

    Op-Ed: Republicans have a clear message on immigration. Why don’t the Democrats?

    Dr. Ariel C. Armony
    Vice Provost for Global Affairs;
    Director, University Center for International Studies, University of Pittsburgh

    January 31, 2020



    CLAS/UCIS@Pitt Faculty news:


    Dr. Áurea María Sotomayor, Professor,
    Department of Hispanic Languages and Literatures, University of Pittsburgh


    Ganadora del Premio Internacional de Literatura, en la categoría de ensayo, de Casa de las Américas (La Habana, Cuba); Apalabrarse en la desposesión (literatura, arte y multitud en el Caribe insular)

    Apalabrarse en la desposesión. Literatura, arte y multitud en el Caribe insular de Áurea María Sotomayor (Puerto Rico)

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    For more information visit:


    Call for Faculty Papers:
    Transformation and Continuity in Cuba

    International Conference

    March 20-21, 2020

    The main theme in our Year of Cuba Conference invites interdisciplinary approaches to the multiple, enriching, and conflicting intersections taking place in this country. This forum, in partnership with CIFAL Atlanta, serves as a platform to engage in scholarly conversations that will contribute to understanding the complexities of Cuba, generating new forms of engagement and learning, and appreciating the many forms of Cuban’s resiliency and contributions to the world. 

    At a historic news conference in Havana back in 2016, former President Barack Obama reflected on the nuevo día dawning for Cuba and the United States“Cuba’s destiny will not be decided by the United States or any other nation. Cuba is sovereign and rightly has great pride. And the future of Cuba will be decided by Cubans, not by anybody else.” This speech marked the reaffirmation of a transitional period that started in 2014 called the Cuban Thaw, an overture to reestablish relations between both countries after a period of estrangement that began back in 1959 with Fidel Castro’s Revolución. The end of this 60-year hostility could become a reality with the lift of the trade embargo; the culmination of the Castrista dynasty; the ease of American travel to Cuba; the long-awaited release of political prisoners; and the development of dozens of bilateral projects that would foment the performing arts, culture, sports, the ecological landscape, and medicine. Undertaking drastic economic reforms and striking a balance between rupture and tradition, however, have proven in a post-Castro era to come with promises and shortcomings. 

    We invite proposals for academic papers across the disciplines that think critically about Cuba related topics, not limited to the following:

    Social Issues – Same-Sex Marriage, Journalism, Social Justice, and Community Development
    Economic Issues – Equity, Mobility, Tourism, Remittances, Investment and Healthcare
    Cultural Studies - Race, Class and Gender; Cuisine, Sports, Performing Arts, Visual Arts, Artivism
    Historic Preservation – Architecture, Memory, Storytelling, Museum Studies
    Religious Studies - Cuban Santería, Jewish Heritage, Christianity, and Secularism
    Cuban History –Slave Trade, Colonialism, Revolución, Post-Castro Cuba
    Environmental Studies- Climate Change, Disaster Response, and Sustainability
    Cuba-U.S. Relations - Spanish American War, the Embargo, the Cuban Thaw, and the Role of Baseball
    Cuban Americans & Transnational Cuba – Cuban Communities Across the Globe
    Technology & Science –Internet, Youth Activism, Advances in Medicine and Emergency Response 

    For additional context on the Year of Cuba and the conference visit

    Guidelines for Submission of Abstracts: To participate, please submit an abstract of no more than 300 words describing the focus of your proposed paper or panel, the methodology employed, and the general argument. At the top of the abstract, type your name, institutional affiliation, position or title, contact phone number, and e-mail. If you wish to propose a panel, please submit the title and abstract for each paper, along with the names and institutional affiliation of all panelists. Save in one Word or RTF document and attach the document to an email message. Type “Year of Cuba Conference” in the subject line and send it to Dr. Dan Paracka at

    The registration deadline for the Year of Cuba conference is February 28, 2020. Register today to secure your spot!


    CLAS Faculty News 

    New book from Dr. Pilar M. Herr - an assistant professor of history and the coordinator for the Vira I. Heinz Program for Women in Global Leadership at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg

    Contested Nation: The Mapuche, Bandits, and State Formation in Nineteenth-Century Chile

    Throughout the colonial period the Spanish crown made numerous unsuccessful attempts to conquer Araucanía, Chile’s southern borderlands region. Contested Nation argues that with Chilean independence, Araucanía—because of its status as a separate nation-state—became essential to the territorial integrity of the new Chilean Republic. This book studies how Araucanía’s indigenous inhabitants, the Mapuche, played a central role in the new Chilean state’s pursuit of an expansionist policy that simultaneously exalted indigenous bravery while relegating the Mapuche to second-class citizenship. It also examines other subaltern groups, particularly bandits, who challenged the nation-state’s monopoly on force and were thus regarded as criminals and enemies unfit for citizenship in Chilean society.

    Pilar M. Herr’s work advances our understanding of early state formation in Chile by viewing this process through the lens of Chilean-Mapuche relations. She provides a thorough historical context and suggests that Araucanía was central to the process of post-independence nation building and territorial expansion in Chile.

    New Book : How “Indians” Think Colonial Indigenous Intellectuals and the
    Question of Critical Race Theory

    By Gonzalo Lamana



    Immigrant & Refugee literature at City of Asylum Bookstore!

