Year of PittGlobal Celebrates Global Engagement

booth at EuroFest 2018To highlight the global partnerships, research activities and groundbreaking advancements that Pitt faculty, students and staff have contributed to the world, the Office of the Provost has named the 2018-19 academic year the Year of PittGlobal.

Programming throughout this year seeks to prompt robust discussion through lively events including guest speakers and panel discussions. In addition, events like EuroFest, held Sept. 15, and other multicultural celebrations will help celebrate diversity and inclusion on Pitt campuses.

These events facilitate open dialogue and interdisciplinary activities among not just Pitt faculty, students and staff, but also across local communities, regional campuses and global networks.

Highlighted October Events

Pitt–Bradford Global Week
Oct. 8-12
Multiple events

Join the Pitt–Bradford community for a week-long celebration of all things global.

UCIS 50th Anniversary Celebration
Oct. 13, 1-5 p.m.
Cathedral of Learning

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the University Center for International Studies (UCIS), we will be holding a celebration open to both the University and larger Pittsburgh community.

International Week
Oct. 13-19
Multiple events

For one week every year, students at universities and colleges across the U.S. celebrate and experience the benefits of international education and exchange. UCIS is initiating, supporting and coordinating campus-wide activities.

Visit the Year of PittGlobal events calendar for a full listing of upcoming events.

September events that kicked off the Year of PittGlobal included a Step Afrika! performance at Pitt—Greensburg, the third annual Eurofest and a presentation on the Data for Good: Global Politics of Information for Civil Society. Activities will continue throughout the year, emphasizing Pitt as a global convening point.

“Here at Pitt, we reflect and represent the growing diversity and connectivity of the world through our students, faculty, staff and alumni and the global projects in which they participate and collaborate not only during this ‘Year of,’ but moving forward,” said Belkys Torres, executive director of global engagement and co-chair of the Year of PittGlobal steering committee.

Pitt as a global university

The Year of PittGlobal follows Pitt’s recent citation as a top creative and innovative force in global education and one of four universities honored by the Association of International Educators with a Senator Paul Simon Award for Comprehensive Internationalization.

To the Year of PittGlobal Steering Committee, “embracing the world” means to “aspire to serve as a global convening point where individuals and communities can freely engage in collaborative dialogue and activities that positively impact the quality of life, health, prosperity and social mobility of people here and around the world.”

The Year of PittGlobal is the fifth such annual series of programming highlighting Pitt initiatives. In 2017-18, the Year of Healthy U recognized how Pitt students, faculty and staff benefited from practices promoting good health. Previous years were the Year of Diversity (2016-17), Year of the Humanities (2015-16) and Year of Sustainability (2014-15).

Funding opportunities

Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to submit proposals for programs and projects incorporating international perspectives. More information — including FAQs and guidelines for funding — about the process and funding priorities is available online.