The Plan for Pitt: Promote Diversity and Inclusion

Cassie Quigley in a gray turtleneck

Researchers Aim to Increase Diversity in STEM By Supporting K-12 Teachers

A School of Education associate professor helped develop a comprehensive rubric that measures how well students problem-solve in computer science learning. In the process, educators can see how gender affects engagement with programming.
Yolanda Covington-Ward and Diamond Buadu

Africana Studies Returns to Its Roots

The Department of Africana Studies’ history of community-building and fostering critical conversations makes it an especially salient major for students wishing to tackle tough issues today. The new chair, Yolanda Covington-Ward, wants more people to know about it.
a woman in a long blue dress depicted in stained glass

The Women in the Windows

Tours of the Heinz Memorial Chapel’s women in the stained glass windows will be held throughout Women’s History Month.
Stephanie Adams, dean of the Eric Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Texas at Dallas, shared the story of her career path with Pitt students, faculty and staff during a lecture in honor of Black History Month.

Shedding Light on the Imperfect Path

Stephanie Adams of the University of Texas at Dallas didn’t follow a straightforward path to become a university dean. She shared her story with members of the Swanson School of Engineering community on Feb. 25. For Pitt engineering students like Isreal Williams, who is himself a mentor to high school students, hearing stories of unusual journeys to success is vital.
Gertrude Wade in a black and white photo.

Remembering Alumna Who Paved the Way for Black Female Educators in Pittsburgh

Gertrude Wade (EDUC ’44, ’46G) helped break the color barrier in Pittsburgh by landing the job as the first African American female principal in Pittsburgh Public Schools.
An Olympic medal from 1936

See a Piece of Olympic Games History

The 1936 Berlin Olympic Games were famous for Jesse Owens’ sweeping victories, but did you know that Pitt shares in the history too? A 21-year-old runner named John Woodruff (A&S ’39) paused mid-race and still managed to win the 800 meter competition. Pitt has his gold medal.
Ella P. Stewart

Legacy of First Black Woman to Graduate from Pharmacy Lives On

In addition to making history at Pitt, Ella P. Stewart (PHARM 1916) was the first Black woman pharmacist licensed in Pennsylvania, as well as one of the first Black women licensed to practice pharmacy in the United States.
Perry Jones in a red armchair in a dark blue suit with a white shirt and blue striped tie.

First Black Pan Am Pilot Reflects on Career, Time at Pitt

Though Perry Jones (ENGR ’59) encountered discrimination on his way to becoming a pilot, encouragement from his grandfather kept him going.