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University of Pittsburgh
PA-7: Support for Underrepresented Groups

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Cheryl Ruffin
Institutional Equity Manager
Diversity & Inclusion
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Does the institution have a publicly posted non-discrimination statement? :

The non-discrimination statement, including the website URL where the policy is publicly accessible:

The University of Pittsburgh does not discriminate based on disability, race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, genetic information, marital status, familial status, sex, age, sexual orientation, veteran status, and/or gender identity and expression. This applies to the University both as an educational institution and as an employer, as well as within and related to all University programs and activities.

The University does not tolerate discrimination, harassment, or retaliation on these bases and takes steps to ensure that students, employees, and third parties are not subject to a hostile environment in University programs or activities.

The University responds promptly and equitably to allegations of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation. It promptly conducts investigations and takes appropriate action, including disciplinary action against individuals found to have violated its policies, as well as provides appropriate remedies to complainants and the campus community. The University is committed to taking prompt action to end hostile environments if one has been created, prevent its recurrence, and remedy the effects of any hostile environment on affected members of the campus community.

For complete details on the University’s Nondiscrimination, Equal Opportunity, and Affirmative Action Policy (07-01-03) and Sexual Misconduct Policy (06-05-01), please visit-

Does the institution have a discrimination response protocol or committee (sometimes called a bias response team)?:

A brief description of the institution’s discrimination response protocol or team:

The University of Pittsburgh is committed to maintaining an environment free from discrimination or harassment – and Pitt’s Office of Civil Rights and Title IX assists across the University in responding to and addressing reports of harassment and discrimination. As a large institution with many facets, the University of Pittsburgh’s discrimination response protocol and support depends on the nature of the incident being reported. Regardless, Pitt has a variety of responses to and supports for those who have experienced or witnessed a bias incident, act of discrimination or hate crime.

The Office of Civil Rights and Title IX oversees policies and processes to respond to bias incidents, while also providing education and training on prevention and reduction of discrimination and harassment. Overall, Pitt is working to maintain an educational and work environment that is free from unlawful harassment and discrimination. Incident reporting and response is a critical component of building that culture.

First off, if an individual is concerned about the immediate health and safety of themselves or someone else, they are encouraged to contact the police departments of the University and/or City of Pittsburgh. If applicable, Pitt Police also refer individuals to the Pitt Office of Civil Rights and Title IX and/or outside resources: https://www.police.pitt.edu/services/victim-services

In each of the cases below, Pitt works to provide the support required to ensure that the University of Pittsburgh is a safe and secure environment to live, learn, and work in. Furthermore, all students, faculty, and staff have access to counseling, public safety, and community resources.

All individuals who have experienced a hate crime, discrimination, or sexual violence are referred to Pitt’s Office of Civil Rights and Title IX (which falls under the Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion). Once an incident is reported, the Office of Civil Rights and Title IX provides triage and support and resources to those involved.

• In student respondent cases, an Investigator is assigned to the case to conduct an initial inquiry. Inquiries generally includes interviews (with the complainant, the respondent, a chair, dean, director, supervisor, responsibility center head, and/or designee) -- and sometimes include a review of relevant documents. Investigators are trained staff from the Office of Civil Rights and Title IX.

• In employee respondent cases, the Office of Civil Rights and Title IX will coordinate the initial inquiry with a chair, dean, director, supervisor, responsibility center head, or designee, followed by review of relevant documents.

• After the case evidence is gathered and indicates a misconduct it will either proceed to the Informal Process, the Formal Process, or another University Process. This choice is made based on the wishes of the complainant and the respondent; consideration of pattern of behavior; and the nature & severity of behavior or action. Both parties are notified on how the case progresses.

