The Plan for Pitt: Strengthen Communities

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Librarian Helps Aspiring Entrepreneurs Clear Pathways to Their New Ventures

LaMonica Wiggins, the new entrepreneurship librarian at Pitt’s University Library System, works with people who are exploring new business ventures and assists them with industry, company and market research to support their ideas.
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Student’s Photo Exhibit Asks Refugee Youth, ‘What Does Pittsburgh Mean to You?’

Pitt senior Prachi Patel’s research project encourages refugee youth living in Pittsburgh to share their voices through photography. See the exhibit at Hillman Library through March.
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New Report Shows Major Boost from Pitt to Pennsylvania Economy, Communities

A newly released report highlights how Pitt’s $4.2 billion annual total economic impact drives innovation, draws talent, shapes careers and anchors communities across the state.
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Nonprofit Founded by Pitt Alumna Helps Working Moms in Honduras

Many women working in Copán Ruinas can't afford childcare, forcing them to leave their children alone or in overcrowded, underfunded orphanages. The team at Casita Copán, a nonprofit founded by Emily Monroe, has created a better option.
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Librarian Helps Families of Mentally Ill Access Support, Resources With New Guide

In her new book, advocate and law librarian Linda Tashbook offers practical advice as well as nuts-and-bolts legal information that family members of those with mental illness need.
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Pitt Dean Builds Community, Works to Change Narrative of Equity in Education

School of Education Dean Valerie Kinloch dedicates her work to strengthening the school’s commitments to diversity, justice, wellness, urban education and its community impact.
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Researchers Use Data, Innovative County Partnerships to Tackle Opioid Overdoses

As the nation grapples with the deadly opioid crisis, Pitt’s Pennsylvania Opioid Overdose Reduction Technical Assistance Center, housed in the School of Pharmacy, is taking a fresh approach to saving lives.
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Social Work Researcher Makes Connection Between Pet Ownership and Wellness

A team led by Pitt’s Mary Beth Rauktis surveyed area food banks and found that patrons with pets had fewer food security issues than those without, though some pet owners also cut down on their own meals to feed their furry friends.