Word of Mouth - October 2018

October 1, 2018

New Language Access Project Benefits. The Language Access Project has brought over 2,000 hours of free translation and interpretation services to 13 organizations who can reach thousands of LEP individuals since it’s launch, one year ago. We are super proud to announce that the project is expanding to offer participants a few new benefits: enhanced training to teach our partner’s staff how to work with interpreters and how to be more effective when working with English Language Learners, and increased consulting to help partner organizations build sustainable language access plans for the future. To learn more, contact mbapir@globalwordsmiths.com.


Partnership with The Center for Women. We are happy to announce a new partnership with The Center for Women through which Global Wordsmiths will provide fair wage employment, skill-building opportunities, mentoring and support for bilingual women re-entering the workforce, to help immigrant and refugee women in Western Pennsylvania achieve economic independence in a supportive, woman-operated environment.

We are Hiring, Hiring, Hiring! Global Wordsmiths is looking for reliable bilingual staff in Erie, PA and here in Pittsburgh for most languages, but in particular: ASL, Spanish, Arabic, Russian, Uzbek, Farsi, Urdu, Haitian Creole and Swahili. We provide comprehensive training and material support for all of our staff, so no prior interpretation experience is necessary- just language skills and a desire to help people use their voice.
Contact careers@globalwordsmiths.com for details!


The MOO HA - A Halloween Fundraiser. New Sun Rising is our Fiscal Sponsor, and we couldn’t pull off our Social Enterprise model or The Language Access Project without them. They are doing incredible work to provide strategic programs, vital services, and accessible funding to power civic innovation from idea to impact. Their work is vital and important. Please consider attending their annual, awesome fundraiser! A freaky, funky, spooky good time in support of New Sun Rising and the organizations they serve. Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-moo-ha-a-halloween-fundraiser-tickets-50362955957 

Have a great month,
Mary Jayne

The 2018 National Book Awards Longlist: Translated Literature



Almost Half Speak a Foreign Language in America's Largest Cities
Nationally, one in five spoke a language other than English in 2017



Language Access Tools
We created this useful one-pager to guide your staff when language access is needed.


Client Spotlight: Pittsburgh Action Against Rape
For over 45 years, Pittsburgh Action Against Rape (PAAR), has been providing hope and healing to victims of sexual violence.  Each year PAAR serves over 3,100 victims of sexual violence. We welcome survivors of all genders, including men and transgender people; races, religions, incomes, languages, abilities, ethnicities and sexual orientations. We serve survivors regardless of immigration status. We will not report to law enforcement or any government officials any information we obtain, except in very limited legal circumstances.


PAAR provides comprehensive services to victims and their families.  Victims incur no out-of-pocket cost for any PAAR service. PAAR offers trauma and crisis counseling to adult victims of sexual violence as well as to child victims and their families. PAAR also offers support groups, group therapy for survivors and their families. With the help of volunteers PAAR has maintained a 24-hour crisis hotline for over 40 years.  At the request of the survivor, PAAR provides a face-to-face advocate to meet victims of sexual violence at hospital emergency rooms’ in addition to support to assist victims throughout the legal process.

Project -LOGUE: Call for Artists and Writers
Submissions due: October 15 

Please email prjlogue@gmail.com


CLAS Cinema Series - Fall 2018
October 2 & 23, 6:30pm at Frick Fine Arts Auditorium


My Neighborhood Academy
Tuesdays, Oct. 2 - Nov. 13 at Location TBD South Hills


Bosnian/ Croatian/ Serbian Conversation Table
October 2, 9, 16 and 23 at Hillman Library


Hispanic Heritage Month Meet & Greet w/ City of Pittsburgh
October 4, 5:30 - 7:30 at the City County Building


Citizenship Day!
October 4th, JCC Pittsburgh 



Global Pittsburgh First Thursdays
October 4th, 5:30 - 8:00 at Roland’s Seafood Grill