Where the responding party is a student, the formal process is governed by the current process stated in the Student Code of Conduct. The current process shall always apply, it is detailed and can be found at https://www.studentaffairs.pitt.edu/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Code-of-Conduct_10-1-2020.pdf

Where the responding party is an employee, the Office of Civil Rights and Title IX (in conjunction with the Student Conduct Officer, a chair, dean, director, supervisor, responsibility center head, or designee), will investigate, to include witness interviews and review of other evidence. If the investigation establishes that the Policy was violated, the Investigator and the appropriate administrator will determine recommended sanctions. These are submitted for approval to the chair, dean, director, supervisor, responsibility center head, or designee. The Investigator will distribute an outcome letter to the complainant and to the respondent, and a full report will go to the chair, dean, director, supervisor, responsibility center head, or designee. A copy of the report will be kept on file in the Office of Civil Rights and Title IX or other appropriate office.

The informal process can only be used if the alleged misconduct does not involve sexual assault or violence.

The informal process is an opportunity to bring resolution to a complaint through awareness, education, and/or a facilitated discussion. The Office of Civil Rights and Title IX (in conjunction with the Student Conduct Officer, a chair, dean, director, supervisor, responsibility center head or designee) or the Office of Human Resources coordinates the informal process. At the conclusion of the informal process, a letter summarizing the outcome(s) of the process is sent to the complainant and respondent and other appropriate University officials.

The Pitt’s Office of Civil Rights and Title IX Policies, Procedures, and Practices has a number of policies, procedures, and practices that directly help to foster a climate of equity, diversity, and inclusion; these include:
Community Standards which outline protections for individuals with disabilities at the University and provide reasonable accommodations in its programs and activities.
Community Standards which outline protections for various classes/identities at the University and prohibit harassment and discrimination in its programs and activities.
Community Standards which outline protections related to sex and gender at the University and prohibit sexual harassment/misconduct in its programs and activities.
References to federal and state laws/regulations related to our Community Standards and the agencies which enforce them.

All of these Community Standards founded on the University’s Nondiscrimination and Anti-Harassment Policy Statements: https://www.diversity.pitt.edu/civil-rights-title-ix-compliance/policies-procedures-and-practices/notice-non-discrimination

Does the institution have programs specifically designed to recruit students from underrepresented groups?:

Does the institution have programs specifically designed to recruit academic staff from underrepresented groups?:

Does the institution have programs designed specifically to recruit non-academic staff from underrepresented groups?:

A brief description of the institution’s programs to recruit students, academic staff, and/or non-academic staff from underrepresented groups:

The University of Pittsburgh has a wide multitude and variety of programs focused on recruiting students, staff, and faculty from underrepresented groups.

PITT STUDENT PROGRAMS include, but are not limited to:

1) Broadening Equity In STEM Center - The University of Pittsburgh's BE STEM Center was founded in 2019 to build a national alliance of Precollege STEM programs, a local network to support Pitt’s minoritized STEM students, and increase broadening equity and participation initiatives at the University. Learn more: https://be-stem.pitt.edu/

2) Civil Rights Bus Tour - Pitt’s 15th annual civil rights bus tour happened in 2018, http://www.studentaffairs.pitt.edu/reslife/civil-rights-bus-tour/

3) Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success:
Pitt has been an inaugural member of the Coalition since its launch in Fall 2016. Through the Coalition, we are also partnering with Community-Based Organizations (CBOs) to encourage applications and relationship building, including a successful event with Chicago Scholars in October. The goal is to improve the application process and continue to build relationships. The Coalition platform provides an opportunity to engage high school students as early as ninth grade.
Learn more: http://www.coalitionforcollegeaccess.org

4) Community College Bridge Programs, including BRIDGES (https://www.asundergrad.pitt.edu/connected-community/bridges/about-bridges)

5) Diversity Recruitment Symposiums at a variety of departments and schools across campus.

