The University of Pittsburgh remains committed to providing ongoing opportunities for dialogue that promote unity, equality, and justice. Please take advantage of these various programs to continue the important work of building an inclusive, caring Pitt community that rejects ignorance, racist violence, intolerance, hatred, and oppression.
"Our mission of education and research offers a way forward through these deeply challenging times. As educator and activist Mary McLeod Bethune once wrote, 'Knowledge is the prime need of the hour.' When protests wane, it will be important to continue to intensify our critical understanding of the roots of racism, violence, and oppression." —Provost Ann E. Cudd
New events will be added to this page as they are announced. Please check back for updates.
Links to recordings and other materials are provided after the event below when available.
Pitt-Greensburg: Growth Through Knowledge and Understanding Series
A series of six workshops and speaker events exploring diversity, social justice, racial equality, Black Lives Matter, racial justice, privilege, becoming an ally and the future.
- Judaism Explained
Aug. 25, 2-4 p.m.
- Life Experience in Westmoreland County
Sept. 15, 6 p.m.
- Good and Necessary Trouble
Sept. 29, 10 a.m.-noon
- Privilege 101
Oct. 13, 2-4 p.m.
- How to Be an Ally
Oct. 27, 2-4 p.m.
- Education: From the Hearts and Minds of Our Youth
Nov. 10, 6 p.m.
Read about the program in "Pitt-Greensburg, Westmoreland workshops to explore racism, diversity and social justice" in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
Read "Pitt–Greensburg partners with diversity coalition on speakers series" in University Times.
White Privilege in Information
Sept. 21, 3-4:30 p.m.
Oct. 15, 2-3:30 p.m.
Systemic structures of white privilege and power are embedded in American culture. Personal and institutional commitments to equity, diversity, and inclusion demand that we examine how these structures are present in scholarly communication and information systems. Topics introduced will be wide-ranging. Examples include what is ‘valid’ research inquiry, how information is described and categorized, how search algorithms are biased, digital redlining, what kind of stories are preserved, and how scholars of color are (not) cited. Join us for an examination and discussion of these issues and more.
Black Study Intensive
Sept. 28-Oct. 2
Read "University Community Encouraged to Join Black Study Intensive This Fall" in Pittwire
Read "Black Study Intensive will look at current issues through art" in University Times
- Monday, Sept. 28
- 1 p.m.: Opening talk by Yale scholar Emily Greenwood titled, "Overthrowing Deadly Metaphors"
- 6 p.m.: Public reading and conversation: Dionne Brand and Harryette Mullen: "These Tyrannical Times: Poetry as Liberatory, Poetry as Undoing" ft. Dionne Brand and Harryette Mullen
- Tuesday, Sept. 29
- 6 p.m.: Performance, readings and conversation with JJJJJerome Ellis, Saidiya Hartman, and Erica Hunt: "Looking for Language in the Ruins"
- Wednesday, Sept. 30
- 6 p.m.: Poetry reading, photography and conversation with Aracelis Girmay and Zun Lee: "The Sweetness that Survives the Slaughter"
- Thursday, Oct. 1
- Friday, Oct. 2
- 2 p.m.: "Love is the Great Rebellion" with filmmakers Charles Burnett and Julie Dash (who were part of the L.A. Rebellion film movement) and participant moderator Daniel Alexander Jones.
- 2 p.m.: "Love is the Great Rebellion" with filmmakers Charles Burnett and Julie Dash (who were part of the L.A. Rebellion film movement) and participant moderator Daniel Alexander Jones.
The Legal and Social Ramifications of America’s Racial Pandemic
Join Pitt Law and the Univ. of Pittsburgh School of Social Work for the Annual Rubash Distinguished Lecture Series. William Generett, Jr. Esq., Vice President for Community Engagement at Duquesne University will discuss, "The Legal and Social Ramifications of America’s Racial Pandemic."
Race, Crime and Voting Rights: The Ongoing Battle for Democracy in Florida
Just weeks ago a federal appeals court issued a ruling that likely will prevent some 800,000 Floridians from voting in the November election. The decision is the latest salvo in a decades-long battle over Florida’s lifelong voting ban for anyone convicted of a felony, a law that originated as a post-Civil War strategy to prevent newly freed African Americans from voting and to this day bars one in four Black men from the polls in Florida. The resilience of this profoundly undemocratic policy, despite longstanding popular opposition, exemplifies the strength of structural racism in the United States today.
