February 11, 2021

A Taste of Their Own Medicine: Intersex People Fight Back with Pidgeon Pagonis

Pidgeon Pagonis wearing purple lipstick and posing against a bright yellow background.

Please join the Center on Thursday, February 18 for A Taste of Their Own Medicine: Intersex People Fight Back featuring Pidgeon Pagonis, co-founder of the Intersex Justice Project, activist, and educator on the rights of people who are intersex will present on intersex history, activism, binaries, and spectrums. 

Pidgeon has a decade of experience advocating, facilitating workshops, and educating audiences about intersex rights.

"Pidgeon Pagonis has slowly, oftentimes not so quietly risen to visibility as an activist on behalf of intersex people. Whether advancing intersex advocacy as the co-founder of the Intersex Justice Project, producing informational videos that go viral on Buzzfeed, creating art that centers intersex voices, appearing on the cover of National Geographic “Gender Revolution” special issue or being honored as a LGBT Champion of Change in 2015 by the Obama White House, Pidgeon has staked out a place at the fore of debates on intersexuality and otherness." (

The Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion, PRISM, and CMQ+ are excited to bring Pidgeon to Carnegie Mellon.

Learn more about Pidgeon Pagonis.

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The Center Presents: A Fireside Chat with Dr. Eddie Glaude Jr.

Dr. Glaude wearing a navy suit and leaning against a wall.
When history repeats itself, we are faced with a challenge and responsibility to begin again if we are to make change. In doing so, we have to examine how history has shaped us and how we want to build our future, especially after–and while in the midst of–yet another reckoning with racism in the United States of America. Through a deep study of James Baldwin's experience and examination of life as a Black American man in the aftermath of the Civil Rights Movement, Dr. Eddie Glaude Jr. shares the lessons that he learned from Baldwin in his book Begin Again.

Dr. Glaude will join our community in a conversation on how we can collectively explore our own histories and identities to take on the challenge of changing our future for the better. Please join us on Monday, February 22 at 6:30pm EST for a fireside chat with Dr. Glaude in the keynote event for this year's Black Futures Summit. Visit the following link to register for the event and to join upcoming book club discussions on Begin Again: James Baldwin's America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own.
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The Sit Together Project is
Seeking Nominations

Flyer for the Sit Together project.
The SIT Together Project is an initiative which provides opportunities for individuals to develop interfaith leadership capacity through a 6-week training series focusing on worldview exploration & expression, interfaith dialogue, and skill building. This semester, we will host two cohorts—one comprised of students, and the other of faculty & staff. Each cohort will meet every week for 1 hour on Zoom, beginning in March.
Religious and Spiritual Life Initiatives is seeking nominations for students, faculty, or staff who might be a good fit for this program. Participants don’t need to have any prior knowledge or experience related to interfaith dialogue and cooperation. We are looking for individuals who are curious about exploring their own understanding of the world, building relationships with others, and growing their leadership skills.
You can nominate students (or yourself!) by filling out their Nomination Form by Tuesday, February 16.
Submit a Nomination

University Libraries Speaker Series Presents: Reclaiming Cultural Stewardship and Decolonizing the Archives with Bekezela Mguni

Bekezela Mguni smiling slightly against a background of protest posters.
Join the University Libraries on February 25 for Reclaiming Cultural Stewardship and Decolonizing the Archives with queer Trinidadian artist, librarian, and educator, Bekezela Mguni.

What does it mean to approach the practice of archiving through a justice-centered lens? Archivists play a critical role in the preservation of our history, how we interpret the current moment, and what evidence is left behind in order to help us understand and shape our future. Whose story is deemed valuable? Whose life is seen as important enough to be remembered? What cultural lenses will we use to look at our experiences? What prejudices are held by the archivist and how do those impact their practice? Who do they see/ who is invisible to them?

