Open Door Project

Past Events

3:00 pm

How to Be a Muslim Ally

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.

3:00 pm

From Birmingham to Black Lives Matter

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.

3:00 pm

From the Crusades to ISIS: Intolerance, Discrimination, and Violence in the Name of God

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.

8:30 am

Diversity Experience Training

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.

3:30 pm

From Seneca Falls to the White House?

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?

3:00 pm

From Stonewall to the Supreme Court

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.


4:00 pm

"Free Speech and Dissent in Today's Political Climate"

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.



2:30 pm

I'm Not Racist...Am I? Film Screening and Workshop CANCELED

The film screening and workshop scheduled for March 15 has been CANCELED. We will reschedule this program in Fall 2017.

(All day)

We welcome your input

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