Virtual Pitt Education Alumni Lecture with Dr. Bettina L. Love:
We Want To Do More Than Survive: Abolitionist Teaching And The Pursuit Of Educational Freedom
Join Dean Valerie Kinloch and the School of Education community as we welcome Dr. Bettina L. Love to present the 2020 Pitt Education Alumni Lecture. The event is sponsored by the PittEd Justice Collective and the School of Education's Alumni and Development Office. Dr. Love is the Athletic Association Professor in Education in the University of Georgia 's Mary Frances Early's Department of Educational Theory and Practice and is the esteemed author of the book "We Want To Do More Than Survive: Abolitionist Teaching And The Pursuit Of Educational Freedom." Dr. Love is also a two-time Pitt alumna, and completed her Master of Education in our school.
Pitt-Johnstown Fraternity Sorority Life and Pitt Johnstown Program Board present:
Armed with sincerity, intellect, and rare comedic ability, Preacher Moss presents the “End of Racism” Comedy and Lecture Tour. With his insight on “racial understanding vs. racial interaction”, he has quickly become the funniest social commentator on the college scene today. Preacher Moss knows how to deliver the goods on how we see race through laughter, respect, and the humility of a man who felt the sting of racism for not just blacks, but whites, gays, latinos, as the poor and underclass of America.
Transnational Dialogues in Afrolatinidad: Migration, Policing and Political Movements
In this webinar, panelists will explore transnational perspectives on race as they intersect with issues of migration, policing, and political movements for Afro-Latin American and U.S. Afro-Latinx populations.
Teaching About Race and Racism: Your Syllabus 2.0
Join us to hear from distinguished scholars and educators about methods for incorporating critical pedagogies of race into teaching about language, culture, history, and society in Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia.
Lunch & Learn: Caring during COVID-19: Using data to action
Leveraging the experiences of University of Pittsburgh researchers, The Pittsburgh Study, and The Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh as a way to explore the process of moving data to action, as Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) Community PARTners staff, we will facilitate a conversation around caring during COVID-19. Specifically, we hope you all leave with an idea of best practices for engaging in university-community research relationships, including actionable steps to disrupt power in these spaces.
Engaging with Race and Racism in the Classroom
Addressing the historic and ongoing manifestations of systemic racism has implications not only for what we teach in Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies but also for how we teach our syllabi. Join us to explore the common challenges instructors encounter as well as the pedagogical principles and methods available for teaching about race and racial justice in our field.
Social Justice and Tech Reading Group: Rafalow's Digital Divisions
Each semester, we will engage with a recently published text that explores technology and implications on society, health and well-being. This semester, we will read Matthew Rafalow's Digital Divisions: How Schools Create Inequality in the Digital Age (University of Chicago, 2020). Join us to discuss Rafalow's exploration of racial and socio-economic dimensions of access to digital technologies in schools.
PittEd Justice Collective
The PittEd Justice Collective is a three-year working group at the School of Education that is engaged in anti-racist, justice-directed initiatives with students, staff, faculty, alumni, families, youth, and district and community partners.
White Co-Conspirators Groups
The PittEd Justice Collective will situate equity and justice within our School's internal operations, culture, climate, and academic engagements. As part of this effort, we will have several white Co-conspirators Groups led by white colleagues in our School (e.g. staff, students, and faculty). Groups will serve as forums for white people to further their learning about, and collaborations on, equity, justice, and antiracism, with the expectation that this work will lead to meaningful co-conspiring and activism. Complete a brief form and to indicate your interest »
"Will Race Always Matter?" Presented by Dr. Larry Davis
Dr. Larry Davis, Dean Emeritus of the School of Social Work and Founding Director of the School of Race and Social Problems, speaks as part of the American Experience Distinguished Lecture Series.
- Read "Pitt dean says U.S. is in a great racial crisis" in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
- Read "‘Why are they angry with us?’: Larry Davis talks systemic racism" in The Pitt News.
Education in a Time of COVID: Safety, Access and Equity
All are welcome to join us for this installment of our town hall series—This Is Not "Normal": Allyship and Advocacy in the Age of COVID-19—which focuses on the diverse facets of our lives and communities impacted by institutional and systemic inequities and injustices that are further exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Live CLE: What Happens Now? Bias, Race, and Tolerance at Work, School, and Society
The United States is experiencing multiple change events that are exposing significant issues of race, bias, discrimination, tolerance, and disparities. There are ongoing protests and powerful calls for change. But when the protests end and attention moves on to other concerns. what happens next? In this one-hour Ethics CLE, Adelson will help provide answers for creating and maintaining more tolerant, legally compliant workplaces, schools, organizations, and societal relationships.
