Office of Diversity and Inclusion

A Message on Diversity and Inclusion

February 23, 2017

Dear University community:

Last night, the federal government announced changes to guidance from the U.S. Departments of Justice and Education under Title IX regarding transgender students accessing facilities that correspond with their gender identity.

In the wake of this announcement, I want to clarify that our current policies and practices regarding protection from discrimination based on gender and gender identity, including specific policies and practices regarding access to university facilities, remain unchanged. The University developed these policies and practices with broad input from the community and based on many forms of guidance, and these policies and practices support our commitment to a diverse and inclusive learning environment.

If you have any questions regarding our policies and our practices in this area, I encourage you to contact our Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

Respectfully,

Pamela W. Connelly
Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion

 

Diversity at Pitt

The University of Pittsburgh is committed to fostering diversity and inclusion throughout its five campuses—in classrooms, offices, residence halls, laboratories, and every other place where people work, research, and learn.  This website is intended as a resource for information relating to diversity and inclusion at Pitt for the entire campus community.

The Pitt community is rich in diversity, which is an essential component of its excellence. Diversity in a respectful, inclusive environment promotes critical thinking and increases the ability to communicate, work, and interact. These core values of diversity and inclusion also promote equity and social justice, and enhance the educational and employment experience by exposing us, and challenging us to consider, the experiences and perspectives of others. 

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) provides leadership, partnership, support and resources for many diversity initiatives here at Pitt.  Given the size, complexity, and collegial nature of the University, ODI does not do this alone. Many key partners throughout the University are dedicated to fostering diversity and inclusion. ODI also works to ensure equal opportunity and compliance with related governmental requirements and anti-discrimination laws, and it investigates discrimination, harassment, and accommodation complaints and grievances. 

Key Initiatives

  • Affirmative Action and Diversity Recruiting Services

    The Office of Diversity and Inclusion is responsible for the University's Affirmative Action Program and coordinates compliance with Pitt recruitment policies. The office can also provide resources and training upon request. Learn more

  • Education and Training

    The Office of Diversity and Inclusion offers workshops that create opportunities for faculty and staff to further their understanding and respect for the importance of diversity and inclusion in a successful educational and employment environment. We can also customize training for a variety of audiences and needs. Learn more

  • Pitt Diversity Initiatives

    If you would like to join one of our existing Affinity Groups or have an idea for a new group, please contact our office. We are also busy planning a robust calendar year of Monthly Celebrations.  If you have a celebration, event, or program you'd like to include on our Web site, please e-mail us at diversity@pitt.edu.

Key Initiatives

  • Affirmative Action and Diversity Recruiting Services

    The Office of Diversity and Inclusion is responsible for the University's Affirmative Action Program and coordinates compliance with Pitt recruitment policies. The office can also provide resources and training upon request. Learn more

  • Education and Training

    The Office of Diversity and Inclusion offers workshops that create opportunities for faculty and staff to further their understanding and respect for the importance of diversity and inclusion in a successful educational and employment environment. We can also customize training for a variety of audiences and needs. Learn more

  • Pitt Diversity Initiatives

    If you would like to join one of our existing Affinity Groups or have an idea for a new group, please contact our office. We are also busy planning a robust calendar year of Monthly Celebrations.  If you have a celebration, event, or program you'd like to include on our Web site, please e-mail us at diversity@pitt.edu.