Year of Diversity
The 2016-17 academic year has been designated as The Year of Diversity by the Provost. You can find Provost Beeson’s remarks at the University Times.
You can find information about upcoming diversity events through the Year of Diversity website.
Provost's Diversity Institute for Faculty Development 2017
The 2017 Provost’s Diversity Institute for Faculty Development was created to offer University of Pittsburgh faculty the opportunity to increase awareness about diversity and develop the skills needed to teach in a diverse, multicultural environment. Whether it’s expanding your diversity mindfulness in classroom discussions or designing learning activities that incorporate a variety of perspectives, this institute is appropriate for any full- or part-time faculty member who wants to deepen their teaching practice. We strongly encourage your participation. These events are open to all faculty.
Additional information and registration at teaching.pitt.edu/DI17. Faculty may sign up for one or more of the sessions listed. Stipends are available to faculty who have fewer than 12-month contracts.
Seminars on Race and Gender in Teaching
What White Institutions Can Learn from Hispanic-Serving Institutions
Wednesday, May 17, 9 a.m. – noon
Alumni Hall, Room 528
Gina Garcia, School of Education
Identity Politics in the Classroom
Monday, May 22, 9 a.m. – noon
Alumni Hall, Room 528
Gabby Yearwood, Dept. of Anthropology, Dept. of Gender, Sexuality, & Women’s Studies
The Conversation Crisis: Managing Your Bias, Facilitating Conversations,
and Finding Common Ground in the Classroom
Tuesday, May 23, 9 a.m. – noon
Alumni Hall, Room 528
Mary Margaret Kerr, School of Education
Joe Horne, University Center for Teaching and Learning
Teaching Race to College Students—2017 Black/White Update
Tuesday, June 6, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m
Alumni Hall, Room 528
Ralph Bangs, University Center for International Studies
Students and Poverty
How Socioeconomic Factors Shape Student Learning and What We Can Do
Thursday, May 11, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
O’Hara Student Center Ballroom
Lori Delale-O’Connor, Center for Urban Education
Gerald Dickinson, School of Law
Ken Regal, Just Harvest
Elizabeth Votruba-Drzal, Dept. of Psychology
Transformative Intergroup Dialogue Workshop
Wednesday, May 10, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
University Club, Conference Room A
Mario C. Browne and Erika Gold Kestenberg, Pitt Intergroup Dialogue Collaborative
Understanding Our Students Series
This series focuses on understanding the intersection of various identities within the student experience. Faculty will have the chance to hear what Pitt students have to say about these important topics, and to reflect on what it means for their teaching practice. Each workshop will feature a faculty facilitator and a panel of Pitt students.
Understanding the Background and Academic Preparation of Students
from Chinese Cultures
Monday, May 15, 1 – 4 p.m.
Alumni Hall, Room 532
Meiyi Song, University Center for Teaching and Learning
Political Diversity in the Classroom
Tuesday, May 16, 9:30 a.m. – noon
Alumni Hall, Room 532
Andrew Lotz, Dept. of Political Science and Assistant Dean of Arts & Sciences
Muslim Student Perspectives
Thursday, May 18, 1:30 – 4 p.m.
Alumni Hall, Room 532
Jeanette Jouili, Dept. of Religious Studies
Students on the Autism Spectrum
Wednesday, June 7, 9:30 a.m. – noon
O’Hara Student Center Dining Room
Shaun Eack, School of Social Work
Extended Diversity Experience 2017–18 Academic Year
Do you want to take a deeper dive into your pedagogy as it relates to diversity and inclusion? Do you want to
get additional help to improve your course and make it more open and welcoming to all students? Consider
applying for the Extended Diversity Experience. Join a cohort of your peers to share ideas, approaches, and
pedagogic techniques that will expand your thinking about inclusion in the classroom. Stipends are available, and cohort meetings occur once a month in the academic year (September–March). Please visit the link below for the application.
