University of Pittsburgh Diversity Initiatives

Hold the Date:

The 2014 Iris Marion Young Awards Ceremony will be held Thurs. Nov. 6 from 4-6:30 at the Twentieth Century Club, kicked off by a panel discussion of Race and Education In Pittsburgh featuring:

    • Jessie Ramey (2013 IMYA winner for her scholarship and activism, author of the award-winnng Childcare in Black and White: Working Parents and the History of Orphanages, and author of the Western PA education blog Yinzercation)


    • John Wallace (Professor of Social Work at Pitt; principal investigator on the Center on Race and Social Problems’ Comm-Univer-City of Pittsburgh project, which includes the Homewood Children’s village; and author or co-author of a number of publications about young people, schooling, delinquency, and substance abuse)


  • … and one more panelist still being confirmed.


(It was decided this past year to change the format of the Young Event to a panel discussion or presentation about local issues and activism rather than an academic lecture.)

Call for Nominations:

Linked below is the call for nominations for the Iris Marion Young Awards for Political Engagement, for which Pitt undergraduate and graduate students, staff, and faculty members are eligible. Nominations are due by Mon. Sept. 15, but you can send in a nomination any time. People can be nominated on the basis of Pitt-related participation and scholarship or things people have accomplished independently of their roles at Pitt.

Click to download the nomination form.

Questions? Contact Nancy Glazener (

Eavesdropping on America’s Conversation on Race
Michele Norris

Michele Norris is speaking at Carnegie Music Hall at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 1, as part of the RACE: Are We So Different? Exploration Series. Norris is an award-winning journalist with more than two decades of experience.

In September 2010, Norris released her first book, The Grace of Silence: A Memoir, which focuses on how America talks about race in the wake of Barack Obama’s presidential election, and explores her own family’s racial legacy. She is currently a host and special correspondent for NPR.

Previously, Norris served as co-host of NPR’s newsmagazine All Things Considered, public radio’s longest-running national program. Her research, writing, and programs about race and racism are world-renowned.

Tickets can be purchased online, and a presale begins Aug. 14.

Gender, Sexuality, & Women’s Studies Program

An interdisciplinary academic program focusing on excellence in teaching and research relating to gender, sexuality, and women.

There are 13 sessions being offered as part of GSWS. All are free and open to the public. To learn more about the sessions, view the GSWS flyer and visit