Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences

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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Three seedlings in the soil
The 2020 Pitt Seed Grant winners span departments, Community Engagement Centers and regional campuses in subjects as varied as dependent care, STEM research and National Science Foundation grant preparation. The program, now in its third year, supports projects that align with the six goals in The Plan for Pitt.
Amanda Godley in a red shirt
A professor in the Department of Teaching, Learning and Leading in the School of Education with secondary appointments in the Department of Linguistics and the Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies Program, Godley will serve as vice provost for graduate studies beginning July 1.
Black and white cutouts of people
Black members of the Pitt community recommend books, music and more that can help build bridges of understanding and spur action toward equity.