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  • Redefining Equity, Equality, and Justice in Community Development: Community Development Summit

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    The 10th Annual Community Development Summit will take place on May 13-14, 2020 at the Omni William Penn Hotel, Downtown Pittsburgh.
    PCRG’s annual Summit features exciting keynote speakers and engaging breakout sessions designed to cover the myriad of issues that surround community development. We honor and lift up the work of our members and partners, providing access to the state of the art in community and economic development. Sessions cover topics from strategies for increasing financial resources available to communities to land use topics such community planning, land recycling and affordable housing, mobility equity and transit-oriented development, and community capacity and organizing.

    The Summit is a truly regional event, drawing speakers and participants not only from PCRG member organizations and neighborhoods, but also from surrounding cities, the broader region, and across the country. PCRG strives to make the Summit accessible to everyone who is passionate about rebuilding and sustaining healthy, vibrant, and sustainable communities – from community development professionals and elected officials to neighborhood volunteers.

    Each year’s Summit focuses on a different theme that guides the selection of keynotes, session presenters, and more. This year’s theme – [Re] defining Equity, Equality, and Justice in Community Development – hones in on the challenges and opportunities in creating communities that lift up people of all races, genders, and backgrounds onto an even field of opportunity.

  • TRUTHSayers: Tarana Burke

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    Tarana Burke is a civil rights activist who was the original founder of the “Me Too” movement, which she started in 2006. It later became a global phenomenon that raised awareness about sexual harassment, abuse, and assault in society in 2017. In 2017, Burke and other influential female activists were named “the silence breakers” by Time magazine. She currently serves at the Girls for Gender Equity in Brooklyn as its senior director.

  • Climate Reality Project: How to talk to elected leaders

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    Activate Democracy for Climate Action

    Presented by: Climate Reality: Pittsburgh & Southwestern PA

    Tuesday, February 25, 2020

    Doors Open: 5:45pm

    Program starts: 6pm

    I. Keynote

    PA State Rep Sara Innamorato – will give us insider tips on how to persuade our elected officials to take swift climate action, and why local campaigns need your help. She will also give a policy update on climate & pollution issues such as radioactive waste in PA. (Rep. Innamorato is a trained Climate Reality Leader and is here for educational purposes. Climate Reality is a non-partisan organization.)

    II. Panel Discussion with Successful Frontline Leaders + Q&A

    Felicia Bute, Climate Reality Leader & advocate for fair elections, public transport, and urban agriculture

    Lisa Graves MarcucciEnvironmentaI Integrity Project – Pennsylvania Coordinator, Community Outreach

    Bob Schmetzer, Beaver County Marellus Awareness Community; Council President, South Heights, PA

    III. Skill Share: Why and how to write Letters to the Editor

    Debra SmitBREATHE project & Climate Reality Leader; journalist

    **LOCATION NOTE: the Center for Sustainable Landscapes is behind the main Phipps botanic gardens. Attendees will need to drive or walk down Frew St. Extension. Please see map below. For detailed bike, bus, and accessibility info, please visit Phipps Directions & Parking info. Free parking for our visitors is available on the Frew St. Extension. Metered parking on Schenley Drive is free at 6pm.

    1 Schenley Drive, Pittsburgh, PA, 15213

  • Negro Leagues Centennial Commemoration

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    In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of Negro League baseball, the Heinz History Center is partnering with the Pittsburgh PiratesJosh Gibson Foundation, and Carnegie Museum of Art to host an engaging panel discussion on Thursday, Feb. 13.

    The date marks exactly 100 years since the Negro National League – the first African American professional baseball league – was established at a YMCA in Kansas City, Mo.

    The Negro League Centennial Commemoration at the History Center will examine the legacy and impact of the Negro Leagues here in Pittsburgh with an all-star panel featuring:

    • Al Oliver, Pittsburgh Pirates All-Star outfielder and member of the 1971 World Series Champion team
    • Sean Gibson, executive director, Josh Gibson Foundation; great-grandson of the legendary slugger
    • Rob Ruck, professor of history, University of Pittsburgh; author of “Raceball
    • Samuel W Black, director of the African American Program at the Heinz History Center
    • Charlene Foggie-Barnett, Teenie Harris Archive Specialist, Carnegie Museum of Art

    The panel will be moderated by Pittsburgh Pirates play-by-play announcer Joe Block.