6) Gender & Sexuality Living Learning Community – In place since academic year 2018-19, the Pitt Gender & Sexuality LLC is delivered in partnership with the Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies (GSWS) Program, and provides students with gender neutral housing as well as the opportunity to participate in both programming and a one-credit course on LGBTQIA+ communities.
Learn more: https://www.gsws.pitt.edu/news/fall-18-new-gendersexuality-llc

7) Katz Graduate School of Business Diversity Student Weekend, https://www.katz.business.pitt.edu/apply/attend-admissions-event/diversity-student-weekend

8) Pitt’s Pre-college Programs for K-12 Students - Listed in full here, https://www.chs.pitt.edu/k-12-connector

9) Pitt to You - This program pairs incoming international students with current Pitt students to support their transition to life at Pitt. Student ambassadors host online welcome workshop for incoming international students. Communication with student ambassadors will continue throughout the summer with the opportunity to request an individual mentor for your start at Pitt.
Learn more about Pitt to You: http://www.pitt2you.pitt.edu

10) Pittsburgh Admissions Collaborative (PAC) - The goal of this partnership program is to provide a pathway for Pittsburgh Public Schools students to the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) and the University of Pittsburgh, with the goal of supporting students for successfully earning a college degree. The program includes early college awareness and readiness for select middle school students. Learn more about PAC: https://oafa.pitt.edu/pac/.

11) RAISE.ME Micro-Scholarships - High school students from low-income families can earn money for positive performance beginning in the 9th grade of high school. https://www.raise.me/join/pitt

12) RISE: Reaching Inside Your Soul for Excellence - The RISE program’s mission is to increase dramatically the retention and graduation rates of all students. The University’s commitment to student development, academics, socialization, mentoring, global awareness, and community development is inherent in RISE and provides students with a comprehensive learning experience designed to facilitate their success. RISE was created to meet the unique needs of underrepresented students and has an extremely diverse membership. Learn more about RISE: http://www.rise.pitt.edu/

13) STRIVE – The University of Pittsburgh’s Swanson School of Engineering PITT STRIVE program (formerly known as the AGEP-TDAE, now known as STRIVE = Success, Transition, Representation, Innovation, Vision, and Education) has a goal to improve the transitions of Underrepresented Minorities (URM) who are US citizens, into doctoral engineering programs at the University of Pittsburgh and to ensure their successful completion by employing evidence-based strategies for student and faculty engagement and fostering an inclusive academic climate for URM doctoral students. Learn more: https://www.engineering.pitt.edu/STRIVE/

14) Swanson School of Engineering’s INVESTING NOW - A college preparatory program created to stimulate, support, and recognize the high academic performance of pre-college students from groups that are historically underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and mathematics majors and careers. Since 1988, INVESTING NOW, has ensured that participants are well prepared for matriculation at the University of Pittsburgh.
Learn more about INVESTING NOW: https://www.engineering.pitt.edu/Student/Student-Programs/Investing-Now

15) Swanson School of Engineering's annual Diversity Dinnerview (example: http://www.pitt.edu/~pittswe/announcements.html)

16) Women in STEM Conference - Hosted for the last 6 years by Pitt's Society of Women Engineers' chapter in partnership with Swanson School of Engineering faculty, https://www.facebook.com/events/william-pitt-union/6th-annual-women-in-stem-conference/577871916374000

17) Due to their volume, Pitt student organizations focused on underrepresented individuals and groups are listed at the end of this section.

SUPPORT FOR ACADEMIC RESEARCH include, but are not limited to:

• Center for African American Poetry and Poetics - Works is to highlight, promote, and share the work of African American and African diasporic poets and to pollinate cross-disciplinary conversation and collaboration: https://www.caapp.pitt.edu

• Center on Race and Social Problems - Conducts applied social science research on race, color, ethnicity and their influence on the quality of life for all Americans: https://crsp.pitt.edu

• Center for Urban Education - The CUE’s vision is to be a space of learning and sharing with communities to positively transform educational opportunities and experiences. CUE structures its research, service, and knowledge dissemination into three areas: Community Partnership & Engagement; Educator Development & Practice; and Student Academic & Social Development. https://www.cue.pitt.edu

• Department of Africana Studies - Emerging from student and community demands for a culturally relevant curriculum, the mission of the Department of Africana Studies is to advance the study, research, interpretation, production, and dissemination of knowledge pertaining to the experiences of people of African descent in Africa and the Diaspora. https://www.africanastudies.pitt.edu

• “Neural Engineering Community Award for outstanding contributions to the mission of inclusion and diversity” – New in Spring 2021, the University of Pittsburgh’s Office for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion EPFL’s Equal Opportunity Office at EPFL sponsored this award for outstanding contributions to the mission of inclusion and diversity of the Neural Engineering community.


