Post-Secondary Outreach

REEES provides outreach programs for faculty and students from other higher education institutions throughout the Western Pennsylvania region and the nation. These include professional development workshops for faculty and annual conferences for both graduate and undergraduate students.

For university students across the United States, REEES can provide information about the Slavic, East European, and Near Eastern Summer Language Institute (SLI), coordinated by the University of Pittsburgh’s Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures. SLI provides domestic and study abroad opportunities to students interested in learning various regional languages, including Russian, Ukrainian, Polish, Czech, Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Turkish, and others. In addition, REEES coordinates the University of Pittsburgh’s Project GO program, offering domestic and study abroad experiences for ROTC students interested in beginningthrough fourth-year Russian.

In 2014-17, REEES worked with the Community College of Beaver County (CCBC) to implement the “Bridging Cultures” project, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, through which CCBC faculty developed course modules on East European cultures for infusion into the curriculum. For more information, see articles about this project on the ASEEES blog and the CCBC website.

REEES also hosted a national symposium in 2011 that led to the founding of the Committee for the Advocacy of Diversity and Inclusion (CADI) at the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES). CADI was created by a vote of the ASEEES Board in 2018 in response to the need for a standing committee within the organization that can coordinate and guide ASEEES’s efforts both to diversify and to make more inclusive its membership and the broader field of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies.