Frequently Asked Questions

Institute Staff/Contacts:

WhatsApp Group: NEH Summer Institute 2022

Institute Social Media Tag: #PITTNEH2022 [Tag and Share updates, info, pictures, etc.)

Michele Reid-Vazquez, Institute Director (404) 323-0090; [Convenor; Afrolatinidad-All Day-Everyday]

Shawn Alfonso Wells, Institute Manager: (412) 576-1442; smwst20@pitt.ed [Institute logistics, illness/emergencies; Ambassador of Alegría]

Israel Herndon, Institute Coordinator: pittneh@pitt.ed; [Speaker and participant general and administrative questions; Institute Ambassador]

Angel Christou, Institute Assistant:; [General Assistance for speakers and participants; Canvas & Qualtrics Commander]

Dennis Espejo, Institute Assistant:; [General Assistance for speakers and participants; Social Media Guru]

Zuly Inirio, Institute Liaison, Center for Ethnic Studies Research:; [Excursions and Musical Performances; La Reyna de Opera]

1. What are the Covid Status & Protocols for the University and the Institute?

For University Covid Information see –

Visitors: University of Pittsburgh campuses are closed to the general public, but open to University of Pittsburgh (Pitt) members and adult registered guests. All registered guests must adhere to Pitt’s Covid protocols.

Masking: On May 26, 2022, the CDC moved Allegheny County’s COVID-19 Community Level to High. In High level, the CDC recommends wearing a mask indoors in public. Consistent with this guidance, masks are required indoors in all University of Pittsburgh campus facilities until further notice.  

Covid-19 Testing: Because of the ongoing pandemic and the current increase in cases across parts of the country, including Pittsburgh, we ask participants to complete the following cycle of testing during the Institute:

            Sat., June 4 or Sun., June 5 (the day you arrive)– within 6 hours of arrival in Pittsburgh

            Wed., June 8

            Sun., June 12

Wed., June 15

You are encouraged to bring your own rapid test kits and we are also working to have this available through the Institute. Free testing is also available on campus (see maps for locations). If you test positive, contact Dr. Shawn Alfonso Wells immediately at 412-567-1442. 

2.  Where is the Institute Located?

University of Pittsburgh core address: 4200 Fifth Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15260

All activities, except for the Roberto Clemente Museum tour, will be held at the University of Pittsburgh as follows:

  • Main Meeting Room: Posvar Hall, Room 1500 – Location: Posvar Hall, 230 South Bouquet Drive (back), Bigelow Blvd. (Front – caddy corner to The Porch restaurant))
  • Coffee Break Room: Posvar Hall, Global Hub – Location: Bigelow Blvd. Entrance, first floor across from 1500 Posvar
  • Welcome Lunch and Designated Outdoor Area: Posvar Patio – Location: Side of Posvar Hall (go up the outdoor stairs – on the left from Bigelow Blvd.;    on the right from South Bouquet Street)
  • Opening and Closing Receptions, Music Workshop/Performances – Location: Frick Fine Arts Bldg., first floor, 650 Schenley Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15260

3. What are the program residency dates?

Arrival and Departure:

Participants should plan to arrive on Sunday, June 5 and depart on Saturday, June 18, 2022.

Participants are required to attend all daily sessions in person from 9-4pm.


Participants are not required to be in Pittsburgh on the weekends (Saturdays and Sundays) as there are no scheduled Institute activities on those days.

Optional Activities:

Sunday, June 5 – Opening Reception, Frick Fine Arts Building, 5:30-6:30pm

Tuesday, June 14 – Afro-Cuban Music Trio, Frick Fine Arts Building, 6:30-7:30pm

Friday, June 17 – Closing Reception, Frick Fine Arts Building, 4-5pm

4. How do I get to the University of Pittsburgh, On-Campus Housing, and Institute Hotel from the Airport?

Transportation: The University of Pittsburgh is approximately 22 miles from the Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT).

Bus –

Airport Flyer provides bus service to and from Pittsburgh International Airport twice an hour, from 4 a.m. until midnight, seven days a week. The rate is $2.75 each way. For details see

Click here for the schedule.

Non-Stop Car or Minivan –

Super Shuttle provides a variety of transportation from the airport to the University of Pittsburgh. The prices for one way are approximately $57 (non-stop car 3-4 passengers); $66 (non-stop minivan); there is also pricing for premium sedans and SUVs starting at $90. –

Uber/Lyft –

Uber and Lyft list one-way prices from the airport to the University of Pittsburgh ranging from $38-$81 depending on demand and time of day.

Uber – – Sample prices based on Litchfield Towers (on Pitt’s campus)

Lyft – Sample prices based on price estimator

Taxi –

Taxis offer direct transportation from the airport to Pitt. The one-way fare is approximately $45-60.

On-Campus Housing:

Bouquet Gardens (Bouquet A) – 300 S Bouquet St, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Check in on your arrival date (for most that is June 5, 2022) between 2pm-6pm.If you arrive late you will need to check in at Bouquet J at the guard station.  Be sure to email us your Card Access Form prior to arrival so that when you check in you will receive a PUC (Panther Utility Card) and you will need to sign that you received the card. This will give you access to your assigned residence hall and room. This card is active and valid only to your assigned residence room. You may also use it to ride Pitt Suttles. It will not give access to Port Authority buses, gyms or other spaces on campus. Check out on June 18 (unless otherwise arranged) at Bouquet J. You will be required to turn in your PUC card to the CSA at the Checkout desk in Lobby. Any PUC card not returned will result in a $10 charge.

