Sunday, April 26, 2020 marked Pitt’s first virtual graduation. It is great cause for celebration for so many to successfully culminate their course of studies on time, despite the added challenges faced by all. This coming weekend, on Saturday, May 2, at 2pm, we will hold a special meeting honoring the graduate and undergraduate students that successfully completed their CLAS certificate during the 2019-2020 Academic Year. We are pleased to share that most of the 25 students will be present for the virtual ceremony, from various places in the US and Latin America.
On Tuesday, April 28, our friend and alum, Brent Rondon from Pitt’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will be presenting a workshop on SW Pennsylvania Small Business Support strategies, in Spanish. On Friday, May 1 we will hold a second Americas trivia night (afternoon).
As we wind down our academic year calendar, we hope the weekly CLAS Newsletter continues to be a useful way for you to find out about the work we do, highlighting community opportunities and the ways you can get involved.
April 28, 2020 at 4:00 p.m.
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WEDNESDAY, MAY 6
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|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 that 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.
Form: https://www.ucis.pitt.edu/clas/content/localbusiness_info 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.)
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)
890 Butler Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15223
Telephone Number: 412-409-2155
Caribbean Village (Caribbean: Antiguan,Virgin Islands & more)
100 Monroeville Mall, Suite 100B-1
Monroeville, PA, 15146
Hours of Operation: 10am-9pm, (however, the mall is currently closed temporarily due to COVID-19)
Delivery: YES (10 mile radius and surrounding communities)
Delivery Fee: YES
Gift Certificates: YES (Via email)
Telephone Number: 412-377-7951
5904 Bryant St
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
Delivery: Order delivery in GRUBHUB
Telephone Number: 412-404-7573
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
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
810 Brookline Blvd
Pittsburgh, PA 15226
Delivery: YES (UBER eats)
Telephone Number: 412-343-7827
Mendoza Express (Mexican)
812 Mansfield Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15205
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
2957 Banksville Rd
Pittsburgh, PA 15216
Delivery: Order delivery in GRUBHUB
Telephone Number: 412-344-1122
Round Corner Cantina (Mexican)
3720 Butler St
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15201
Delivery: Order delivery in GRUBHUB
Tango Truck (only Empanadas)
Needs two days to prepare 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
810 Ivy Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15232
Hours of Operation: 4:00--9:00pm
Gift Cerficates: Yes (Mail)
Telephone Number: 412-251-5695
Totopo Mexican Kitchen and Bar
660 Washington Road
Mt. Lebanon, PA 15228
Hours of Operation: 3:00--9:00pm
Gift Cerficates: Yes (Mail)
Telephone Number: 412-668-0773
Care & Connection Callers
Your help is needed to support our partners in reaching out, via telephone, to the families and individuals they serve to be sure people feel connected to the resources they need. Sign-up to volunteer.
Volunteers will be placed with a variety of organizations and institutions to make calls according to the partners’ needs and specifications. Volunteers will receive a general training from the University of Pittsburgh’s Office of Community & Governmental Relations to ensure positive and safe calling practices and then will participate in training specific to the organization in which the volunteer is placed. Care and Connection Callers:
- Provide a connection with people who may be isolated.
- Assess economic and social needs.
- Connect people to community resources and United Way 2-1-1 as needed.
- Report back to the sponsoring organization any follow-up that is needed.
Who are we looking for to be Care and Connection Callers?
University volunteers who:
- Have access to a phone, a computer and the internet.
- Are willing to participate in two training programs- one through Pitt and one through their sponsoring organization,
- Are able to follow a conversational script that guides the outreach calls.
- Are able to listen to and read COVID-19 informational resources before they make calls so they have the most up-to-date information to share with those they call.
- Are able to commit to weekly service.
If you are a community organization looking for help..
Pitt is open to partnering with you! Please contact Carrie Finklestein at firstname.lastname@example.org to begin the conversation.
STUDENT EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE FUND IS NOW AVAILABLE
The Student Emergency Assistance Fund is a joint venture led by the Office of the Provost, Office of Philanthropic & Alumni Engagement, Student Government Board, the Graduate & Professional Student Government, and the Division of Student Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh. The health and safety of our Pitt community, particularly our students, is paramount. The fund, to be administered at the direction of the Provost, will be used to provide financial support for degree-seeking students of the University of Pittsburgh with unanticipated and insurmountable expenses related to emergency situations that may result in students facing financial hardship. Undergraduate, graduate, and professional students may apply for funds when they experience a financial barrier based on an emergency situation, and when they have exhausted all other available resources.
