When we think back to 2020, we recognize the common challenges we faced as humans, as nations and as communities. Our minds and hearts instinctively feel the tragedy and hardship, and the ways the world has changed because of that. Though we also know that 2021 brings its own set of unexpected circumstances, we hope that what we have learned thus far provides a firm foundation for overcoming difficulty, without straying from our ideals and aspirations. May this be an auspicious start to your most prosperous time yet.
Be sure to add January 25 and 26 to your calendar for the virtual, China-Latin America-themed conference involving many of Pitt’s CLARI (China-Latin America Research Initiative) faculty and staff: China, Latin America and the Caribbean: Infrastructure, Connectivity and Everyday Life. Our Film Series continues in February, as does Charlemos (with a China-Latin America event on Monday, February 8). We look forward to this Spring semester and hope you will join us.
The Pitt Alumni Association seeks your assistance in nominating qualified candidates for the position of director-at-large on the Pitt Alumni Association Board of Directors. Directors-at-large serve for one term of two years, with the option to be reappointed to serve a second term. The board term will begin on July 1, 2021 and be effective until June 30, 2023.
Nominations for the 2021-2023 term are now open and must be submitted by Friday, January 22, 2021.
The Pitt Alumni Association Board of Directors is an advisory board that works closely with the staff of the Pitt Alumni Association who are responsible for the day-to-day operations. Board members serve a critical role by providing strategic direction, resources, and professional expertise to help carry out the Pitt Alumni Association vision and mission.
Directors-at-large are voting members who must have received one or more academic degrees from the University of Pittsburgh and who must be willing to adhere to the board member responsibilities and duties.
Please plan to provide a professional summary (resume, C.V., LinkedIn Profile, etc.) for the nominee and a letter of support from someone other than the nominator.
The Role of Universities in Sustainable, Just & Inclusive Cities
We are almost one week away from the signature event of the Year of Engagement at Pitt! Register now for the two-day virtual conference on The Role of Universities in Sustainable, Just and Inclusive Cities taking place January 21st and January 22nd! To register and learn more, click "HERE".
Request for Proposals:
Year of Engagement Funding Opportunity
The first of three deadlines for proposals for
the 2020-2021 academic year is October 1, 2020.
The Year of Engagement is an unprecedented opportunity to position the University of Pittsburgh as a global leader in engagement. The Funding Committee invites students, staff and faculty to build partnerships that confront challenges and co-create solutions at the institutional, local, regional, statewide, national or international levels in the 2020-21 academic year and beyond. Applications for up to $8,000 to support new programs, events, productions, curricula, convenings, experiments, operational improvements, practices, research, product development and other possibilities toward reaching this goal are invited. The Funding Committee encourages the submission of applications throughout the month of September to kick start the year with exciting engagement activities! During September the Funding Committee will be reviewing proposals as they are submitted.
For some time now, Pitt has been working hard to respond to amplify resources related to racial and ethnic disparities. In 2020, following events that made the urgency of related issues clearer to people around the world, additional efforts and resources have been made available. It is then relevant to highlight some useful links to enhance understanding and contribute to an increasingly equitable and prosperous world for everyone.
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.
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.
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.
CLAS' community engagement programs play a pivotal role in sharing information and expertise on Latin America to educators both at the college/university level and kindergarten through secondary (K-12) level, the professional community, and general public as part of its Educational Public Service (Outreach) mission.
Community Engagement programs are offered throughout the academic year. These include but are not limited to: professional development workshops, study abroad opportunities, faculty development seminars, summer research fellowships, curriculum development projects, school visit program, lecture and film series, resource lending library, list of Latin American Organizations in Pittsburgh, and newsletters, including CLASicos and a weekly newsletter.
Community Events: THE CITY GAME VIRTUAL TRIVIA BOWL
We are excited to participate in The City Game Virtual Trivia Bowl. Each university will hold multiple rounds the week of January 25 to get to the final team on 6-10 players. The top 2 teams will be combined to represent their university on February 4.
You can join us by:
Registering your team of 3-5 faculty or staff. Read more about the game rules here. Registration deadline January 20.
The Housing Assistance Resources Portal (HARP) for the City of Pittsburgh is a guide that offers housing-related resources whether you are interested in renting, currently renting, interested in buying a house, a current home-owner, a landlord, or currently experiencing homelessness. This tool is meant to be representative and inclusive of all City of Pittsburgh residents, in every neighborhood, from every income level and every community.
"Housing, especially affordable housing, will always be a premier issue of my administration and staff as long as there are City of Pittsburgh residents who are impacted by housing concerns. Housing is a human right." -Mayor William Peduto
To see the latest events happening in our community, please"CLICK HERE". You will see a list of events by date.
We are creating a list of local Latin American and Caribbean cuisine offerings to support and promote your business. Please complete the included survey to help us identify you and find out what services you offer (delivery, takeout, hours, menu, etc.).
We plan to share this list with other local organizations, and promote it in our newsletter and email list. We hope that you take the time to answer this questionnaire. Thank you!
ClickHEREto see the list of local Latin American and Caribbean Cuisine you can order!