Institutional Equity

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The University affirms and actively promotes the rights of all individuals to equal opportunity in education and employment without regard to race, color, sex, national origin, age, religion, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or any other protected class.

As a federal contractor, the University of Pittsburgh is committed to affirmative action in employment as a means of ensuring equality of opportunity.  A recent compliance review revealed areas that required that we improve the way that we are capturing faculty applicant data. Therefore, it is necessary to change the way that the University recruits for faculty.  Effective January 4, 2020, all faculty recruitment will be initiated through the Talent Center.  

This memo explains what the OFCCP is requiring.

The Institutional Equity Office is responsible for the University's Affirmative Action Program and coordinates compliance with Pitt recruitment policies and can provide resources and training upon request. The University's Affirmative Action Plan Narratives are available for review at the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Conciliation Agreement Training 

Faculty Recruitment

Embarking on the recruitment of a new faculty member is an exciting and important opportunity.  Here you'll find important information about faculty searches as well as answers to FAQs.  If you have additional questions, or require assistance, contact the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at 412 648-7860 or by e-mail at

Policies, Procedures, and Resources

In accordance with Pitt's commitment to diversity and inclusion, and its Strategic Plan, the University has developed and enforces policies and has formalized procedures that facilitate retaining and maintaining a diverse and inclusive environment.

Race and Ethnicity Definitions

Pitt is required to report on the race/ethnicity of its faculty, staff, and students to the federal government for civil rights enforcement purposes.  View the race and ethnicity definitions that are approved by the Department of Education (DOE) and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and are used at the University for reporting purposes.

University Resources

The advancement of diversity and inclusion is not accomplished by one office or group within an organization as complex and dynamic as Pitt.  Rather, it requires the commitment of many campus offices, groups, and people.  Learn more about University resources.

External and Community Resources

The University of Pittsburgh partners with organizations both within the region and nationally who share and support a commitment to diversity and inclusion.