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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.

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

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.

Editorial: Lilly Singh is what late night needs

Lilly Singh arrives at the 61st Grammy Awards at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Feb. 10.

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

April 4, 2019

Singh’s new role with NBC is a huge step forward for diversity and representation on late-night television.

Researcher, advocate: Sossena Wood promotes diversity in engineering

Sossena Wood’s academic career was impacted by diversity programs in the Swanson School of Engineering such as Pitt Excel, where she served as a mentor, and the National Society of Black Engineers, where she served as the National Chairperson for Pitt’s chapter.

By Maggie Young, Staff Writer

March 6, 2019

Sossena Wood entered the Swanson School of Engineering in 2007 as an electrical engineering major, a major where only 0.9 percent of degree-earners nationwide are black women.

Opinion | Olympic breakdancing would promote inclusion

Thai break dancers.

By Delilah Bourque, Senior Staff Columnist

February 26, 2019

The inclusion of break dancing, as well as other nontraditional sports, is an important step towards the goal of keeping the Olympic games modern. The IOC should include break dancing in the Paris 2024 program if it wants to keep the games fresh, relevant and inclusive.

Rowling’s retconning is unnecessary

JK Rowling attended the EE British Academy Film Awards held at the Royal Albert Hall in London, UK on Feb. 12, 2017.

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 28, 2018

In changing her own canon to presumably incorporate more diversity into her writing, she’s not adding meaningful content, nor is she being respectful in how she's introducing this supposed representation.

Editorial: ‘Sesame Street’ misses educational opportunity

Bert and Ernie perform in a scene in the 1978 TV special, “Christmas Eve on Sesame Street.”

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 21, 2018

Bert and Ernie — the beloved roommates of “Sesame Street” — aren't gay. For a show that has made concerted efforts to portray the kind of diversity that children experience in real life, this is a disappointing revelation.

Philippine Nationality Room highlights need for diversity

The Philippine Nationality room, currently under construction, will join the three existing East Asian heritage room. (Photo by Jon Kunitsky | Staff Photographer)

By Grace McGinness, For The Pitt News

August 29, 2018

The Philippine Nationality room is an important step in diversifying the Nationality Rooms, 20 of which represent white European countries.

Editorial: Trudeau demonstrates skin-deep commitment to diversity

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau delivers remarks to supporters at a fundraising event Jan. 16 in Woodbridge, Ontario. (Arindam Shivaani/NurPhoto/Sipa USA/TNS)

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

February 26, 2018

Travelers in a foreign country have two options — they can learn the culture and blend in, or they can fake it until they make it. And while it’s impossible to know which strategy Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau took on his official visit to India, it’s clear he didn’t make it. Trudeau...

Students discuss diversity in engineering

Karl Reid, the executive director of the National Society of Black Engineers, explores the factors of success Tuesday afternoon at Benedum Hall. (Photo by Anas Dighriri | Staff Photographer)

By Zane Crowell | Staff Writer

February 21, 2018

Since joining the National Society of Black Engineers in 1980, Karl Reid has dedicated his career to advancing opportunity and inclusion for African-American engineers across the country. “I got my leadership experience largely through NSBE, and I discovered my passion, which is to increase access...

Editorial: “Black Panther” sets standard for Hollywood inclusion

Three members of the Dora Milaje play major roles in

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

February 20, 2018

If pop culture in the 2010s is remembered for anything, it’ll have to be superhero movies. Marvel, DC and smaller franchises have populated the silver screen with countless heroes over the past several years, almost all of them white — until last weekend, that is. “Black Panther,” a Marvel Studios produc...

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