Diversity & Community

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Pitt Researchers Tackle the ‘Baby Penalty’

Working parents in academia face some tough challenges. Health science researchers Jackie Burgette and Kristin Ray are doing their part to remedy a big one: child care at conferences.
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Dietitian Wins Lifetime Achievement Award

Through partnerships with grocery stores and government entities, Judy Dodd, an assistant professor of nutrition and dietetics, has been educating students and consumers on healthier eating habits for decades. The Retail Dietitians Business Alliance recently honored her work.

STEM Camp Sparks Pittsburgh Kids’ Curiosity

Students from Pittsburgh’s Hill District put their coding skills to the test to recreate the 1978 game Space Invaders, using a computer program provided by Pitt’s Swanson School of Engineering and the School of Computing and Information. The coding exercise was part of a three-day STEM mini-camp hosted by Pitt’s Hill District Community Engagement Center.
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Pitt Dedicates the Philippine Nationality Room

The new Philippine Nationality Room, designed after consultation with scholars and architects from Manila, represents the influence of cultures that make up the nation, an archipelago of more than 7,000 islands. The Pittsburgh community celebrated the room's dedication with Philippine food, music, dance and culture on June 9.
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New Report Shows Major Boost from Pitt to Pennsylvania Economy, Communities

A newly released report highlights how Pitt’s $4.2 billion annual total economic impact drives innovation, draws talent, shapes careers and anchors communities across the state.
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Professors, Community Leader Discuss High Maternal Mortality Rate in New Podcast

Mothers are dying of pregnancy-related complications at a high rate in the United States, especially African Americans. Three Pitt professors appointed to Pennsylvania’s Maternal Mortality Review Committee share perspectives with Healthy Start's CEO.
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Campus Mentors, Advisers Share Strategies to Address Changing Student Needs

More than 200 faculty, staff and students recently gathered to share ideas for fostering deeper mentoring and advising relationships and using technology to better serve students at Pitt.
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A Deep Dive Into Pittsburgh's Black History Through the University Archives

From Erroll Garner and jazz history to the Urban League of Pittsburgh's influence to the papers of author Bebe Moore Campbell, the archives of the University Library System tell big stories and little-known details of Pittsburgh's rich Black history.
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University Commemorates Anniversary of Pivotal 1969 Computer Center Sit-in

The January event, held on the 50th anniversary of the sit-in, included a candlelight procession recreating the march from the student union to the Cathedral and a ceremony passing the mantle of Black Action Society leadership from one generation to the next.
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Jazz on The Hill: A Beloved Pitt Tradition

For 48 years, Pitt has invited international jazz artists to convene for a week of on-campus seminars and a popular concert at Carnegie Music Hall. But another high note of Jazz Week is the annual outreach activity in Pittsburgh’s Hill District.