Small But Mighty Moments

A letter to the girl frantically packing her suitcase last August:  I know that at any moment the realization that you are moving across the world tomorrow is going to hit you like a ton of bricks. This is not the first time that you will be living abroad, but this will be the first…

About me!

Hello, I’m Grace! I am a senior History and Political Science double-major receiving certificates in American Sign Language and Public and Professional Writing. I also love making music, and am a member of the University of Pittsburgh Varsity Marching Band and the Heinz Chapel Choir. This semester I enrolled in the class associated with the…

Final thoughts: The Appalachian Resilience Project

It has been an incredibly long semester, one of the longest of my college career. That being said, working with my teammates, the Appalachian Regional Commission, and the Fredrick Honors College this semester to do our community research has been the most rewarding experience I have had in my time at Pitt. After completing our…

About the Appalachian Teaching Project

Our group’s project timeline involved a site visit to both Connellsville and Uniontown, where we met with local community members and leaders, gained community input, and experienced the distinctive features of both towns. The main assets my group and I identified during our site visit, particularly in Connellsville, was the Great Allegheny Passage, and the…

My Time with the Appalachian Teaching Project

Hello! My name is Natalie Frank, and I am a senior at Pitt majoring in Urban Studies and Anthropology, minoring in Political Science, and getting a certificate in Public and Professional Writing. Through one of my Urban Studies classes this past semester, I had the opportunity to work with a great group of fellow students…

Beginning the Appalachian Teaching Project

Hi, Y’all! My name is Alex Marlow and I’m a senior double majoring in urban studies and psychology with a sustainability certificate. A fun fact about me is that I swam for Pitt’s D1 swim team for the first half of my college career, and was born in Toronto. When I started the Sustainability capstone…

Fayette County Economic Resilience

During our research in Fayette County, specifically in Connellsville and Uniontown, we spoke with local residents, community leaders, and business owners to learn about their perspectives on particular assets in their town. The community is surprisingly open about all topics and were incredibly inviting during our visits. It was extremely apparent that there is a…

Appalachia Collegiate Research Initiative

My name is Ally Doolittle and I am a senior at Pitt studying Environmental Studies and Anthropology, as well as acquiring my Sustainability Certificate. Currently, I am working on bettering the viability of menstrual equity and safe sex resources on campus! Our project is the second cohort of a 10-year project as a collaboration between…

Joining the Appalachian Resilience Project

Mikayla Scheckler Senior @ University of Pittsburgh Political Science & Urban Studies Major Unique about me: I grew up in rural Appalachia where we saw similar problems to the communities in Fayette County. The purpose of the Appalachian Teaching Project (ATP) is to get students involved in a ten year community-based research to discover the…