Diversity in the Curriculum and Inclusion in the Classroom
A number of programs designed to build faculty awareness and capacity to teach a diverse, multicultural audience and to create a classroom environment that is inclusive and welcoming are sponsored by the University Center for Teaching and Learning and are available to Pitt faculty.
Understanding Our Students: A Series Exploring the Rich Diversity of Our Student Population features a Pitt faculty facilitator and a panel of students to discuss perspectives of specific student populations. We hope this particular series will give faculty a chance to hear what our students have to say about this important topic and to reflect on what it means for their teaching practice.
Diversity in Modern Culture: Movies, Popcorn and Inclusivity is a series considering diversity in the context of popular culture with four unique films. At the conclusion of each film, faculty will facilitate a discussion. The conversation will consider how the film portrays marginalized groups, how those groups are represented in society, and how marginalized groups might feel in classes at Pitt.
For more information about these series and to register, visit the Teaching Center website.
“How Bias Creeps into Decision Making and How to Minimize Its Impact” Workshop Series
“Recruiting an Excellent and Diverse Faculty: Mitigating the Effects of Implicit Bias in Decision-Making”
In this session, Dr. Blee presented a protocol developed by the Dietrich School Diversity Committee to mitigate the effect of implicit bias in faculty recruiting and graduate student admissions.
The workshop was led by Dr. Kathleen Blee, Associate Dean, Chair of the Diversity Committee, and Distinguished Professor of Sociology, Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences. View a video recording of her workshop here.
“Understanding Unconscious Bias”
Bias is part of being human. In our faculty roles as teachers, researchers, and academic leaders, it is critical to understand our biases, identify how these biases affect our judgments and decision making, and develop strategies to overcome our biases.
In this workshop participants reviewed the research on bias, identified how bias can creep into our judgments and decision making, and developed strategies for overcoming bias.
The workshop was led by Dr. Ann Thompson, Vice Dean of the University School of Medicine and Professor of Critical Care Medicine and Pediatrics. Dr. Thompson is a certified trainer on unconscious bias and in leading this workshop used examples and exercises in a very interactive format.
“Are You Aware?” with Theater Delta
This interactive theater performance explored obstacles in increasing diversity in faculty hiring. Participants viewed a faculty recruiting scene, interacted with the actors, and participated in a facilitated discussion about implicit bias. Questions explored in this workshop included: "How does implicit and unconscious bias operate?" and "How can we improve search outcomes through a better understanding of bias?"
"Academics as Leaders: Becoming More Effective and Efficient" Workshop Series
"Fundraising Fundamentals: Engaging Alumni and Potential Donors, Making an Ask, Stewardship"
Thursday, April 6, 2017
12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
[Please be advised that the April 6 session has been postponed and will be rescheduled for Fall 2017]
In this interactive session we will focus on three core skills in fundraising: engagement, solicitation, and stewardship. Attendees will learn to think strategically about the process of fundraising from initial contact with potential donors to follow up with donors. The focus will be on take-aways that can be applied immediately.
This workshop will be led by Maura Farrell, Associate Head for Strategic and External Affairs, Winchester Thurston School
"Effective Conversations on Difficult Topics"
Do you ever dread having conversations you know you should have, or steer clear of them entirely? Many people do, and for different reasons—perhaps to avoid the uncomfortable feelings that arise when discussing a conflict. You might be trying to protect a relationship you value. Maybe you aren’t as confident as you’d like to be in your ability to navigate through a contentious discussion. And yet, in all likelihood, ignoring the issue won’t improve the situation. In this engaging and interactive session, attendees were provided with practical tools and techniques for enhancing your confidence and effectiveness in tackling challenging or uncomfortable discussions. This session prepared attendees with their own personal examples of a challenging discussion they needed to have—the facilitators helped attendees explore ways to improve theirr outcomes.
The workshop was led by Alice Pescuric, Talent Management Consultant.
"Creating Change: Agility and Execution"
In today’s world, change is the only constant, and the ability to adapt is critical for departments and schools. But organizing and leading change is hard. In this workshop, we discuss a strategic approach to change management. The workshop integrated practical examples and best practices with the latest knowledge in human behavior, network dynamics, communication, and process management. Attendees left with greater insight and a practical toolkit for managing change.
