Athena Study Abroad puts a personalized and customized focus on study abroad. They are a boutique partner, helping students from the U.S. study abroad. Athena was created to work with and help universities achieve their goals across the spectrum of study abroad – from customized programming to short term offerings to semester and year long personalized immersive programs – they […]
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Athena Study Abroad puts a personalized and customized focus on study abroad. They are a boutique partner, helping students from the U.S. study abroad. Athena was created to work with and help universities achieve their goals across the spectrum of study abroad – from customized programming to short term offerings to semester and year long personalized immersive programs – they have worked diligently to answer the needs of their partners. With over 50 years experience in international education, their US team (as well as their overseas team) support and guide their partners through all the stages of the process. They know that each university has unique needs and they aim to determine which Athena programs are the best fit for each institution’s student body.
Emily Markham works to facilitate great connections between American and International scholars as the Assistant Director of Global Engagement at La Roche University. She supports key initiatives including International Education Month, the annual Global Problems, Global Solutions Conference, and the Global Development and Humanitarian Aid Training program.
A native of Pittsburgh, Emily holds a bachelor’s degree in global policy studies from Chatham University, and a master’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs. Prior to joining the La Roche team, Emily worked with the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh supporting the design and implementation of global education programs in the Pittsburgh community and secondary schools in the region.
Robert Bryant makes every attempt to couple his passion for knowledge about the world with a commitment to service in his local community. He currently lives in East Liberty and is pursuing a master’s degree at the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA). At GSPIA, Robert focuses on human security and Russian studies and he is actively engaged in several school organizations. He takes part in the Leadership Portfolio Program through the Johnson Institute for Responsible Leadership and this opportunity connected him to serve on the board of directors at The Global Switchboard. He has also conducted extensive research on global climate change, its impact on migration, and the potential for climate-induced conflict as a working group participant at the Ford Institute for Human Security. Additionally, Robert is a research assistant for the Leadership During Crisis Podcast, which is a joint-project from the Center for Disaster Management and the Hesselbein Leadership Forum. Outside of GSPIA, Robert serves as a recruiting associate intern with PULSE (Pittsburgh Urban Leadership Service Experience).
Originally from the Charlottesville region of Virginia, Robert received a bachelor’s degree in International Affairs and French from James Madison University. After his undergraduate studies, Robert taught English for a year in Nantes, France. He then worked as a business analyst in Frederick, Maryland, where he supported procurement professionals at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and volunteered as an ESL instructor for local immigrants.
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Women’s Center & Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh is a safe harbor that provides specialized care and support for women who have experienced all types of intimate partner violence, from physical to emotional, through our Emergency Shelter, Legal Advocacy, a 24-Hour Hotline (412-687-8005), Support Groups and more. Women’s Center & Shelter has been a trusted and respected resource in the Pittsburgh Community for more than 45 years, offering hope and healing to adult and child survivors who have suffered from the devastating effects of domestic abuse. The WC&S RIL Team specifically serves Refugees, Immigrants, Limited-English Speakers, providing all WC&S services in a culturally informed and humble manner, both on-site and in the community, and offering training, education, and support to professionals working with refugees, immigrants, and limited-English speakers. Whether someone is just discovering they may be in an abusive relationship, or find they need to flee for their life, or are anywhere in between, WC&S can help them on their healing journey.
Repair the World works to inspire American Jews and their communities to give their time and effort to serve those in need. We aim to make service a defining part of American Jewish life.
Our work focuses on mobilizing Jews of all ages and backgrounds to serve with integrity and authenticity, ensuring that we leave the world a better place. We work with existing and emerging organizations — Jewish and secular — and with American Jews — engaged in the community and not — to develop high-quality service opportunities and build an inspired Jewish community engaged in service.
We’re focused not just on bringing more people into service, but also on making the service more meaningful with long-lasting results. By providing more — and better — opportunities to serve, we aim to unite American Jews in this shared value.
