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Save the Date: Diversity Forum 2020 Will Be July 28-30

Advancing Social Justice: A Call to Action is a first-of-its kind event to be held July 28-30. The virtual forum will be free and open to the public with the goal of equipping participants with tools to advance social justice within the University, Pittsburgh and the region. Workshop proposals will be accepted through June 9.

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Annual Staff Performance Appraisal Program Ends June 30

The deadline for the annual staff performance appraisal program is June 30, 2020. This year, all areas across the University are required to conduct a performance appraisal with each employee. Details regarding the performance appraisal process can be found on the Office of Human Resources (OHR) website.

The annual staff performance appraisal program is an ongoing process of communication between a supervisor and an employee that occurs throughout the year in support of an employee's individual goals and those of the organization. When the process works well, the employee and their supervisor plan together to build on strengths and develop areas in need of improvement.

In conjunction with OHR's ongoing Shaping the Workplace initiative to identify the broader workplace environment that it aims to shape and maintain, responsibility centers across the University are asked to confirm that all staff in their area have completed an annual performance appraisal by July 31. OHR will review a sampling of staff performance appraisals to ensure minimum requirements are met as stated by University policy.

Explore the Staff Performance Management SharePoint site (via Pitt Passport) for the vice chancellor's memo, frequently asked questions, tool kits for employees and managers and performance appraisal forms. 

For further inquiries or assistance with the staff performance appraisal cycle, please contact the Office of Human Resources by submitting a request online.

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Art of Diversity Showcase and Competition

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion is looking to share your creative projects that are relevant to aspects of your cultural identity, sociocultural topics or social justice issues in its Art of Diversity Showcase and Competition.

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United Concordia To Provide One-Month Premium Refund for Enrolled Faculty and Staff

United Concordia is providing a one-month premium refund to eligible faculty and staff enrolled in any of the University-sponsored dental plans. 

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A New My Pitt and Pitt Mobile Launch This Summer

Pitt Information Technology is excited to announce that enhancements to My Pitt ( and the Pitt Mobile app launch this summer. The upgrades to both platforms not only modernize the look and feel with an intuitive and responsive user experiences, but also add a multitude of features.

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Reminder: Benefits Open Enrollment Deadline Is May 29

The benefits open enrollment deadline for all eligible University members for the 2020-21 plan year is Friday, May 29. As a reminder, there is one open enrollment period (May 11-29) for all eligible University members for the 2020-21 plan year.

S/NC Grading Policy Information for Students

The uncertainty of this unprecedented situation is a source of anxiety for many of our students and their families, and to help decrease stress and facilitate your continued academic success, the University is adopting a significant level of flexibility in course grading for the spring 2020 semester.

Student Emergency Assistance Fund

If you are a degree-seeking Pitt student facing insurmountable financial hurdles as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, apply to the Student Emergency Fund, a new joint venture led by the Office of Philanthropic & Alumni Engagement, Student Government Board, the Graduate & Professional Student Government, and the Division of Student Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh.

Create a Profile on Pitt Commons

Pitt Commons is a way for members of the Pitt family to gain professional development skills and build their career network. Though things like career planning and networking might seem distant at the moment, using this period to connect with other students and alumni will help solidify your professional foundation, putting you in the most advantageous spot when it comes to your future.

Counseling Center Online and Digital Services

The Counseling Center has closed its physical location in Nordenberg Hall. All satellite offices are also closed at this time. The UCC is now offering a variety of online and digital services and programs to meet the needs of Pitt students.

Can Your Creativity Affect Public Health?

From posters raising awareness of safer sex practices during the HIV/AIDS crisis to the use of popular music to help combat the spread of Ebola in Liberia, creativity has played a critical role in public health campaigns.

Mailing Services Updates Services and Procedures

Mailing Services has updated its services and procedures in response to needed building closures on campus, providing updates on mail pick-up, package deliveries and more. To schedule a pick up for departmental mail or if you have any questions regarding mail services, please contact the campus mail office at 412-624-6500 or email