Events in UCIS
Thursday, April 8 until Friday, April 8
Saturday, February 26 until Thursday, March 31
Learn the history of mărțișor and watch the Romanian Room committee make them and talk about this old tradition.
Falling on March 1 of every year, Mărțișor is an old Romanian tradition of gifting a red and white string attached to a small piece of jewelry or a flower. This is believed to bring health and luck to the wearer.
Monday, March 28 until Friday, April 1
Join us from March 28th to April 1st for the 2022 Global Career Week!
This series features over 25 sessions covering the breadth of careers and competencies currently sought in the international economy. Network with and learn from Pitt alumni and other experts on how to gear up and navigate the competitive job market. Themes for the week include technology and data , health and well-being, human rights, security and diplomacy, entrepreneurism, and international development.
Thursday, March 31
Whether it be the development of a new app, advocating for new health care policies, creating accessible transportation, or building defense systems, all major projects require a form of data collection and interpretation. The collection and analyzation of data plays an ever-increasing critical role in our society. Speakers, including several alums from the social sciences, will share their career path to the fields of technology and data.
Neha Chanu possesses experience as a data scientist in advanced analytics and holds a current position as a product manager for an augmented reality enterprise solution, Qhanu, Inc. She obtained a bachelor's degree in Natural Sciences and a master's degree in Information Science from the University of Pittsburgh. Neha speaks English, Hindi, and Marathi. She will discuss her background and daily work in analytics and the augmented reality industry.
Social Italian event for students of Italian at Pitt
Learn about the career paths in relief and development of alum who work for USAID, Adventist Development and Relief Agency, and Chemonics International.
French casual conversation table. Open to all students of all levels of proficiency.
Sometimes the right job doesn't doesn't fit and you create your own international path. Join these alum who have forged their own ways or have created international businesses while still working their day jobs.
Meet our Alum:
Onyinye (Gandhi) Chuks: I'm Onyinye Gandhi Chuks, Founder and Managing Consultant at Blu-Pearl International, a rapidly growing international finance, investment, and immigration firm. As an entrepreneur, my strategy was to identify problems unique to international business and provide solutions for them. From our humble beginning as a small U.S. startup with one employee and no clients in March 2017, we have expanded our operations into two West African countries and currently have 16 employees servicing over 50 clients!
Hannah Berkeley Cohen spent her 20’s living and working in Havana, as a journalist and tour operator during normalization of relations between Cuba and the US. As Cuba’s economy tanked and tourism plummeted worldwide because of COVID, Cohen returned to her hometown of Columbus, Ohio and began renovating old homes. She has a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from Pitt, and is a strong believer in faking it ‘til you make you make it.
Youssef Abdelwahab ’11, ’13 MT, started his own e-commerce business, designing niche headwear in which he fuses African, African diasporic and Arab cultures to create unique products (instagram: aragaparel website: aragapparel.com). He also became a landlord in the Germantown neighborhood of Philadelphia and will open a café in the next few months (iA). He is currently in his 10th year as a high school Spanish teacher.
This area refers to how globalization affects people’s susceptibility to physical and mental illnesses, their access to appropriate kinds of care, and their general well being within the context of their community. Speakers include dedicated professionals within the fields of global health, public health, medicine, policy and advocacy.
Zane Kaleem'17 and Jordan Freeman'13 will discuss their work in advocacy and securing health care access to incarcerated men and women. Zane is a current medical student at Drexel University College of Medicine pursuing residency training in psychiatry. As Assistant Director of the Correctional Healthcare Task Force at PfCJR, Zane develops organizational strategy, cultivates collaborations with other advocacy groups, and educates the public about issues in correctional healthcare through means including writing commentary pieces for local and national news media. Jordan currently works as a Program Manager with The Fortune Society, a Non Profit Organization serving individuals who've had contact with the criminal legal system. In her role, she monitors progress toward contracted deliverables, creates performance and quality assurance monitoring tools, conducts analysis and evaluation, and helps to create program workflows for Fortune's health-focused services. She has a Master's in Public Health, and holds special interest in healthcare's role in community re-entry, desistance, and reduced recidivism.
Paraguay, 2020 | Documentary
Mateo Sobode Chiqueno's Ayoreo ancestors worshipped the sun, which they saw as a superior and generous being. But for him and his generation, the sun has primarily become a threat, turning deforested areas into dry, dusty plains—filmed here beautifully but ominously. Some Ayoreo still live in seclusion in the forests of the Chaco in Paraguay. But many more, among them Sobode Chiqueno, were herded into isolated settlements by missionaries, who took their land and forcibly converted them to Christianity.
He started recording Ayoreo conversations, stories, and songs in the 1970s, and is still traveling to Ayoreo communities with his now-antique cassette recorder to interview them and collect their voices for his audio archive. Occasionally the device eats a tape, which he fixes with patient fiddling. The conversations express uncertainty about the loss of identity. Is it a problem that a culture disappears in order to adapt to another?
ADDverse+Poesia is a poetry collective that shares stories and works of art from underrepresented communities within our society - including but not limited to: the LGBTQIA+ community, Black and Indigenous individuals, and people living with disabilities.
Farsi students and those interested in the Persian language and culture can participate in language practice and cultural events