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Word of Mouth - April 2018


Language Access Project Summer 2018 Cycle! We are happy to announce that from May 31 – August 3rd, Global Wordsmiths will provide the following organizations with language interpretation, translation, training and consulting at no cost during The Language Access Project’s Summer 2018 Cycle: PRYSE Academy, Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, Jewish Family and Community Services and Sarah Heinz House. These amazing organizations were chosen because they are committed to providing services to immigrants and refugees in Western Pennsylvania and have demonstrated impact. We are so excited to kick off the third cycle of this program.

WBENC Certification. Global Wordsmiths is now officially certified as a woman-owned business by the Women’s Business National Enterprise Council. WBENC is the largest certifier of women-owned businesses in the U.S. and a leading advocate for women business owners and entrepreneurs. Certification validates that a business is at least 51 percent owned, controlled, operated and managed by a woman or women. This world-class certification standard is accepted by more than 1,000 corporations representing America's most prestigious brands, in addition to many states, cities and government entities. Inclusive Innovation Week starts today! The City of Pittsburgh’s 2018 Inclusive Innovation Week connects the city, organizations, businesses and individuals to raise important conversations to the forefront, to create welcoming and inclusive experiences and to showcase commitment to a Pittsburgh for everyone. Global Wordsmiths has partnered with several local organizations to host two fantastic events: a first-of-it’s-kind Language Access Training Summit (sold out) and a family-friendly Soccer Tournament (the more, the merrier). Check out the full schedule of events here. We’re Hiring! We are currently hiring ASL, Spanish, Arabic, Nepali, Vietnamese, Lingala, Spanish and Swahili translators and interpreters. Comprehensive training is provided by Global Wordsmiths, so no prior translation or interpretation experience is necessary. Contact to apply. Have a great month, Mary Jayne



“I’m helping people to rebuild their lives.” Afghan lost boys provide a bridge in Crete between nations.

Language Access Resources Language Portal A Translation and Interpretation Digital database to find resources used to provide services to Limited English Proficient (LEP) individuals. The database gives you thousands of state and local agency documents used to provide services to LEP clients, including contracts, planning reports, and translated material.


Client Spotlight: Computer Reach Computer Reach is a volunteer humanitarian organization based in Pittsburgh that refurbishes donated and used computer technology (hardware & software) and bundles it with professional support, service & training. Our mission is to provide refurbished computers to organizations in the U.S. and around the globe that serve people in need. Computer Reach makes technology available to people most in need through refurbished equipment, computer literacy, training, and support. Contact: Dave Sevick,, 412-444-8816



Carnegie Mellon International Film Festival March 22 – April 8, Various Locations The Carnegie Mellon International “Faces” Film Festival engages the Pittsburgh community with all-encompassing programming that promotes cultural exchange and expression, and through film, illuminates the local and global ethnic communities which seldom have opportunities to celebrate their artwork & culture on a large public scale. Immaculee Ilibagiza: A Story of Faith, Hope and Forgiveness April 3, 6:00pm, Dueuesne University, Union Ballroom For three terrifying months during the horrific 1994 TUTSI genocide in RWANDA, Ilibagiza and seven other women hid for their lives in the tiny, secret bathroom of a local minister. During that time, an estimated 800,000 people—including nearly all of Ilibagiza’s family—were brutally murdered. Ilibagiza not only survived the genocide, but emerged as a fierce advocate for peace and reconciliation. She has published several books, including the New York Times best-selling Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust. Join The Center for African Studies at Duquesne University for this special event, and hear first-hand Ilibagiza’s incredible story about faith, hope and the power of forgiveness. Documentary Screening: After Spring with Hello Neighbor April 3, 6:00 – 8:00 at Frick Fine Arts Building AFTER SPRING is a feature documentary that focuses on the Syrian refugee crisis. With the Syrian conflict now in its seventh year, millions of people continue to be displaced. AFTER SPRING is the story of what happens next. By following two refugee families in transition and aid workers fighting to keep the camp running, viewers will experience what it is like to live in Zaatari, the largest camp for Syrian refugees. With no end in sight for the conflict or this refugee crisis, everyone must decide if they can rebuild their lives in a place that was never meant to be permanent. Italian Film Festival April 5 – 21, Various Locations Enjoy the local premieres of seven recent, critically acclaimed Italian films at the 2018 Italian Film Festival USA of Pittsburgh. All films are shown in Italian with English subtitles on the campus of the University of Pittsburgh. Sponsored by Volpi Foods and the Italian Cultural Institute of New York, in collaboration with the University of Pittsburgh. Middle East Meltdown – Causes and Consequences April 5th, 12:00 – 1:30 at the Omni William Penn Hotel The current state of the Middle East is one of the most chaotic and turbulent times in modern history – with the rise of ISIS and other militant groups, ethnic tensions, and conflicts within countries, and a failure of governance in not one, but many of the Middle Eastern countries. Ret. Amb. Ryan Crocker will present on issues pertaining to the Middle East and the cause and effects of the United States’ engagement in the region. Ambassador Crocker is one of the top experts in this region – when President Obama presented him with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, he called him “America’s Lawrence of Arabia.” First Taste of Cuba: Tropical Forest Debut Party April 5th, 6:30pm at Phipps Conservatory Years of research, including field explorations of the largest untouched forested expanses in the Caribbean, have led to the unveiling of this incredible three-year exhibition. Join us to experience the nature and culture of Cuba and observe firsthand a breathtaking variety of species found nowhere else.

