The Plan for Pitt: Promote Diversity and Inclusion

Gertrude Wade in a black and white photo.
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
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
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.
Though Perry Jones (ENGR ’59) encountered discrimination on his way to becoming a pilot, encouragement from his grandfather kept him going.
The KanKouran West African Dance Company dancing on stage in bright yellow and orange attire.
Born of a lunchtime conversation among three women faculty members and sponsored by multiple units on campus, the upcoming “Black to the Future” festival will showcase artistic talent, resilience and innovation.
Tony Fountain
Coming from a family that cherished education, Tony Fountain (A&S '70) is demonstrating what it looks like to empower the educators who teach the next generation.
Josh Gibson sliding home in a baseball uniform
For The Conversation, Professor Rob Ruck detailed a brief history of the Negro Leagues, the integration of Major League Baseball and how Pittsburgh played an influential role in the new face of the game.