Newsletter 2: September 21st, 2020

Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month (HHM) is celebrated annually from September 15 - October 15 to acknowledge the history, culture, and contributions of Americans whose ancestry can be traced to over 20 countries in Latin American, including Mexico, Central and South America, and the Caribbean. In the United States, there are approximately 60 million people who have ancestries connected to these countries who reside in the United States, representing approximately 18% of the U.S. population. Many labels are used for this racial-ethnic group, with the most common umbrella terms being “Hispanic” and “Latina/e/o/x.”

Since 1968, HHM has been recognized by the federal government and celebrated across the United States. The start of the month, September 15, is significant, as several Latin American countries celebrate their independence from Spain on this day, including Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. Mexico and Chile also celebrate their independence during the month on September 16 and 18 respectively.
In September 2018, a University-wide committee chaired by Dr. Gina Garcia and the Latinx Student Association (LSA) launched the first HHM set of programs at Pitt as a grassroots effort to increase the University community’s knowledge and understanding of the Hispanic/Latina/e/o/x community. Each year the committee designs a series of cultural, educational, social, and advocacy events for the Pitt, CMU, and greater Pittsburgh community.

To learn more about Hispanic Heritage Month,
click here!

CDI Student of the Month

The CDI is excited to highlight some of the amazing students who are a part of the T-Bird family. This year we will continue our Student of the Month initiative where outstanding students can be nominated and featured throughout the school year. 

Nominations are accepted from any SUU faculty, staff, or student. Winners will be chosen by the CDI team and will be recognized physically in the CDI, in the electronic newsletter, and will be awarded a gift card in appreciation. 

The Student of the Month nominee should demonstrate the qualities of a leader, exemplify the CDI’s mission, and actively promotes the center’s message of inclusivity. Nominate a deserving student


Opening Socials
Come and join the CDI clubs at their opening events to get to know more about the club, its members, and its executive council at the dates below:
  • Middle East Club: Monday, September 21 at 6 PM
  • Asian American Student Alliance: Tuesday, September 22 at 6 PM
  • Latinx Student Alliance: Wednesday, September 23 at 5 PM
  • Black Student Union: Wednesday, September 23 at 6:30 PM
  • Pride and Equality Club: Thursday September 24 at 6 PM
  • Polynesian Club: Friday, September 25 at 5 PM
For locations of the socials, please contact the clubs using the information posted below ("Our Clubs"). If you post pictures from the socials, please make sure to tag it as #TogetherWeAreStronger!
Hispanic Heritage Month Events
Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated from September 15 to October 15. Join us in acknowledging the history, culture, and contributions of Americans whose ancestry can be traced to over 20 countries in Latin American, including Mexico, Central and South America, and the Caribbean at the following events:
  • "What Does It Mean To Be Hispanic Latina/e/o/x In the United States?" Discussion Panel on Monday, September 28 from 5:30 to 7 PM. Come join us in the Cedar Breaks room of the Student Center to listen and learn more about the experiences of people from the Latinx community on growing up in the United States.
  • City of God Movie Screening on Saturday, October 10 from 6 to 7 PM. City of God is a 2002 Brazilian crime movie depicting the growth of organized crime in the Cidade de Deus suburb of Rio de Janeiro, between the end of the 1960s and the beginning of the 1980s, with the film's closure depicting the war between the drug dealer Li'l Zé and vigilante-turned-criminal Knockout Ned.

Club Meetings

African Union Club
Every other Friday, 5 PM at the CDI (ST 101)

Asian American Student Alliance
Every other Monday, 6 PM at the CDI (ST 101)

Black Student Union
Wednesdays, 6:30 PM at the CDI (ST 101)

Latinx Student Alliance
Wednesdays, 5:00 PM at the CDI (St 101)
Middle East Club
Fridays, 4:30 PM at the CDI (ST 101)

Native American Student Association
Tuesdays, 6 PM at the CDI (ST 101)

Polynesian Club
Every First and Last Monday, 6:30 PM at the CDI (ST 101)

Pride and Equality Club
Thursdays, 6 PM at the CDI (ST 101)

UndocuMigrant Alliance
Thursdays, 8 PM at the CDI (ST 101)

Our Clubs

African Union Club (AUC)
Club President: Anthony Musimbi
Social Media: IG @suu_a.u.c

Asian American Student Alliance (AASA)
Club President: David Nguyen
Social Media: IG @suu_aasa

Black Student Union (BSU)
Club President: Dominique Erwin
Social Media: BSU Facebook, IG/Twitter @suu_bsu

Latino Student Alliance (LSA)
Club President: Hunter Cordova
Social Media: LSA Facebook, IG @suulsa

Middle East Club (MEC)
Club President: Abdulelah (Abdul) Fakhrani
Social Media: Middle East SUU Facebook, IG/Twitter @middleeastsuu

Native American Student Association (NASA)
Club President: Mahala Sutherland

Social Media: NASA Facebook, IG @nasa_suu

Polynesian Club
Club President: Victor Ledua
Social Media: PC Facebook , IG @suu.poly

Pride and Equality Club (PAEC)
Club President: Victor Carvajal-Lopez
Social Media: PAEC Facebook, IG @suu_paec

UndocuMigrant Alliance (UMA)
Club President: Erick Peña
Social Media: IG @uma_suu

The Center for Diversity and Inclusion (CDI) exists to validate the multiple identities present on our campus, while integrating the voices and experiences of marginalized people. We provide emotional, social, and financial support to students from historically underrepresented communities (e.g. students of color, LGBTQIA+ students, first-generation college students, etc.)

The CDI collaborates with campus partners to foster a learning environment that respects multiple perspectives and differences through multicultural clubs, workshops, trainings and cultural programming. The CDI invites members of the campus community to join in conversation about how to cultivate an inclusive, safe, and welcoming campus culture.

Sharwan Smith Student Center, Room 101

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