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Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh continues its long tradition of welcoming immigrants, visitors, and newcomers to Pittsburgh. Library staff listen to your needs and connect you to language learning, citizenship resources and more. At the Library, you can make new friends, practice English, borrow books and DVDs, use the internet, start a business, and find a job. Your privacy is important; the Library does not share your borrowing history or personal information with anyone.
Vanessa Griffith joined Justice at Work (formerly Friends of Farmworkers) in September of 2017. She recently graduated cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, where she participated in the law school’s Immigration Law Clinic. Upon graduation from Pitt Law, Vanessa was awarded the Pro Bono Service Recognition Award and the School of Law Community Service Award. Prior to law school, Vanessa volunteered in Santa Marta, Colombia for a grassroots nonprofit, Fundación Mariposas Amarillas, where she worked for five months as their Social Projects Coordinator. Her work focused on providing health, educational, and recreational services to women and children in an isolated neighborhood in Santa Marta. Vanessa has a B.S. from SUNY College at Oneonta where she dual majored in Political Science and International Studies. In 2012 she spent a semester studying in Chile.
Laurel Murray is currently working towards a dual B.S.B.A degrees in Accounting and Finance, along with a minor in Data Analytics. She spent her summer 2017 working as an intern in Berlin, Germany for a start-up business intelligence and acceleration company, and also traveled to various countries during her summer abroad. She is looking forward to studying in London for her Spring 2018 semester, as well as backpacking Southeast Asia upon completion of her semester in London.
Laurel’s passion is economic development and giving back to her community, which she feels accounting and finance will enable her to pursue in her future. Upon graduation in May 2019, she hopes pass her CPA and enter into an economic development project in the Peace Corps and pursue a master’s degree in Urban and Economic Development.
Lois Johnson has designed and implemented educational programs for institutions of higher education, designed and developed two private schools, and spearheaded new initiatives for organizations. She is interested in and conducts research in international education and works to improve curriculum strategies for international education and faculty for international programs. Infusing curriculum with globalization and inspiring faculty and students to catch a global vision are her passions.
Matt Lamberti is an immigration attorney defending the rights of asylum seekers, DHS detainees, U.S. citizen family members, refugees, individuals with disabilities, and low-income workers since 2009. Matthew has been at Justice at Work (formerly Friends of Farmworkers) in Pittsburgh since September, 2106, following work with CUNY Law’s Immigrant & Refugee Rights Clinic, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Baton Rouge, Indiana Legal Services, and the Pennsylvania Immigration Resource Center.
Rick Moslen is a Manager in the Center for Global Engagement at Robert Morris University (RMU), where he works alongside over 550 international students from over 30 countries around the world in addition to planning and coordinating short-term study abroad programs for students and faculty. He graduated from RMU with majors in English and Communications, and has experience freelancing both locally in Pittsburgh and across the country writing for online and print publications.
Rick is an avid traveller, an immigration activist, and is interested in discovering nuances of cultures by researching and studying underground music and subcultures from various countries around the world. He has DJ’d, shared music, and curated nights across the city focusing on such subcultures/countries.
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Immigrant Services and Connections (ISAC) supports and assists service providers working with immigrants and refugees in Allegheny County. ISAC also offers several different training courses in cultural competency, immigrants/refugees in our region, refugee resettlement basics, language access and working with limited English speakers.
ISAC is a six-agency partnership headed by Jewish Family & Community Services, and all agencies are experts in serving the growing immigrant community. Partners include Casa San Jose, a program of the Sisters of St. Joseph, Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council (GPLC), Latino Family Center of the Allegheny Intermediate Unit, Northern Area Multi-Service Center (NAMSC), and South Hills Interfaith Movement (SHIM).
ISAC is funded by the Allegheny County Department of Human Services.
Global Minds Initiative is a for-youth, by-youth organization created to combat the issues of cultural intolerance and discrimination through an after school tutoring program between English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) and Native English Speaking (NES) students.
