August 28, 2020
The Center Welcomes ORIGINS Students
Last week, the Center welcomed new students to the annual ORIGINS pre-orientation. ORIGINS is a pre-orientation program focusing on diversity, inclusion and leadership development for historically and socially minoritized first-year students, specifically focusing on those social identities in gender, gender expression, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, as well as those who are the first generation in their families to go to college and Pell grant recipients. Throughout the week, students were introduced to the Center team and other campus resources, connected with their ORIGINS cohort and ORIGINS ambassadors, and learned about the Center's new program, the Center Fellowship. Get to know some of the students in the new ORIGINS cohort below!
What about your CMU journey are you most excited about?
I am most excited for the amount of freedom I will have in college to work on projects more focused on the art I want to create, with my art major classes guiding me in my skill and concept.
What have you gained the most from your ORIGINS experience?
ORIGINS was a great opportunity to help familiarize myself with the more diverse section of the student body, they are now a resource I can use if I ever need a sense of comfort on or off campus.
How do you see the Center playing a role in your Carnegie Mellon experience?
I see the Center as a place where I can turn to if I ever need a place on campus or in person that can support me, listen to my problems, work out solutions, give me peace if ever I am homesick and so much more. 

Emmanuel Lugo
School of Art

Farida Abdelmoneum
Dietrich College

What about your CMU journey are you most excited about?
I am really excited for all the research opportunities CMU offers and building connections and relationships with professors.
What have you gained the most from your ORIGINS experience?
I made a lot of friends and connections through ORIGINS and it helped me get a jump start on what I needed to do in order to be successful at CMU. I have reached out to my academic coach and am pretty familiar now with what resources I need to utilize in order to have a smooth transition into college, this has also made orientation week a lot easier for me because I feel more prepared. 
How do you see the Center playing a role in your Carnegie Mellon experience?
I see the Center as a place where I can network and meet new people, although I am remote this semester, I feel like it’s helped me connect with other first years and upper classmen which is really nice.
What about your CMU journey are you most excited about?
I’m most excited about exploring a new city, and discovering who I will grow into as an independent adult.
What have you gained the most from your ORIGINS experience?
I think the thing I appreciate most about the ORIGINS experience is the understanding that the community will always be there for me to rely on.
How do you see the Center playing a role in your Carnegie Mellon experience? 
I definitely see myself spending a lot of time at the Center to unwind or get help if I need it. Especially since there won’t be many people who look like me in my major, it is a nice space to go if I ever need to stop feeling like the “other”.

Teresa Myrthil
College of Engineering

Fernanda Molina Galindo
Dietrich College

What about your CMU journey are you most excited about?
College is a place that reveals great truths about oneself. Therefore, I am excited to grow my skills and knowledge through working with some of the best professors in their fields as well as learning about different perspectives and ideas from students that come from all over the world. I am also excited to immerse myself in clubs and organizations centered around my interests in cyber defense, computer science, and journalistic writing. Furthermore, I am excited to have access to all the great resources at CMU that can allow me to do research, start my own business, and many other things. Overall, I am excited to embark on a journey that is centered around curiosity and exploration.

What have you gained the most from your ORIGINS experience?
When I first started the ORIGINS experience, the faculty, staff, and upperclassmen ambassadors were very welcoming. Through various discussions with them, I learned how to best navigate through CMU and learning about important campus resources and educational opportunities that I may not be aware of otherwise. Additionally, with the current pandemic, being able to connect with other students has become harder and through ORIGINS I was able to meet students from different backgrounds before beginning the year, which made me more comfortable once I began orientation week.
How do you see the Center playing a role in your Carnegie Mellon experience?
Through the Center, I plan to apply to the Center Fellowship  program to cultivate my leadership skills, help advance social justice, and help expand the Hispanic presence and culture on campus. I also plan to use the Center's staff as a resource to assist me in connecting, developing, and achieving my academic plans and goals. Furthermore, I plan to use the Center as a place where I can continue meeting students from CMU that come from different parts of the world, have different perspectives, and have different personal experiences.
The Center is Talking About:
Imposter Syndrome
This week, the Center is engaging in conversations about imposter syndrome. It can effect anyone no matter their social status, work history, skill level, or degree of expertise. We think this infographic from @soyouwanttotalkabout is a helpful start in defining and offering tips to break through this experience. View the Instagram post in it's entirety by clicking on this link. If you've ever experienced imposter syndrome, as we have too, know we're here to help.
This Week's Recommended Listen: 100 Years Later: The Complicated History Of The Women's Suffrage Movement
This week, the Center recommends a listen to the recent episode of NPR's On Point, 100 Years Later: The Complicated History Of The Women's Suffrage Movement. The episode, featuring Carnegie Mellon professor of history Lisa Tetrault, looks back at the role women of color have played in United States voting history. Join us on September 16 at 7 p.m. for Constitution Day 2020 where Lisa Tetrault will be the featured speaker.

Carnegie Mellon will host its third-annual INTERSECT@CMU Conference as a virtual series beginning on Thursday, September 10. The 2020 INTERSECT@CMU Virtual Conference Series will consider the pandemic's long-term global effects on four foundational elements of society: health, sustainability, the economy and education.

Sessions will be held on September 10-13, 18, 25 and October 2 and include afternoon keynote lectures and panel discussions, student-led programming (STUDENTSECT@CMU) and opportunities for interdisciplinary discussion. 

A university-wide effort supported by all seven colleges, this timely conference gathers thought leaders of disparate disciplines and perspectives from within CMU and beyond to explore the impact of COVID-19 on the future of business, technology and humanity. Join us as we discuss how our decisions today can help build a better, more robust, and more equitable society.

We encourage you to participate in this university-wide conversation. Find out more and register here.

Please click on an event poster to learn more.
Visit our website to view all our events. All event times are EST.
Flyer for LGBTQ+ Student Mixer on 9/3/20
Learn more at TINA's website
SLICE is looking for a PACE Coordinator
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 Sci-ROI 2020
Opportunities & Resources

NSBE Presents Careers OnAir Virtual Event Series
Each month NSBE will be hosting a variety of workshops and discussions with Googlers to provide professional and technical skill building resources, as well as an inside look at Google's culture. Topics include Make the Most of your Conference Experience, Building Your Brand, Latinx+ Leadership Panel & Latinx+ Intern Panel, and Resume Workshop with Google. Register at

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.

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. 


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.

Bias Reporting at Carnegie Mellon
For information on bias reporting, contact the Center or visit CMU's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion website
Past Newsletters:
Newsletter: August 13, 2020
Diversity Pulse Check: July 30, 2020
Newsletter: July 16, 2020

Diversity Pulse Check: July 1, 2020
Newsletter: June 19, 2020

Diversity Pulse Check: June 11, 2020
Newsletter: June 5, 2020
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