“Exploring the intersections between Pennsylvania and Asia”. This blog has been exploring some of the cultural, educational, and social links between Pennsylvania and Asia since 2011. That means news, events, movies, lectures, festivals, and random stuff, primarily as they happen in western Pennsylania. Frequent topics include: Asian movies released in Pittsburgh, from brand-new Chinese films […]

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  1. PennsylvAsia

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    “Exploring the intersections between Pennsylvania and Asia”. This blog has been exploring some of the cultural, educational, and social links between Pennsylvania and Asia since 2011. That means news, events, movies, lectures, festivals, and random stuff, primarily as they happen in western Pennsylania. Frequent topics include:

    • Asian movies released in Pittsburgh, from brand-new Chinese films and Japanese anime releases to kung-fu and horror classics.
    • Lectures related to Asian studies, the social sciences, the humanities, cultural studies, and other academic topics at local universities and community centers.
    • Concerts from Asian, Asian-American, and Asian-inspired performers, from Korean rappers to Mongolian throat singers to Japanese punk bands
    • Restaurant openings (and, occasionally, closings).
    • Cultural and food festivals.
    • Postings for job openings in the Pittsburgh area that require bilingual or cross-cultural skills.
  2. The Hill District Global Engagement Project

    The Hill District Global Engagement Project

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    Amizade cultivates globally engaged and civically active youth in and around the Allegheny county area through a neighborhood-wide movement to engage teenagers in international, reflective, and experiential global experiences.

    The Hill District Global Engagement Project builds on 4 years of pilot projects, and collaborations with organizational partners at the Hill House Association, the Center that Cares, the Ujamaa Collective, the Hill District Consensus Group, Milliones University Prep High School, and the Hill District Education Council. To date, we’ve hosted over 100 young people from all over the world in the Hill District through service and learning, and we’ve sent over 50 youth from the Hill District to communities in Northern Ireland, Jamaica, and Ghana.

    The project is part of Amizade’s Equity in Global Education Coalition.

  3. Work

    Work (formerly Team Tassy)

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    Work accompanies families in Haiti out of poverty through good, dignified jobs. Focusing on one community in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, called Menelas, where about 1,500 families live, Work places two heads of households into a good, dignified job, so that participating families and their community can lift themselves out of poverty forever.

  4. Switchboard Stories

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    The Switchboard Stories project is a series produced by Amizade that profiles members of the Global Switchboard and other organizations and initiatives from across the global engagement landscape.

  5. Pitt Model UN

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    Pitt Model United Nations is a competitive, academic organization at the University of Pittsburgh. The club provides members the opportunity to learn about and discuss current international diplomacies. Each student participating in a conference will assume the role of a delegate representing a country in the United Nations, a business executive at an international corporation, an important historical figure, or even a scientist working in a lab of the future. Students will have the opportunity to debate one another, as well as students from across the country.

    Pitt MUN meets every Monday at 8:30 PM in 4130 Wesley W. Posvar Hall.

  6. International Week

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    For one week every year, students at universities and colleges across the United States celebrate and experience the benefits of international education and exchange.  The University of Pittsburgh actively participates in this joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education.  International Week is hosted by the University Center of International Studies (UCIS), dedicated to initiating, supporting, and coordinating international activities campus-wide.

    Each year, the national International Education Week focuses on a theme of critical global importance. In 2017,  the theme of International Week was “Displacement.”

  7. Immigrant Services and Connections

    Immigrant Services and Connections (ISAC)

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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.

  8. Global Minds

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    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.

  9. Model UN

    Duquesne Model UN

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    Do you enjoy debating? Want to practice your public speaking skills? Have an interest in international events? Join the Duquesne University Model UN club Mondays at 4:20 in College Hall 222.

    The club engages in spar debates on anything from ketchup vs. mustard to the Russian involvement in Syria. The club hosts the annual we Model United Nations Conference at Duquesne University for high school students and attends twice-annual all expense paid model UN conferences.

  10. Children of Shangri Lost

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    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.


