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Word of Mouth - June 2018


Introducing: New Services! In addition to our translation and interpretation services, Global Wordsmiths now offers several professional training options, available for professionals, organizations, individuals, students and anyone who wants to learn “how to language access”.

  • Improving Outcomes & Enhancing Relationships through Language Access

  • How to Work with Interpreters: Demystifying Language Access

  • Interpreter Best Practices for Bilingual Helpers: Ethics, Responsibilities & Techniques

For more information: Language Access Project Summer 2018 Kickoff. And, we’re off! This week marks the beginning of our Summer 2018 LAP cycle, and we couldn’t be prouder to support PRYSE Academy, Sarah Heinz House, Jewish Family & Community Services and Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy. From now through August, we will have the pleasure of translating vital documents and providing in-person interpretation at no cost to these organizations in Spanish, Mandarin, Swahili, Russian and French. Follow us on social media to meet our interns and stay in touch. Launch Culture Grant Award. We would like to thank New Sun Rising for awarding Global Wordsmiths with a generous Launch Culture Grant to fund The Language Access Project’s work to directly integrate individuals from diverse cultures into the community using language. NSR's Vibrancy Funds are made possible through the generous support of the Henry L. Hillman Foundation, and are open to projects that promote innovation, engagement, and equity in the Pittsburgh region through culture. Opportunity Fund Social & Economic Justice Grant Award. We would also like to thank The Opportunity Fund for awarding Global Wordsmiths with a generous grant to fund intern stipends for The Language Access Project’s Summer, Fall and spring 2018-2019 cycles. The Opportunity Fund awards grants to organizations and initiatives that advance the arts, and social and economic justice. The Opportunity Funds seeks grantees who champion the liberties and rights of our communities’ diverse citizens, treasure the arts and support the lives of artists, pursue social and economic justice, and proactively provide safety net resources for those in need. They provide people the opportunity to live up to their fullest potential and who, in turn, offer their unique gifts to contribute to society’s constant betterment.

We are so grateful!

Have a great month, Mary Jayne



All for All, is recruiting English as A Second Language teachers to participate in a year-long professional development program.



"Translators are the vanguard of literary change: we need better recognition."

LGBTQIA+ Rights are Human Rights To kick off Pride Month, we express solidarity with LGBTQIA+ immigrants and refugees all over the world whose courage, strength and contributions we admire so much. We see you, we value you, and you belong.


Client Spotlight: The Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh The Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh (URA) is the City of Pittsburgh’s economic development agency, committed to creating jobs, expanding the City’s tax base and improving the vitality of businesses and neighborhoods. The URA achieves this mission by assembling, preparing and conveying sites for major mixed-use development; and by providing a portfolio of programs that include financing for business location, relocation and expansion, housing construction and rehabilitation, and home purchases and improvements. The URA is also committed to equitable development, and incorporates best practices for equity and inclusion into the URA's internal and external policies and activities. Contact: 412-255-6600



