January 22, 2021

Spring 2021 MLK Selected
Readings & Discussions

This Spring, the Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion will be hosting three discussions of our selected readings.

Thursday, February 25: Dr. Eddie Glaude's Begin Again: James Baldwin's America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own

Tuesday, March 30, 2021: Cathy Park Hong's 
Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning

Friday, April 30, 2021: Ijeoma Oluo's Mediocre: the Dangerous Legacy of White Male America

If you are a current student, faculty, or staff member at Carnegie Mellon and need assistance obtaining a copy of our selected readings, please contact the Center by emailing

Register for the Discussions

Carnegie Mellon Sponsors Tickets to the Pittsburgh Racial Justice Summit

The Center for Student Diversity & Inclusion, along with the College of Engineering and the Vice Provost for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Office, will provide free registration for CMU students to attend this hallmark Pittsburgh community conversation. The summit features panels, workshops and interactive dialogues aimed at coalition building toward eradicating racism. For over 23 years, this event has brought together thousands of people to find ways to collaborate in the struggle against racism, to work to eliminate police brutality and to build bridges among our communities.

The Summit will feature members of our Carnegie Mellon community, including Dr. Alexandra To, alum Raashmi Krishnasamy, graduate students Hillary Carey and Rachel Arredondo, and staff Mengchun Chiang, Dareen Basma, Sara E. Mark, Shubhara Bhattacharjee, and Kym Jordan Simmons. Graduate Student Phoebe Dinh and the Center’s on Dr. Kevin Jarbo serve as Programming Co-Chairs for the Summit.

For more information about the summit, please visit

Register for the Summit
Check Out the MLK Celebration Calendar of Events
Dr. Ibram X. Kendi (left) and Dr. Eddie S. Glaude Jr. (right)
The Center has announced the full schedule of events for the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Celebration. This year's schedule includes lectures from Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, author of How to Be an Antiracist and Dr. Eddie S. Glaude Jr., author of Begin Again: James Baldwin's America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own.
View the 2021 Schedule of Events

Join Us for Winter Welcome 2021

January 23 – February 13, 2021
Whether you are arriving in Pittsburgh for the first time, returning to campus, or studying remotely, let’s kick off the new semester with some fun!
Winter Welcome is a three-week series of collaborative and celebratory events designed to connect students to each other and the campus community. It’s a great way to meet new people, get involved with student organizations, learn about campus resources, build school spirit, participate in service projects, and practice wellness as you start the new semester.
Winter Welcome event highlights include:
  • Jumpstart and Encompass Career Fairs
  • Speed Friending, Escape Rooms, Paint Night and Interactive Zoom Hangouts
  • Grab and Go: National Homemade Soup Day
  • Volunteer Appreciation Day and Virtual Service Project
  • The Virtual Fair, which showcases many of CMU’s student and Greek organizations and Pittsburgh community partners
Some events like Paint Night and Escape Rooms, require advanced registration and have limited capacity. See the full schedule of events and register to attend at
Visit the Winter Welcome Schedule

Featured Upcoming Events

Community Partners

Internship & Job Opportunities

Opportunities & Resources

Propel Postdoctoral Scholars Program: Inclusive training for outstanding postdoctoral scholars focused on academic careers
Applications now open; deadline to apply is February 8, 2021.
Stanford School of Medicine’s newly formed Propel Postdoctoral Scholars Program seeks to: 1) attract and train talented postdocs who would bring diversity (broadly defined) to both their training program and to the professoriate in the life sciences, including from backgrounds or perspectives typically underrepresented in the life sciences, 2) provide postdoctoral funding support and professional development programs that will prepare individuals to assume leadership roles as faculty in academia, and, in so doing, 3) champion a culture of belonging and inclusion in science and academia, within and beyond Stanford.

Operation BusinessQuest
February 1-5, 2021
To recognize the incredible accomplishments and seek out all of the amazing businesses owned by our CMU Black alumni, the Carnegie Mellon University Alumni Association is launching "Operation BusinessQuest" (OBQ) to identify these businesses in February. Our quest is hosted in the Actionbound app, and each day a new business category will be revealed. Participants in OBQ can submit information for up to 3 businesses in that category owned by a CMU Black alumnus/a. Participants earn points for each submission, including extra points for additional support provided to that business throughout the pandemic. Regionally based teams will compete against each other and the winner will receive a small prize and a sponsored happy hour in that region when we return to in-person events. More details available on the registration page.