V.I.P. Reception | 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Fine wines, small plates, and Cuba-inspired cocktails and cuisine Night in Havana Party | 7:30 – 10 p.m. Select wines, delectable hors d’oeuvres and special entertainment Proceeds benefit Phipps’ Botany in Action, a research fellowship developing the next generation of plant-based scientists who are committed to excellent research and public educational outreach. The fellowship has aided 50 doctoral-level students representing 25 universities and working in 24 countries. Global Pittsburgh First Thursdays: Inclusive Innovation Week Special Edition April 5, 5:00pm, Roland’s Seafood Grill Global Pittsburgh has partnered with Idea Foundry, Chatham's Women's Business Center, and the City of Pittsburgh to host a panel of local foreign-born entrepreneurs discussing their unique challenges and successes. The panel will take place from 5:00-5:45 pm followed by a networking happy hour. Admission to the panel and the happy hour is free of charge but registration is required. In addition, the special guests at the happy hour will be two U.S. State Department's IVLP data privacy experts from Germany on a project Balancing Privacy And Security In The Digital Age. Queer Caribbean Literature Series presents: Staceyann Chin April 7, 6:00pm at the Homewood Library Please join us and welcome the author and poet as she shares from her highly acclaimed memoir, The Other Side Of Paradise and other powerful insights about joy, love, art and justice emerging from her experience. She will also be discussing what it means to challenge homophobia across the Diaspora and how we build solidarity as Black and brown LGBTQ people around the world. Bare witness to a person who has fought to shape her life against all odds and to have her voice heard! Bare witness to a person who has fought to shape her life against all odds and to have her voice heard! CranFest: Folk & Food Festival April 7, 2018 10:00 – 3:00, Cranberry Twsp. Municipal Center Folk & Food Festival, a presentation of the Cranberry Area Diversity Network, has been a huge attraction for the past three years. This year it will again celebrate Cranberry’s ethnically and culturally diverse population. The Folk and Food Festival will feature culturally distinctive entertainment by residents of the Cranberry area drawn from six different continents as well as other diverse populations in the region. Global Links Lunch & Learn April 11, 12:00 – 1:00 at Global Links Global Links Lunch + Learn series is a free monthly event featuring speakers on topics such as health, sustainability and humanitarian issues. Lunch + Learn offers guests an informative lunch hour of education and engaging discussion. ​Presentations start at 12pm and last about 1 hour. Light refreshments are provided. Global Switchboard Network Convenings April 11th and 12th, The Global Switchboard This month The Global Switchboard kicked off a convening series with leaders within two global engagement focus areas -- (1) global education and (2) immigrant and refugee inclusion -- to help us understand the challenges in these focus areas that are going unaddressed and require cross-sector, collaborative solutions. 25th Annual McLean Lecture: The Syrian Conflict: Politics, Policy April 12 at 5:30pm, University of Pgh School of Law, Barco Law Building Rami Shehadeh, a 1998 Pitt Law LLM graduate, will present this lecture. Shehadeh is a senior political officer at the UN Department of Political Affairs where he has led the UN’s Syria team for the past six years. His ideas have often shaped the UN’s policy framework, in particular how to promote an approach that protects the welfare and rights of all citizens in postconflict Syria and contributes to regional peace and stability. Shehadeh is refreshingly original and strategic. His unusual combination of being both principled and pragmatic makes him operationally effective