Diversity Forum 2022

Diversity Forum 2022

Thank you for another successful Diversity Forum!

Even though the Diversity Forum has ended, you can still access the 2022 Diversity Forum Attendee Hub to session recordings. 

Missed the Diversity Forum, but still want to access the recordings? Email us at forum@pitt.edu to request access.

Questions?  Email forum@pitt.edu.

This year's theme was "Rewiring Our Systems: Transforming the Intersections of Inequity."

The forum featured a dynamic array of keynote programs and community-led sessions that aim to develop social equity consciousness and systems thinking approaches. Programs will address the intersections of social identities and cultivate models for advancing social justice.

The forum is entirely virtual and is free and open to the public.

Keynote Speakers

Tarana Burke and Nyle DiMarco

Tarana Burke - Activist Author, and Founder of the "me too" Movement

Nyle DiMarco - Deaf Activist and Winner of America's Next Top Model and Dancing with the Stars

Forum Schedule

Monday, July 25

9 AM: Pre-Forum Institute

Tuesday, July 26  

9 AM: Pre-Forum Institute

5:30 PM Nyle DiMarco: Living Out Loud: Expanding the Conversation

Katie Booth (moderator)

7 PM: Sparking Change: An Evening with Friends (in person)  

Host: Taylor Waits

Wednesday, July 27  

9 AM: Tarana Burke: Beyond the Hashtag 

Prof. Jabeen Adawi (moderator)

10:45 AM: Concurrent Workshops

12:15 PM: After Redlining: Overcoming Unjust Impacts and Building Equitable Futures  

Dr. Michael R. Glass (moderator), Dr. Andre M Perry, Marimba Milliones

2 PM: Concurrent Workshops

3:30 PM: Online Activism: Social Justice in Digital Spaces

Dr. David Miguel Molina (Moderator), Kim Saira, Winter BreeAnne , Nupol Kiazolu 

Thursday, July 28  

9 AM: A Catalyst for Change: The Role of Higher Education in Impacting Systems of Inequity

Rich Milner, Daryl Smith, Michael Anthony, and Clyde Pickett (moderator)

10:45 AM: Concurrent Workshops

12:15 PM: The Intersections of Inequity, Justice, and Health: Reproductive Autonomy for All

Lee Smith, Christian Lovehall (aka Brotha Doula), Greer Donley, Imani Barbarin

2 PM: Concurrent Workshops

3:30 PM: A Time for Grace and Healing

Jay Darr (moderator), Rodney Valandra, Felicia Savage, Virginia Montanez 

Pre-Forum Institute - Illuminating the Vaccine for Racism: Embodying Grounded Personal and Collective Racial Equity Consciousness

Dates: Monday, July 25 – Tuesday, July 26 | Times: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Registration Fee: $199 (Free to University of Pittsburgh faculty, staff, and students)

The Pre-Forum Institute guides participants through the critical systems thinking racial equity consciousness framework to grow mindsets and abilities to develop antiracist, strategic, organizational, and systems thinking approaches to dismantling racism. The Institute is facilitated through immersive community learning and dialogue modules that integrate narrative guides, reflection exercises, small group dialogues, and more.

Learn more and register for the Pre-Forum Institute.

Workshop Proposals

Workshop Proposals have closed.  You may still submit a proposal for a virtual poster presentation.  

Participant Outcomes

  • Reflect on the impact of intersectionality and how our socialization informs our biases and positions us to, knowingly or unknowingly, perpetuate structural oppression, social injustices, and systemic inequities across social identity groups.
  • Cultivate social equity consciousness and collective capacity to embrace and engage different cultures, perspectives, and people.
  • Foster systems thinking approaches and multicultural coalitions of support to advance models for structural liberation, social justice, and systemic equity

Art of Diversity

In conjunction with the 2022 Diversity Forum, the University of Pittsburgh Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion and Pitt’s Center for Creativity present the third annual Art of Diversity Showcase.

We invite all members of the Pitt and regional communities to submit creative work of any kind, from visual art to writing to performance. We’re looking for pieces that expand diversity consciousness, particularly an awareness and understanding of intersectionality, and that embrace and celebrate minoritized cultures and perspectives.

Work will be displayed on the Showcase gallery, and on University web and social media channels, with artist attribution. Deadline for submissions is Friday, July 1, 2022.

All entries are eligible for award distinctions. Awardees will be announced during the 2022 University of Pittsburgh Diversity Forum in the last week of July.

View the 2022 Gallery