The University of Pittsburgh supports access and promotes excellence in education and research. We seek to promote equity as we act to remove barriers to the achievement of the full potential of all community members. We act upon a deep mission of social justice. And we acknowledge and welcome the broad demographic changes of our evolving society. Learn more: https://www.provost.pitt.edu/university-pittsburgh-embracing-diversity-and-inclusion

Some specific activities relative to Pitt employees are below:

• In general, the University of Pittsburgh works to ensure that its job postings and advertisements are featured in diverse publications and on job boards focused on underrepresented populations. Pitt also has a number of national and local Partnerships with diverse organizations including (but not limited to) the Association of Latino Professionals For America (ALPFA), the National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA), National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), and Vibrant Pittsburgh.

• Plan for Pitt – The University’s strategic plan includes “Promote Diversity and Inclusion” as one of its 5 key goal areas, including a strategy to “Help to attract and retain a diverse regional population and University community through the recruitment and retention of a diverse student body, faculty and staff. Learn more: https://www.planforpitt.pitt.edu/goals/promote-diversity-and-inclusion

• Many schools and several departments have Faculty Diversity Committees – including, but not limited to:
o Graduate School of Public Health’s Faculty Diversity Committee: https://publichealth.pitt.edu/fdc
o Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences’ Faculty Diversity Committee: https://www.as.pitt.edu/diversity
o School of Law’s Office of Equity & Inclusive Excellence: https://www.law.pitt.edu/about/equity-inclusive
o School of Medicine’s Office of Healthy Sciences Diversity: https://www.healthdiversity.pitt.edu
o Swanson School of Engineering’s Diversity Committee: https://www.engineering.pitt.edu/Student/Student-Programs/Diversity/Diversity-Committee
o Several other school and department diversity committees can be found here: https://www.diversity.pitt.edu/engagement/campus-groups-and-committees/university-initiatives

• Center for Diversity in the Curriculum – Pitt’s University Center for Teaching and Learning is committed to supporting Pitt students by enriching the experience and knowledge of faculty and TAs with interactive workshops, one-on-one consultations, and other programming that underscores the value of diversity and inclusion in teaching, across all content areas. The Teaching Center’s role is to help faculty make the best choices for building inclusive learning environments that meet the needs of all students, regardless of their identity, background, ability, and any other factors. Learn more: https://teaching.pitt.edu/diversity/

• Diversity Forum – Hosted by the Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (OEDI), the Diversity Forum provides an imperative opportunity for Pitt employees, students, and the public to listen, learn, reflect, and grow. The 2020 Forum’s theme was “Advancing Social Justice: A Call to Action,” and was a community-oriented, virtual social justice learning symposium with more than 12,000 participants worldwide. https://www.diversity.pitt.edu/forum2020

• Diversity-Themed Postdoctoral Fellowships exist in several schools and departments (e.g., Dietrich School Diversity Postdoctoral Fellowships: https://www.as.pitt.edu/diversitypostdoctoralfellowships/application-process)

• Faculty Diversity Recruitment Initiative - Encourages chairs and their deans/regional presidents to work together to strengthen the diversity of the faculty at Pitt. In the initiative’s current form, the Office of the Provost provides financial support to Provost area schools and campuses that have identified outstanding potential faculty from underrepresented groups. Learn more: https://www.provost.pitt.edu/priorities/diversity-inclusion

