Diversity & Community

Pitt's Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion and Dean of Students shared messages on the shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
A person in a blue shirt holds up their hands with the words "Stop Racism" written on them.
As fall term begins, first-year Pitt students will be required to take a new course on anti-Black racism. The class, open to all students, is centered around the roots, ideology and resistance to anti-Black racism.
A woman in a maroon long sleeve shirt laughs while knitting
The pandemic isn’t stopping more than 100 teens currently or recently in foster care from receiving support, advocacy and warmth at the annual Older Youth Retreat, sponsored in part by Pitt’s PA Child Welfare Resource Center in the School of Social Work.
Davis and Kendi headshots
Throughout July 29-30, Pittwire staff shared recaps, insights and stories from Diversity Forum 2020.
Tommy Smith and John Carlos on a podium holding their fists in the air
Olympian John Carlos’ raised fist is iconic today, but in 1968, it turned the track and field athlete’s world upside down. Pitt broadcast film students recently heard more about it in their own conversation with Carlos.
Angela Davis and Ibram X. Kendi in a stitched photo
Next week’s Diversity Forum 2020 will feature more than 55 virtual sessions to help participants gain the tools to make their communities more diverse, equitable and inclusive. Speakers include Angela Davis and Ibram X. Kendi.
Pieces of art against a red background
Even if you can’t attend next week’s Diversity Forum 2020, you can vote for the people’s choice winners of the Art of Diversity Showcase and Competition. See the entries.
Jennifer Iriti in a gray jacket and blue scarf
A grassroots effort started by Jennifer Iriti, a research scientist at Pitt, quickly became a movement to donate more than 70 anti-racist books to teachers across the country.
Mary Ohmer in a pink and white shirt and jacket
This month, a project led by Mary Ohmer called Research for Equity and Power introduced a playbook that lays out a roadmap for residents in Homewood to help influence change in the neighborhood.
A Zoom meeting with six visible participants
Yesterday’s latest town hall, hosted by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion in partnership with the Office of Health Sciences Diversity, featured an expert panel discussion of systemic racism, capitalism and the history of inequity and social justice in the U.S. Read a recap or watch the video.