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Kim Diamond in a blue Pitt shirt
Staff member Kim Diamond wears so much Pitt gear that friends joke it’s all she owns. Read about how Diamond has spent 20 years working in various roles at the University and has earned multiple degrees and certificates using Pitt’s education benefits.
Known as a “citizen of the world,” Bruhns was responsible for raising the visibility of Pitt’s beloved Nationality Rooms and Intercultural Exchange Programs and growing the program to represent 31 different cultures or regions from around the world.
Hari Sastry in a gray suit and light blue tie
Hari Sastry, senior vice chancellor and chief financial officer, says the fiscal year 2021 budget announced on July 15 enables Pitt to fulfill its mission of academic excellence, research, economic development and community engagement, even while the University addresses the tremendous challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.
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.
The Cathedral of Learning framed by trees in the fall
The Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences is offering college-bound high school seniors an alternative to standardized testing as they face the college application process in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Roc wearing a blue Pitt t-shirt
Proceeds from a new Pitt Athletics T-shirt are supporting the Center for Vaccine Research in its work developing a COVID-19 vaccine to emerge “Over Fate and Foe Victorious.”
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.
vials and a syringe
Hundreds of people in Western Pennsylvania will have the opportunity to participate in clinical research trials for vaccines against the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, UPMC and the University of Pittsburgh announced today.
A person in a yellow t-shirt and face mask walks on campus
Expert faculty members in the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Medicine are at the helm of a new COVID-19 Medical Response Office, which will oversee the implementation of a virus monitoring program on all five Pitt campuses. The program will direct the University’s COVID-19 testing, contact tracing, reporting procedures and isolation and quarantine protocols.
Belkys Torres at a podium speaking to a group of students and others
The Pitt community successfully rallied to support the reversal of a sudden federal policy shift that created uncertainty for hundreds of thousands of students at U.S. universities. On Tuesday, the Trump administration agreed to rescind the order that said international students were prohibited from taking an entirely online course load for the fall 2020 semester.
Haberman in a headset and yellow sweater
Through good times and bad, the University’s phones never stop ringing—ever wonder who answers? For two decades, it’s been Senior Switchboard Operator Lin Haberman and a small team. Learn how the calls have changed over the years and get a behind-the-scenes look at how COVID-19 is different from any other event the switchboard’s seen.
Robin Brooks in a pink suit jacket
Robin Brooks, assistant professor of Africana Studies, is co-editing a journal issue that looks at protests, violence and COVID-19 through the lens of Black female literary giants. Members of the Pitt community and beyond are encouraged to submit work for the issue by July 31.
Seven participants in a Zoom call
Using green screens, cardboard swords and shields, and costumes from their own closets, Theatre Arts students have spent weeks rehearsing from their homes for “She Kills Monsters”—Pitt’s first-ever virtual play, debuting July 12. The production has already been touted in New York Times Magazine.
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.
A woman in a blue shirt reading a book to children
The Justice Collective is a new, three-year commitment led by School of Education Dean Valerie Kinloch that’s bringing Pitt and the community together in concrete ways to combat racism and revolutionize the educational landscape.