• The Inclusion Network – Serves as the University of Pittsburgh’s diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) community of practice. The Network was developed to leverage personal, professional, and technical expertise and interest to progress University-wide strategies, initiatives, and resources that advance the University’s strategic DEI goals. https://www.diversity.pitt.edu/engagement/campus-groups-and-committees/inclusion-network

• Latinx Cluster Hire Committee – Started in 2019 by the Provost, Pitt is committed to supporting a Latinx cluster-hiring initiative over 3 to 5 years so that Pitt can significantly increase the number of faculty focused on Latinx issues throughout the various departments and schools of the University. Learn more: https://www.provost.pitt.edu/latinx-cluster-hire-initiative

• Race and Social Determinants of Equity and Well-being Cluster Hire and Retention Initiative - Successfully identify, recruit, hire, retain and promote 50 or more faculty, across Pitt’s campuses, schools, disciplines and departments. These faculty will work with, and build upon, the expertise of existing Pitt faculty to conduct research, educate students and engage in service designed to eliminate racial disparities in the social determinants of equity and to improve measures of well-being in the Pittsburgh region, nationally and across the globe. Learn more: https://www.provost.pitt.edu/priorities/diversity-and-inclusion/race-and-social-determinants-equity-and-well-being-cluster-hire

• Pitt Communities - Pitt Communities are staff & faculty affinity groups linked by a common purpose, ideology, or interest. They play a vital role in ensuring an inclusive environment where all are valued, included, and empowered to succeed. These currently include:
o Chinese Affinity Group
o Equipoise (African/Black Affinity Group)
o Hispanic and Latino Professional Association
o Pitt Disability Community
o Pitt Muslim Affinity Group
o Pitt Queer Professionals (LGBTQIA+ Affinity Group)
o PittWomen
o Veterans Affinity Group
o Learn more: https://www.diversity.pitt.edu/engagement/campus-groups-and-committees/pitt-communities

• Provost’s 2020 Diversity Institute for Faculty Development - Offered University of Pittsburgh faculty the opportunity to increase awareness about diversity and develop skills needed to teach in a diverse, multicultural environment. All sessions are recorded and virtually available here: https://teaching.pitt.edu/diversity/diversity-institute/

• Provost's Advisory Committee on Women's Concerns (PACWC) - seeks to ensure a productive educational and work environment for faculty, staff, and students, particularly in areas related to women's concerns. https://www.provost.pitt.edu/pacwc2

• Staff Council’s Diversity and Inclusion subcommittee– Newly formed subcommittee to focus on the University climate. https://www.diversity.pitt.edu/engagement/campus-groups-and-committees

• Searching for Excellence and Diversity Training Sessions - Pitt’s ODEI offers customized briefing sessions on searching for excellence and diversity. https://www.diversity.pitt.edu/education/faculty-recruitment

• Staff Diversity Committees – Beyond Pitt Communities and university-wide OEDI, several schools and departments have their own staff diversity committees (e.g., Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences Staff Diversity Committee: https://www.as.pitt.edu/diversity)

• Social Justice Resources - Creating a More Racially Equitable University: The University of Pittsburgh is dedicated to changing internal practices, structures and attitudes in pursuit of a truly more equitable and just Pitt. This is a comprehensive and crosscutting effort, requiring action from all areas of the University. Learn more: https://www.diversity.pitt.edu/social-justice

• University Senate - Has an Equity, Inclusion, and Anti-Discrimination Advocacy Committee identifies, reviews and monitors issues relating to equity, inclusion and respect for all members of the diverse University community. The Committee advocates for equity and inclusion in university practices, policies and programs. https://www.univsenate.pitt.edu/committees/equity-inclusion-and-anti-discrimination-advocacy

• UPSIDE Awards – Established in 2016, the University of Pittsburgh provides University Prize for Strategic, Inclusive and Diverse Excellence (“UPSIDE”) awards. The UPSIDE awards are presented to the outstanding University of Pittsburgh school, division, initiative or program area (“Programs”) making a significant contribution to increasing diversity and inclusion – and are $10,000 each. 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. Learn more: https://www.diversity.pitt.edu/about/diversity-awards/upside-award


