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OEIE News & Events

Next OEIE Office Hours on Thursday, September 16th, from noon - 1:00 p.m. in the Fawcett Commons (Barco Law Library)

The OEIE will host office hours on alternate Thursdays from noon - 1:00 p.m. in the Fawcett Commons of the Barco Law Library on the 4th Floor.  These office hours will be Informal, interactive dialogues regarding:

  • pertinent and current DEI hot topics on September 2nd, September 30th, October 28th. and 
  • other discussions involving skill-building and habits of inclusion include: "Thinking Slow" (Sept. 16th), "Practicing Empathy" (Oct. 14th) and "Disagreeing Forward" (Nov. 11th).

1L, MSL, LLM book discussion of  Purpose of Power: How We Come Together When We Fall Apart  (by Alicia Garza) on Tue., Sept. 21st, from 1 - 2 p.m. in Room # 113

Join the Office of Equity & Inclusive Excellence for a facilitated dialogue regarding insights, reflections, and reactions to this book and its guidance on how to build transformative movements to address the challenges of our time and to bring people together to create change. 

Alicia Garza was the OEIE's inaugural Achieving Excellence Speaker. On April 1, 2021, Ms. Garza shared a powerful presentation of her life's journey including the co-creation of the Black Lives Matter Movement. Alicia purchased books for distribution to our incoming 1L class, which were distributed to our current Pitt Law first year (JD, MSL, LLM) students during orientation.  

Follow this Registration and RSVP link for the book discussion which will occur on Tue., September 21, from 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. in Barco Room # 113.  It is not mandatory for one to have read the book in order to attend and participate in this discussion. 

Action, Education, Reflection - one year after George Floyd's Death

In the year since the murder of George Floyd, students, staff and faculty across the University have been part of a worldwide racial reckoning aimed at exposing and redressing the profound impacts of racism in higher education and beyond. Our efforts toward racial justice took place in forums, poetry readings, deep and often uncomfortable conversations, task forces and rallies. Pitt Law Professor David Harris offered comment in the below statement: 

"The video of George Floyd’s murder brought millions face to face with a grim reality, even beyond the cruel, senseless killing itself. Many began to realize the truth of what Black people have said forever: They face targeting by police, which can be physically dangerous and even deadly. And, in so many other ways, they face systemic disadvantages across many dimensions, such as economics and health.

As I look at Pittsburgh—where I served on the mayor’s Community Task Force on Police Reform—and as I survey what has happened nationally, I see some signs of progress. For example, Pittsburgh’s city council and the city’s police force have made changes in the way officers may and may not use force. I talk to many police officers and leaders who truly want this to be a moment of transformational change. But it is clear that what has happened so far is not enough. This past year must be just the beginning of the change we need to see, not the end point.

As I look forward, I hope that our entire Pitt community sees the necessity of working toward equity and fairness not just regarding policing but in all of the structures that disadvantage so many Americans depending on racial or ethnic appearance. I hope to see the energy generated by the events of the last year channeled into forcing city and state leaders to create the change we want and deserve."

Read on for more information regarding the University's Action, Education and Reflection process.

APALSA & Pitt OEIE Community Dialogue: Anti-Asian Bias, Harassment, & Violence Discussion Take-Aways

AOn Thursday, April 8, OEIE and Asian Pacific American Law Student Association (APALSA) co-sponsored a moving and thoughtful community dialogue on anti-Asian racism, bias, and harassment. If you were unable to join us, be sure to check out the attached discussion board from the event.