Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What does Agora mean?
In early Greek history the agora was primarily used as a place for public assembly; later it functioned mainly as a center of commerce. Usually in a readily accessible part of the city, it was often surrounded by the public buildings. We embody this concept by providing a forum for GSPIA students to formally and informally share their ideas with students and professors throughout the Pitt community as well as developing their job-searching skills.
How does Agora fulfill its goals?
The annual Transcending Boundaries Conference gives GSPIA students the opportunity to formally present their completed research and receive comments from fellow students and instructors. In addition, AGORA sponsors a monthly lunchtime briefing which enables GSPIA students to refine ongoing research through discussions with students and faculty in an informal setting.
Does Agora have any other functions?
Yes, AGORA works to improve the job-searching skills of GSPIA students by cosponsoring with Career Services weekly workshops on topics such as: networking, resume writing, interviewing, and salary negotiation.
The organization also offers GSPIA students business cards.
AGORA also has started a lecture series entitled "Presenting with Pizza" which allows students to practice their presentation skills as well as understand what other fellow students are studying (with the help of some free pizza!).
AGORA is responsible for selling the Goldy Bobbleheads. The sale of these dolls financially helps one second year student.
Who can join Agora?
AGORA is open to any GSPIA MA student. Simply attend one of our organizing meetings or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org. First year students are particularly encouraged to volunteer.
What is the Transcending Boundaries Conference?
This annual graduate student conference is organized by AGORA in collaboration with the Association of Women in Public Health, a student organization affiliated with the Graduate School of Public Health. Held every spring, the conference brings together students and academics to discuss current or emerging issues that transcend the traditional boundaries of domestic and international policy.