December 2019 Newsletter

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Contents • December 2019

With Appreciation

As you may know, I recently announced with both sadness and excitement that I am stepping down from my role as Vice Chancellor of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) in early January 2020 to return to the practice of law.  While I am excited to practice law again, I am saddened by the thought of not working with you all towards our common goals.  In the spirit of diversity and inclusion, I deeply believe that passing the baton to a new leader, with a different perspective and different strengths, will greatly benefit our community as we strive towards our important goals of diversity, equity, and inclusion. 

To further aid our campus community, and incoming leadership, in advancing these goals, ODI will coordinate and curate a campus-wide diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) inventory – a comprehensive, searchable listing of the University’s resources that are aimed at advancing DEI and have helped foster a welcoming and supportive campus environment for diverse populations. This initiative will roll out in the beginning of the new year and your input will be valued and critical for the success of this Inventory as a valuable tool.

It has been an honor to serve the people of Pitt. I humbled by all that I have learned from each one of you. Pitt is fortunate to have strong support for D&I from the highest levels of leadership, a dedicated, innovative, and talented ODI team, and a network of professionals and allies across campus. 

Thank you for all that you do, thank you for teaching me, and inspiring me.  I will miss you every day and look forward to seeing what Pitt accomplishes next.

I hope that you all have a wonderful season.




2019 UPSIDE Award Announcement 

The Swanson School of Engineering’s Pitt Success, Transition, Representation, Innovation, Vision and Education (STRIVE) Program was recognized with the 2019 University Prize for Strategic, Inclusive and Diverse Excellence (UPSIDE) Award by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the Chancellor's Office.

The goal of the Pitt STRIVE Program is to improve transitions of underrepresented minority (URM) students into doctoral engineering programs at the University. Using evidence-based strategies, the program aims to foster student and faculty engagement to ensure students’ successful completion of the PhD in engineering.

Learn more about Pitt STRIVE


HOOPLA! 2020

Save the date - Thursday, January 30 - for Hoopla! 2020. The event promotes the advancement of Pitt women by highlighting female leaders, promoting cross-campus networking and supporting the women’s basketball team.

Hoopla! 2020 promises to the best yet with behind-the-scenes tours and a courtside experience in store! All Pitt women are invited to attend.

Complete event details and registration coming soon.

Black History Month 2020


Black History Month is celebrated annually during the month of February to acknowledge and celebrate the important contributions of people of African descent to our nation's life and culture.  Black History Month, which began as Negro History Week in 1926 under the leadership of Dr. Carter G. Woodson, falls in February to coincide with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. 

This year's national theme is "African Americans and the Vote". The year 2020 marks the centennial of the Nineteenth Amendment and the culmination of the women’s suffrage movement.  The year 2020 also marks the sesquicentennial of the Fifteenth Amendment (1870) and the right of black men to the ballot after the Civil War.  The theme speaks, therefore, to the ongoing struggle on the part of both black men and black women for the right to vote. You can read more about the theme on the ASALH website

ODI will be coordinating and promoting a campus-wide directory of activities for Black History Month 2020. Departments / groups that wish to have their Black History Month activities promoted on the web directory, can submit their activity information via the link below. 

Black History Month Activity Submission Form

Get Involved


Participate in D&I Events

Review upcoming D&I – related activities on the ODI Events Calendar

Share Your Cultural Activities

Are you planning an activity to coincide with an upcoming cultural month? if so, ODI would be happy to help promote it! Please feel free to submit your activity details for promotion via the Cultural Month Activity Submission Form

D&I Newsletter Submissions Welcomed!
This newsletter is intended to highlight D&I initiatives, news, and programs across campus. Please feel free to share your associated content via the D&I Newsletter Content Submission Form

Join The Inclusion Network on Pitt Commons

To facilitate ongoing and regular group engagement among D&I practitioners at Pitt, please join The Inclusion Network on the Pitt Commons. 

Use #PittDiversity on Social Media

We encourage you to use #PittDiversity to tag your D&I – related social media posts. The use of the hashtag will help generate more content awareness and help us identify & further promote content of interest.

You can follow us on social media at:

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