October 29, 2020
MOSAIC 2020:
A Conference on Intersectionality

Begins This Sunday

The Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion at Carnegie Mellon University is pleased to present our annual MOSAIC conference. Our conference theme this year is “Redefine, Reprioritize, and Re-Engage: Finding Humanity in a Post-Pandemic World”

MOSAIC 2020 will happen in the long shadows of the COVID-19 pandemic and all the systemic fractures that it has revealed, the worldwide Black Lives Matter movement, and--soon to come--the US presidential elections. Through the lens of intersectionality, we endeavor to:

  • Continue a critical conversation about the societal and political contexts that we inhabit, and the injustices that mar our collective humanity.
  • Congregate with on- and off-campus community members in an exercise of collective envisioning of our humanity in a post-pandemic world, and how to make that vision a reality.
  • Collect concrete action items that everyone could take to re-engage in our own and each other’s humanity.

First created by event organizers in higher education spaces, MOSAIC 2020 is open to all who are interested or working in community building and social justice spaces.

Register for MOSAIC 2020
Meet Mónica Ruiz,  Executive Director of Casa San José & MOSAIC 2020 Blockbuster Speaker

Mónica Ruiz-Caraballo is the Executive Director at Casa San José. Mónica has been working with Casa since 2014 when she started as an intern, then moved to service coordinator and then community organizer. Prior to that, she worked for Catholic Charities as a case manager. She was born in Cleveland Ohio and has Latino roots from Guatemala and Puerto Rico, where her mom and her dad are originally from. Mónica holds a master’s degree in Social Work with a focus on Community Organizing and Social Action. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh with a concentration in Psychology.

Mónica is a powerful advocate for Latinos on legal, housing, development, and educational issues. She fights for those facing deportation proceedings and launches projects to assist women, children and youth. In addition, she partners with political, labor, religious, and law enforcement leadership to make Pittsburgh stronger and more welcoming to all.

Mónica will be joining MOSAIC on Sunday, November 1. "On Sunday I will discuss the state of Latinos here in Western PA and around the country, how advocacy and education come into play when it comes to working with communities, what your everyday person can do to get involved, and why getting involved matters," Mónica writes of her session on Sunday. "I will have an activity that will help people understand how to get involved and how there are different ways, based on comfort levels, to do so."

Read more about Mónica's work to support Pittsburgh's Latinx community during the COVID crisis.

Catch Mónica at MOSAIC 2020 on November 1 at 2:45 p.m. EST.
View MOSAIC 2020's Full Schedule of Events
Recommended by:
1Hood Media's Celeste C. Smith
MOSAIC 2020: An Annual Conference on Intersectionality kicks off this Sunday, November 1. In preparation of our MOSAIC Conference's start, we introduce one of our Blockbuster Presenters, Celeste C. Smith, co-founder of 1Hood Media. Celeste shares what she's listening to and reading below.
  • On her favorite music: "Any and everything Jasiri X. Despite my bias, he's dope!  Also, I'm so multi-generational right now. I am loving Auntie Gladys Knight, Nina Simone, Billie Holiday, Teddy Pendergrass, and Sam Cooke right now.  Foreva - Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, Lauryn Hill, Jay Z, the old Kanye, Nas, Sade, and Beyonce. Teyana Taylor and Rihanna. OMG, I could go on and on.  But, my all-time favorite song is Imagine, by John Lennon."
  • Books - Tender Anthology, The Secret Life of Church Ladies by Deesha Philyaw, and Good and Mad by Rebecca Traister
  • Podcasts - How to Survive the End of the World and This Week in White Supremacy

Celeste C. Smith, co-founder and former chief executive officer for 1Hood Media, is the business partner and manager of artist/activist, Jasiri X. She is currently the Arts and Culture Program Officer for The Pittsburgh Foundation and is advisor emeritus of the Heinz Endowments Transformative Arts Process Advisory Board. She has recently served as an Artist in Residence at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, was an Association of Performing Arts Presenters fellow (2016-2018), and SXSW Community Service Award winner (2018). Additionally, she was named a Carol R. Brown Creative Achievement Awards nominee for her multi-disciplined artistry and was a Walker’s Legacy Power 50 honoree. Celeste is also a founding member and chair of the Nefertiti Alliance, an organization dedicated to raising awareness centered on the importance of self-care and protecting the cultural capital of Black women in the arts. Celeste is also a former member of the Pittsburgh Symphony Community Advisory Council, and an independent arts and community engagement consultant.

Celeste and 1Hood Media join the Center at MOSAIC 2020 on Thursday, November 5 at 6:30 pm EST. We hope you can join us!

View MOSAIC 2020's Full Schedule of Events
Resources for Navigating
This Election Season
With the 2020 Election quickly approaching next Tuesday, we want to send a friendly reminder to make a plan to vote (if you are eligible to vote and haven't voted already) and to prioritize your self-care during this election season.

Our friends at the SLICE office have curated a newsletter with helpful resources on navigating voting this election. You can view more voter resources and Election events on SLICE's website.

If you're feeling stressed about the election, this social media resource on navigating mental health and the election can help.
Wherever you are in the world, regardless of the outcome of this election, know that the Center will always be here for you.
Helpful Resources for Navigating the 2020 U.S. Election

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Visit our website to view all our events. All event times are EST.

Access Africa Needs Our Voices via the CMU link below:

Meeting ID: 914 8958 9796

Passcode: 121852

Flyer for Onlining White Hate: The Challenges of White Supremacy, presented by the Institute for Politics and Strategy
Flyer of Heinz Post-Eleciton Panel on November 4
Community Partners
Internship & Job Opportunities
Opportunities & Resources

Teaching in Tumultuous Times
Friday, October 30, 9:30-10:30 AM
Instruction can be difficult for both teachers and students following a major incident, tragedy, or world event that impacts students. After a potentially distressing event, such as the U.S. Presidential elections on November 3, should we address it during class or not? If yes, what strategies should we consider (or avoid)?
Zoom link:

Finding Voice to Empower Life in 2020: A Series of 3 Workshops Guided by Jenn Joy Wilson
Join Reiki Master, Jenn Joy, on a journey through the throat chakra to explore mechanisms for connecting with our authentic voice. Learn techniques to relax the mind and body, connect with the breath, engage in active listening – to yourself and the world around you - and discover the power of story as an agent for change. The workshops build upon each other; so it is ideal to take them as a series. However, each individual workshop can be a standalone experience as well. Closed captioning will be provided. Register for 
October 29: Deep & Active Listening / Being Heard
November 12: Truth, Lies, Myth, and Story

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.

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.

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.

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.
Past Newsletter:
Newsletter: October 14, 2020
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