First Friday: Dinner + Dance Party for Immigrant Justice!
October 5, 7:00pm - 12:00am at Casa San José



Arkhaios Cultural Heritage & Archaeology Conference & Film Festival
October 5 - 7, Frick Fine arts Building



Día de los Muertos Calavera Workshop
October 6, 12:00 - 3:00 at Artist & Craftsman Supply



The Extraordinary Story of How a School in Somaliland Became a Global Community
October 6, 12:00 - 1:30pm at Few of a Kind Bookstore


Filipino Association of Pittsburgh Bayanihan Anniversary & Induction Ball
October 6th, 5:30pm at the Doubletree Pittsburgh Monroeville Convention Center

Casa Brasil Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
October 7, 11:00am - 8:00pm at Casa Brasil 


Becoming American - A Documentary Film & Discussion Series
October 8 - November 12, 6:30 - 8:30pm. Various Locations

Immigrant Workforce Program: Mondays & Wednesdays
Oct 8 - Dec 6th at the Global Switchboard



Círculo de Lectores - Historia de Mujeres by Rosa montero
October 8, 12:00 - 1:00 at Carnegie Library, Downtown Branch



Familiar Boundaries. Infinite Possibilities Opening Reception
October 11, 5:30 - 9:00pm at August Wilson Center



Migrant Liberation Movement Suite
October 11 & 12 at New Hazlett Theater


Responding to Reality: The Browning of Education: Latinx Myths and Realities in Urban Education
October 11, 4:30 - 6:30pm at Posvar Hall

Brazilian Jazz with Lilly Abreu and Eric Susoeff
October 12, 7:00 - 9:00m at Azorean Café


Creating Confluence Diversity Leadership Training
October 12 + 13 at Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management

Bombici Record Release Party
October 13, 9:00pm - 12:00am at James Simon Studios


¡Que Viva Clemente!
 Oct. 13, 7-10 pm, at Brookline Teen Outreach Center

Isabelle de Borchgrave: Fashioning Art from Paper
October 13, 2018 – January 6, 2019 at the Frick



UCIS 50th Anniversary Celebration
Saturday, October 13, 1:00 - 5:00, Cathedral of Learning 1st Floor Commons



Let’s Play Pan
October 13, 7:00 - 10:00 ay Community Forge


Taste of Africa
October 13, 6:00 - 10:00 at Teamsters Local Union 249


Immigrant + Refugee Market
October 13, 11:00 - 3:00 at Carrick Historic Dairy District Pavilion



Brazilian Day - Our Rhythm
October 14, 2:00 - 9:00pm at Spirit



Sessa: Brazilian Guitarist
October 16 at 7:00, Casa Brasil


International Food Roundup
October 17, 11:00 - 2:00 William Pitt Union Driveway



City of Asylum Exiled Writers Residencies
October 17, 7:00 - 9:00 at William Pitt Union


International Business Networking Reception
October 17, 6:00 - 8:00pm at Hard Rock Cafe


Buika - 2018 World Tour
October 18, 8:00 - 10:00 at August Wilson Center


Global Trivia Night
October 18 at William Pitt Union



Critical Research on Africa: Reimagining History & the Role of Technology
October 18, 2:00pm at WWPH 4130



International Talent Show
October 19, 7:00 pm to 9:00 O'Hara Student Center Ballroom



Ayikodans Cri Des Nago
October 26 - 28, August Wilson Center



October 26th at Kelly Strayhorn Theater 7 - 9pm



Leaders for Literacy Luncheon
October 26, 11:30 at the Fairmont Hotel


Majlis Podcast: Central Asia in Current Affairs
Saturday, October 27 12:45 pm Frick Fine Arts Auditorium

Interfaith Volunteer Day at the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank
October 27, 9:00 -2:00 at Pittsburgh Community Food Bank Repack Center



Día de los Muertos Family Celebration
October 28, 1:00 - 4:00 at The Shop - Homewood




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