Building the Wall May 31 – June 10, University of Pittsburgh Studio Theater On January 20, 2017, Donald J. Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States. Rick finds himself caught up as the frontman of the new administration’s edicts and loses his humanity. In a play that recalls George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four and the Nazi regime, Building the Wall is a terrifying and gripping exploration of what happens if we let fear win. Three Rivers Arts Festival June 1 – 10, Point State Park Check out tons of great events and artists at this flagship Pittsburgh event, including international food, artists and music. Full schedule can be downloaded here. Immigrant and Refugee Artisan Booth at Garfield Night Markets June 1, 6:00 – 10:00pm along N. Pacific Ave., 15224 June 16, 5:00 – 10:00pm at Market Square This summer All for All is hosting booths at the Garfield Night Markets and the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership Night Markets to help artisans share their work and connect them with economic opportunities. At our booth, you'll find jewelry, knitted goods, henna artists, decorations for the home, and more! Please visit us in Garfield on June 1st and in Market Square on June 16th. Interested in future opportunities? Contact Trisha at: Community Resistance Zones Training with PICC and Casa San José June 2 & 3 at 9:30am, 1 Smithfield Street This campaign creates safe zones in our city where residents are both trained on their rights and on how to support any neighbor subject to racial profiling, police or ICE raids, hate crimes and any other forms of criminalization We are looking for people to sign up for the training sessions on June 2 and 3, at Allegheny County Department of Human Services, downtown at 1 Smithfield St. Training will cover important information that will help folks become better allies. For more information, please contact Monica at Refugee & Immigrant Library Access Day June 2nd, 10:00 – 1:00 at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh- Downtown Branch Refugee & Immigrant Library Access Day seeks to help refugees and immigrants get to know their local libraries and learn more about their services. During the event, participants will have the chance to tour the library, register for a library card, and connect with other community service providers. Children's activities, snacks and drinks, and fun prizes will also be included! All are welcome to this free community event! Interpretation will be provided throughout the event. Displacement & Belonging: Ali Asgar and Tuhin Das June 2, 8:00 – 9:30pm at Alphabet City Join Ali Asgar, a transdisciplinary artist and cultural producer, and Tuhin Das, a poet, activist, and political columnist, as they discuss their experiences leaving Bangladesh, living in the US as displaced artists, and how displacement has affected their creative work. Asgar will present their current project “No One Home”, a work constructed around the concept of human interactivity, displacement, trauma, and queer identity. The key intention of this interactive performance piece is to find the meaning of home and belonging. Tuhin will read an excerpt from his forthcoming poetry manuscript. The discussion will be followed by an audience Q&A. The event will be presented in Bengali, with simultaneous interpretation into English. Project Citizenship 2018 June 3, 12:00 – 4:00pm at JFCS Pittsburgh The event is open to all Permanent Residents who are interested in applying for Naturalization and their families. We will have free citizenship eligibility screening, application preparation and representation for applicants and we will have free food and crafts for the whole family. Ready, Set, Pride! With Taylor Dayne June 3, 6:00 – 11:00pm at 5801 Video Lounge & Café Bring your rainbow flags and your dancing shoes to Ready. Set. Pride!--the free, official kick-off to Pittsburgh Pride 2018. We'll be outside in Shadyside in the 5800 block of Ellsworth Avenue. We are excited to welcome Taylor Dane to Ready, Set, Pride! Taylor has had 18 songs hit the top 10 including "Tell It To My Heart," "Love Will Lead You Back," "I'll Always Love You," and "Prove Your Love." Additional entertainment will be announced soon. CREATE! Festival International Creativity Summit June 6 – 7, August Wilson Center Join us for two days of art, tech, workshops, talks, performances, awards, parties and opportunities to experience the newest trends in creativity and innovation. CREATE is a mashup of connectivity, interactivity and inspiration, showcasing the year’s most innovative work in the Creative Industries. Global Pittsburgh + All for All present: First Thursdays June 7 from 5:30 – 8:00pm at Roland’s Seafood Grill In June, we have partnered with All for All, connecting people, organizations, and communities to actions that build a welcoming and inclusive region for all. Driven by collaboration with community and cross-sector partners, All for All aims to advance economic opportunity, break down barriers, and further immigrant inclusion across the Pittsburgh region. Their recently launched Pittsburgh Connector Program grows networks and addresses workforce needs by connecting immigrants with established professionals in the Pittsburgh area. Learn more at June's First Thursday event! Iranian Student Association Ramadan 2018 Iftar Dinner Celebration June 9, 7:30 – 10:30pm, Rangos Ballroom, CMU Ramadan Kareem! Come join us for the very first ISA Ramadan Iftar Dinner Celebration. This event is FREE and KID-FRIENDLY, and open to all people from any faith. You can also learn about the importance of Ramadan from our special guest speaker Dr. Siavash Asadi (visiting scholar at Duquesne University). Yo-Yo Ma with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra June 9, 8:00pm at Heinz Hall World-renowned cellist and twenty-time GRAMMY Award-winner Yo-Yo Ma returns to Heinz Hall to join Manfred Honeck and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in Dvorak's Cello Concerto for an exciting one-night-only concert. 