    The store also has a website, in which you can order any of these books (and virtually any book published):

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    For more information, email: Susan A. Dawkins

    Let us know about events going on in the community! 
    To submit events, visit:

    City of Asylum: Latinx & Proud! Reading Series 
    Join us for a reading celebrating the work of Latinx literary voices. This
    installment of the Latinx & Proud! Reading Series will feature Melissa
    Lozada-Oliva and Ana Portnoy Brimmer! (+TBA)
    Tuesday, March 24, 2020 from 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212

    Melissa Lozada-Oliva is an American poet and educator based in New York. She is the author of chapbooks Plastic PajarosRude Girl is Lonely Girl! (Pizza Pi Press), and Peluda (Button Poetry 2017). Her poem, “Like Totally Whatever” won the 2015 National Poetry Slam Championship. Lozada-Oliva was born and raised in Newton, Massachusetts by immigrant parents; her mother is Guatemalan and her father is Colombian. Her performance of a poem called “Like Totally Whatever” won the 2015 National Poetry Slam Championship and received mainstream media coverage. Her work “explores, interrogates and redefines the intersections of Latina identity, feminism, hair removal & what it means to belong.” Lozada-Oliva co-hosts Say More podcast with her best friend and fellow poet Olivia Gatwood.

    Ana Portnoy Brimmer is a Puerto Rican poet and performer, writer and ARTivist. She holds a BA and an MA in English (Literature) from the University of Puerto Rico, and is currently an MFA candidate in Creative Writing (Poetry) at Rutgers University-Newark. Her chapbook manuscript, To Love An Island, is the winner of YesYes Book’s 2019 Vinyl 45 Chapbook Contest, forthcoming in March 2020. Ana is the recipient of The Ancinas Family Scholarship; the inaugural recipient of the Sandra Cisneros Fellowship; a 2019 Pushcart Prize, Best New Poets and Best of the Net nominee; and a #PoetsForPuertoRico organizer. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in Winter Tangerine, Gulf Coast, Foundry Journal, Sx Salon, Huizache, Anomaly, Aftershocks of Disaster: Puerto Rico Before and After the Storm, Centro Journal, among others.

    For more information, visit


    Stand Up Comedian Led Varela (SPANISH SHOW)

    HAPPINESS, is the name of the new stand up comedy of Led Varela, where he
    will address the eternal search of the human being to find satisfaction. He
    will also talk about the experience of emigrating, his childhood and his
    relationships. (SHOW in Spanish)
    $40.00 Online -  $35.00 at point of sales (Cilantro & Ajo Restaurant -
    Pabellon Restaurant)

    FELICIDAD, es el nombre del nuevo stand up comedy de Led Varela, donde
    abordará la eterna búsqueda del ser humano por encontrar satisfacción.
    También hablará de la experiencia de emigrar, su infancia y sus relaciones.
    $40.00 En linea -  $35.00 en puntos de venta (Cilantro & Ajo Restaurant -
    Pabellon Restaurant)

    Thursday, February 27, 2020 at 9pm

    Para más información,



    The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh hosts various clubs, classes, and conversation groups related to Spanish. These including "Spanish for Beginners," "Spanish Conversation," and "Spanish II."

    To browse events related to Spanish offered by the library, click here:

    These classes are for adult learners and are FREE.
    You do not have to register for the classes or bring anything.
    New participants are welcome at any time.

    Let's Speak English

    If English is not your first language and you would like a place to practice, come to the Library! Join other non-native English speakers for friendly, low-stress conversation.

    Want to know more?

    Casa San Jose 
    Extended Office Hours
    Mondays and Wednesdays
    9:00 am to 12:00 pm
    Casa San Jose esta extendiendo sus horas de oficina en nuestro segundo local en East Liberty.
    Si quiere hacer cita o comunicarse con esa oficina por favor llame al (502) 682-4540.

    For more information on Casa San Jose, visit:


    Clínica Pediátrica y de Vacunación en español:
    Todos los martes por la mañana, Jueves después de las 5 p.m. y Viernes en la mañana  
    cita previa y seguro de salud son necesarios
    Primary Care Center de Children’s Hospital de Pittsburgh en Oakland
    3420 Fifth Avenue
    Pittsburgh, PA

    Clínica Pediátrica y de Vacunación en español:
    Todos los segundos Sábados de cada mes en la clinica
    no se necesita cita previa ni seguro de salud
    Birmingham South Side 
    54 S. 9th Street
    Pittsburgh, PA

    Clinica Pediátrica en español:
    Todos los cuartos Martes de cada mes en la clinica
    Se necesita cita previa pero NO seguro de salud
    Birmingham South Side
    54 S. 9th Street
    Pittsburgh, PA

    Clínicas Pediátricas y de Vacunación Gratuitas:
    Todos los Martes en la tarde a partir de Febrero 2020 de las 1PM a 4PM
    Se necesita cita – No se requiere seguro de salud
    Casa San José
    2116 Broadway Ave,
    Pittsburgh, PA 15216

    Para mayor información, hacer cita o para confirmar que la clínica no ha sido cambiada de fecha, 
    llamar al 412-692-6000 - opción 8 

    Latin American Cultural Union (LACU) 

    For more information about event sponsored by LACU please CLICK HERE

    Latino Family Center (LFC) 

    For more information about events and information by LFC please CLICK HERE


    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:


    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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