This year’s Diversity Forum 2021 “Dismantling Oppressive Systems: Building Joint Communities” will take place virtually from Monday, July 26 through Thursday, July 29 and seeks to provide participants with explicit, clear and direct articulation of what racial justice looks like and how to actuate intentional, meaningful change.
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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.