Presented by the Islamic Center of Pittsburgh, this training will bring insight to the basics of the faith, common misconceptions about Islam, and action steps that the public can take to show solidarity and allyship.
Trayvon Martin and Martin Luther King, Jr. Emmett Till and Tamir Rice. Same movement, different moment?
Join a multidisciplinary panel of Dietrich School experts to explore the Black Lives Matter movement within the broader historical context of Civil Rights in America.
3703 Posvar Hall
Have “religious freedom” and “religious liberty” become code words for intolerance? How do individuals reconcile personal religious beliefs with government laws?
Join a multidisciplinary panel of Dietrich School experts to explore religious persecution within the broader historical context of Civil Rights in America.
University Club, 2nd Floor Ballroom
This session is designed to introduce University of Pittsburgh faculty, student, and staff participants to the transformative model of Intergroup Dialogue, to support participants in gaining courage to have uncomfortable conversations through the creation of safe spaces that deepen relationships within and across social identities in meaningful ways. Participants will begin to discuss their social identities and better understand their blocks to having difficult conversations about topics, including race, gender identity, etc. These topics will vary based on audience participation and arise organically through experiential exercises.
Humanities Center (602 CL)
Kamala Harris, Catherine Cortez Masto, and Tammy Duckworth made history on November 8, 2016, by becoming, respectively, the first biracial woman in the Senate, the first Latina senator, and the first Thailand-born senator. What gains have women made since the passage of the 19th Amendment, and what obstacles do they still face in achieving economic, political, and social equality?
3703 Posvar Hall
In 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled to guarantee same-sex couples the fundamental right to marry. While this landmark decision was a giant step forward in the fight for equal rights for LGBTQ Americans, there is still work to be done before members of the LGBTQ community are truly equal.
Join our interdisciplinary panel of experts to discuss the past achievements, current priorities, and future challenges of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer Americans and their allies.
University Club, Ballroom A
Megan Block and Mike Healey, attorneys representing the Greater Pittsburgh Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), will discuss the set of guarantees protected by the First Amendment and how free speech goes hand-in-hand with engaged citizenship.
Pamela W. Connelly, Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Pittsburgh, will provide introductory remarks.
Film screening and Q & A, followed by an interactive workshop on cultural appropriation facilitated by the filmmakers.
University Club, Ballroom A
October 16, 2017
All events are free and open to the entire Pitt community. RSVP requested by October 9, 2017.
Edwin Hernandez, director of the University of Pittsburgh’s Office of Veterans Services and a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, will moderate a panel of Pitt faculty, students, and alumni—all of whom are US military veterans— as they discuss ways in which the University can best welcome and support veteran and military affiliated students. Your RSVP is requested (but not required) by October 30, 2017.
Some disabilities are obvious, while others are not. This workshop will help attendees develop an understanding of various hidden disabilities; gain tips for successful interactions and communications; and learn how to connect members of the University community to the appropriate resources.
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. Then, based on the issues identified, attendees will discuss ways to both identify and promote existing services, and create new resources to help fill the gaps.
How societies manage differences (of race-ethnicity, gender and sexuality, age, class, ability, and so forth) lead to varied systems of privilege or oppression. Learn more about these concepts, connect their significance to your own life and experiences, and expand your awareness of other perspectives on these issues.
Curiosity can be born out of fear and trepidation while it can also come from a desire to connect and find commonalities. How are these intertwined? People may be afraid but also want to know and share. We fear, but we are wired to want to connect.
How do factors such as generational learning, relational styles, and emotional expression define and impact our experience with money? And how can we move beyond our experiences to best support our economically disadvantaged students?
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.
How can we use critical self-reflection and ongoing personal development to cultivate empathy for others and challenge power imbalances, even when we’re the ones in power?
How can the University community compassionately respond to students who are unable to meet their basic needs?
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 Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences and the School of Law invite you to a join us on December 3 from 2 – 4:30 p.m. in 2500 Posvar Hall for a joint event to address the Tree of Life attack and the systemic issues that contributed to it and other acts of violence against marginalized and targeted populations. RSVP by November 30 by clicking this link.
Scholars, activists and politicians analyze the criminalization of African Americans and the U.S. prison boom. The screening will be followed by a discussion facilitated by Dietrich School Professor Waverly Duck.
Pittsburgh-based RealTime Interventions has created an inspiring and compelling series of theatrical portraits of Afghan women who have recently become Americans. Join us for an unforgettable afternoon to learn about Afghan culture and traditions and witness how art can create change in the world. RSVP requested by October 14.
Stories enable us to build bridges to understanding and cultivate empathy. When we share parts of ourselves—when we risk and extend our boundaries to let others in—it’s both a gift and an invitation.
We invite you to join the Open Door Project and the University Library System for Six Word Stories—a two-part interactive experience that will prompt you to consider the concept of identity, starting with your own. We are no longer requiring RSVPs.
This Reception and Reflection is open to the entire University community and will provide attendees with the chance to view the installation of the six-word stories and to discuss the themes that have emerged from the exercise. This session will be facilitated by anu jain and a team of consultants from Inclusant. Attendance at the November 4 workshop is NOT a prerequisite for attending the November 14 session. We are no longer requiring RSVPs.
The Open Door Project has now concluded. Thank you to everyone who attended our events, offered programming suggestions, and partnered with us on presenting important content to the University of Pittsburgh community and beyond.