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Word of Mouth - October 2018

Announcements: 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

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 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:

Have a great month, Mary Jayne


Culture 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.


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

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

Palenque! 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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