as he strives to make a tangible impact. Chatham University Spring Indonesian Music Festival April 13th and 14th, Bellfield Hall Auditorium This spring festival of Indonesian music will be performed by students and faculty at the University of Pittsburgh, which will include a performance of their gamelan orchestra. European and Eurasian Undergraduate Research Symposium April 13, 9:00 – 4:00, William Pitt Union Rooms 527, 538 and 548 At this annual event, the Center for Russian and East European Studies, European Studies Center, and International Business Center will host 27 outstanding undergraduate students from colleges and universities throughout the US and overseas, who will present their research papers on Europe, Russia, and Eurasia from a wide range of disciplinary perspectives. All panel sessions are open to the public. Creating Confluence Therapist Workshop Friday, April 13 – Saturday, April 14th at The Global Switchboard Creating Confluence is a 2-day workshop focusing on Inclusive Leadership + Equity Education. Inclusant has developed the Creating Confluence training in order to provide leaders with the tools they need to facilitate meaningful and inclusive dialogue, incorporate equity at all points of activity, and understand the impact of institutional and individual biases in order to counteract them. Inclusant is partnering with therapists to develop this Creating Confluence specifically for therapists, counselors, and mental health workers. Around the World International Potluck April 14, 6:00 – 9:00, Wilkins School Community Center GlobalPittsburgh is partnering with their members Becky Sable and Sam Alghan in their efforts to host the second quarterly Around the World International Potluck on April 14 at Wilkins School Community Center. Join them for a wonderful night of international food and drinks. Meet some of the most interesting people in Pittsburgh, who also happen to be great cooks! Please bring an international dish (appetizer, main dish, dessert) or drinks (alcoholic or non-alcoholic). Please consider donating $3 at the event to help cover setup costs. Ray Darten Pop-Up Shop and Fashion Show April 14 & 15, Slate Event Studio Ray Darten by Yetunde Olukoya is showing up in Pittsburgh for the 1st time!!! Join us at this FREE pop up/styling event, and the opportunity to enjoy a large collection of our unique Nigerian made African inspired outfits just in time for Spring and Summer. We would be showcasing a variety of pieces in sizes S to 4X for women, various outfits for little girls, men and boys. Also take advantage of our on-site stylists to guide you through the African fashion experience. Fiesta Flamenca 2018 April 21, 7:15pm, Kelly Strayhorn Theater Each year our community comes together to celebrate the musical tradition, dance, and culture of flamenco. The beauty and intricacy of the rhythms, the aesthetics of the dance, and the warmth of our community keeps attracting a very diverse group of people who meet at the Kelly Strayhorn Theater to share and join in our Fiesta Flamenca. The event is brought to you by Flamenco Pittsburgh. It features the ensemble Alba Flamenca accompanying our students as they share their enthusiasm and commitment to this art form. Special guests this year include Tony DePaolis (bass), Erik Lawrence (flute and saxophone), and PhatMandee (vocals), among others. Global Potluck with Global Minds April 24th, 5:30pm at Repair the World: Pittsburgh Join Global Minds at Allderdice for a night of food, dancing, and inspiration! We will honor our 50+ student leaders from 25+ countries for their outstanding accomplishments this year. Please bring a cultural dish to share, enough for 15+ people is suggested. Everyone is welcome. This event is 100% planned by passionate and compassionate student leaders. We believe conversations change minds and changed minds, change the world!

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