September 24, 2020
The Center is Revisiting Dr. Rich Milner's Black Male Summit Workshop and Lecture
At the 2nd Annual Black Male Summit at CMU, Dr. Rich Milner, Distinguished Professor of Education at Vanderbilt University, gave the Summit's keynote lecture along with an interactive workshop for staff and faculty on ways to best support increasingly diverse student populations. In his keynote, Dr. Milner focused on five imperatives for supporting Black men in higher education. To provide additional resources for enriching your culturally competent pedagogical practices, we've made recordings of both the keynote lecture and workshop available to the CMU community.

Watch Dr. Milner's Keynote Lecture, :Five Imperatives in Supporting Black Males in Higher Education", and Workshop, "Best Practices to Support Increasingly Diverse Students" today!
Join the CMU Community Book Club 
We in the Graduate Student Assembly are committed to engaging with issues surrounding Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. This year, we invite you to expand the conversation around building an anti-racist community by joining in on the CMU Community Bookclub. This program is an expansion of the efforts that formed the College of Engineering DEI Bookclub, organized and launched by a panel of students within the college over the summer. With help from Kalli Roberts in strategizing the expansion of their successful college-wide program, the GSA hopes to provide a supportive system for any community member interested in engaging on what tend to be sticky, difficult subjects.
One of the silver linings we’ve found in the midst of this pandemic is an opportunity to connect with one another across time and space more easily. Please note that this book club is open to all CMU Community Members across all locations. We want to encourage dialogue and connection across campus through the formation of small groups able to discuss the myriad of media surrounding the vast topic of “EDI issues.” 
Our first book this year will be Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson. A blurb on this book can be found below. If you’re interested in joining in on these community conversations, please fill out this form by Friday, September 25th. Groups will be formed by the first week of October. 
On Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson from Goodreads:
““As we go about our daily lives, caste is the wordless usher in a darkened theater, flashlight cast down in the aisles, guiding us to our assigned seats for a performance. The hierarchy of caste is not about feelings or morality. It is about power—which groups have it and which do not.”
In this brilliant book, Isabel Wilkerson gives us a masterful portrait of an unseen phenomenon in America as she explores, through an immersive, deeply researched narrative and stories about real people, how America today and throughout its history has been shaped by a hidden caste system, a rigid hierarchy of human rankings.
 Beautifully written, original, and revealing, Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents is an eye-opening story of people and history, and a reexamination of what lies under the surface of ordinary lives and of America life today.”
We hope to highlight that the diversity of our community makes us stronger, and with that in mind, we hope you take a chance to broaden your thinking and open yourself up to connection through the perceived differences. We hope you will join us in this self-reflection as we strive to be a more equitable and inclusive community. 
"I Can't Wait for You to Die":
A Community Archives Critique from the
Pittsburgh Queer History Project
For communities shaped by ongoing structural oppression and everyday violence, community archives are one of many tools used to address patterns of misrepresentation that are rehearsed across law, education, arts, and culture. Rather than serve as extra repositories, community archives are interpretive projects where knowledge that has been obscured by dominant culture can be centered. To better understand these efforts and the kinds of work done by those involved, the Carnegie Mellon University Libraries’ Speaker Series is honored to welcome Harrison Apple of the Pittsburgh Queer History Project as our Fall 2020 featured speaker.
In this online lecture, Harrison Apple discusses the origins and revised mission of the Pittsburgh Queer History Project as a reflection of the precarious definition of community archives within the field of Library and Archival Science. Stemming from conflicts over the authority of professional archives to arrange and steward community knowledge, "I Can't Wait For You To Die" outlines the limitations of the archival apparatus to produce the conditions for social liberation through acquisition, and offers suggestions for how to operate otherwise in the interest of the community of records themselves.

