Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 66.51
Liaison Aurora Sharrard
Submission Date Feb. 28, 2021

STARS v2.2

University of Pittsburgh
IN-9: Diversity and Equity Recognition

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 0.50 Cheryl Ruffin
Institutional Equity Manager
Diversity & Inclusion
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Has the institution been formally recognized for leadership in diversity, equity, and/or inclusion during the previous three years by a national or international program? :

A brief description of the diversity, equity, and/or inclusion recognition:
HIGHER EDUCATION EXCELLENCE IN DIVERSITY AWARD (2019&2020) In both 2019 and 2020, the University of Pittsburgh has received the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from “INSIGHT Into Diversity” magazine. This national award is given annually to recognize institutions that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion. In 2020, the University was selected based on our impactful programs and initiatives, such as the 202 Diversity Forum that had over 12,000 participants worldwide and the biweekly town hall series called “This Is Not Normal: Allyship and Advocacy in the Age of COVID-19.” Both programs were / are free and open to the public featuring diverse panels of leaders, educators, and activists who provided insight and analysis into the systemic issues facing communities. In 2019, the University was selected for this award based on our extensive array of programs and initiatives, such as the Pittsburgh Admissions Collaborative, Cultivating Inclusive Action Planner, Diversity Retreat, and the Latinx cluster-hiring initiative, aimed at increasing diverse representation and inclusive engagement across campus. MILITARY FRIENDLY SCHOOL The University of Pittsburgh has also been designated a Military Friendly School® for eight years in a row. This designation is given to institutions for exemplary services that embrace military students. The University of Pittsburgh's Office of Veterans Services facilitates the transition of veterans from military to University life, supports their ongoing academic success, and assists veterans, guardsmen, reservists, and active duty military in receiving their educational benefits. The office is actively involved with veteran community organizations and offers other services including academic and financial guidance, per-admissions counseling appointments, career develop and resume workshops, orientation sessions designated for veterans and their families, active duty withdrawal assistance, veteran student groups, programs to attend throughout the semester, and networking opportunities. CAMPUS PRIDE INDEX As documented in Credit IN-4, the University of Pittsburgh has also received the highest rating in the Campus Pride Index that ranks participating universities based on their LGBTQI+ culture and programs that foster a supportive and welcoming environment on campus.

Documentation affirming the diversity, equity, and/or inclusion recognition:

Website URL where documentation affirming the diversity, equity, and/or inclusion recognition is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:
+ Pitt HEED Awards: https://www.diversity.pitt.edu/about/diversity-awards/higher-education-excellence-diversity-award-heed + Pitt 2020 Diversity Forum - https://www.diversity.pitt.edu/forum2020 + Pitt Diversity Town Hall Series - https://www.diversity.pitt.edu/events/town-hall-series + Pitt Veterans website - https://www.veterans.pitt.edu/ + Pitt Military Friendly designation - https://www.militaryfriendly.com/university-of-pittsburgh/ + Pitt Campus Pride Index - https://www.campusprideindex.org/campuses/details/7442?campus=university-of-pittsburgh-main-campus

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