CMBAA Programming
Rising With Love: A Love of Self, Family and Community
February 18, Thursday at 7pm
Zoom Registration Link

NIIMBL eXperience
This program targets African American/Black, Hispanic/Latino (a), and Native American freshman and sophomore students in a STEM major from ALL NIIMBL member academic institutions as well as students at HBCUs. During this two-week virtual program, students learn about the operations of large biomanufacturers, cutting-edge technologies of small companies, training and education paths from academic institutions, and how the federal government plays a role in bringing life-saving treatments to patients.. As the application deadline is January 31, we need your help getting the message out to relevant academic advisors, student organizations, and faculty. More information on the NIIMBL eXperience is online.

Fuqua Pride
Fuqua Pride aims to increase visibility and create a sense of community for LBGTQ+ students and allies throughout their time at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and beyond. We are committed to equality, promoting student leadership, and providing high-quality programing for prospective and current students. Fuqua Pride is offering 3 Masters-level programs for students after an undergraduate degree.

Carnegie Mellon Informatics and Mathematics Competition
On January 30th, 2021, the CMIMC will be hosting our brand new computer science competition and in March/April 2021, we will be hosting a mathematics and informatics competition. Both our 2021 contests will be held online. Registration is open now to January 16th on with no registration fee! There, you can also find information about our competitions as well as resources to get started with competition math and computer science. Please email with any questions.

Orientation Counselors
Orientation Counselors (OCs) are important student leaders as they help incoming students with their intellectual, social emotional, and cultural transitions to the Carnegie Mellon community. For more information about the position and selection timeline and to apply, please login into Handshake and search for job # 4246580. Applications are due Monday, March 1, 2021 at 9 a.m. ET.

Merkle is Hiring
Merkle, a leading data-driven, technology-enabled, global performance marketing agency that specializes in the delivery of unique, personalized customer experiences across platforms and devices, is hiring a Digital Media Analyst. For more information, visit their website. Contact Trevor Hadick with any questions.

The ClimateTech & Energy Prize at MIT
The ClimateTech & Energy Prize at MIT (formerly known as the Clean Energy Prize), the largest and longest-running cleantech startup competition for university students. CEP@MIT teams compete for a $100,000 grand prize* and other monetary prizes. All semi-finalist teams will also receive mentorship from industry experts and gain access to other resources through our sponsors and partners. Applications for this year’s prize are due on Tuesday, February 5, 2021, at 11:59PM EST.

Carnegie Mellon University called CMIMC (Carnegie Mellon Informatics and Mathematics Competition)
On February 27th, 2021, the Carnegie Mellon Informatics and Mathematics Competition will be hosting a math competition for high school students. Our website is where you can find information about our competitions. Registration is open now to February 13th with no registration fee! Please note: these competitions are for high school students only.

The Underrepresented/Minority Student Internship Program
The Underrepresented/Minority Student Internship Program provides the opportunity for students to receive mentorship and training from HuBMAP components in summer 2021, in a virtual setting. Are you looking to learn about cutting edge biology and technology? The HuBMAP Consortium is a diverse, dedicated group of laboratories across the country seeking to create a detailed map the human body, all the way to the level of single cells. If you are part of an underrepresented and/or minority group, and you would like to work with a HuBMAP consortium member this summer, apply to our internship program today! This virtual internship program provides a fantastic opportunity to build connections, add to your experience, and conduct vital research in the single cell community. Our researchers are eager to work with you, and have funding available to provide internships to qualified students.

Heinz College
Heinz College has extended their deadline for the August 2021 intake in the full-time master’s programs. The Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy is home to two internationally recognized graduate-level institutions at Carnegie Mellon University: the School of Information Systems and Management and the School of Public Policy and Management. This unique colocation combined with its expertise in analytics set Heinz College apart in the areas of cybersecurity, health care, the future of work, smart cities, and arts & entertainment.

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.

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 Strangers Project
Inspired by The Strangers Project (Instagram: @strangersproj), the CMU Strangers Project (Instagram: @cmustrangersproject) is collecting anonymous handwritten stories on our campus to allow students, staff, faculty, and alumni to tell their CMU stories and to demonstrate not only how diverse our campus is, but how similar and connected we are through our shared experiences as a part of the CMU community and, more broadly, as humans. Learn more and submit a story here!

Womxn Ignite Cohort
Womxn Ignite is a professional network of female tech superstars who want to invest in one-another -- professionally, financially, and emotionally -- as they become the future leaders of the tech industry. Womxn Ignite is recruiting a Winter/Spring cohort. Learn more by visiting their website.

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.

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.

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

Hollaback! Bystander Intervention
Visit this online resource for Bystander Intervention.

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