Harrison Apple is co-founder of the Pittsburgh Queer History Project, an oral history and community archiving project focused on queer after-hours nightlife. They are a former 2013-2015 Artist-in-Residence of the Center for the Arts in Society at Carnegie Mellon University where they also received their Bachelor’s degree in Global Studies and Fine Art in 2013. They received their Master’s degree in Gender and Women's Studies from the University of Arizona in 2017. Apple is currently a PhD Candidate of Gender and Women’s Studies with a minor in the School of Information at the University of Arizona. Their writing has been published in Transgender Studies Quarterly from Duke University Press,, and the Introduction to Transgender Studies from Harrington Park Press.

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Flyer for Community-Involved Mural Project
Flyer for Green Dot fall schedule
This Fall, join Green Dot virtually to learn how to stop dating violence, stalking, and sexual assault as a bystander. We are also offering specialized programming around police violence and bystander intervention, and conflict de-escalation. For more information visit our website or register for an upcoming program.
Disability Justice on Campus: Non-Carceral Approaches to Bystander Intervention and Policing
Hosted by Project LETS
In this workshop series, we’ll be approaching bystander intervention and policing on campus from a non-carceral, Disability Justice lens (a framework for liberation that seeks to end ableism in connection with ending all other forms of oppression). We will challenge ourselves to question our willingness and desire to “outsource” students in moments of harm, violence, trauma, or crisis. The understanding that police do not make us safe is widening, and students are asking, what does make us safe? How should we deal with the things students usually call the cops or emergency services about? What skills do we need to cultivate to better engage in peer-led de-escalation? How can we center practices of Transformative Justice in our work to interrupt harm and violence? This will be an interactive, skill-building and visionary discussion-based workshop, led by Disabled and neurodivergent facilitators. This training is open to staff, faculty and students. Register here.
Flyer for Environmental Humanities Research Seminar
Flyer for Office of Title IX Initiatives support
The Office of Title IX Initiatives is having virtual drop-in hours via Zoom to accommodate remote work and scheduling virtual meetings when possible. Drop-In Hours are on Tuesdays @ 9:30am to 10:30am EST and Thursdays @ 3pm to 4pm EST. Log in with the Zoom link & enter Passcode [575774] if prompted.
Flyer for Tartan Allies fall 2020
Flyer for Mental Health First Aid
Flyer for Reclaiming Space: Connection Hour with our Immigrant Community on Fridays
Flyer for "Black Graduate Student Connection Hour"
Community Partners
Flyer for Rising Together, Girl Rising International Day of the Girl Summit
Flyer for 2020 Annual Legislative Conference
Flyer to apply to position at Dawn
Flyer to apply for position at Dawn
Opportunities & Resources

CMU Community Book Club
GSA invites you to expand the conversation around building an anti-racist community by joining in on the CMU Community Book Club. Please note that this book club is open to all CMU Community Members across all locations. We want to encourage dialogue and connection across campus through the formation of small groups able to discuss the myriad of media surrounding the vast topic of “EDI issues.” 
 Our first book this year will be Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson. If you’re interested in joining in on these community conversations, please fill out this form by Friday, September 25th. Groups will be formed by the first week of October. 

Undergraduate AI Mentoring Program
You are invited to join the undergraduate AI research mentoring program! The program matches undergraduates who are curious about AI with graduate student mentors, with the goal of increasing the representation of women and underrepresented minorities in AI research. If you are not currently involved in undergraduate research but are interested in participating in AI research in the future, or if you are considering a career in this field, this can be a great way to learn more! Please fill out this form by Sept 18.

The Ascend National Convention
The Ascend National Convention is the largest gathering of Pan-Asian business leaders, professionals and students in North America representing 250+ corporations and universities. With the theme of Impact, the 2020 Ascend National Convention & Career Fair will be presented as a series of leaders. The 2020 Ascend National Convention & Career Fair is open to all students and professionals, regardless of origin or background. Find out more about the Ascend National Convention.

Bridge People LLC and The Healing Collective
Bridge People LLC and The Healing Collective (a racial healing initiative by BridgePeople) are looking for a Project Management and Communications Intern who is interested in learning about successful project management as it relates to racial equity, healing, and justice.  The internship will be fully virtual and requires 10 to 20 hours per week and there is a monthly stipend available for the selected candidate.

