Podcast: The Inclusion Interchange

A podcast about equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility

"The Inclusion Interchange," launched in fall 2023, is a podcast featuring conversations between University of Pittsburgh students, faculty, and staff and Clyde Wilson Pickett, chief diversity officer and vice chancellor for equity, diversity, and inclusion at the University of Pittsburgh. You can subscribe using Podbean, Google, Spotify, Amazon Music, iHeart, Player.FM, or Podchaser.

Episode 5: Ron Idoko

Ron Idoko (A&S ’05, GSPIA ’07) serves as director of the office of social innovation in honors education in the Frederick Honors College, associate director of the Center on Race & Social Problems, and founding director of the Racial Equity Consciousness Institute.

He recently was presented with the University’s 2024 Martin Luther King Jr. Creating a Just Community Award. Transcript

Episode 4: Feminista Jones

Feminista Jones is a feminist writer, public speaker, community activist and retired social worker. She is an award-winning writer and the author of the critically acclaimed "Reclaiming Our Space: How Black Feminists Are Changing the World From the Tweets to the Streets" (Beacon).

Her work centers around diversity, equity and inclusion, critical race theory, intersectionality, mental health, queer identity and social work. She teaches courses on race, gender and LGBTQ experiences at Temple University.

Jones will be delivering the closing remarks Jan. 24 at the University of Pittsburgh's 2024 Diversity Forum. You can register online.


Episode 3: Bee Schindler and Lisa Upsher

Lisa Strother Upsher is director of health sciences diversity, equity, and inclusion. She came to the University of Pittsburgh after leading DEI efforts at the Center for Organ Recovery and Education, where she was instrumental in having CORE declared a site of the Minority Organ Tissue Transplant Education Program, promoting positive health behaviors through public education by focusing on diseases and behaviors that lead to the need for transplantation in minoritized communities.

Bee Schindler is assistant director of health sciences diversity, equity, and inclusion and program manager for the Health Sciences Social Justice Fellowship. A proud, recent graduate of the University of Pittsburgh's Doctor of Education program, they specialized. Their interest in knowledge translation — studying whose knowledge is valued, and why — has lent to deep connection to opportunities to engage with systematically oppressed individuals and communities, and utilizing insight to carve pathways for justice and action. 


Episode 2: Tessa Provins

Tessa Provins is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Pittsburgh. Provins is also one of the organizers of the 2023 Indigenous Cultural Festival at the University of Pittsburgh. 

Her primary research examines the impact of legislative institutional design on the behavior and outcomes for groups divided by party status, gender, and race/ethnicity. She utilizes the variation in institutional designs across American legislative institutions — at the state and local level — to explain how institutional features effect the relationships between party leaders and their members, interactions between political parties, and the ways in which underrepresented groups are incorporated (or not) into the policy making process.


Episode 1: Rory Cooper

Rory A. Cooper is the founding director and VA senior research career scientist of the Human Engineering Research Laboratories at the University of Pittsburgh. He has been a member of the Pitt faculty since 1994 and chaired the Department of Rehabilitation Science and Technology from 1997 to 2018. A bioengineer, Dr. Cooper was inducted into the National Inventor Hall of Fame in 2023. He has authored or co-authored more than 370 peer-reviewed journal publications and has been awarded dozens of patents.