Diversity & Community

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Initiatives to Empower Volunteerism, Professional Development Launching

Opportunities for students, faculty and staff to reach out, give back and grow continue to increase over the weeks since the University began responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Tejasvi Gowda

Pitt Med Students Step Up to Deliver Life-sustaining Medication

A group of Pitt medical students have started sprawling volunteer efforts to help children and adults in need, both virtually and door to doorstep.
Cassie Quigley in a gray turtleneck

Researchers Aim to Increase Diversity in STEM By Supporting K-12 Teachers

A School of Education associate professor helped develop a comprehensive rubric that measures how well students problem-solve in computer science learning. In the process, educators can see how gender affects engagement with programming.
Yolanda Covington-Ward and Diamond Buadu

Africana Studies Returns to Its Roots

The Department of Africana Studies’ history of community-building and fostering critical conversations makes it an especially salient major for students wishing to tackle tough issues today. The new chair, Yolanda Covington-Ward, wants more people to know about it.
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Five Takeaways from the 2020 Mentoring and Advising Summit

What does it mean to be an effective mentor or advisor to students today? Folks from Pitt and Carnegie Mellon University gathered last week to discuss inclusive excellence in higher ed.
Stephanie Adams, dean of the Eric Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Texas at Dallas, shared the story of her career path with Pitt students, faculty and staff during a lecture in honor of Black History Month.

Shedding Light on the Imperfect Path

Stephanie Adams of the University of Texas at Dallas didn’t follow a straightforward path to become a university dean. She shared her story with members of the Swanson School of Engineering community on Feb. 25. For Pitt engineering students like Isreal Williams, who is himself a mentor to high school students, hearing stories of unusual journeys to success is vital.
The KanKouran West African Dance Company dancing on stage in bright yellow and orange attire.

Black History Month Programming Looks at the Past and Future

Born of a lunchtime conversation among three women faculty members and sponsored by multiple units on campus, the upcoming “Black to the Future” festival will showcase artistic talent, resilience and innovation.
Naeem Aziz, wearing a black coat and shirt, speaking to panelist Zhaojin Zeng, wearing a light blue dress shirt in front of a crowd

Informing the Community on Novel Coronavirus

More than 250 people attended a panel discussion on Feb. 12 to hear a group of Pitt and county experts discuss the coronavirus outbreak.
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Pitt Honored for Its Diverse, Wide Range of Community Partnerships

Pitt is one of a select number of universities honored with a Carnegie Classification for Community Engagement—a recognition of the many partnerships and initiatives that contribute to the well-being of our community.
Lettuce seedlings in net cups in the hydroponics system

Hydroponics Club Grows Food For Those In Need, Teaches Methods to Local Kids

Students across the University are coming together at a hydroponics club to grow and share produce and gain hands-on experience with sustainable agriculture.