The Plan for Pitt: Strengthen Communities

Davis and Kendi headshots
Throughout July 29-30, Pittwire will be updating this page with recaps, insights and stories from Diversity Forum 2020. Check back regularly to learn about sessions you missed.
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.
Belkys Torres at a podium speaking to a group of students and others
The Pitt community successfully rallied to support the reversal of a sudden federal policy shift that created uncertainty for hundreds of thousands of students at U.S. universities. On Tuesday, the Trump administration agreed to rescind the order that said international students were prohibited from taking an entirely online course load for the fall 2020 semester.
Mary Ohmer in a pink and white shirt and jacket
This month, a project led by Mary Ohmer called Research for Equity and Power introduced a playbook that lays out a roadmap for residents in Homewood to help influence change in the neighborhood.
vials and a syringe
Hundreds of people in Western Pennsylvania will have the opportunity to participate in clinical research trials for vaccines against the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, UPMC and the University of Pittsburgh announced today.
A person in a yellow t-shirt and face mask walks on campus
Expert faculty members in the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Medicine are at the helm of a new COVID-19 Medical Response Office, which will oversee the implementation of a virus monitoring program on all five Pitt campuses. The program will direct the University’s COVID-19 testing, contact tracing, reporting procedures and isolation and quarantine protocols.
Haberman in a headset and yellow sweater
Through good times and bad, the University’s phones never stop ringing—ever wonder who answers? For two decades, it’s been Senior Switchboard Operator Lin Haberman and a small team. Learn how the calls have changed over the years and get a behind-the-scenes look at how COVID-19 is different from any other event the switchboard’s seen.