University of Pittsburgh Diversity Initiatives


Destination: Diversity

Sue RankinOut of the Shadows: Building Inclusive Classrooms for Queer Spectrum and Trans Spectrum Students
Tuesday, Jan. 27, 11 a.m. — 1 p.m. (Q&A Noon-12:30 p.m.; Lunch at 12:30 p.m.)
University Club, The Gold Room

Join internationally recognized researcher and scholar Sue Rankin as she offers insight and practical considerations for constructing a university learning space that is inclusive for all learners. This presentation will give special consideration to the queer spectrum of students and will challenge faculty to think about their classrooms in new ways. After the presentation, Sue will answer questions from faculty and instructional staff.

Lunch will be provided afterwards. Pitt Regional campuses can watch the presentation live from their office and submit questions virtually, or may attend in person in Oakland. Register online for this event. Seating is limited.

Dr. Rankin retired from the Pennsylvania State University in 2013 where she most recently served as an Associate Professor of Education and Senior Research Associate in the Center for the Study of Higher Education. Dr. Rankin has presented and published widely on the intersections of identities and the impact of sexism, genderism, racism, and heterosexism in the academy and in intercollegiate athletics. Dr. Rankin’s most recent publications include the 2010 State of Higher Education for LGBT People, The Lives of Transgender People (2011), and the 2011 NCAA Student-Athlete Climate Study. Dr. Rankin is the recipient of the ACPA 2008 Voice of Inclusion Medallion and named a 2015 ACPA Diamond Honoree for her outstanding and sustained contributions to higher education and to student affairs. As the principal of Rankin & Associates Consulting (R&A), Dr. Rankin has collaborated with higher education institutions for the past 20 years. R&A is committed to assisting campuses and organizations in assessing their environments for learning, living, and working.

Cynthia NgMaking Online Accessibility Easy and Part of Your Work
Thursday, Feb. 5, Noon-1 p.m.
B-26 Alumni Hall (Webcast)

Accessibility is important, and legislation tells us we need to create content that is accessible, but how? Come learn about ways to make your digital and online content accessible that can easily integrate into your workflow. We will discuss both web content and documents, including PDFs.

Tech-savvy and keen, Cynthia Ng has been working on making the web more accessible and usable, particularly in higher education and libraries. She is currently the Content Coordinator of NNELS (National Network for Equitable Library Service), but has worked to improve the accessibility and usability of web based services. She blogs, presents, and advises on accessibility in and outside of the educational context. She is also a mentor and contributor to Mozilla Webmaker, and mentors at technology events, such as those organized by Ladies Learning Code.

Rich MilnerInsights from the Urban Classroom: A Panel of Pitt Students
Tuesday, March 24, Noon-1 p.m.
B-26 Alumni Hall

Join Dr. Rich Milner of the University of Pittsburgh as he facilitates a discussion with several Pitt students about their experiences, observations, and suggestions for teaching incoming Pitt students who come from an urban high school. Attendees will have the chance to ask their own questions and engage the panelists about the latest research from urban education and social equity.

H. Richard Milner IV is Helen Faison Endowed Chair of Urban Education, Professor of Education, Professor of Social Work (by courtesy), and Professor of Africana Studies (by courtesy) as well as Director of the Center for Urban Education at the University of Pittsburgh. His research, teaching and policy interests concern urban education, teacher education, African American literature, and the sociology of education. In particular, Professor Milner’s research examines practices and policies that support teacher success with African American children in urban schools. Professor Milner’s work has appeared in numerous research journals, and he has published five books. His book, published in 2010 by Harvard Education Press, is: Start where you are but don’t stay there: Understanding diversity, opportunity gaps, and teaching in today’s classrooms, is a bestseller and represents years of research and development effort. Currently, he is Editor-in-chief of Urban Education and co-editor of the Handbook of Urban Education, published with Routledge Press in 2014.