Office of Diversity and Inclusion

A Message from the University Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Message from the Vice Chancellor

The University of Pittsburgh community has been deeply impacted by the tragic shooting death of Antwon Rose Jr.

We have been made aware of racial and offensive social media posts in response to the demonstrations following Antwon's death. These posts, attributed to a Pitt staff member, run directly contrary to our mission and our core values.

We take this matter very seriously. And while we will take appropriate responsive action, we cannot comment on personnel matters — including discipline — for any of our employees.

The University of Pittsburgh strives to create an open and inclusive environment where everyone is respected. The events in our world around us, and within our community, compel us to continue working together to realize this vision.

DIVERSITY AND INCLUSIVE EXCELLENCE 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. As there is more work to do, Pitt strives to become more diverse and inclusive every day. 

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.  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.  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.