There are many Pitt student organizations with missions tied to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion; a selection is listed below, with additional organizations listed here: https://www.studentaffairs.pitt.edu/nsp/welcomeweek/cultural-student-organizations/ and here: https://pitt2.campuslabs.com/engage/organizations

1) African Students Organization - ASO is a cultural student organization at the University of Pittsburgh, created to strengthen the network between our organization, our alumni, and our community in order to assist in the development of innovative leaders among the African diaspora.
2) Alliance of Queer and Underrepresented Asians in Recognition of Intersectionality to Uphold Solidarity (AQUARIUS) - AQUARIUS seeks to empower the university’s queer Asian community and its allies through educational programming and providing a platform for individuals to share their experiences.
3) Anointed Steps of Faith - A Christian organization that seeks to glorify and praise God through step.
4) Asian Student Alliance - The largest Asian interest organization on Pitt’s campus. ASA is an umbrella organization that includes 5 other cultural organizations, the Chinese American Student Association, the Filipino Students Association, the Korean Student Association, the Japanese Student Association and the Vietnamese Student Association. ASA seeks to foster a welcoming AAPI community and strengthen relationships internally and externally via the promotion of cultural awareness and advocacy.
5) Black Action Society (BAS) - Dedicated to promoting the cultural, educational, political, and social needs of Black students. Whose main goals are to advocate on behalf of Black students to seek change in many systemic issues, inform students of voting rights and other aspects of voting, as well as revive unity amongst students and organizations within Pitt’s Black Community.
6) Black Men’s Collective - The BMC aims to serve, uplift, and advocate for all black men at the University of Pittsburgh and the greater Pittsburgh Area.
7) Campus Women's Organization - Devoted primarily to issues of sex and gender equality in all areas of life and advocating for all women's issues in an intersectional feminist framework.
8) Chabad House on Campus - A Jewish home away from home for students on campus where students can engage in Jewish activities to increase Jewish involvement on campus.
9)Chinese American Student Association - CASA’s mission is to promote the understanding and knowledge of Chinese (particularly Chinese American) culture on Pitt’s campus. To this end, CASA welcomes all people regardless of race, religion, political affiliation, etc. Any interested person is more than welcome to join CASA.
10) Chinese Undergraduate Student Association - PITTCUSA is a student organization with the goal to provide Chinese students with a platform for academic communication and to meet new friends. While sharing Chinese traditional and pop culture on Pitt’s campus.
11) Daehwa Korean Conversation Club - A place for native and language-learning Korean speakers to meet and make new friends. Helping students practice language skills in a fun, uplifting environment.
12) Filipino Students Association - Pitt FSA is an organization dedicated to educating and uniting the Filipino community of Pitt. Promoting Filipino cultural awareness and unity through educational growth. As a social outlet, FSA focuses largely on Filipino culture and heritage through cultural, social, and community activities.
13) Global Ties - Global Ties is committed to fostering a sense of global community at Pitt. In addition to supporting new international students, Global Ties creates spaces for domestic and international students to become friends.
14) Hillel Jewish Student Union - The Hillel Jewish Student Union (JSU) is an organization dedicated to providing community and connection to all Jewish students at the University of Pittsburgh. Hillel has several student-led communities including the Jewish Greek Life Association (JGLA), Challah for Hunger, and 70 Faces Magazine, as well as Israel travel opportunities.
15) Hindu Student Council - HSC is a cultural and religious organization that strives to spread awareness about Hinduism and its traditions.
16) Japanese Student Association - A cultural organization that celebrates Japanese culture and identity.
17) Korean Student Association - All activities of the Korean Student Association exist in order to further the Korean and Korean American experience at the University of Pittsburgh. These activities, programs, and services may include but are not limited to cultural festivals and showcases, socials, guest speakers, cultural food tasting, advocacy workshops, and collaborations with other Student Organizations.
18) Latinx Student Association - Motivates Latinx leaders, educates others, advocates, and celebrates Latinx culture.
19) Middle Eastern North African Student Association (MENASA) - MENASA serves to create a community for students of MENA descent at Pitt. MENASA facilitates discussion of issues that are relevant to Middle Eastern & Arab students, while celebrating and learning about different Middle Eastern & Arab cultures within the MENA region.
20) Minorities In Climate Action – Is a space for minorities who are interested in climate action.
21) Minoritized Orientations & Gender Identities Graduate Student Organization (MOGI) – MOGI serves all graduate and professional students at Pitt who are part of the LGBTQIA+ community.
22) Multiracial Student Association - The Multiracial Student Association (MUSA) is a place for students with mixed backgrounds or intersectional identities to share their cultures and experiences.
23) Pakistani Student Association - Aims to promote awareness of the rich culture and heritage of Pakistan, while building lasting friendships.
24) Pan-Caribbean Alliance - The Pan-Caribbean Alliance (formerly CLASA) works towards the promotion and celebration of Caribbean culture and customs.
25) Rainbow Alliance - Provides for the concerns and interests of marginalized sexual orientations and gender identities including but not limited to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual, and Allied community.
26) SACNAS at Pitt - Focuses on increasing and achieving true diversity in STEM. Their goal is to form an inclusive community that fosters the growth of minority groups in STEM fields by providing opportunities for professional development, volunteering, mentorship, research, and more.
27) Sangeet - Pitt Sangeet is an Indian classical music organization that seeks to educate the public of the richness and roots of Indian music.
28) Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers - Established at Pitt in 2007 to help Asian heritage scientists and engineers achieve their full potential by celebrating diversity, giving back to the community, and preparing leaders for a world of opportunities.
29) South Asian Student Association - A cultural organization composed of 6 committees that aim to cover a multitude of topics within the South Asian community.
30) Spanish Club - Spanish Club immerses students in the language and culture of Spain & Latin America.
31) Students for Disability Advocacy - Advocacy and support group for University of Pittsburgh students with disabilities and a membership organization for students with disabilities. SDA advocates for more diversity, inclusion, and accessibility for all students, in academic, clinical, community, social, and research settings.
32) Vietnamese Student Association – A student-run organization whose mission is to preserve and promote the Vietnamese culture and community at the University of Pittsburgh.
33) The Provost's Advisory Committee on Women's Concerns (PACWC) includes students and seeks to ensure a productive educational and work environment for faculty, staff, and students, particularly in areas related to women's concerns.

