The UPSIDE Award

The Creating a Just Community Award and UPSIDE Award Luncheon will be held at 11:30 a.m. Jan. 19 in the William Pitt Union Assembly Room. Reservations are now being accepted.

Consistent with the University’s Strategic Plan, UPSIDE will be presented to the outstanding University of Pittsburgh school, division, initiative, or program area (“Programs”) making a significant contribution to increasing diversity and inclusion. UPSIDE will acknowledge those Programs that seek to increase access to and full participation in all aspects of the University by minorities, women and other protected classes under the law.

Factors for consideration include:

  • A consistent record of commitment and success in diversity and inclusion efforts and related initiatives that impact the University community.  There will be greater consideration given to those nominations that include multiple years of documented achievements for the reviewing committee to consider:
  • Innovative approaches to increasing diversity and inclusion within the University community in areas such as recruitment, retention, promotion, academic, and other programming and business activities or enterprise.
  • Creative and inspiring plans for future initiatives, particularly plans developed with cross-unit partners, and which illustrate innovative approaches.

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Previous Winners

2020 UPSIDE Award Winner

2019 UPSIDE Award Winner

2018 UPSIDE Award Winner

2017 UPSIDE Award Winner

2016 UPSIDE Award Winner