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First-generation students work to make best of fall semester, despite pandemic

Yangkai Zhang, left, Jaden Calhoun, center, and Nikolai Czepiel (left, right) are first-generation college students attending Pitt.
November 18, 2020
Without the same background knowledge of college that their peers may have, first-generation college students face distinct challenges, such as the college application process, financial difficulties and the adjustment to college life.

Pitt joins program to increase diversity, inclusivity in STEM faculty

Pitt is a large, research-intensive institution with a sizable STEM focus, including 76 STEM departments, seven schools with a STEM focus and nearly 4,500 STEM faculty.
November 1, 2020
Pitt — along with 18 other universities across the country — was selected to join the three-year Aspire: The National Alliance for Inclusive & Diverse STEM Faculty program.

Pitt introduces new website dedicated to social justice

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion released a new social justice website in late September.
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.

Swanson receives commitment for a donation that could exceed $10 million to help underrepresented students

Pitt’s Benedum Hall houses the Swanson School of Engineering.
October 21, 2020
The Swanson School of Engineering received received a commitment for a donation that could exceed $10 million on Wednesday from an anonymous Pitt engineering alumnus and his wife to financially support underrepresented undergraduate students in the Pitt EXCEL program.

‘Why are they angry with us?’: Larry Davis talks systemic racism

Dr. Larry Davis and Chancellor Emeritus Mark Nordenberg spoke at an event called “Will Race Always Matter?” on Tuesday.
September 28, 2020
Davis — the founding director of Pitt’s Center on Race and Social Problems, as well as dean emeritus of the School of Social Work — talked about his book and issues surrounding race at the “Will Race Always Matter?” lecture Tuesday evening. The event was hosted by the CRSP, Thornburgh Forum, the University Honors College, the Institute of Politics and the School of Social Work.

Opinion | The NFL’s Rooney Rule can help diversify our governments

The Rooney Rule, adopted by the NFL in 2003, is named after late former Steelers owner, Dan Rooney (right).
September 1, 2020
The NFL instituted the Rooney Rule in 2003, which got its name from Steelers owner Dan Rooney’s efforts to make the personnel behind professional football more diverse.

History faculty explores roots of racism, protest in America

Three faculty members from the history department spoke about the history of race and protest Thursday morning at the “How Did We Get Here? Histories of Race, Discrimination, and Protest” session.
July 30, 2020
Three faculty members from the history department — Laurence Glasco, Laura Lovett and Stoner — spoke about the history of race and protest Thursday morning at the “How Did We Get Here? Histories of Race, Discrimination, and Protest” session.

‘I hope it’s a reckoning’: Panel encourages racial justice activism in Pittsburgh

Clyde Wilson Pickett, the new vice chancellor for diversity inclusion, made his first public appearance during a Tuesday event as part of Pitt's Diversity Forum.
July 28, 2020
X and other community members shared their thoughts on the Black Lives Matter movement and racial inequities in Pittsburgh at the panel discussion.

Kimura begins work as associate athletic director

Kimura begins work as associate athletic director
July 22, 2020
Pitt’s newly minted associate athletic director for culture, diversity and engagement offered some insight into what her job will entail.

Editorial: Emphasis on higher test scores won’t help diversity

High school GPAs and test scores don’t always accurately reflect intelligence of a student.
August 25, 2019
While the higher level of diversity is encouraging, the higher test scores are not as beneficial to the University as they might seem.
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