November 2019 Newsletter

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Contents • November 2019

Change Is In The Air

October was a very special month on campus.  Hispanic Heritage Month and LGBT History Month concluded with dozens of culturally-engaging activities having taken place across campus, and the Lest We Forget exhibit and Tree of Life remembrances sparked important campus dialogue on combating hate in our communities.

Last month, we also welcomed the Disability Resources and Services office (DRS) into the ODI family.  We are excited to work more closely with the DRS team and look forward to ensuring their valuable resources are engaged widely across campus. You can learn more about the DRS transition and other restructuring developments in ODI in the @Pitt article: New Structure, Staff in Office of Diversity and Inclusion Strengthen Commitment

We are in the midst of Native American Heritage Month and our office is establishing a partnership with the Council of Three Rivers of American Indian Center to ensure we better recognize and engage our indigenous communities. We encourage anyone who is planning, or desires, to develop programming centered on Native communities to connect with us so we can support efforts accordingly.

Finally, we are thankful for the contributions of our veterans community to the University and the country, and we hope you were able to participate in one of the several events held during Veterans Week. We are deeply appreciative of the Office of Veteran Services, our Veterans Affinity Group, and all other campus partners who lead our veterans community engagement efforts.

Pam Connelly
Vice Chancellor, Diversity and Inclusion


Title IX Town Hall, Nov. 14

Title IX Town Hall
William Pitt Union - Room 630
Thursday, November 14 | 4 - 5 p.m.

We invite you to join us to discuss and review results from the AAU Campus Climate Survey, learn about reporting Title IX incidents, and have your Title IX questions answered.


Seed Funding For Sexual Misconduct Prevention Projects

Applications are now being accepted for the Chancellor’s Pitt Seed special cycle for projects related to the prevention of sexual misconduct.This rapid-fire funding cycle is open to faculty and staff and applicants can request up to $50,000 for a project. 

The deadline to submit applications online is November 27. Full details and eligibility criteria are available on the Pitt Seed Special Cycle Competition Space.

Global Entrepreneurship Week, Nov. 15 - 21

Global Entrepreneurship Week
November 15 - 21

Get ready for a week that will inspire millions!  Coordinated by the Innovation Institute, Global Entrepreneurship Week is happening November 15-21.  Pitt will be celebrating the week with Carnegie Mellon University and the other 170 countries that participate in #GEW2019!

Entrepreneurial programming will be held between Pitt and CMU over the course of the week. At these events you will gain professional insights, pitch ideas, compete for prizes, and network among the Pittsburgh startup community. Most events are open to all who are interested.

Be sure to take a look at the official Pitt Global Entrepreneurship week website to learn more about the daily programming offered during the week and to register for events accordingly. 

Greater Pittsburgh Higher Education Diversity Consortium (GPHEDC) 2019 Annual Professional Development Conference, Nov. 18

GPHEDC 2019 Annual Professional Development Conference
Monday, November 18, 2019
Power Center Ballroom
8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.

The Greater Pittsburgh Higher Education Diversity Consortium (GPHEDC) presents its fourth annual Professional Development Conference on Monday, November 18, 2019 at Duquesne University - Power Center Ballroom.

The conference theme is "Survivor: D&I - the Politics and Policy of Identity." The conference is open to all who are interested in or are working in diversity spaces in Higher Education.

A higher education leader keynote will kick off the conference, followed by an array of workshops showcasing D&I research and practice, as well as a panel on Campus Disaster Communication. Additional details including confirmed sessions and topics will be distributed at a future date. Lunch is provided.

The cost is $40 for GPHEDC members, $50 for non-members and $25 for students.

For questions, please contact Paula Davis at or 412.648.2066.

Register Here & Share With Your Networks! 


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News Roundup

One year later, community continues to heal after Tree of Life attack

Faculty Racial Equity Study finds need for improvement

Black alumni, students dedicate time capsule to be opened in 2069

Chancellor Gallagher: A Community-Driven Response to Preventing Sexual Misconduct

Talking Title IX: What You Need to Know About Reporting Sexual Harassment, Misconduct

Oakland Outlook | Sexual assault at Pitt: A survivor’s story

LGBTQ+ student leaders hope to create student center

Black alumni celebrate 50-year anniversary of historic sit-in

School of Education’s Patel molding her role as associate dean for Equity and Justice

AAU report backs up stats about domestic violence at college

Poetry | We Are the Tree Of Life

Equipoise plans Nov. 5 town hall on Black History Month 2020 event list

Academic calendar and religious, cultural traditions conflict for some

SisTers PGH leader: County jail needs new policies for trans inmates

Opinion | One year later: Perspective from a Tree of Life congregation member

Pitt to fund up to $250k in sexual misconduct prevention projects

Muslim, Jewish community leaders speak out against hate at lecture

New Structure, Staff in Office of Diversity and Inclusion Strengthen Commitment

Student-organized exhibit honors Tree of Life massacre

Homecoming 2019: Commemorating African American Alumni, George Romero and More

Pitt Seed Special Cycle to Fund Projects that Aim to Prevent Sexual Misconduct

Lest We Forget: Life-Size Art Installation to Honor Holocaust Survivors

Marchers rally in Bloomfield for black women

Former Pa. governors talk impeachment, white supremacy

Editorial: LGBTQ+ rights in the workplace shouldn’t be up for debate

After More Than Two Decades, Alumna's Acclaimed ‘The Skin I’m In’ Still Resonates

Pitt institutes menstrual products in bathrooms around campus

Diversity and Inclusion office reorganized in October

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