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The Black Action Society: Demanding Change, Then and Now

The Black Action Society: Demanding Change, Then and Now

Throughout this year, members of Black Action Society have led the charge in creating a more inclusive and anti-racist campus.
Mikala Aleksandruk: Just one of God’s children

Mikala Aleksandruk: Just one of God’s children

By Ashton Crawley, Assistant News Editor April 15, 2021
Mikala Aleksandruk is the president of Some of God’s Children Gospel Choir and has led on implementing the Black Senate’s police reform demands, all amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The University Senate held a plenary after examining systemic racism and inequality within the Pitt community.

University Senate spring plenary stresses importance of anti-racism and equity at Pitt

By Colm Slevin, Staff Writer April 12, 2021
The University Senate held the plenary after a year of examining systemic racism and inequality within the Pitt community. The plenary, which encouraged all students, faculty and staff to attend, had three panels that discussed the inequality within the University and the necessary steps for improving the University.
Laurence Glasco: Studying the people behind history

Laurence Glasco: Studying the people behind history

By Millicent Watt, Senior Staff Writer April 8, 2021
Laurence Glasco was offered a job at Pitt in 1969, for what he thought would only be a few years.
A panel met in the evening on Feb. 24  to discuss how the University has and should continue to improve the Black Pitt experience. Clyde Wilson Pickett, the vice chancellor for diversity, equity and inclusion, introduced the annual Black History Month event, hosted in honor of Pitt’s very own K. Leroy Irvis.

Black Pitt alumni and students reflect on experiences in ‘Blue, Gold & Black’ panel

By Priya Ray and Ashton Crawley March 8, 2021
A panel of Black Pitt alumni and students met in the evening on Feb. 24 for Pitt’s signature K. Leroy Irvis Black History Month program titled “Blue, Gold & Black: Reflections Of The Black Pitt Experience Through The Years.”
Pitt’s Bradford campus, the Office for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, the Center on Race and Social Problems and the Black Action Society sponsored a panel Thursday afternoon called “The Black Impact: Black Faculty and Administrators’ Influence on Black Student Success.” Fellow members of the Black Pitt community, including faculty, students and administrators attended.

‘The same fire’: Black students, faculty discuss diversity, activism on campus

By Rebecca Johnson, News Editor February 26, 2021
Pitt’s Bradford campus, the Office for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, the Center on Race and Social Problems and the Black Action Society sponsored Thursday afternoon’s panel “The Black Impact: Black Faculty and Administrators’ Influence on Black Student Success.”
Keke Palmer spoke at a Zoom event Monday about her identity as an artist, activist and Black woman in the entertainment industry for Black History Month, sponsored by Pitt Program Council and Black Action Society.

Keke Palmer discusses stardom, sexism and Black Lives Matter at virtual event

By Sona Sharma, Staff Writer February 24, 2021
Palmer brought her talents to Pitt on Monday to discuss her identity as an artist, activist and Black woman in the entertainment industry in a Zoom event for Black History Month, sponsored by Pitt Program Council and Black Action Society.
Student Government Board and the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion hosted a panel Thursday evening titled “What the F*ck? Unfiltered Conversations About Diversity and Inclusion Between Students, Staff and Administration.”

Panel discusses white privilege, white supremacy at Pitt

By Rebecca Johnson, News Editor February 12, 2021
Pitt’s Student Government Board and Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion hosted the Thursday evening’s panel “What the F*ck? Unfiltered Conversations About Diversity and Inclusion Between Students, Staff and Administration” with students and staff.
Pitt held a vigil for Black Lives Lost to Police Brutality on Wednesday evening.

Black Action Society holds vigil for lives lost to police brutality

By Punya Bhasin and Ashton Crawley November 13, 2020
Pitt’s Black Action Society held an online vigil for Black lives lost to police brutality on Wednesday evening. Around 40 students attended and listened to the organizers read poems, play a song and talk about their experiences.
The Office of Diversity and Inclusion released a new social justice website in late September.

Pitt introduces new website dedicated to social justice

By Betul Tuncer, For The Pitt News October 30, 2020
Morgan Ottley, the president of the Black Action Society, said one of her organization’s main goals is to push for transparency from Pitt. She said the University’s new social justice website is a good place to start.
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