In accordance with Campus Apartment guidelines, children are not permitted to stay in campus housing. Similarly, unregistered visitors are not permitted inside campus buildings, including on-campus apartments.

Institute Hotel:

Wyndham Pittsburgh University Center – 100 Lytton Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213.

Check-in time: 4pm; Check-out time: 12noon. Parking is free for participants staying at the hotel.

5. Where do I park at Pitt?

Institute Hotel and Campus Apartments Parking:

Parking is free if you are staying at the Wyndham Pittsburgh University Center.

A discounted parking pass is available at a rate of $25 per week (a total of $50) if you need parking while staying in Campus Apartments or coming from off campus. Posvar Hall is the closest eligible parking garage, located on the Roberto Clemente Drive side of Posvar (back of building is located at 230 S. Bouquet Street).

To obtain your parking passes prior to the institute, please complete the following steps by June 1, 2022.

  1. Send a copy of your Drivers License and Vehicle registration to the Pitt Parking Office email, (Please note that pictures are fine as well. Any digital copies will do).
  2. Please then call the Parking Office at 412-624-4034 to pay for your parking pass. If we miss your call, please leave a voicemail. A customer service representative will call you back. Provide us with your name, program, and please mention the email you sent so we can link the permit to your profile. You can then pay for the parking pass over the phone using a debit or credit card. (Please note we do not accept American Express).
  3. We will then give the permits to your Program Manager, Dr. Shawn Alfonso Wells. You will then have a parking pass ready for you as soon as you arrive on campus! Participants staying in campus apartments who need parking will receive their passes at check in. All others – those staying off campus – will receive their parking passes at the welcome reception on Sunday.

Visitor Parking:

Additional visitor parking garages are as follows:

  • Sennott Square Garage – 210 S Bouquet St, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
  • Soldiers and Sailors Garage – 4390 Bigelow Blvd, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

(Note: The Soldiers and Sailors garage gate closes at night and you cannot retrieve your car from parking between midnight and 8am.)

See Parking Map

6. When will Institute stipend checks be distributed?

Stipend checks will be distributed to participants at the opening reception on Sunday, June 5. If you are not attending the reception, then you will receive your stipend check at the end of the morning session on June 6. Note: If you are staying at the Institute Hotel or in on-campus apartments, the cost of your lodging will be deducted from your stipend check. If so, you should expect to receive a check for approximately $900-$1,100.

7. What meals are covered by the Institute?

The following activities include food for participants:

Opening Reception (Sunday, June 5, 5:30-6:30pm)

Welcome Lunch (Monday, June 6, 11:45am-1:15pm)

Mentoring Lunches – one per participant as assigned (June 8, 10 or 14, 11:45am-1:15pm)

Closing Reception (Friday, June 17, 4-5pm)

8. How do I access Pitt Buildings, Pitt Guest Email Account, Canvas Platform, and the Online Library

Building Access:

University of Pittsburgh campuses are closed to the general public, but open to university members and registered guests. Participants must complete and email the Institute their Card Access Form prior to arrival in order to receive a Pitt Utility Card (PUC). The PUC will enable you to access all buildings.  

The Institute has registered Visiting Scholars for each day that they are on campus. You must show this email and a valid ID to enter the following campus buildings (Posvar, Hillman Library, Frick Fine Arts, and the Cathedral of Learning).

By arriving on campus, guests are agreeing to follow the health rules that the University has in place at the time and are affirming that they are not experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.

Pitt Guest Email Account and Canvas Platform”

The Institute has created guest sponsored email accounts for all participants and guest speakers. Use the login information you received and sign in to the Pitt Portal at

Access the email and accept the invitation to be enrolled in the Institute’s Canvas platform. Return to the Pitt Portal and open Canvas and select NEH Summer Institute 2022. There you will find the schedule, readings, bios and additional information. You will have access with the guest email account until June 2023.

Online Library:

When you have activated your sponsored email account, you will then have full access to Pitt library materials and collections.

9. Who do I access Campus Wi-Fi?

Wi-Fi Access:

The University has Wi-Fi available for guests through the following networks:

  • Eduroam – For use by Individuals that have participating University logins outside of Pitt. Eduroam access is unlimited, as long as the person retains valid credentials with their home institution
  • Anyroam – For use by those who do not work at universities. Anyroam access is valid for up to a year.
  • PittNet Guest Wi-Fi – Use your sponsored email account login information to access Wi-Fi through this network. PittNet Guest Wi-Fi accounts are only valid for a maximum of 30 days.

Eduroam, Anyroam, and PittNet networks can be accessed in academic and administrative buildings on campus. All services are also available in the residence halls and select outdoor areas on the Pittsburgh campus.

Click here for additional information.

10. Is childcare available while I attend the Institute?

Childcare and several day camp options are listed below:

Local babysitters:

Below is a list of students from the University of Pittsburgh recommended by other Pitt faculty members. Please note that at this time Pitt’s Covid protocols restrict building access to Pitt and registered non-Pitt adult guests.

Kiya Byle –; 412-932-3763

Keasya McDuffie –


Use the following websites to post your childcare needs, conduct virtual interviews, and schedule your sitter prior to arrival at the Institute 0

College Nannies+Sitters – 

Summer Day Camps:

Carnegie Museum of Art and Natural History Camps – 4400 Forbes Avenue (walking distance from Pitt) Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Carnegie Science Center Camps – One Allegheny Ave. Pittsburgh, PA 15212