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Stay up-to-date on upcoming Dietrich College lectures and events. A full listing is available on the Dietrich College Events Calendar.

Alternative Break Showcase

Monday, April 22, 5 to 6:30 p.m., Peter/Wright rooms, CUC

Sponsored by OIE and SLICE, this event will feature four of our alternative break groups and the work that they accomplish across the globe. 

Refreshments provided!

Student groups presenting: 

  • Global Business Brigades: Panama
  • Juntos: Dominican Republic
  • Global Medical Brigades: Guatemala
  • Habitat for Humanity: USA

We hope to see you there!

SASC Workshop - Polishing to Perfection: Editing Approaches for Final Drafts during Finals Week

Tuesday, April 23, 11 a.m., In Person

Perfecting your writing can be a daunting task, especially when juggling multiple projects and deadlines around finals week. Once you have accomplished a draft, it can be difficult to know what to add, take away or adjust for a polished final product. Similarly, drafts in different genres present unique challenges. If you are stuck in the revision process, writing in a new genre or simply want some time to focus on developing some strategies for revision you can use in any writing situation, join us for this workshop. In this workshop, you will learn and practice some strategies for approaching revision using a piece of your own writing that is still in the drafting stages. This workshop is appropriate for anyone at any academic level who is interested in developing transferable revision skills for writing in any genre.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn how to transform writing from writer-based to reader-based in various genres.
  • Review strategies for revising at the document level, paragraph level and sentence level.
  • Learn strategies such as reverse outlining and revising out loud.

Register for Polishing to Perfection


Spring Farmer's Market 

Tuesday, April 23, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Legacy Plaza, Outside Cohon University Center

Join Chartwells and over 15 local vendors and campus partners from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Legacy Plaza. Shop everything from springtime produce to plants, fresh-squeezed juices, gluten-free baked goods and more.

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CMIST Scientists & Strategists - The Exceptions: How 16 Women Started a Revolution in Science and What it Means for Us Today

Tuesday, April 23, 5 to 6:15 p.m., Simmons Auditorium B, Tepper School of Business

Join CMIST as we welcome renowned journalist Kate Zernike for a discussion of her captivating book, The Exceptions: Nancy Hopkins and the Fight for Women in Science. Zernike will explore the true story of Dr. Nancy Hopkins, a brilliant scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) who led a group of sixteen female faculty members in collective action that ultimately resulted in MIT's historic admission of discrimination against women in the male-dominated field of science.

The Exceptions chronicles the groundbreaking scientific achievements of these women and their courageous fight for equal opportunity. Prepare to be engrossed in a national conversation about unconscious bias and gender inequities in STEM. This talk is perfect for anyone interested in science, equality and the power of collective action.

Light refreshments will be served prior to the event, beginning at 4:30 p.m. in the Simmons foyer of the Tepper Building.

About our Speaker:

Kate Zernike has been a reporter for The New York Times since 2000. She was a member of the team that won the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting for stories about al-Qaeda before and after the 9/11 terror attacks. She was previously a reporter for The Boston Globe, where she broke the story of MIT’s admission that it had discriminated against women on its faculty, on which The Exceptions is based. She is also the author of a previous book, Boiling Mad: Behind the Lines in Tea Party America, published in 2010. The daughter and granddaughter of scientists, she is a graduate of Trinity College at the University of Toronto and the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University. She lives in New Jersey with her husband and sons.

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Benefit Film Screening for the Ukraine Relief Fund

Wednesday, April 24, 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., Connan Room, CUC

This is a film screening of the Ukrainian film The Guide to benefit the Ukraine Relief Fund. The movie showing is free, but we encourage everyone to donate to the fund via the link/QR code in poster. All of the donations are going to Ukraine relief. 

"The Guide" was the Ukrainian entry for best foreign language film at the Academy Awards in 2015. Described as the story of "an American boy Peter and blind minstrel Ivan who are thrown together by fate amidst the turbulent mid-30s Soviet Ukraine," it has been played at festivals but never released commercially in the U.S.

This event is organized by the CMU History Department's Global Studies program, on the behalf of Stand with Ukraine Through Film.

Ovation Film Fest

Wednesday, April 24, 7 p.m., Simmons B Auditorium 

Ovation Film Fest is a FREE come-as-you-are film fest that features short films made by CMU student filmmakers. For more information, follow us on Instagram.

Center for Black European Studies and the Atlantic Launch Conference

April 24-26 2024

Join the Department of Languages, Cultures & Applied Linguistics, from April 24-26, to celebrate the official launch of the Center for Black European Studies and the Atlantic (CBESA) with a conference showcasing global Black studies research.

CBESA, founded and directed by Mame-Fatou Niang, is the world's first research center dedicated to collecting, producing, restoring, disseminating and promoting scholarship on people of African descent in Europe.