2nd Annual PRIDE in the Square June 10, 1:00 in Market Square JOIN US ON JUNE 10, 2018 IN MARKET SQUARE FOR PRIDE IN THE SQUARE! This is a FREE & FAMILY-FRIENDLY event to celebrate the diversity of our community. With special guest TS Madison Hinton who will be headlining and Cohosting alongside local talent and artist from the LGBTQIA+ community of Pittsburgh. There will be over 30+ vendors and organizations with giveaways and info, looking to connect to the community. The celebration begins at 1:00pm after Peoples Pride March 2k18 Circulo de Lectores Spanish Book Club June 11, 12:00 – 1:00pm at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh- Downtown Branch Once a month we will get together to discuss in Spanish a book originally written in Spanish. We welcome readers who have a love of Spanish language and culture – native speakers and advanced level Spanish speakers. Please register at 412-281-7141. The book is Conversación en la Catedral by Mario Vargas Llosa. Sembène Film & art Festival: Sierra Leone’s Refugee Allstars June 12, 7:00 – 9:00pm at Alphabet City Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars tells the uplifting story of a group of six Sierra Leonean musicians who came together to form a band while living as refugees in the Republic of Guinea. A brutal civil war (1991-2002) forced them from their homes in Sierra Leone. Despite the unimaginable horrors of civil war, they were saved through their music. Through music they find a place of refuge, a sense of purpose and a source of power. The film follows the band over the course of three years as they make the difficult decision to return to their war-torn country and realize their dream of recording an album of their original music. Pandemic Presents: ZZK Records Showcase June 15, 9:30pm – 2:00am at Salem’s Café & Event Center Pandemic Presents : ZZK Showcase with King Coya & Queen Cholas, Dat Garcia & El G plus Pandemic Pete, DJ Juan Diego, Jesse Stiles & Projections by Char Stiles and Projectile Objects. King Coya (Argentina), danceable alter ego of Gaby Kerpel (De La Guarda, Fuerza Bruta) a pioneer of folklore fused with electronic music, brings a powerful live performance together with the dance troupe “Queen Cholas”. Showcasing diverse elements of Latin American folklore (chacareras, carnavalitos and cumbia) in a unique interactive celebration for the global dance floor. Dat Garcia (Argentina) Mixing trip hop with folklore, drum and bass with cumbia, Dat Garcia is ZZK Records 1st female beatmaker. Captivating audiences with her powerful stage presence, innovative songwriting and eclectic demeanor, she proves the Buenos Aires digital folk scene isn't just a men's club anymore. EL G, Mastermind behind the Buenos Aires label ZZK Records and ZZK Films. 21st Summer Institute for Teachers: New Global Challenges: Perspectives in 2018 June 19 – 20, 8:30 – 2:30 at Duquesne University Will today’s students be prepared to face global challenges and opportunities? The World Affairs Council’s Summer Institute provides educators with new content and tools to prepare students for an interdependent and rapidly changing world. The 2018 Institute will feature briefings by experts on various global topics, including Transnational Threats, National Security and Counterterrorism, the European Union, Brexit, Russia, and Human Trafficking. World Refugee Day Pittsburgh 2018 June 20, 11:00am – 2:00pm at Market Square Join us on June 20 for World Refugee Day Pittsburgh 2018 to celebrate World Refugee Day & Immigrant Heritage Month! This free event is open to the public and will include performances, speakers, food vendors, craft vendors, children's activities, and more. The event will also feature a citizenship ceremony for 10 immigrants! We're especially excited to announce Gisele Barreto Fetterman as this year's emcee! Stay tuned for updates about more speakers, performers, and vendors. (Most vendors cash only.) GROW Learning Workshop: Why Inclusion is Good for Business June 21, 11:00am - 1:30pm at The Millvale Moose Why Inclusion is Good for Business - Facilitated by Anupama Jain, Principle Consultant of Inclusant and Executive Director, Gender Equity Commision, Office of the Mayor William Peduto. Workshop discussions will include: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Cultural Competency, Tools for Assesment and Growth. Global Pittsburgh Global BBQ18 June 23, 5:00 – 8:00pm at Shadyside Nursery The GlobalBBQ brings together hundreds of people from Pittsburgh's international and local communities to share in a celebration of music, games, dancing, and most importantly, delicious food from around the world! This year, the event will take place on Saturday, June 23 at the Shadyside Nursery in Pittsburgh, PA. The GlobalBBQ is a highlight of the summer for Pittsburgh's globally-minded community and we want to eliminate all barriers to entry so that everyone can come, taste foreign cuisines and build connections and new friendships! Pittsburgh Corporate Equity & Inclusion Roundtable 6th Annual Conference June 25, 7:00am – 1:00pm, Duquesne University Join business, government, university, and non-profit leaders from the Southwestern Pennsylvania region to learn about initiatives targeted toward increasing diversity in employment and supplier opportunities for African Americans and people of color. Hear from energetic, inspiring leaders who have experience and ideas to share about how to move the agenda forward. Leave with inspiration for how you can implement proven ideas ... connections with those who are making a difference ... and energy to move from well-meaning to well-doing. Featured in 2018 -- Keynote Speaker Candi Castleberry-Singleton, VP of Inclusion and Diversity at Twitter Eid Al-Fitr Celebration with Islamic Center of Pittsburgh June 25, 8:30am – 2:00pm at Schenley Park Flagstaff Hill As Salamu Alaikum and Eid Mubarak! ICP follows ISNA (Islamic Society of North America) and the Fiqh Council of North America's rulings to determine the beginning of the Islamic months including Ramadan and Eids. Based on this, we will observe Eid Al-Fitr on Sunday June 25th 2017. There will be one prayer, Takbeerat at 8:30am and Prayer at 9:00am. Khateeb led by Sheikh Abdul Hakeem Dickenson. Eid Prayer will be held at Schenley Park Flagstaff Hill. Please bring your own prayer rug, and there will only be one prayer. Preparing for the Foreign Service Officer Test June 25, 10:00 – 2:00 Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh (Downtown Branch) The U.S. Department of State is dedicated to protecting and strengthening America’s interests abroad and right here at home. So whether constructing or managing Embassies throughout the world, explaining American foreign policy to citizens of other countries, or teaching entrepreneurial skills to young people in emerging countries, you can make a difference with the U.S. Department of State. The Foreign Service Officer Test (FSOT) is an important part and the first step of the FSO selection process, covering job knowledge, English expression and situational judgement information necessary to work as a Foreign Service Officer. The FSOT also includes an essay. This session will do a “deep dive” into the test as well as help to prepare using sample questions. Please join Dale Giovengo, State Department Diplomat in Residence for the session. Saturday Silver screen: Coco June 30, 2:30 – 4:30 at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Downtown Branch Despite his family's generations-old ban on music, Miguel dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol. Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead following a mysterious chain of events. Along the way, he meets charming trickster Hector, and together they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel's family history. (2017)

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