Revisiting Freedom House Ambulance: A Call for a Modern and Inclusive Public Health Initiative
Designated as a Public Health Grand Rounds event, an in-depth discussion led by Phil Hallen, co-founder of Freedom House Ambulance and president emeritus of the Falk Foundation. This webinar will explore the Freedom House Ambulance model and analyze the potential of community paramedicine to address health disparities via an inclusive and diverse workforce.
From Linguistic Racism to Linguistic Justice and Liberation: Black Language, Literacy, and Learning
Join us as we discuss the ways African American Vernacular English (AAVE) should be respected and integrated as part of the literacy and learning of Black children during Covid-19 and beyond, and explore the relationship between Black children’s language and the development of a healthy identity.
Position, Power, Autoethnography: An Antiracist Workshop
The Humanities Center welcomes Louis Maraj for a workshop. A native of Trinidad and Tobago, Louis M. Maraj is an assistant professor of English at the University of Pittsburgh and author of the forthcoming book Black or Right: Anti/Racist Campus Rhetorics (Utah State UP 2020).
Equity, Antiracism, and Remote Teaching and Learning Strategies
Presented by the PittEd Justice Collective, this engaging session is for teachers, education leaders, families, and school and community partners preparing to return to school under different spatial circumstances and learning conditions, given the COVID-19 and racism pandemics.
- Read "How to Create Anti-racist Virtual Classrooms: Strategies for Teachers and Families" in Pittwire »
Lunch & Learn: Food Insecurity
The August health topic will be food insecurity and food access. Specifically, we are hoping to bring attention to insecurity and access of food in black and brown communities and the myriad ways folks in academia and community spaces are showing up. The New Pittsburgh Courier will print this Take Charge of Your Health topic in their August 12th newspaper edition. The hour is dedicated to both the presentation of information and hearing from those in the room, answering questions and thinking about the relevance and importance of this health topic.
Polarized Pandemics: The Politics of COVID-19 and Racism
All are welcome to join us for this installment of our town hall series – This Is Not "Normal": Allyship and Advocacy in the Age of COVID-19 – which focuses on the diverse facets of our lives and communities impacted by institutional and systemic inequities and injustices that are further exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Virtual Diversity Book Club
Make plans to join the Department of Medicine Office of Diversity and Inclusion for our second Virtual Diversity Book Club. Our book of choice this month is So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo.
Stimulating Change with Andrew Yang
The Pitt Program Council is excited to announce Stimulating Change with Andrew Yang! This online seminar will feature an interactive discussion with author and entrepreneur Andrew Yang focused on the importance of voting, a post-coronavirus America, and the weight that college student's voices can hold in our country.
Managing Racial Stress and Trauma
The workshop takes place Fridays from 9-10 a.m.
July 17, July 24, July 31, August 7
When discussing the impact of racism, it is easy to overlook the psychological harm it can do to its victims. In this group, students of color can will learn to identify the symptoms of race-related stress and racial trauma and how it impacts them. Likewise, students will be able to identify ways of managing their racialized distress to improve self-care.
The Allies' Anti-Racist Toolkit
Through August 4, 2020
This is a space for White and non-Black students of color to discuss active, tangible ways they can support the black community. The workshop is held Tuesdays from 4-5 p.m through August 4, 2020.
Facing White Fragility
The workshop takes place on Mondays from 1-2 p.m.
July 20, July 27, August 3
This is a White therapist-led space for White-identified students to explore what it means to be white. Students will be supported as they examine ways they have benefitted from white privilege, and discuss common concerns (e.g., "What if I say the wrong thing? I'm afraid of looking stupid”) that come along with becoming an anti-racist ally.
Diversity Forum 2020
July 28-30, 2020
Learn how we can make Pittsburgh a more inclusive region at the Diversity Forum 2020. The forum, Advancing Social Justice: A Call to Action, is a first-of-its kind virtual event at Pitt and will feature speakers including Ibram X. Kendi, historian, New York Times best-selling author and founding director of American University’s Antiracist Research and Policy Center. Secure your spot for the multi-day event by visiting the forum’s website. Registration is free and open to the public.
- Read "Updates from Diversity Forum 2020" in Pittwire »
- Recordings of sessions to be posted at Diversity Forum 2020.
CUESEF 2020 - Crisis Pedagogies: Communities, Education, and the Public Good
All events take place from 2-4 p.m.
