Diversity & Community

an officer with a pad of paper and pen in her hands, standing between two other people
The University of Pittsburgh Police Department values the voices in our community that have called for police reforms, accountability and open communication. To that end, we want to provide an update on issues that have been discussed on local and national levels.
A Zoom meeting with three participants
In a discussion on race, police and civilian deaths, Pitt Law’s David Harris suggested that police forces could benefit from considering themselves guardians rather than warriors. Watch a video of the talk and read the highlights.
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During the latest installment of the “This is Not Normal” town hall series at Pitt, four leaders discussed faith and action in the age of pandemics.
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Leaders from around the University released statements about the death of George Floyd and in support of Pitt’s commitment to racial justice.
A Zoom meeting with seven participants
A wide-ranging conversation about racism, policing and fear drew more than 1,600 viewers to the latest installment of Pitt’s “This is Not Normal” town hall series, sponsored by the offices of Diversity and Inclusion and Health Sciences Diversity. Watch a recording of the discussion and read the highlights.
Larry Kramer in a beige sweater and striped turtleneck
We join the world in mourning the loss of Larry Kramer—a powerful advocate for those with HIV/AIDS, a writer and a pioneer in so many ways, including organ transplantation for HIV positive people. Watch him reflect on what it meant when he received a liver transplant at Pitt.
A map indicating organizations with relationships with Pitt colleagues
Interested in volunteering your time or making a connection in the Pittsburgh community? Use Pitt’s Engagement and Outreach Map to locate organizations and learn what connections have already been established.
A black and white group photo including Isma Burrell on the steps of a church building
There are many ways to tell a family story: through your grandma's recipes, a poem about your favorite aunt, or a video produced at the lake where you learned to fish. Join a Year of Creativity-sponsored webinar focused on preserving Africana family history this weekend.
A man and woman in white smile for the camera
The pandemic can be difficult for kids to understand—two medical students, one on a research year at Pitt, have written an illustrated book to help.
Justin LeWinter in a blue face mask standing next to a truck and a pile of cardboard boxes
In Pittsburgh’s Hill District, local organizations are connecting through weekly phone calls to help people and businesses in need. From delivering lunch boxes to a mask donation program, the spirit of community is alive, even while residents are apart.