    The event will also showcase the world of Negro League baseball through the images of legendary Pittsburgh photographer Charles “Teenie” Harris, courtesy of the Teenie Harris Archive at the Carnegie Museum of Art.

    As home to two of the Negro League’s most dominant teams – the Homestead Grays and Pittsburgh Crawfords – Pittsburgh was once the center of Negro League baseball. The legacy of the city’s Negro League teams is evident inside the walls of Cooperstown, as 15 players from the Grays and Crawfords are enshrined in the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

    The event includes access to the Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum, where visitors can see that legacy on display, including a rare Homestead Grays uniform, a glove worn by legendary hurler Satchel Paige, and a lifelike figure of Josh Gibson.


    Doors open at 6 p.m. and the program begins at 7 p.m.

    Admission to this event is FREE and includes access to all six floors of History Center exhibitions. Pre-registration by Feb. 7 is required.

  • Schooling for Critical Consciousness: Engaging Black and Latinx Youth in Analyzing, Navigating, and Challenging Racial Injustice

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    Scott Seider, EdD & Daren Graves, EdD


    Scott Seider: Associate Professor of Applied Developmental and Educational Psychology, Boston College

    Daren Graves: Associate Professor of Education Coordinator, Boston Teachers Union Pilot School Program, Simmons University


    The authors’ new book will be available for sale and signing.


    2017 Cathedral of Learning

    4200 Fifth Avenue

    Pittsburgh, PA 15260


    Lunch is provided.

    No registration is required.

    Space is limited.

    Livestream available via our website.

  • Racial Justice Summit

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    The Pittsburgh Racial Justice Summit is a two-part event. The Opening Ceremony is on Friday night at Union Project, and the Summit is a full day of workshops on Saturday. Register for the Summit on this page, and register for the Opening Ceremony here.

    The Summit workshops and panels will be held at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. Doors open at 8:00 am and there will be a continental breakfast. The event begins at 9 am. Lunch is also provided.

    Looking forward to seeing you there! Our theme this year is 1492-2020: Decolonize Our Histories to Reclaim Our Humanity. America’s wealth is built on stolen land, by the labor of stolen people. Our legacy is one of genocide, enslavement, oppression and intergenerational trauma.

    The Summit’s goal is to underscore the necessity and importance of critically re-evaluating our respective histories, specifically colonization, how it has caused widespread dehumanization and exploitation throughout global and local history, and its link to modern racial justice issues. Workshops and panels will confront historical and modern racial issues, including social, economic, political, immigration, and environmental justice.

    Registration proceeds are used to cover the cost of hosting the Summit and for the Jonny Gammage Scholarship Fund. We ask that those with access to more resources pay more and thus provide the cushion for those with less access to pay less, creating a sustainable economic underpinning for the conference.

    Looking forward to seeing you there!

    Thank you for your commitment to justice.

  • Understanding Unconscious Bias: Avoiding the Traps, Making Better Decisions

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    DBA Training Solutions has partnered with the Corporate Equity Inclusion Roundtable (CEIR), BPEP, and Duquesne University to provide our 5-hour Unconscious Bias workshop on Wednesday, January 22nd. Our workshops are led by a team of trainers who utilize a combination of lecture, videos, and group exercises as they take a deeper dive into the science behind bias and help attendees make better, more informed decisions in their personal and professional lives. Our training is relevant, engaging, and delivered in an eye-opening and non-accusatory presentation.

    Fore more information, please visit our website at


  • Creative Reconnection in the Anthropocene

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    In the face of climate change and the Anthropocene, artists are embracing social practice, community art, and collaboration to support a just and sustainable future. In this workshop, we’ll consider how best to apply our skills in analysis, envisioning, and pattern recognition to understand how we have arrived at this historical moment of human impact and how to move forward as artists.

  • Emerging Leader Award Ceremony

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    The Johnson Institute for Responsible Leadership is pleased to announce this year’s Emerging Leader Award recipient, Samir Lakhani, founder of the nonprofit Eco-Soap Bank a global soap-recycling organization which operates in 11 countries in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East.

    This annual celebration recognizes the accomplishments of individuals who, relatively early in their professional careers, have demonstrated exceptional leadership qualities and high promise of future contributions.