Expenses Covered by the Fund
Examples of emergency expenses to be considered include, but are not limited to:
- Medical necessities
- Food insecurity
- Unexpected transportation and travel expenses
- Overdue utility bills reaching a turn-off notice
- Homelessness, sudden loss of housing, or imminent eviction
- Loss of childcare
- Academic supplies and technology repair or support
- Up to $600 may be requested
Expenses Not Covered by the Fund
- Tuition, fees, health insurance, and study abroad costs
- Non-essential personal bills such as: current utility, credit card, cable, cell phone, etc.
- Parking tickets, library fines, or other expenses mistakenly incurred
- Funds for the replacement of lost or stolen items
- Rent payments are not covered by the fund unless a one-time payment will delay or halt an eviction.
Hold on Eviction
Students who live off-campus should be aware of their Tenants’ Rights. In addition, the Attorney General of Pennsylvania has recently issued an order that evictions cannot take place at this time. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ordered courts closed to eviction proceedings due to the COVID-19 state of emergency. The Court’s order is applicable to all Pennsylvania property owners, managers, landlords, as well as mortgage brokers and lenders.
Any Pitt student may apply for emergency funds. Each applicant must meet the following criteria:
- Demonstrate financial hardship
- Experience an emergency, accident, illness, or other unforeseen event among the “covered” examples above
- Be currently enrolled as a full-time or part-time, degree-seeking student
Applicants must complete all questions in full and submit a justification and supporting documentation as the situation allows. Examples of supporting documentation include but are not limited to:
- Eviction notice
- Utility bills indicating shut-off notice
- Medical bills
Students with non-emergent financial hardships that do not qualify for the Student Emergency Assistance Fund, including student account balances, are encouraged to contact the Office of Financial Aid directly to discuss their situation and talk about possible aid options.
Students in need of emergency financial assistance are encouraged to submit the application. Questions may be directed to email@example.com.
Completed applications are reviewed by members of the Student Emergency Assistance Fund Advisory Committee that includes representatives from Student Affairs and the Office of Financial Aid. A member of the committee will respond to emergency application submissions within 72 hours or three business days.
The maximum emergency aid allocation to a student will be $600. Payment will be distributed as soon as possible consistent with University policies and procedures. Each application is carefully reviewed to ensure all other financial aid resources are maximized first.
Students should set up direct deposit in PittPAY
How Do I Sign Up for Direct Deposit (eRefunds)?
Log onto PittPAY from the Student PittPay Login at payments.pitt.edu.
Select the eRefund tab.
Enter your bank routing and account information
Once you save the information, you will receive a confirmation email from PittPAY.
Students should be aware that emergency funding may create a taxable event that could require reporting to the IRS by the recipient.
Submit the application here
PITT PANDEMIC SERVICE INITIATIVE
Chancellor Patrick Gallagher called upon the University to acknowledge our role in the response during this time of great challenge… Join us in Pitt’s Pandemic Service Initiative: expanding staff, faculty, and student service; contributing to drives and collections; and forging innovative partnerships. We are rolling up our sleeves.
PANDEMIC RESPONSE SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES
As part of the Pitt Pandemic Service Initiative, faculty, staff, and students are coming together to meet critical community needs. You can make a difference with even just a small amount of time. Priority needs identified by community partners include care and connection calls and IT support.
Drives and Collections
We’re committed to being a University of the community. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Pitt students, faculty, and staff are volunteering to provide technology support, well-checks, and a host of other forms of support.
For community members, this means access to resources and information.
RESOURCES & SUPPORT »
SHARE WAYS PITT CAN VOLUNTEER »
- The census counts every person living in the United States, regardless of age or citizenship status, every 10 years in years ending in 0.
- It’s in the Constitution. It’s important
- It’s about money, power, and data.
- Every 10 years we help decide how taxpayer dollars come back to our communities. The 2020 Census will help to distribute billions of dollars in federal resources to your community.
- Our community gets resources based on census population counts, that help pay for hospitals, emergency services, schools, roads, and more.
- An accurate and complete census helps businesses, community leaders and elected officials make informed decisions every day.