Archives can be both sites of powerful memory keeping as well as oppression and violence. We must interrogate the methods used to acquire historical materials and shape our cultural narratives while naming the responsibility that archives have to the communities those resources come from. Additionally, we need to examine how white supremacy has played a role in the building of the traditional archive and how community archives interrupt these practices. How do we transform the role of archives in our communities to center collaboration, creativity, education, and liberation?
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Featured Upcoming Events

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Save the Date flyer for the 2021 Tepper Women in Business Leadership Conference on February 28.
Flyer for Carnegie Mellon International Film Festival featured film of This is Not a Burial, It's a Resurrection, showing online now through February 12.
Flyer for the 2021 MLK Selected Readings: Begin Again by Dr. Glaude, Mediocre by Ijeoma Oluo, and Minor Feelings by Cathy Park Hong.
Flyer for Tartan Allies Spring 2021. Upcoming Session 1 is offered on February 18 and March 26. Session 2 is offered on February 26.
Logo for Black History Month at CMU

Community Partners

Flyer for Carnegie Mellon Care Link.
Flyer for webinar series The Black Family: Representation, Identity and Diversity on February 15 to 18.
Flyer for the Urban American Indian Traditional Sprituality Program: Community Engagement and Cultural Adaptation in Indigenous Health on February 24.

Opportunities & Resources

Tartan Testing Volunteers
Carnegie Mellon University is seeking staff members to serve as Tartan Testing Volunteers. Tartan Testing Volunteers will provide immediate and short-term support for the Tartan COVID-19 Asymptomatic Testing Program (“Tartan Testing”). Volunteers will increase the number of appointments available for sample collection to help make asymptomatic COVID-19 testing accessible to all Pittsburgh-based students, faculty, staff and invited affiliates. If you are interested in becoming a Tartan Testing Volunteer, submit the online form to indicate your availability. You will receive an email response and, if accepted as a volunteer, details for training, your volunteer schedule and location(s) for where to report.

Pre-College CA/RA Remote Positions & How to Get Involved
 Pre-College Programs at CMU has launched its staff hiring season for summer 2021 programming, which will include 12 academic programs and the expected enrollment of 800+ high school students – all remote.
Four Pre-College Community Advisors (CAs) supervise and support eight Resident Advisors (RAs) as they work together to provide well-rounded and virtual social, educational, cultural and civic engagement events and programs that are offered (remotely) as an extension of the remote classroom experiences. These programs will take place across U.S. (and its territories’) time zones. A financial stipend as well as ongoing training, professional development, program supervision and time off is provided throughout.
CA and RA applications are live and available through February 22. Interviews to be held shortly thereafter with decisions announced the week of March 8.

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.

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.
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.

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

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!

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

Jobs and Internships

Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Internship at CCAC
The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the Community College of Allegheny College (CCAC) is excited to share this Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Internship opportunity with students pursuing a four-year or graduate degree at institutions of higher education in the greater Pittsburgh region. We look forward to welcoming a creative and highly self-motivated student Intern to our team to assist with Spring Semester 2021 virtual programming and outreach. Please direct all questions to Dr. Ketwana D. Schoos, Civil Rights Compliance Officer/Title IX Coordinator, at or 412-237-4542. The application deadline is Friday, February 12th.

Funding Application for Student Giveback Event for up to $5,000 Grant Award
Each year, ACS Scholars and Holleran Scholars are tasked with awarding $5,000 each back to our campus. If you are in a student organization or working on an individual project that would benefit from an award for up to $5,000, please submit a funding request by Sunday, February 28th.  Please direct any questions to Julia Miller at

Samsung Semiconductor, Inc.
Samsung Semiconductor, Inc. has intern positions available to students who are looking for opportunities for Summer 2021. They strive to foster a pipeline of diverse candidates for our Intern Program and have a variety of roles that are available. Please visit their website for more information.

Deloitte is Hiring
Deloitte is hiring multiple full-time positions available to 2020 graduates, including Applied AI Analyst, Business Technology Solutions Analyst, and Solutions Engineering Analyst. For sophomores, they are accepting applications to the Deloitte National Leadership Conference. Visit their website for more information.

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.

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.

Forté National Campus to Business Leadership Conference and Women of Color Symposium
This Spring, Forté and our partners are pleased to host the virtual National Campus to Business Leadership Conference and Women of Color Symposium.
Glance into a day-in-the-life of successful businesswomen and grow your network to set yourself up for a successful entry into the business world during this premier virtual event for undergraduate women. National Campus to Business Leadership Conference Online Sessions: Friday, March 12 from Noon - 6:30 PM ET and Saturday, March 13 from 10:30 - 3:30 PM ET. Women of Color Symposium Online Session: Thursday, March 11 from 4:00 - 7:45 PM ET Apply to the conference by February 14.

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.

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.

Hollaback! Bystander Intervention
Visit this online resource for Bystander Intervention
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