Diversity Forum - Wednesday, July 28

Below is the schedule of workshops and featured sessions for July 28.  All times are Eastern Standard Time.

Zoom registration and additional access information will be shared in the lead up to the Forum. If you have not already, please complete the registration form.


9 a.m. - Welcome and Featured Session

Bitter Fruit: The Poison of America’s Racism

Dr. Keisha N. Blain will be joined by paenelists for a broad conversation on American racism and how it has shaped the experiences of various groups, including Asian Americans, Black Americans, and the Latinx community.

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10:45 a.m. - Morning workshops

Ableism: Scratching the Surface

Camarie Shepard

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American Interventionism and its Role in Southeast Asian Deportation

Karen Enomoto, Alyssa Khieu, Angela Le, Josh Nguyen

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Anti-Racism and Allyship in Academia

Mary C. Parker

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Becoming an UPSTANDER

Dr Rickquel Tripp, Dr. Emilia Diego

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Beyond Impact "Cultural Awareness Tool" Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Camica Credle and J. Lamont Harris

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Building a Stronger, More Just Academic Community Through Mandatory Anti-bias Learning

Bailey Flanigan, Sara McAllister, Catalina Vajiac

Learn more about Building a Stronger, More Just Academic Community

Combatting Oppression in Transracial Adoption

Marianne Novy, Lori Delale-O'Connor, Jerry Dickinson, Christina Newhill

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Community Engaged Scholarship: Building Just Communities Through Asset-Oriented Research Related to Mental Health, Educational Equity, and Food Ecosystems

Stacie Dow, Program Manager of Student & Faculty Engagement at the University Honors College at the University of Pittsburgh; Jasmin Perrier (’22) Psychology, Social Work, & Spanish; Sydney Kelley (’24) Economics and Political Science; Magdalena Mendez (’24) Nursing; Dylan Delapaz (’24) Finance and Business Information Systems; Caleb Shook (’24) Business Information Systems and Political Science; Amy Blanchard (’23) Engineering; Heather Phillips (’24) Nanotechnology, Physics, and Sustainability Certificate, Aparna Ramani (‘22) Natural Sciences & Sociology, Certificate in Global Health

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Creating Contexts of Belonging

Omid Fotuhi, Research Associate, Learning Research and Development Center; Kevin R. Binning, Associate Professor, Department of Psychology and Research Scientist, Learning Research and Development Center; Julia Spears, Associate Vice Provost for Academic Innovation, Office of the Provost; April Belback, Director of Undergraduate Advising and Mentoring, Office of the Provost

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Disrupting the University-Centered Institutional Review Board: Democratizing Research Monies for Nonprofits and Advancing Equitable Research

Dr. Faith R. Kares, Patrizia Santos

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IDEA Rounds: Curricular Innovation to Ignite a Culture of Social Justice

Andrew McCormick MD, Sylvia Choi MD, Jessica Garrison MD, Grace Slater MD and Ben Miller MD

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Identifying Raci(al/st)

Dr. Sheena Mason

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Imagining Racially Just Futures: Design methods for long-term visions

Hillary Carey and Rachel Arredondo

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Intergroup Dialogue for Social Justice Education

Mario Browne (moderator/panelist), Vincent O. Johnson, Kristen Kanthak, Marnie Bertolet and Chantele Mitchell-Miland

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Making Antiracism a Daily Practice

Kirsten Ivey-Colson and Lynn Turner

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Reimagining Allyship Through Storytelling

Ahmed Ghuman, PsyD, MBA, LPC and Sean Moundas, PsyD

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Supporting Student Development in a Digital Age: Social Media and Student Activism in Black Lives Matter Movement

Ying-Tung (Ivy) Chou

Learn more about Supporting Student Development in a Digital Age

The Dysconsciousness of Citizenship

Malea Lash, Noah Trantel

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The Impact of Selective Historical Education on Racial Identity and Cultural Biases Within Adolescents

Kim Le, Gloria Kehinde

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Transgender in America: Terminology, Experiences, and Allyship

Ben Greene

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Uproot: Dismantle Systemic Issues/Barriers to Create Inclusive School Environments, Equitable Outcomes, & Community Healing