The workshop was led by Dr. Ravi Madhavan, Professor of Business Administration, Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business. View a video recording of his workshop here.
"How Can Greater Self-Insight Make Your Job Easier and Make You More Productive?"
Alice Pescuric, Talent Management Consultant, facilitated a professional development session designed specifically for faculty in administrative roles, with a focus on developing better self-insight, thereby making your time in academic administration more productive and more rewarding.
The workshop was led by Alice Pescuric, Talent Management Consultant. Alice has more than 25 years of experience in the field of Human Resources, and she is currently an independent consultant focused on the areas of leadership, organizational development, strategic planning and executive assessment and coaching.
We offered this workshop a second time this year because of the extremely strong positive response to the first offering and multiple requests for another time for this important session.
Co-sponsored by the Provost’s Advisory Council for Women’s Concerns and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion
Shaping Your Future Through Mentoring
This panel highlighted women from across the University of Pittsburgh who have successful experiences as mentors and mentees. The panelists shared their experiences on initiating, developing, and growing successful mentoring partnerships. The panel was moderated by Colleen O. Fedor, Executive Director of the Mentoring Partnership of Southwestern Pennsylvania. Panelists featured women from across Pitt, including Dr. Bita Moghaddam, Professor of Neuroscience and Psychiatry, Coach Debbie Yohman, the head coach of the Pitt Women’s Gymnastics program, Dr. Anne-Marie Oswald, Assistant Professor of Neuroscience, Meredyth Wegener, graduate student, and Brittany West, undergraduate student.
Workshop on Negotiating Skills for Women
Ayana Ledford, founding executive director of PROGRESS (Program for Research and Outreach on Gender Equity in Society) hosted a workshop on the art of negotiation and self-sufficiency for women faculty, staff, and students.
Sponsored by the Office of the Provost
Taking a Deeper Dive into our Personalities Using the MBTI (Step 2)
Though you may have the same four Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) letters as a colleague, you might feel that you are completely different. The MBTI Step II uses facets to explain these differences. Through multiple activities, we discussed how our personalities communicate best with others, and respond during conflict, change, and stress. Moderated by Maureen Lazar, Consultant, Organization Development
"Maureen did a great job at engaging us and providing an open discussion. I have gained so much today. Thank you for offering this!"
"Great practical info I can apply!"
Examining Implicit Bias in Faculty Recruiting
Theater Delta, a North Carolina-based theater company that uses interactive theater for social change, used scripted and improvisational audience participatory theater to promote dialogue and solutions addressing how implicit and unconscious bias can influence faculty search committee selections. Participants in "Are You Aware?" witnessed a scene about the hiring of a STEM faculty member, had an opportunity to interact with and challenge the characters in the scene, and then took part in a facilitated discussion about the issues raised.
"This was an excellent teaching vehicle! I thought the performance and script were spot on! Perhaps have all appointment committees that are charged with faculty hiring participate in this type of training."
"Good awareness building!"
"I think all hiring managers and/or supervisors need to attend these workshops..."
Making Conflict Work for You
Conflict is inevitable and you must decide how to handle the conflict, whether the conflict involves faculty, staff, or students. What are the implications of the decisions you make? At what point do you intercede? In this workshop, participants identified their preferred way to handle conflict, recognize alternatives that can ultimately lead to positive change, and identify strategies to resolve conflicts. Moderated by Maureen Lazar, Consultant, Organization Development
Managing for Excellence
This session included a panel of experienced Pitt faculty who have served and are serving in administrative roles in units that run exceptionally well. They taught from their experience about the keys to having your department or school be more effective. Topics included: learning to lead effectively; working with faculty to develop and advance a unit’s goals; aligning unit goals, programs, and activities with University goals; and developing successful processes and practices to implement planned programs and activities. Moderated by Dr. Larry Feick, Professor of Business Administration, Katz Graduate School of Business.