With this year’s theme, we hope to foster deep thinking about (in)justice and (un)learning in the U.S. and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, more specifically. A related aim is sharing ideas and strategies for intervention and change that insist on life, equity, and liberatory education as essential to the public good.
- July 2, 2020 — Teach the Teachers – Youth Panel
- July 9, 2020—Care-Giving and Circles of Support
- July 16, 2020—Community Perspectives: Health, Faith, and Action
- July 23, 2020—Toward Critical Pedagogy: Teachers and Teaching
- July 30, 2020—Planning for Black Futures: Leadership and Policy Perspectives
Racialized Police Violence in Global Perspective: 5 Key Concepts
All events take place from 4-5:30 p.m.
This discussion series provides students with an opportunity to think about the most recent wave of brutal police violence in the United States in a global perspective.
- July 1: Race
- July 8: Settler Colonialism
- July 15: Racial Capitalism
- July 22: Transnationalism
- July 29: Policing in the USA
Virtual Series on Justice – Summer 2020
The PittEd Justice Collective has teamed up with Transform for Tomorrow to offer a three-part virtual series for superintendents and school leaders in K-16 education. The virtual series is presented in collaboration with the Grable Foundation, the Allegheny Intermediate Unit, and Remake Learning. View the program flyer for more information (PDF) » or Register for one or more of the webinars »
- Part 1: Justice Learning and Leading
July 14, 2020 | 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Focused on anti-racist approaches to leading and learning; explores equity and justice strategies education leaders can use to support teachers, students, and families.
- Part 2: Justice Teaching in STEM
July 16, 2020 | 1-2 p.m.
Focused on anti-racist approaches to teaching and will share perspectives of Social Justice Math and Science and STEM teacher activism.
- Part 3: Justice Listening and Strategizing
July 21, 2020 | 10:30-11:30 a.m.
A conversation with high school and college students who will share stories about racism and educational inequities.
Race, Injustice, and Seeking Change with W. Kamau Bell
The Pitt Program Council and the Black Action Society are excited to announce Race, Injustice, and Seeking Change with W. Kamau Bell! Together, the Pitt Program Council and the Black Action Society will lead a discussion with the sociopolitical comedian and United Shades of America host W. Kamau Bell, with a focus on the Black Lives Matter Movement, racism in America, and the impact all college students can have on the movements in our communities and in our country.
The Art of Diversity Showcase and Competition
Through July 6, 2020
The Office of Diversity & Inclustion is looking to share your creative projects in its Art of Diversity Showcase and Competition, held in partnership with the Center for Creativity. All members of the Pitt community and the Pittsburgh region are invited to submit creative works of any kind and are relevant to aspects of their cultural identity, sociocultural topics or social justice issues. Submissions will be accepted until July 6, and are open to all creative mediums, including visual art, music, dance and writing. The winners of the contest will be announced at the Diversity Forum 2020 on July 29.
Toxic Recipe: The Historical Ingredients for American Inequity
July 8, 2020
All are welcome to join us for this installment of our town hall series – This Is Not "Normal": Allyship and Advocacy in the Age of COVID-19 – that focus on the diverse facets of our lives and communities impacted by institutional and systemic inequities and injustices, and further exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Watch a recording of "Toxic Recipe: The Historical Ingredients for American Inequity" »
- Read "The Toxic Recipe of American Inequity" in Pittwire »
Race, Police, and Unarmed Civilian Deaths: What Can Be Done?
June 10, 2020
A conversation with David Harris, Sally Ann Semenko Endowed Chair and Professor, School of Law; Host of the Criminal Injustice podcast.
Codes of Belief & COVID-19, and Racism: Faith in an Age of Pandemics
June 10, 2020
- Watch a recording of the Codes of Belief & COVID-19 Town Hall »
- Read "Faith Leaders Discuss New Social Justice Movement" in Pittwire »
Continue the dialogue
June 16, 2020
Join Mario Brown, director of the Office of Health Sciences Diversity and Inclusion, in a space where the dialogue from the town halls can continue. If interested, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
I Can’t Breathe: From Agony to Activism Town Hall
Wednesday, June 3
The Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the Office of Health Sciences Diversity are facilitating an emergency installment of their town hall series This Is Not “Normal”: Allyship and Advocacy in the Age of COVID-19. The “I Can’t Breathe: From Agony to Activism” town hall will address the troubled history between race and justice, with a focus on the recent tragedy in Minnesota, and outline tangible actions the community can take to achieve justice and equity. The program will feature a panel of community activists, educators and public servants.