  11. CEOLI Cards

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    CEOLI, a center for disabled youth, was founded in 1986 as an oasis of caring, education, and help, and serves nearly 150 children and young adults in the Cochabamba area. As a non-profit organization, CEOLI relies on private donations and very minimal payments from the families of the mentally and physically challenged who are served.

    For several years, a small group of severely disabled young artists, led by talented art teachers, has been hand-painting greeting cards of typical Bolivian scenes. The different card designs feature Bolivian people in native dress, depict rural families and landscapes, and capture the vivid colors of Bolivian patterns and traditions.

  12. Latino Family Center

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    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.

  13. WeMove

    [ ] We Move

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    [ ] We Move is all about inclusive celebration – a series of ten parties planned and hosted by a diverse set of community groups from across the city of Pittsburgh.

  14. Age-Friendly Greater Pittsburgh

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    Age-Friendly Greater Pittsburgh brings people of all ages together to rethink how our neighborhoods are built and to take action to make them more inclusive and respectful of every generation. From the laws that impact building codes to the training we need to secure the jobs we want to how we’re treated on the bus, there is work to do as our region’s age demographics shift and we’re presented with a new opportunity. In the next two decades, the number of residents ages 65 and older will increase by 40 percent in Southwestern Pennsylvania. Meeting the needs of an older population certainly comes with challenges, but as more of our residents live longer lives, it means our region has a new, growing resource—people with buying power, career expertise, lived experience, and diverse skills and interests. The time is now to tap into this resource by coming together and ensuring continued opportunities for all. In September 2015, thanks to work by SWPPA members and partners, Pittsburgh and Allegheny County joined the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities, kicking off a five-year planning, implementation and evaluation cycle. Our AARP network is part of the World Health Organization’s international initiative.

  15. Vira I. Heinz Program

    Vira I. Heinz (VIH) Program

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    The VIH Program prepares women who have never been abroad for tomorrow’s global challenges by offering an unparalleled opportunity for international experiences, leadership development, and community service. VIH is a legacy program funded by The Heinz Endowments and offers scholarships of between $5,000 and $7,500 for diverse, underrepresented women to fund a summer international experience of their choosing.

    Awardees also complete wrap-around programming, before and after their international experiences, and they design and execute a Community Engagement Experience (CEE).

    There are fifteen member institutions in the VIH Program: Lincoln University, Arcadia University, Temple University, the University of Pittsburgh at Oakland, the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg, the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, Duquesne University, Chatham University, Carlow University, Robert Morris University, Thiel College, Waynesburg University, and Washington and Jefferson College.

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    Welcoming Pittsburgh

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    Welcoming Pittsburgh is an immigrant and Latino integration strategy launched by Mayor William Peduto in 2014. The following year, Mayor Peduto released a comprehensive citywide plan that established nearly 40 community-led recommendations to advance welcoming efforts. The Mayor’s Office is leading implementation of the plan through cross-sectoral partnerships. Welcoming Pittsburgh is rooted in a commitment to ensure a more livable city for all residents.

  17. All for All

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    Immigrant inclusion doesn’t happen in isolation. It requires a cross-sector coalition committed to welcoming and supporting immigrants as they settle into a community. All for All was a project of Change Agency that connects people, organizations, and communities to ensure that the Pittsburgh region is welcoming and inclusive for all. Through community collaboration and cross-sector partnerships, All for All advanced economic opportunities, broke down barriers, and promoted institutional best practices to further immigrant inclusion.

    In response to the momentum built by the network of its partners for a more inclusive Pittsburgh region, and to ensure sustainability for the future, in 2020 All for All began to transition from team leadership to a coalition-led model. The coalition is now convened and supported by The Global Switchboard.

    The All for All Coalition is guided by the Immigrant Community Blueprint, a comprehensive, community-informed plan to help immigrants in Allegheny County thrive. All for All seeks to turn that plan into action through four pillars of inclusion: municipal engagement, families & youth, economic development, and civic engagement. By building trust between immigrant communities, public officials, and law enforcement, engaging youth and families, activating career pathways for immigrants, and advancing citizenship supports, All for All is shaping the Pittsburgh region into a truly livable community for immigrants and refugees.

    All for All is led by Lais Alexander and operates out of The Global Switchboard.