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Resources for Education

Check this page frequently for information regarding lectures, presentations, webinars and articles which facilitate learning and skill-building relative to diversity, equity and inclusion.

 

Racial Equity Consciousness Institute: A Framework to Foster Antiracist Practices & Cultures Across Communities

The Racial Equity Consciousness Institute is facilitated via a 7-session series of immersive, learner-oriented engagement modules—takes a multifaceted approach to contemplating race and racism, focally anti-Blackness. The Institute engages participants through the referential and constructive framework to analyze the complexity and pervasiveness of racism, and reflect on what they can do, individually and collectively, to advance racial equity in their communities.

Through the Institute, participants explore and engage six bilateral spheres of racial equity consciousness development in efforts to expand capacity to seek, consider, and adopt different perspectives; promote personal growth and empowerment; enhance cultural humility, cultural competence, and cultural agency; and ultimately, embody the mindset to foster antiracist practices, cultures, and communities.

Registration is now open via this link for the Fall 2021 cohort (from September 29th through November 10th). There is no cost to participate and registration is on a first-come, first-served basis and limited to University of Pittsburgh students and employees.

From Imagery to Reality: "The Birth of a Nation" to #BLM and the Implications for DEI Efforts on Wed., October 13th, from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. (via zoom)

The Birth of a Nation is best known as a controversial yet commercially successful early 20th Century film. A landmark in film history for introduction of new techniques and use of music, it is also remembered for its racist tropes and messaging.   

Desmond Ang, an assistant professor of public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School and an applied economist whose work focuses on the intersection of race, education and government has been researching the impact of the film and studying its contribution to the spread and perpetuation of white supremacist values and anti-Black bigotry.

Please join the Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession (“IILP”) and Palo Alto Networks as we explore how a century-old racist film has influenced American thinking and attitudes about Blacks and other people of color and contributed to the legal profession’s ongoing challenges to become more diverse, equitable, and inclusive.  Register via: The Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession - From Imagery to Reality: "The Birth of a Nation" to #BLM and the Implications for DEI Efforts (theiilp.com).     This virtual event is free for law school students.

Police Reform: What's Happening Locally, Statewide and Nationally

There are a lot of policy and legislative proposals that have been introduced by public and elected officials at every level of government and by activists and community organizations. We’ve compiled this overview to help you make sense of everything that is out there so you can advocate for the policies you support. Read on to learn about different frameworks for police reform, demands from the community, and policy proposals from public and elected officials.  

The killings of Black people at the hands of police have prompted weeks of protests, with people around the country calling for changes to policing to end racial discrimination and police brutality. The calls for justice are not new – Black activists have been working to dismantle systemic racism for centuries – but the momentum behind this most recent wave of activism is significant. As a society, we are being forced to grapple with racial disparities in policing.

University of Pittsburgh's Anti-Racism Resource Toolkit

Pitt's Division of Student Affairs stands in soldiarity with our Black-identifying students and students of color and against systemic racism, police brutality, and injustice in any form. As part of our commitment to creating a safe and welcoming environment for all students, we are educating ourselves on the history of race in the United States of America, learning best practices in how to hold conversations about racism, and taking immediate, actionable steps toward change. 

The above toolkit is designed to meet you where you are. Some content is specifically aimed toward our Student Affairs staff, and some content is offered for our students. Some content addresses the concerns and trauma of Black-identifying students and staff, and some content addresses the concerns of White students and staff. Some of us are deep into the conversation about social justice, and some of us are just learning about these concepts. Wherever you are--start where you are today.