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Ron Idoko: Lifting up those around him

Ron Idoko: Lifting up those around him

By Griffin Floyd, Staff Writer April 21, 2021
Pitt football taught Ron Idoko lessons that still impact him long after he’s finished playing.
Pitt’s Bradford campus, the Office for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, the Center on Race and Social Problems and the Black Action Society sponsored a panel Thursday afternoon called “The Black Impact: Black Faculty and Administrators’ Influence on Black Student Success.” Fellow members of the Black Pitt community, including faculty, students and administrators attended.

‘The same fire’: Black students, faculty discuss diversity, activism on campus

By Rebecca Johnson, News Editor February 26, 2021
Pitt’s Bradford campus, the Office for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, the Center on Race and Social Problems and the Black Action Society sponsored Thursday afternoon’s panel “The Black Impact: Black Faculty and Administrators’ Influence on Black Student Success.”
Student Government Board and the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion hosted a panel Thursday evening titled “What the F*ck? Unfiltered Conversations About Diversity and Inclusion Between Students, Staff and Administration.”

Panel discusses white privilege, white supremacy at Pitt

By Rebecca Johnson, News Editor February 12, 2021
Pitt’s Student Government Board and Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion hosted the Thursday evening’s panel “What the F*ck? Unfiltered Conversations About Diversity and Inclusion Between Students, Staff and Administration” with students and staff.
“First Peoples Past & Present: Native Health and Voting Power,” an event focusing on the history of Native people in Pittsburgh and the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on Native communities, was hosted by Pitt’s Office of Health Sciences Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and the Office for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion on Wednesday afternoon.

Panel discusses health disparities, voter power in Indigenous communities

By Natalie Frank, Senior Staff Writer January 29, 2021
Two Pitt diversity offices hosted a panel Wednesday afternoon focusing on the history of Native people in and around Pittsburgh, as well as examining the COVID-19 pandemic’s effect on Native communities.
The Office of Diversity and Inclusion released a new social justice website in late September.

Pitt introduces new website dedicated to social justice

By Betul Tuncer, For The Pitt News 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.
Student Government Board hosted a virtual town hall with Black Action Society in place of its usual Tuesday night meeting this week. The event focused on mental health as it relates to COVID-19 and the Black Lives Matter movement.

Pitt officials address student questions about mental health on campus

By Nathan Fitchett, Senior Staff Writer October 21, 2020
The town hall, part of Pitt’s Mental Health Awareness Month, focused on mental health at Pitt, particularly how it’s been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and the Black Lives Matter movement.
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.

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

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

Diversity Forum panel discusses xenophobia

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.
Cheryl Ruffin hosted the Office of Diversity and Inclusions Wednesday town hall.

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

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.
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