Free and open to the public, we invite you to join us for what is sure to be a riveting and engaging few days of sessions from world-renowned scholars and professionals such as Noémie Ndiaye, University of Chicago, and Gloria Wekker, University of Utecht

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Recurring Events

Family Matters

Mondays, 4-5:30 p.m., in-person

This is a supportive space to explore how your relationships with families have shaped who you are today, so that you can more intentionally grow into the person you want to be and have the type of relationships you want. This group can help you understand your role in relationships: Are you the peace-keeper? Scapegoat? Rebel? Outcast? Processing interactions in-the-moment during group provides an opportunity to learn boundaries, practice expressing yourself to others, experience supportive relationships, and navigate conflict in a healthy way. A pre-group consultation is required. Contact Abigail Cruz, PhD for more information.

Enrollment ends 02/24 or when full

Korean Drama and Conversation Club 

Mondays, 5 p.m., Askwith Kenner Global Languages and Cultures Room (Tepper Bldg 1024).

This club is a great opportunity for students who are interested in Korean language, K-dramas, K-pop, Korean food and other aspects of Korean culture to meet up weekly.

Open to all CMU students

Neurospicy: Neurodivergent Undergraduate Support Group

Tuesdays, 12 to 1 p.m. and 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Neurospicy is a supportive space for students across the neurodiverse umbrella to discuss their experiences traversing neuro-typical and allistic landscapes.

How to Join 

To join this group, please email the facilitator, Jayme Jenkins, PhD, or call 412-268-2922 and schedule your pre-group consultation. 

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Invisible Fight: Surviving and Thriving with Chronic Illness 

Tuesdays, 4 to 5 p.m.

This support group is an opportunity for students who experience chronic conditions (i.e. asthma, diabetes, autoimmune diseases, cancer and others) to gather in community for support and validation. It is a space to explore the challenges of navigating various aspects of our world (health care systems, academic environments, personal lives, etc.) while also caring for the self.

How to Join

To join this group, please email co-facilitator, Dr. Erin Unkefer, or call 412-268-2922 to schedule your pre-group consultation. This consultation is an opportunity to make sure the space will fit your needs and to answer any questions you may have.

Enrollment ends 02/24 or when full.

LGBTQIA+ Support and Social Group

Tuesdays, 6 to 7 p.m.

This group is intended to be a safer space for LGBTQIA+ folks to socialize and support one another.

How to Join

To join this group, please email the facilitator, Jayme Jenkins, PhD, or call 412-268-2922 and schedule your pre-group consultation.

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PhD Student Support Group

Tuesdays, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

This is a supportive space to build community and discuss the CMU experience as a PhD student, confidentially. Group members typically share their experiences, offer and receive support and connect with others during group meetings. The group is able to accommodate no more than one student per program/lab.

How to Join

To join this group, please email the facilitator, Kym Jordan-Simmons, PhD, or call 412-268-2922 to schedule your pre-group consultation. This consultation is an opportunity to make sure the space will meet your needs and to answer any questions you may have.

Enrollment ends 02/24 or when full. 

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Let's Talk

Wednesdays and Thursdays, 1 to 3 p.m.

Drop-in for an informal, confidential conversation with a CaPS counselor at various campus locations and on Zoom* on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 1-3pm.

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Beginner's Meditation Circle

Wednesdays, 5 to 5:30 p.m., The Mindfulness Room, West Wing

Meditation is the practice of intentionally spending time with our mind. We take pause out of our busy days to sit and to practice. Doing this helps us become more aware of our thoughts, act more compassionately toward ourselves and others, and connect with the present moment. Join us to learn about the different ways you can practice meditation. No previous experience required. Cushions/chairs are provided. All are welcome.

Understanding Self & Others

Wednesdays, 5:30-7:00pm, In-Person

A supportive space for students to deepen their awareness and acceptance of themselves while also having the opportunity to practice new, more satisfying ways of connecting with others. This group can help you: overcome fears and doubts in social situations, develop a better understanding of how others perceive you, identify your feelings and express yourself to others, increase assertiveness and deal with conflict effectively, and understand the connection between your interpersonal style and your emotional well-being. A pre-group consultation is required. Contact Grace Wei, PhD for more information.

Enrollment ends 02/24 or when full

Paws to Relax Pet Therapy  

Wednesdays, 7 to 8 p.m., The Mindfulness Room, West Wing

Volunteers through Animal Friend's Therapet program join us weekly on Wednesdays from 7-8 p.m. to offer some friendly dog companions for the hour. Take a break and join us!

Weekly Gratitude Practice

Thursdays, 12:30 p.m., Virtual

Expressing gratitude is associated with a host of mental and physical benefits. Studies have shown that taking time to appreciate and be thankful can improve sleep, mood and immunity.

Join CMU community members as we take time to pause and take stock of what is good in our lives and in the world. Sessions are casual: we start with a brief centering practice, often use a prompt to spark conversation and share as we are ready to do so.

Gender in Process 

Thursdays, 4 to 5:30 p.m.

This is a supportive space for healing from internalized cissexism and transphobia, together.

How to Join

To join this group, please email co-facilitator, Abigail Cruz, PhD, or call 412-268-2922 and schedule your pre-group consultation.

Enrollment ends 02/24 or when full. 

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Thursdays, 7 to 8 p.m.

Students of all levels who are interested in practicing Spanish are invited to join Tertulias, an informal conversation group organized by the Hispanic Studies program. The group meets on Thursdays, from 7-8 p.m., in the Modern Languages Resource Center & Humanities Commons (POS 343).