Office of Diversity and Inclusion


The Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) was established in 2015 to help build the University into a world-class model of diversity and inclusion defined by inclusive excellence and an environment that allows everyone to thrive. 

ODI is committed to fostering diversity and celebrating differences, educating the community on the benefits of diversity, promoting equity, eliminating discrimination, and advancing equal access to all opportunities at the University. 

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion:

  • Coordinates, facilitates and participates in the development and implementation of equal opportunity, nondiscrimination, and diversity policies, procedures, and guidelines for the University.
  • Monitors progress in implementing diversity initiatives and realizing objectives for enhancing inclusion.
  • Prepares institutional and governmental reports including, but not limited to, the University's Affirmative Action Plans.
  • Develops and delivers education and training.
  • Organizes, collaborates on, and participates in a variety of cultural celebrations.
  • Investigates and/or coordinates the handling of internal complaints of discrimination, bias incidents, discriminatory harassment, and grievances associated with accommodation requests.
  • Develops and creates new and existing Affinity Groups for faculty and staff.

A Welcome from our Vice Chancellor

Pamela Connelly is dedicated to fostering diversity and inclusion at Pitt and has University-wide responsibility for coordinating and expanding Pitt’s commitment to, and emphasis on, diversity and inclusion. Read a message from our Vice Chancellor.

Community Messages

Click here to read messages from Vice Chancellor Pamela Connelly for the University of Pittsburgh community. 

Diversity Awards

The University’s strategic plan, The Plan for Pitt,  includes the goal to promote Diversity and Inclusion.  This goal aspires Pitt to be a University community that embodies diversity and inclusion as core values that enrich learning, scholarship, and the communities we serve. Click here to see the accolades received.

Meet the Team

Our staff is available to answer inquiries or provide information on the University's diversity initiatives, equal opportunity and compliance with related governmental requirements. Meet the Office of Diversity and Inclusion team.

Notice of Non-Discrimination

The University of Pittsburgh, as an educational institution and as an employer, does not discriminate on the basis of disability, race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, genetic information, marital status, familial status, sex, age, sexual orientation, veteran status or gender identity and expression in its programs and activities.


Click here to read the Notice of Non-Discrimination and learn about the resources available.

ODI Vision Statement

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion aspires to help create and sustain a university-wide culture that appreciates the reality that diversity, equity and inclusion are essential to the University’s mission and continued excellence.  Through strategic initiatives and partnerships, policy development and stewardship, innovation, education, and complaint resolution, ODI will shape Pitt’s future to one where all community members can fully realize their potential. 

Office Hours

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and the Title IX Office, offer office hours in a number of locations across campus.  Visit the Office Hours page for more information.


Our Mission

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion strives to advance Pitt’s efforts to embed diversity as a transformational force in academic excellence and professional growth through education, the celebration of diversity, and the fair and objective response to complaints and issues.

Strategic Plan

Diversity and Inclusion are key values and goals for Pitt.  In the University's Strategic Plan—The Plan for Pitt: Making a Difference Together, Academic Years 2016-2020, Pitt established "Embrace Diversity and Inclusion" as one of its five stand alone strategic goals. It also embeds the values of diversity and inclusion into several other goals. Read The Plan For Pitt (PDF)