Open Door Project

Community Conversation

Combating Food Insecurity


Food, housing, and wellness security are all essential in ensuring that our students are mentally, emotionally, and physically healthy as well as successful in their studies. And yet a 2018 survey conducted by researchers at Temple University and the Wisconsin HOPE Lab indicated that 36 percent of college students say they are food insecure.

How can the University community compassionately respond to students who are unable to meet their basic needs?

What is Immigrant Justice and Why Do We Need It?


Gain a better understanding of the current political climate. Understand what options immigrants have to come to the United States. Learn struggles immigrants face once they are here in the United States and discuss ways to support immigrant justice work.

The session will be facilitated by Monica Ruiz, Executive Director of Casa San Jose, a community resource center that advocates for and empowers Latinos by promoting integration and self-sufficiency.

Creating Compassion Through Deep Listening and Shared Humanity

“People fail to get along because they fear each other. They fear each other because they don’t know each other. They don’t know each other because they have not communicated with each other.”
Martin Luther King, Jr.


What do you wish people knew about you and why do you think they don't yet? And how can we get beyond our fears to truly be “in relationship” with others?

The Power of Privilege: An Interactive Diversity Workshop

Diversity means differences, which are undeniable and common to all human groups. To understand what is really at stake when we talk about “diversity,” it is useful to shift our focus to “equity” and “inclusion,” so that we can share strategies and tools for recognizing how our societies and institutions organize people, rather than focusing solely on individual differences. How societies manage differences (of race-ethnicity, gender and sexuality, age, class, ability, and so forth) lead to varied systems of privilege or oppression.

Strengthening Our Safety Net for Students

Many University of Pittsburgh students face significant financial obstacles to getting their basic needs—food, shelter, healthcare--met. Support is available, but gaining access to it can be challenging. In this interactive session, students, faculty, staff, and alumni who were first-generation college students will discuss the challenges they faced and how their socio-economic status limited their ability to fully participate in campus life.