The Plan for Pitt: Strengthen Communities

A photo made up of Pitt community members, in the shape of a panther
In 1920, around 5,000 students gathered together to form a "Living Panther." One hundred years later, the Pitt community helped us recreate the show of solidarity virtually. Zoom in to find yourself or to see the many faces that make up our Panther nation, both near and far.
Vernell Lillie in a pink suit
Vernell A. Lillie, a former associate professor of Africana Studies, founder of Pitt’s Kuntu Repertory Theatre and vanguard member of the Black Arts Movement at Pitt and beyond, has died at 89.
An older man in a white shirt comforts a child in a green shirt
For parents of children battling mental illness, the pandemic has created a new set of challenges. Mental health experts with a School of Education program are providing around-the-clock support.
depiction of a video call including several elderly participants
Depression among older adults in the United States is high—roughly one in 10—and perhaps double that, if you include those just shy of meeting clinical criteria. Pitt’s Charles (Chip) Reynolds III shares tips for helping this population during the pandemic.
Jones and her daughters
Ray Nell Jones, an administrative assistant in Pitt’s Office of Student Life, got quite the shock Thursday when a Zoom call turned into a giveaway from Ellen DeGeneres. Jones founded a nonprofit organization that helps single moms in need.
A child in a pink shirt and blue overalls and a dog playing with each other on the ground
Pitt medical, nursing and dental students built a volunteer network to provide health care workers the in-home childcare they need during the pandemic.
David Lebel in a black suit and dark blue tie
As states begin to relax stay-at-home orders and businesses prepare to reopen after pandemic-related closures, managers will play a crucial role in helping their teams work effectively. Organizational behavior researcher David Lebel shares his tips for managing teams in the face of fear.
MyQuella Swogger in a black shirt posting notes onto a window
Discussions held throughout the academic year fostered conversations and action on “abolitionist teaching” in the School of Education. During this year’s Teacher Appreciation Week, their lessons are more important than ever, especially for Black and Brown students.
close-up of the chest of a person in a white Pitt Nursing coat with a stethoscope around their neck
Now more than ever we are so grateful for the work being done by nurses everywhere. Join us in celebrating #NationalNursesDay on Twitter (@PittTweet) and head to our Instagram Story (@PittOfficial) to share your messages of support!