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University of Pittsburgh

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
4200 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15260
Phone
(412) 624-4141
Email address
pitt.admissions@pitt.edu
School Information
"The University of Pittsburgh is a state-related research university, founded as the Pittsburgh Academy in 1787. Pitt is a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), which comprises 63 preeminent doctorate-granting research institutions in North America." The university enrolls over 30,700 students, employers over 5,300 faculty, and offers multiple academic programs across its four campuses (Source: https://www.pitt.edu/about).
General Information
The University of Pittsburgh has finalized the development of PITT 0211, “Anti-Black Racism: History, Ideology, and Resistance.” The course will use “intersectional analysis” and show how anti-Black racism functions in U.S. society. This course is now required of all first-year students. Additionally, the PittEd Justice Collective introduced an initiative for ‘justice teaching’ in public schools. In 2021, numerous events such as the Diversity Dialogue series of 80 workshops took place in order to involve the student body in discussions of subjects such as anti-racism. See developments below:

Actions Taken

Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • The Department of Psychology hosted an optional Anti-Racist Teaching Pedagogy Workshop for graduate students and faculty. Numerous other departments have joined in providing diversity programming.
Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • First-year students are required to take PITT-0211, “Anti-Black Racism: History, Ideology, and Resistance.” The course will use “intersectional analysis” and show how anti-Black racism functions in U.S. society.
Political Actions and Support for Anti-Racism
  • Pitt introduces initiative for ‘justice teaching’ in public schools through a three-year working group called the PittEd Justice Collective.
Program and Research Funding
  • The Andrew M. Mellon Foundation funded the University of Pittsburgh numerous times for the Summer Institutes for Advanced Study in the Information Sciences, which is a diversity program. These grants include a $856,000 grant awarded in 2019.
Resources
  • The university is offering a virtual seminar entitled, "Ethical, Anti-Racist, and Decolonial Approaches to Engaged Scholarship," as part of its Engaged Scholarship Development Initiative (ESDI).
  • The university has recently been holding numerous events centered on anti-racism, diversity, and social justice. This includes, but is not limited to, the 2021 Diversity Dialogue series which consisted of 80 workshops.
  • The School of Social Work named James Huguley as the new Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Dr. Huguley will be "collaborating to facilitate equity and inclusion in the curriculum and academic endeavors."
  • The University of Pittsburgh's Center for Bioethics and Health Law provides numerous resources for racism and bioethics.
Symbolic Actions
  • On June 2, 2020, the university responded to the death of George Floyd by stating, "It is impossible to forget the image of George Floyd, gasping for air as a police officer who is sworn to protect and defend calmly kneels on his neck until he dies. It is both a shocking scene of violence that should never happen and a potent reminder that it continues to happen all the time."
Last updated July 26th, 2022
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