Girls Who Invest
Girls Who Invest aims to close the gender gap in the asset management industry by providing investment education and internship experiences to women of all backgrounds interested in the world of finance. They are looking for talented, motivated sophomore women of all backgrounds who show potential to become great investors in the making. For more information, visit

Solar Concierge is Hiring
Solar Concierge is looking for interns for their Solar Stewards program, have an environmental justice program aimed at providing solar resources to community orgs and sites that serve the community, to help alleviate the energy burden, and create equity opportunities. 

Donate to the CMU Food Pantry:
Due to COVID-19, the Pantry will not be taking in volunteers to help this fall for health and safety reasons. To donate items to the Pantry, you must fill out their donation form which collects donation information and helps them coordinate the drop off of those items. The Pantry is seeing many shoppers who have newly moved to Pittsburgh and are lacking items such as pots, pans, baking pans, etc. One of the most requested items over the past couple weeks has been can openers.

Bias Reporting at Carnegie Mellon
For information on bias reporting, contact the Center or visit CMU's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion website

2020 TransPride Pittsburgh Health & Wellness
The 2020 TransPride Pittsburgh Health & Wellness Conference is being held virtually from October 8-10.  Registration is required.  The event features keynote speakers as well as topic sessions.  Visit the conference site for a full schedule and to register.  Please note:  Community and Family Members are welcome to attend free of charge for any part of the conference. To obtain this code, please request it from one of the following contacts: Please add “free tuition” in your subject line. Here’s an article featuring two of the organizers.  Hope you can make plans to attend!

Give to Tartan Emergency Support Fund:
Help CMU Students Impacted by COVID-19 by giving to the Tartan Emergency Support Fund. Gifts provide CMU with the resources to step in and help with individual undergraduate or graduate student needs during times of crisis.

Virtual Study Abroad Fair
Housed in Canvas, you'll be able to navigate various study abroad opportunities and programs at your own pace, and learn more about your options as a CMU student. To access the Virtual Study Abroad Fair (as well as helpful information and additional resources), please navigate to our Canvas Course, “Study Abroad Opportunities for CMU Students.” In addition to engaging with this our Virtual Fair and Canvas course content, we encourage you to explore your study abroad hopes, plans, and dreams through a virtual appointment with one of our Study Abroad Advisors. You can schedule an appointment here.

National Science Foundation (NSF) GRFP Information Session
The Graduate Education Office is pleased to present an information session about the National Science Foundation (NSF) GRFP, presented by Dr. Susan Finger, Associate Dean for IDeATe and Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering. This online workshop will held via Zoom on Monday, September 14th at 5 p.m. (EDT). Register today for this engaging workshop to learn tips and best practices for applying for an NSF GRFP. Please sign up as soon as possible as registration is limited. Registration closes on September 12th, at 11:59 PM (EDT).  

Two Sigma Fellowship Opportunities
Two Sigma are proud to announce the continuation of the Two Sigma PhD Fellowship program, which supports doctoral students pursuing a PhD in a STEM field such as Statistics, Applied Mathematics, Computer Science, Physics and Finance/Econometrics, and the Inaugural Two Sigma Diversity PhD Fellowship, which seeks to promote the visibility and inclusion of women, LGBTQ people, and those from ethnic and racial backgrounds that remain under-represented in technology. 

CMU Coronavirus Information
Visit CMU's coronavirus information page to stay up-to-date on CMU-related news.

Student Affairs Events
Stay connected and visit the Student Affair's event calendar.

Academic Resources
Visit the Student Academic Success Center and the Eberly Center for resources for remote learning.

Hollaback! Bystander Intervention
Visit this online resource for Bystander Intervention.
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Newsletter: August 28, 2020
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Diversity Pulse Check: July 30, 2020
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Diversity Pulse Check: July 1, 2020
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Diversity Pulse Check: June 11, 2020
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