Does the institution have mentoring, counseling, peer support, academic support, or other programs designed specifically to support students from underrepresented groups on campus?:

Does the institution have mentoring, counseling, peer support or other programs designed specifically to support academic staff from underrepresented groups on campus?:

Does the institution have mentoring, counseling, peer support or other programs to support non-academic staff from underrepresented groups on campus?:

A brief description of the institution’s programs designed specifically to support students, academic staff, and/or non-academic staff from underrepresented groups:


-Free Tutoring Support
-Academically Themed Diverse Student Organizations
-Culturally Relevant Advising
-First Year Experience Programs
-Summer Bridge Programs
-Career Development and Placement's DiversityU Program

Pitt Counseling Center’s Group Sessions – Pitt’s group counseling provides small groups of 6 to 8 students an opportunity to meet regularly over the course of one academic term to share concerns, explore personal issues, and learn new skills under the guidance of one or two group leaders/facilitators. Each term, we offer a variety of therapy groups, including specific groups for depression, anxiety, trauma, LGBTQ+ students, and graduate students. Current groups focused on underrepresented populations are listed here: https://www.studentaffairs.pitt.edu/cc/group/


-The University recently launched Faculty and Staff affinity groups on campus. Each affinity group plays a vital role in ensuring an inclusive environment where all are valued, included, and empowered to succeed. They can provide a collective voice for faculty and staff with common interests and are affiliated with and can receive funding support from the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. As a member, an individual plays a vital role in ensuring an inclusive environment where all are valued, included, and empowered to succeed. The benefits of joining an affinity group includes the opportunity for professional development and networking, a collective voice and relationship with the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, a role in fostering a community of support, respect and advancement, engagement in recruitment and retention efforts; and broadening cultural awareness on campus. Current groups: Black/African American, Chinese, Hispanic and Latino, LGBTQIA+ and Veterans.