Global Minds serves as an educational support system for ESL students, while educating NES students about other cultures, in order to create more globally minded young leaders.
The Bhutanese community in Pittsburgh is a growing and vibrant community that is part of the overall Bhutanese refugees resettled in the U.S since 2008.
Children of Shangri Lost are a group of Bhutanese youth in Pittsburgh who want to show the world that despite being displaced and sometimes forgotten, they have not forgotten who they are and what they have to offer the world. Our story is one of survival and of hope. We may be the Children of Shangri-Lost, but we have found ourselves in our new homes around the world.
Their mission is to raise awareness and to educate people about the history and challenges faced by the refugee and immigrants population through short films and blog posts.
El Centro Latino Familiar ayuda a familias Latinas con recursos y apoyo necesarios para criar hijos saludables y felices. Nuestros servicios intensivos se enfocan en ayudar a familias con niños entre las edades 0-5 y provee educación para los padres, desarrollo para los niños, y planificación de objetivos en la casa de la familia y en el centro.
The Latino Family Center provides Latino families with the resources and support they need to raise healthy and happy children. We focus on families with children ages 0-5 and provide parent education, child development, and goal planning in the family’s home and at the center.
El Centro Latino es parte de la red de Apoyo de familias del condado de Allegheny. El Centro familiar esta diseñado para fortalecer familias con servicios y apoyo, evaluar y ayudar con el desarrollo de niños, y preparación para la escuela, animar el crecimiento de lideres de padres, y motivar a que las familias lleguen a un lugar económicamente estable.
The Latino Family Center is part of the Allegheny County Family Support Network. The purpose of Family Support is designed to strengthen families with services and supports, assess and aid with child development and school readiness, provide outreach to families who would otherwise not participate, encourage parent leadership and involvement, and push for economic self sufficiency for families.
Nuestros servicios incluyen, pero no se limitan a, servicios en casa enfocándose en el desarrollo de niños, apoyo para padres, apoyo prenatal, establecimiento de objetivos familiares, grupos de apoyo para padres, grupos para bebes y niños pequeños, noches de diversión para la familia y servicios de referencia medica, legal, y de salud mental. Con el crecimiento de nuestra comunidad Latina, esperamos que nuestros servicios crezcan también!
Our services include, but are not limited to, in-home services focusing on child development, parenting support, prenatal support, family goal setting, literacy activities, parent support groups, infant and toddler groups, family fun nights, and referral services and assistance with medical, legal, and mental health services.
United Somali Bantu works to build community amidst the Somali Bantu of Greater Pittsburgh through enabling individuals and families to successfully acclimate and transition to self-sufficient life in American society, particularly from a socio-economic and civic perspective, by both providing direct practical assistance and connecting people to other resources and opportunities.
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The Union of African Communities in Southwestern PA (UAC) fosters unity, empowerment, linkages and improve the quality of life of Africans in Pittsburgh and Allegheny County, through acting upon the needs, concerns, challenges, and opportunities.
UAC is an umbrella Organization for all African Communities in Pittsburgh and Allegheny County. Our activities are exclusively not-for-profit making. The union is constituted by leadership/representatives from all African Countries/communities (Immigrants, Refugees, Students, and Internationals) represented and living in this region.
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The Somali Bantu Community Association fosters the cultures & traditions of the Somali Bantu Community through educational projects, advocating on behalf of its community members, and providing technical assistance services.
The Latino Community Center (LCC) works to engage, educate and empower LatinXs in Allegheny County to thrive, regardless of status.
The LCC believes that in order to have a vibrant and diverse workforce, a healthy society, and a thriving community, it starts with ensuring our community feels safe, integrated, and welcomed in their neighborhoods. The Latino Community in Allegheny County has been relatively small, but growing. From the year 2000 to 2010 our community grew by 71% according to the US Census. Since 2010-2015 it continued to grow by 28.2%.