The Presidential Election is foremost in the minds of those of us who live in the United States (and for many who do not). Every election is important, but the stakes feel particularly high this time around. The circumstances and conditions we are living through are highly unusual and we encourage everyone to take part in this democratic exercise, whether you are voting, helping others vote or engaging others in conversation about how you feel the results may affect you and all of us.
Next week we also celebrate International Week at Pitt. Make sure to check out the variety of events on offer. CLAS has already set up a Día de Los Muertos Altar in the spirit of the Mexican celebration at the Global Hub, while also sponsoring events based at Pitt and remotely (at La Palapa Restaurant). The Altar is open for anyone to add people dear to each who are no longer among us, just as we welcome Ofrendasto be placed there. On November 5, our Latin American Cinema Film Series continues. We screen Miriam Miente, including the Director as part of our discussion. The next day, Friday the 6th, we host another lively Panoramas Presentation.
Our hope is that by including a mixture of intellectual challenge, engagement and thoughtful reflection we help you successfully navigate what has been a tense election season and compressed academic semester.
Altar/Ofrenda Oct. 29--Nov. 3 GLOBAL HUB (1st floor Posvar Hall)
Pitt Student, you are cordially invited to visit our ALTAR, and add items in remembrance of your loved ones. (Please follow COVID-19 social distances rules while visiting and placing items on the altar).
Sunday, November 1
Facebook Livestream from La Palapa, Mexican Cuisine & Mezcal Bar:
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. This Summer of 2020, additional efforts andresources were devoted following events that made the urgency of related issues clearer to people around the world. 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.
We are creating a list of local Latin American and Caribbean cuisine offerings to support and promote your business. Please complete the included survey to help us identify you and find out what services you offer (delivery, takeout, hours, menu, etc.).
We plan to share this list with other local organizations, and promote it in our newsletter and email list. We hope that you take the time to answer this questionnaire. Thank you!
Click HEREto see the list of local Latin American and Caribbean Cuisine you can order!