2021 Diversity Forum Workshop Proposals

The aim of the 2021 Diversity Forum, “Dismantling Oppressive Systems: Building Just Communities,” is to engage and equip participants with the knowledge, skills, and resources to identify sources of systemic oppression, consider strategies for dismantling that oppression, and actions critical in fostering more equitable and just communities in which we live, work and learn.

The forum will focus on outlining the key concepts underpinning social justice, illuminating examples of systemic injustice, and examining means and methods of infusing equitable and just policies and practices across multiple sectors in our communities.

The forum will examine the systemic, institutionalized nature of oppression, the manifestations of systemic power dynamics within higher education and broader social contexts, as well as the impacts of different forms of oppression on individuals, groups, and society. Participants will also discuss theories of racial/social identity development that can help in understanding oneself, others, and intergroup dynamics in the context of implementing social justice efforts. Topical institutional and societal challenges, and associated strategies for change will be explored.

We welcome all members of the Pitt community, and community at-large, to submit virtual workshop proposals for the 2021 forum via this form

Workshop Proposal Guidelines:

  • Workshops should be formatted for virtual presentation.
  • Workshops should run for 60 - 75 minutes, including Q&A. 
  • Workshop proposals should align with the forum’s aim and objectives as detailed above 

Workshops will be categorized to assist participants in meeting their learning and growth goals. Categories will be knowledge level and usage.

The deadline to submit workshop proposals is Friday, May 21, 2021. Questions can be directed to diversity@pitt.edu