Dr. MarkenyaL. Williams

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12:15 p.m. - Featured Session

To Be Oneself 

Julie Beaulieu (she/they) Lecturer for the Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies Program, Dr. Jules Gill-Peterson (she/her), Associate Professor of English and the Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies Program, Dr. Darren Whitfield (he/him), Assistant Professor of Social Work and Psychiatry, Miracle Jones (she/her), Director of Policy and Advocacy, 1Hood Media, Ari Rubinson (he/him), Registered nurse and advocate for LGBTQ competent healthcare, Max Reiver (they/he), Recent Pitt alum and former preseident of T is For, Dena Stanley (she, her, hers), CEO and Founder of TransYOUniting

This session will focus on understanding the experience of transgender people within the broader social landscape we share, and how we can shift the cultures of our institutions and communities in ways that stop the erasure of trans lives.

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2:00 p.m. - Afternoon workshops


Heather Tomko

Learn more about #DisabledGirlSummer

A Holistic Approach to Implementing Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging

Latonya Latamore

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Challenges, Strategies and Changes: Critical Assessment of Professional Graduate Curricula

Joanne Baird, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA; Ketki D. Raina, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

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Community Vaccine Collaborative: A community-academic partnership to promote vaccine equity

Jamil Bey, PhD; Maya Ragavan, MD, MPH, MS; Elizabeth Miller, MD, PhD; Mylynda Massart, MD, Ph; Dr. Shannah Tharp-Giliam, and Ms. Claudia Sanchez 

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Dismantling Oppressive Psyches & Related Symptoms

Dr. Amy S Walker

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Dismantling Racial Trauma: Uncovering and healing from internalized systemic oppression

Dareen Basma, Ph.D, LPC; MengchunChiang, Ph.D; Allison Jedinak, Psy.D

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Diverse Spend at Pitt: Progress Update

Jennifer Barnes

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Empowering Student Leaders: Investing in strengths and social identity

Drew Harris and Esther Rosbrook, Ed.D.

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Fighting Historical Legacies of Racism and Urban Inequality through Data

Susan Lucas and Roberta Mendonça De Carvalho

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Islamophobia: A Threat to All Americans

Dalia Mogahed, Director of Research at the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding

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More Than Just A Diversity Hire: How institutional composition contributes to racial oppression on college campuses

Leah Reynolds, Ed.D; Tanyka M. Barber, J.D

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My Work is Your Work

Ms. Yvette R. Moore and Mr. Isaiah Spencer-Williams

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Promotores de Saludas: A Vehicle to Dismantle Oppression in the Latinx Community

Dr. Sharon E. Taverno Ross and Dr. Patricia I. Documét

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The Activism Growth Model: A guide to growing your activist identity

Dr. Gyasmine George-Williams

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The Butterfly Effect and Reflecting on White Supremacy

Julia Le, BhuvithaChagantipati, Ivy Chang,Selam Mekbeb-Gillett, Alexa Pierce, Aditi Sridhar, YitianWang

Learn more about The Butterfly Effect

The Vibrant Index: Measuring What Matters and Promising Practices

Lora McKnight, COO and Vice President, Programs and Services, Vibrant Pittsburgh, Allegra Elson, Director of Training and Development, Vibrant Pittsburgh

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“You Speak Good English!” The Hidden Messages of Microaggressions

Ahmed Ghuman and Emiola Jay Oriola

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3:30 p.m. - Featured Session

Building a Just Educational System

Dr. Valerie Kinloch, Pitt School of Education Dean, Dr. Charlene Dukes, Interim President, Montgomery College, Dr. Jason Irizzary, Dean of the Neag School and Professor at UCONN and faculty associate in El Instituto: Institute for Latina/a, Caribbean and Latin American Studies, Dr. Tyrone Howard, UCLA

Education is traditionally seen as a means to ‘success.’ This session will explore, and perhaps explode, assumptions about what ‘success’ means and how education — and educational systems — must disrupt injustice and oppression if we are to fully become who we have the potential to be as individuals, as communities, and as a society.

Learn more about Building a Just Educational System and register to attend