Diversity & Community

a woman in a red sweater holding her hands together in a heart shape
More than 600 Pitt community members have volunteered throughout the pandemic, demonstrating they are the helpers Fred Rogers said to look for in tough times.
An infographic displaying lockdown level by state due to the COVID-19 pandemic
A Pitt-sponsored effort is keeping area high schoolers engaged while social distancing by giving them a taste of real-world data science projects focused on the COVID-19 pandemic.
A photo made up of Pitt community members, in the shape of a panther
In 1920, around 5,000 students gathered together to form a "Living Panther." One hundred years later, the Pitt community helped us recreate the show of solidarity virtually. Zoom in to find yourself or to see the many faces that make up our Panther nation, both near and far.
An older man in a white shirt comforts a child in a green shirt
For parents of children battling mental illness, the pandemic has created a new set of challenges. Mental health experts with a School of Education program are providing around-the-clock support.
close-up of the chest of a person in a white Pitt Nursing coat with a stethoscope around their neck
Now more than ever we are so grateful for the work being done by nurses everywhere. Join us in celebrating #NationalNursesDay on Twitter (@PittTweet) and head to our Instagram Story (@PittOfficial) to share your messages of support!
A depiction of a safety net
From the very beginning of the pandemic, Pitt students jumped into action to support communities on and off campus through a group called Pitt Mutual Aid.
Christopher Darby in front of a blackboard, wearing a blue Pitt shirt
Pitt’s 14 Heinz Fellows are providing something in short supply nowadays: consistency for kids. The fellows have been serving as role models and mentors to elementary, middle and high school students in the Pittsburgh area through the COVID-19 crisis.
A field of flowers with the Cathedral of Learning in the background
“Earth Day is every day,” says Aurora Sharrard, University of Pittsburgh sustainability director. But it doesn’t hurt to do something special on the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. See what she recommends, and how the Pitt community is celebrating.
An illustrated guide to preventing COVID-19 infection
The symptoms, treatment and other medical information about the novel coronavirus can be difficult for some people to understand. Six Pitt Med students led the production of an illustrated guide written in plain language to help.
A family reads a book together
During the pandemic, a team of experts in early childhood development, social-emotional learning and mental health have expanded resources for parents like Hausaan and Kimberlee (EDUC ’13) Burton, who are finding comfort in Facebook posts full of activity ideas for the entire family.