-The Provost's Advisory Committee on Women's Concerns (PACWC) was created by former Provost Smith in March 1983 to investigate the situation of women at Pitt; identify areas in which the University could improve responsiveness to women's concerns; suggest alternative solutions for perceived problems; and represent woman in all areas of the University, including teaching, research, administration, and support services. https://www.provost.pitt.edu/pacwc2

Does the institution have training and development programs, teaching fellowships and/or other programs that specifically aim to support and prepare students from underrepresented groups for careers as faculty members?:

A brief description of the institution’s programs to support and prepare students from underrepresented groups for careers as faculty members:

-The University’s School of Information Sciences created the iSchool Inclusion Institute (i3), which is an undergraduate research and leadership development program that prepares students from underrepresented populations for graduate school and careers in the information sciences. Each year 20 undergraduate students from across the country are selected to become i3 scholars. Those students undertake a year-long experience that includes two summer institutes held at the University of Pittsburgh and a year-long team research project. http://www.i3-inclusion.org/

-The University’s Swanson School of Engineering has developed strategic partnerships with HBCUs/MIs, non-PhD granting institutions, and national laboratories and the PhD-granting institutions; Partnerships with students’ organizations: (National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), Society of Women Engineers (SWE), Women in Engineering Program Advocates Network (WEPAN), Society of Hispanics Professional Engineers (SHPE)) of underrepresented groups are developed for effective dissemination of information and mailing of fellowship packages to prospective graduate students.

-The Hot Metal Bridge Post-Bac Program (HMBP) at the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh is a two-semester post-baccalaureate fellowship program for students to help increase student diversity within the school. It provides a two-term fellowship (including tuition and stipend) for up to nine fellows. The point of the HMBP is to bridge the gap between an undergraduate degree and a graduate training program, and to help individuals prepare themselves for successful doctoral studies. The featured programs for academic year 2017-2018 were: Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Economics, Mathematics, Neuroscience and Psychology. The featured programs for academic year 2021-2022 are: History of Art and Architecture, Anthropology, Economics, Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Mathematics, Neuroscience, and Psychology. https://www.asgraduate.pitt.edu/hot-metal-bridge-post-bac-program

Does the institution produce a publicly accessible inventory of gender-neutral bathrooms on campus?:

Does the institution offer housing options to accommodate the special needs of transgender and transitioning students?:

Website URL where information about the institution’s support for underrepresented groups is available:
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In 2020, the University of Pittsburgh launched the "Scholars At Risk" program. Coordinated by Pitt's Global Studies Center (part of the University Center for International Studies), the Scholars at Risk (SAR) program provides temporary academic appointments to scholars, artists, and professionals facing personal and professional risk in their home countries because of their scholarship and activism. The program partners with an initiative of Institute of International Education called the Artist Protection Fund, that supports threatened artists by placing them at welcoming institutions in safe countries for a full year, where they can continue their work and plan for their future.
Learn more about Pitt's Scholars at Risk program:https://www.ucis.pitt.edu/global/meet-our-visiting-scholars-risk

Read about Mai Khoi, Pitt's second Scholar at Risk a successful Vietnamese pop star-turned-activist who was forced to leave her home country, has found a safe and creative haven at the University of Pittsburgh: https://www.pittwire.pitt.edu/news/scholars-risk-program-provides-home-vietnamese-pop-star-turned-activist

The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution or simply email your inquiry to stars@aashe.org.