The Plan for Pitt: Promote Diversity and Inclusion

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Historic Legislative Leader, Pitt Alumnus Celebrated at Residence Hall Dedication

Nearly 200 people gathered to honor the legacy of former Pennsylvania Speaker of the House of Representatives K. Leroy Irvis (LAW '54). The newly renamed K. Leroy Irvis Hall is the first building at Pitt named for an African-American.
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Researchers Exploring New Markets for Water-friendly Wheelchair After Rewarding Debut

Pitt-developed wheelchairs powered by compressed air made a splash at a Texas water park for people with disabilities over the summer, with "thousands of inquiries" resulting from its success.

Documentary 'Woman on Fire' Chronicles Transgender New York City Firefighter's Story

"Woman on Fire," a film by alumna Julie Sokolow, paints a portrait of change in the American family and workplace with the story of Brooke Guinan, the first openly transgender woman in the New York City Fire Department.

Wellness Center Implementing a New Integrated, Holistic Health Care Service Delivery Model

A new health care model designed to provide students with the services they need more efficiently and at a deeper, more holistic level focuses not only on physical well-being, but also on mental and emotional health — and how the three interconnect.
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Philosophy of Science Summer Program on Mission to Bring Diversity Into the Field

The inaugural Pittsburgh Summer Program of Pitt's Center for Philosophy of Science hosted 15 students from around the U.S. and Canada with the long-term goal of bringing more women and people from underrepresented groups into the discipline.
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Study of Specialized Weights Aims to Make Manual Wheelchair Users Stronger Faster

For wheelchair users, increased upper-body strength could improve their quality of life. A Pitt study is looking at whether vibrating weights could speed up the weight-training process.

Program Aims to Increase Positive Racial Identity in Pittsburgh’s Black Children

Arts festivals, parenting groups and professional development opportunities are highlighted in a new endeavor from Pitt's Office of Child Development.
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Year of Diversity Creates Framework for Continuing Exploration and Education

The University of Pittsburgh’s Year of Diversity featured more than 200 events during the 2016-17 academic year and created an important base upon which the Pitt community can build.
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Distinguished African-American Alumni Honored for Service, Achievements

Inspirational stories of pioneering lives highlighted Pitt's African American Alumni Council ceremony in June, during which five alumni were honored with the Distinguished Alumnus Award.