- Dr. George Reid Andrews, Distinguished Professor of History, Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences
- Dr. Kathleen Blee, Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Research and Distinguished Professor of Sociology, Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences
- Dr. Mingking Chyu, Associate Dean for International Initiatives and Leighton and Mary Orr Chair Professor, Swanson School of Engineering
- Dr. Stephen Robar, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Pittsburgh at Bradford
- Dr. Ann E. Thompson, Vice Dean and Professor of Critical Care Medicine and Pediatrics, School of Medicine
"It was useful to hear from a variety of people with different experiences. The concreteness of the discussion and examples was valuable."
“Can I Be of Any Help?” An Interactive Theatre Performance on Race Relations in the Classroom and an Interactive Workshop
Led by Theatre Delta, a North Carolina-based theater company that uses interactive theater for social change, participants experienced a thought-provoking session about the student experience through an interactive theatre performance on race relations in the classroom.
Topics addressed included: racial stereotypes, self-segregation, bystander intervention, and micro-aggressions. A discussion on the performance followed as an interactive workshop that included small group conversations related to the performance and general campus diversity issues.
Film Viewing and Discussion: "What's Race Got to Do with It?"
"What's Race Got to Do with It?" is a 49-minute documentary film that goes beyond identity politics, celebratory history, and interpersonal relations to consider social disparities and their impact on student success in today's post-Civil Rights world. Pitt's Mario Browne and Paula Davis led students, staff and faculty in a discussion after a viewing of the film.
Intergroup Dialogue Training
Designed to provide the foundational skills and knowledge necessary to facilitate multicultural group interactions, Intergroup Dialogue Training develops basic group facilitation skills through theoretical and experiential learning on topics such as group dynamics, conflict intervention, intergroup communication, and community building. Participants engaged in discussions, activities, and readings focused on prejudice, stereotyping, privilege, oppression, social identity, and group development.
An Inclusive Classroom: Practical Lessons and Techniques for Constructing a Truly Open Learning Environment for LGBTQIA Students
What does it mean to create a truly inclusive classroom with respect to students' sexual orientations and gender identities? In this interactive workshop, participants explored this question in depth, through the lens of the most current scholarship in LGBTQIA college student identity, needs, and experiences. Creative application of proven strategies (including classroom practices, curricular integration, and tools for responding effectively to bias) that can be used in any discipline was demonstrated. Together, participants envisioned and enacted ways that LGBTQIA students and their allies can experience an enhanced sense of belonging in the classroom, toward their persistence and success.
Other Workshops and Programs That May Be Of Interest
A wide range of workshops on topics ranging from effective teaching strategies to how to use popular educational technologies to making your online materials accessible to all are offered throughout the academic year by the University Center for Teaching and Learning. The Center for Teaching will also arrange to bring these workshops to your school or department. A few of the many programs available include:
Best Practices in Online Teaching
Best Practices in Online Teaching summarizes and synthesizes research about the most effective practices in teaching learner-centered courses and point to CourseWeb tools that can help you implement engaging teaching strategies.
Dealing with Difficult Situations in the Classroom
Dealing with Difficult Situations in the Classroom will help to prepare strategies for addressing such challenging classroom situations, including evaluating possible courses of action in difficult situations and applying Pitt’s policies in dealing with these situations.
Successful Teaching in Large Enrollment Courses
This interactive workshop introduces easy strategies for class participation, designing in-class activities, and implementing educational technology to promote interactive teaching in large lecture classes.
Copyright and Fair Use in Higher Education
In this session you will discuss legal issues associated with copyright in higher education, including guidelines for use of copyrighted materials.
Not Speaking the Same Language? 4 Steps to Engaging Your International Students
This workshop will cover the challenges international students face and how to create a specific plan to engage your international students based on a 4-step approach.
Introduction to Blackboard
This workshop provides the information and skills you need to start using Blackboard, the University of Pittsburgh’s learning management system.
For a complete schedule of workshops, visit the Teaching Center website.