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Members of the Black Senate and Student Government Board have been meeting regularly with Pitt police to work on issues of accountability and transparency in the Pitt police department.

SGB, Black Senate leaders form student-run Pitt police advisory panel

By Nathan Fitchett, Senior Staff Writer November 18, 2020
A student-run “police advisory body” became an official subcommittee of the long-standing Chancellor’s Public Safety Advisory Council this week, according to Student Government Board member Kathryn Fleisher.
Chancellor Patrick Gallagher said the University would send out more concrete guidance on the shelter-in-place period “shortly,” during a virtual Senate Council meeting on Thursday.

Students will be asked to shelter in place for two weeks before winter break, head of COVID-19 Medical Response Office says

By Rebecca Johnson, News Editor October 16, 2020
All students will be asked to shelter in place for 14 days before leaving campus for winter break, according to Dr. John Williams, the head of Pitt’s COVID-19 Medical Response Office.
Pitt’s Student Government Board introduced a resolution demanding the creation of a mandatory three-credit Black studies at Tuesday night’s virtual meeting.

SGB introduces resolution supporting mandatory Black studies class

By Nathan Fitchett, Staff Writer October 14, 2020
SGB will post the resolution on its website this week for public comment and review and will vote on it at next Tuesday's meeting. Along with announcing the new resolution, SGB also discussed new COVID-19 updates, future meetings with Pitt police, constitutional revisions and upcoming SGB elections.
Pitt’s Faculty Assembly met Wednesday to discuss changes to policy that dictates what material is owned by the University, policies for submitting grievances to the University, and voted to pass the resolution on a required Black studies course and a clarified syllabus statement on religious observances.

Faculty voices support for mandatory Black studies course, allowing students to recognize religious observances

By Thea Barrett, Staff Writer October 8, 2020
The Faculty Assembly passed a resolution on Wednesday urging the University to create a mandatory three-credit Black studies course.
Black filmmakers Charles Burnett and Julie Dash spoke Friday afternoon about their work and legacy as members of the L.A. Rebellion, a group of Black film students at UCLA in the ’60s and ’70s.

Film as rebellion: Charles Burnett, Julie Dash close week of Black study

By Charlie Taylor, Culture Editor October 4, 2020
Jones asked Burnett and Dash questions about the Rebellion, their past films and the current state of Black filmmaking.
Zun Lee.

‘The Sweetness that Survives the Slaughter’: Zun Lee and Aracelis Girmay discuss hope, vulnerability

By Sinead McDevitt, Senior Staff Writer October 2, 2020
Zun Lee and Aracelis Girmay presented works that celebrated the beauty of Black life and moments of quiet tenderness.
Sydney Massenberg created a petition last Friday urging Pitt administrators to require all undergraduates to take a black studies course as a graduation requirement.

Pitt considering petition calling for black studies course requirement

By Rebecca Johnson, Senior Staff Writer June 9, 2020
Sydney Massenberg, a 2020 graduate in political science and psychology who will start law school in the fall, created the petition last Friday.
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