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‘They wanted to be seen’: African American Alumni Council discusses BAS demands, racial justice efforts

Pitt’s African American Alumni Council and the University administration held a town hall Thursday night via Zoom.

By Punya Bhasin and Rebecca Johnson

October 23, 2020

Nearly 50 years after the Black Action Society’s famous Cathedral of Learning sit-in to demand campus reforms, Nicole Parks said Thursday it’s “sad” that BAS and 17 other Black student organizations were forced to make similar demands this summer.

Gallagher provides annual report on University initiatives at ‘seminal’ moment

Chancellor Patrick Gallagher gave an annual report at Friday morning's board of trustees meeting.

By Rebecca Johnson and Jon Moss

September 25, 2020

Chancellor Patrick Gallagher said while Pitt has made strides in addressing racial injustice on campus, there is still a lot of work to do in this “seminal” moment.

‘Embarrassing’: Black student leaders criticize low Black student enrollment

According to Pitt data, Black students represented 5.26% of the undergraduate student body in 2019.

By Rebecca Johnson and Jon Moss

August 26, 2020

Ottley said this is indicative of a culture at Pitt that she believes needs to change to attract, and retain, more Black students. According to University data, Black students represented 5.26% of the undergraduate student body in 2019.

Course enrollment continues as planned, academic advising moves online

Most students have not been able to meet with their advisers in person and have had to rely on programs like Zoom and Skype as well as emails and phone calls to plan their academic progress.

By Martha Layne, Staff Writer

April 1, 2020

While advisers are unable to meet with students in person, scheduling for the fall semester is still moving forward, with students and advisers handling appointments through Zoom, Skype, Teams, phone calls and emails.

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