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‘Terrifying’: Title IX office, students react to new federal regulations

Pitt’s Title IX office has implemented a number of new controversial changes announced by Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, meeting the federal government’s Aug. 14 deadline and drawing concerns from some students and Title IX officials in the process.

By Natalie Frank, Staff Writer

September 4, 2020

Pitt’s Title IX office has implemented controversial new federal Title IX regulations — meeting the federal government’s Aug. 14 deadline — despite strong opposition from some University officials. Carrie Benson said she has many concerns about the new rules, but her office will comply with them.

Diversity Forum panel discusses xenophobia

Panel members talked about xenophobia during a Diversity Forum event last Wednesday.

By Ashton Crawley, Senior Staff Writer

August 4, 2020

The panel focused on hate crimes perpetrated against Asian Americans and minorities within the United States, particularly the complexities of assimilation. Several audience members asked questions ranging from how to combat racist or xenophobic remarks from people in positions of authority to ways the Pitt community can combat anti-Asian sentiment this upcoming academic year.

‘The gift that keeps on taking’: Virtual town hall discusses relationship between capitalism, inequity

Cheryl Ruffin hosted the Office of Diversity and Inclusion's Wednesday town hall.

By Benjamin Nigrosh, News Editor

July 8, 2020

Wednesday’s “Toxic Recipe: The Historical Ingredients of American Inequity” was an installment of the “This is Not Normal: Allyship and Advocacy in the age of COVID-19” virtual town hall series.

Clyde Wilson Pickett named new vice chancellor for diversity and inclusion

Clyde Wilson Pickett named new vice chancellor for diversity and inclusion

By Jon Moss, Editor-in-Chief

June 25, 2020

Pitt announced Thursday that Clyde Wilson Pickett has been named the University’s new vice chancellor for diversity and inclusion.

Virtual town hall examines the history between race and justice

The town hall explored the ways in which members of the community can begin and sustain productive conversations.

By Benjamin Nigrosh, News Editor

June 4, 2020

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion presented the “I Can’t Breathe: From Agony to Activism” virtual town hall Wednesday afternoon, a last-minute addition to the “This is Not Normal: Allyship and Advocacy in the age of COVID-19” town hall series.

Gallagher announces further steps to prevent sexual misconduct

Chancellor Patrick Gallagher plans to establish a yet-to-be-named group within the Office of Diversity and Inclusion to develop campus-wide sexual misconduct prevention education programs.

By Rebecca Johnson, Benjamin Nigrosh, and Jon Moss

January 16, 2020

Pitt Chancellor Patrick Gallagher announced in a Thursday press release and at the Thursday afternoon Senate Council meeting that the University is expanding its community-driven response to prevent sexual misconduct.

Racial slurs case remains unsolved three months later

More than three months after two incidents of slurs targeted a black first-year student, Pitt has not been able to identify the perpetrator or group of perpetrators who committed the acts.

By Jon Moss, News Editor

January 14, 2020

More than three months after two rounds of slurs targeted a black first-year student, Pitt has not been able to identify the perpetrator or group of perpetrators who committed the acts.

Diversity and inclusion leader to step down

Pam Connelly, Pitt’s vice chancellor for diversity and inclusion and leader of the Office of Diversity of Inclusion, has announced that she will step down in early January.

By Jon Moss, Assistant News Editor

November 20, 2019

Pam Connelly — Pitt’s vice chancellor for diversity and inclusion and leader of the Office of Diversity of Inclusion — will step down in early January.

An ‘unwanting’ feeling: Investigation ongoing into two slurs against black first-year student

First-year student Jamal Johnson said he was the target of two racial slurs.

By Jon Moss, Assistant News Editor

November 7, 2019

After returning from a Tyler, The Creator rap concert in the early hours of Sept. 25, Jamal Johnson just wanted to get ready for bed.

Social Justice Symposium explores generational gaps

Bridgeworks speaker Scott Zimmer discussed generational diversity at Thursday’s Social Justice Symposium hosted by Pitt Student Affairs. (Photo courtesy of Pitt Student Affairs)

By Remy Samuels and Dominic Campbell | TPN Staff

January 19, 2018

When asked what buzzwords come to mind when talking about millennials, the words “entitled”, “self-centered”, “trophy kids” and “snowflakes” were blurted out from audience members. But Scott Zimmer assured them that, contrary to popular belief, millennials do not purposefully try to come...

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