- It’s easy
- For the first time, people can respond online and by phone, in addition to the mail-in option. Your response impacts funding for your community for critical services for the next 10 years!
- The next decennial census happens in 2030. It’s safe and confidential
- Your data is protected and it’s confidential. Federal law protects your responses, which cannot be shared with law enforcement, immigration agencies, or housing authorities.
- The 2020 Census is underway and the most important and safe thing you can do is respond online, by phone, or by mail. It has never been easier to respond to the 2020 Census.
- Responding now will minimize the need for the Census Bureau to send census takers out into communities to follow up with households.
|The University of Pittsburgh and Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh are conducting a survey that seeks to understand the most effective needs and support for the community during these difficult times. The survey takes just a few minutes to complete. It's in Spanish and $ 100 will be raffling between those who complete the survey. You can find the survey on the following website at the end of the page.
Please click on the link:
Resources for Individuals and Families
- University of Pittsburgh's COVID-19 Response Resource Guide
- Pittsburgh Public School Grab and Go Meals
- One-stop Food Access Map
- Senior Food Grab and Go
- Free internet essentials from Comcast
- Blood Drive
- Info about the Sunshine Act from PA District Attorney.
- Summary of the CARES Act
- The PA Care Package
- PPS Covid information
- FOR ESSENTIAL WORKERS IN NEED OF CHILDCARE, PLEASE CONTACT: Early Learning Resource Center 412-350-3577
- Drive-thru CoronaVirus Testing: Must have photo identification and an insurance card. Sites are at the following locations:
- 127 Anderson St., Pittsburgh, PA 15212
- 95 Leonard Ave., Washington, PA 15301
- 2360 Hospital Drive, Aliquippa, PA 15001
- COVID-19 Hotline:
- Please call 888-856-2774 to speak with a representative.
- Hotline information is available in Arabic, Chinese, Nepalese, Russian, Spanish and Swahili.
- Public Transportation: Port Authority of Allegheny County will reduce bus and light rail service by approximately 25% beginning Wednesday, March 25, 2020, due to substantial decreases in ridership and operational challenges brought on by the ongoing global pandemic.
- Online Learning Resources:
- Information for Renters in Pennsylvania Affected by the Coronavirus
- Literacy Pittsburgh Online
- PA Immigrant Relief Fund (Sundrop Carter): PIC has started a fund to provide an $800 one-time payment to those who are excluded from government stimulus money due to immigration status.
- For Families and Individuals:
- For Workers
Due to COVID-19, the PA primary election has moved from April 28 to June 2
*Voters may request a mail-in ballot - no reason needed*
*For financial support resources, see below
The Department of Human Services have reached out to one of our partners, Fr. Paul Abernathy of the Neighborhood Resilience Project, to ask if he could help connect his Community Health Deputy model to refugee and immigrant communities. He and Dr. Amanda Godley (Pitt School of Ed) are working to make that happen. Pitt has come alongside Fr. Paul on this project in a number of ways (social work, public health, both CECs), and we are committed to continuing this partnership.
One of the immediate needs they have is to develop translational teams that can work to translate the Community Health Deputy training materials for a variety of audiences. We are looking to find out what translational assistance might be found through ULS and UCIS. We also believe we can tap some assistance at UPMC.
High priority languages include Spanish and Arabic, with more to be identified during an upcoming call with DHS.
Any help you can provide would be appreciated.
Lina Dostilio, EdD
Associate Vice Chancellor, Community Engagement
Office of Community & Governmental Relations
Associate Professor of Practice, School of Education
University of Pittsburgh | 710 Alumni Hall | Pittsburgh, PA 15260
(P) 412-624-7719 | (C) 412-302-4810 | (E) firstname.lastname@example.org
- Disaster Loan Assistance Information (U.S. Small Business Administration)
- Disaster Assistance in Response to Coronavirus (U.S. SBA)
- Coronavirus (COVID-19): Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources (U.S. SBA)
- COVID-19 Working Capital Access Program (PA Dept. of Community & Economic Development)
- Cardin, Bipartisan Senate Task Force Secure $377 Billion for Small Businesses (U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship)
- URA Announces Additional Steps to Help Mitigate Potential Ramifications of COVID-19 to Small Business Community [PDF] (Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh)
- Coronavirus Bridge Loan program (Hebrew Free Loan Association Pittsburgh)
- Facebook Small Business Grants Program
- Coronavirus Financial Bridge Loans (DVI Funding)
- General Assembly Agrees to Transfer $61 Million From CFA To Small Business Loan Program (Commonwealth of PA)
- URA Loans (Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh)
- Economic Development (Allegheny County Economic Development)
- Regional Development Funding Corporation
- Progress Fund
- Fay-Penn Loan Programs (Fay-Pen Economic Development Council)
- Northside Community Development Fund
- Washington County Council on Economic Development
- Greene County Economic Development
- Lawrence County Economic Development
- Butler County Economic Development
- SPC Financing Programs (Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission)
- Financial Programs (Catalyst Connection)
- Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). Having a low-interest rate at the moment, the first advice is to talk to your bank. Keep the communication open.
