Diversity & Community

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In the 1960s, Pittsburgh hosted one of the first professional ambulance services in the nation, Freedom House. A new partnership is building on that legacy and once again changing the face of prehospital care.
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Eight members of Pitt’s Black community convened Wednesday evening to discuss their experiences and what still needs to be done to ensure that Pitt is a just and equitable institution. Watch the K. Leroy Irvis Black History Month Program or read a recap of the conversation.
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There’s still time to register for the third annual Community Engaged Scholarship Forum, focused on advancing community resiliency. Learn more about the virtual forum’s themes and keynote speakers.
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A keynote panel at the upcoming Community Engaged Scholarship Forum will discuss how we can help neighborhoods and local institutions more deeply understand one another and strengthen their connections.
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Pitt epidemiologist Dara Mendez will lead a conversation about race, women’s health and inequity with scholar Dána-Ain Davis on Feb. 26, as part of the Graduate School of Public Health’s One Book, One Community program. Anyone is welcome to attend.
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Pitt’s retail stores are participating in a neighborhood-wide gift card program that aims to support the Oakland business district’s shops and restaurants during the pandemic—all while helping the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank. To date, more than 15,500 meals have been donated.
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The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford will host online discussions with two leaders in the Black arts community in honor of Black History Month: renowned poet Nikki Giovanni and music industry executive Mathew Knowles.
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Special honors were given this week to Pitt’s Center on Race and Social Problems and Department of Africana Studies Chair Yolanda Covington-Ward, who led the development of Pitt’s new Anti-Black Racism course.
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Voices: Celebrating the Beauty and Diversity of America’s Literary Landscape launches Jan. 28 at 8 p.m. The free virtual series brings together student writers and award-winning authors.
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Kathryn Reed (SHRS ’14 ’16G) wants to make Pitt and the physician assistant profession itself more inclusive.