- As of April 3, banks will unveil the PPP loan applications for a credit loan that is coming as part of the stimulus package. At least find out now the documentation requirements the banks will require to apply for the PPP loan. Start there.
- SBA Federal Gov, Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL). Funding goes from the SBA directly to Companies. No banks.
- **INDEPENDENT CONTRACTORS (i.e. cleaning, constructions, restaurant, hairstylists) ARE ELIGIBLE
- Need to have a credit score of equal or more than 600
- If your tax returns have no personal signature because your accountant did them online, print the tax return, sign and date, then upload.
- Make sure your tax returns have the exact person name spell out and it is the same copy you sent to the IRS. The reason is that SBA will match what you sent them and compare them with your taxes at the IRS.
- Then as you apply online, print the forms, fill them out and get all the documentation ready. The SBA system is sometimes overloaded and won’t accept uploads. Then, you can email them or send them by regular mail.
- Use Internet Explorer or Microsoft Edge, but not Google Chrome to access the SBA site.
- For loans less than $25,000, no collateral needed, no business plan and no fees. It works like a credit card.
- Max amount will be $2 million.
- The first $10,000 will be considered a grant. Make sure you check the box on the application.
- The interest rate is 3.75% for businesses and 2.75% for non profits.
- The payment term is 30 years and loan payments will start in 2021.
- The loan amount is determined by SBA based on your business gross margins taken out of your tax returns. Calculate your loan request on what your business needs for the next 6 months financial need into the future.
- Also, even if you are approved for the loan, you can opt to wait to use the loan, for later.
- If you are a one-person worker, (and not an employee, but a contractor), you are considered a “Sole Proprietorship” and you can also apply for the SBA EIDL Loan
- Use Internet Explorer or Edge, but not Google Chrome when applying online.
- Covered Expenses:
- Fixed debts (rent, etc.)
- Some bills that could have been paid had the disaster not occurred
- Accounts payable
- If having technical issues with the SBA Disaster Loan Application, print all the forms, fill them out, sign and date and mail the documents. Don’t forget to include the company financial information. Here is the customer service info. (Make sure you have your loan number, which is assigned in the portal.)
- Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers Webpage with SBA Loan info. http://pasbdc.org/services/continuity/disruption-recovery
- Huntington Bank. New programs to help small businesses.
- Hebrew Free Loan Association – Up to $5000 at 0% interest
- Kiva loans up to $10,000 at 0% interest. Contact the Riverside Center for Innovation
- PA DCED – State Resource
- URA – City of Pittsburgh Loans – up to $15,000 at 0% interest
- Honeycomb Credit.
- Loans up to $50,000. The loans will have a 45-day payment free period and a 3.75% interest rate on the first 6 months, followed by a three-year fully-amortizing loan at 5 or 7.5%. As always, Honeycomb loans have no prepayment penalties. This is an opportunity for small businesses to raise working capital in less than 30 days
- Bridgeway Capital. Any amount.
- "Get Online and Grow Online" Business Classes
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;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 email@example.com
CALL FOR PAPERS, TRAINING & CONFERENCES
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: https://forms.gle/mRa6SygdtaFLZF2E9
A selection committee will evaluate the abstracts and the results will be notified to the authors on May 31, 2020.
Please write to firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions and/or need any further information.
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
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.
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
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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:
- Passionate about growth
- Possess a winner's mentality
Education: Two-year college degree required; 4-year college degree preferred
- 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 HR@roadrunnerwm.com
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.
QUALIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE:
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.
DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:
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
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.
- 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
Interested candidates should send a résumé and cover letter to:
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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