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The Barco Law Library is open during regular library hours for Pitt Law faculty and students only.  Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we are not open to Pitt users outside of Pitt Law; and we are not open to the public.

Resources for Engagement

Check this page frequently for information regarding events, forums, conferences and the like which facilitate personal-level involvement, action and commitment regarding diversity, equity and inclusion.
 

Pitt Law's Office of Equity and Inclusive Excellence is hosting two community dialogue sessions to discuss the verdict in the Ahmaud Arbery Murder Trial on Tues., Nov. 30th:

The first session will be held from 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. 
A second session will be held from noon – 1:00 p.m.
 
Please refer to the e-mail message from LawEquity@pitt.edu and feel free to join either session as your schedule permits!

Community Refection Forum  regarding the Kyle Rittenhouse Trial Verdict on Mon., 11/22/21 from 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. in the Fawcett Commons (Barco Library 4th Floor)

The OEIE will hold space for quiet, contemplative reflection regarding thoughts and feelings in response to the Kyle Rittenhouse Trial Verdict.  Please feel free to visit the Fawcett Commons for quiet journaling and / or to ponder questions poised for your consideration.  The OEIE will staff this area from 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. on Monday, November 22nd.

Support  & Connect With Minority Owned Businesses 

412 Connect Provides easily accessible means by which students can connect with & support underrepresented communities. Participate in the Black Owned Business Scavenger hunt to not only support aspects of our community that face systemic challenges to their growth, but also its an opportunity to earn badges that can be traded for OCC credit. Throughout history the noble college student has risen to face the issues of the day, we challenge you to continue to strive towards a better tomorrow. Together we can all make a brighter shared future.

Get connected at 412Connect Home Page

Law Clerks for Diversity Mentorship Program

Law Clerks for Diversity is a simple but powerful idea that rests on two premises: (1) everybody who "makes it" has help, and (2) our profession, legal system, and country are better when representative of varied backgrounds, cultures, and experiences.  A wider array of experiences and perspectives from people from all walks of life adds immense value to the judicial decision-making process.  

The Law Clerks for Diversity mentorship program matches clerkship applicants (law students and recent graduates) with current and former federal law clerks.

Interested in joining as a mentee?   Apply here.

Interested in joining as a mentor?    Apply here.

For more information, please feel free to visit lawclerksfordiversity.com/blog and If you have any questions, please email lawclerksfordiversity@outlook.com or contact Rochelle McCain, Executive Director, Professional Development Office and Co-Director, Externship Program at rochelle.mccain@law.pitt.edu and at 412-648-1051.

The Neighborhood Academy Social Justice Education Initiative

Course Description:   The Social Justice Education Project offers University of Pittsburgh upper-level law, social work, and education students the opportunity to teach 11th grade students at The Neighborhood Academy High School located in the Stanton Heights neighborhood of Pittsburgh (see link to article above).  

The Neighborhood Academy is an independent, college preparatory school that provides a holistic education and works to break the cycle of generational poverty.  Currently, all of the Academy students are Black.  

Pitt students will work with Pitt and Academy faculty to develop and teach a core social justice course for the Academy’s junior class.  They will introduce Academy students to selected constitutional law concepts and cases, the social history that informs the cases, and critical race theory.  Pitt students will also prepare Academy students to participate in a national moot appellate moot court competition sponsored by the Marshall-Brennan Center on Constitutional Literacy.  In addition, Pitt students will work with Academy students to develop and implement actual social justice projects in the Pittsburgh community.  

Pitt students will receive 6 credits for successful completion of the program – 3 credits for fall and 3 credits for spring.  They will participate in a weekly seminar meeting and work closely as a team to teach high school class sessions.  Students will be required to maintain a detailed journal of their legal rights research, appellate brief drafting, teaching preparation, and teaching experiences.  The journal will fulfill the W requirement.  

Students will need to arrange for transportation to the Academy.  They will be reimbursed for reasonable transportation expenses.   

Pitt ASA x SASA x Crisis Relief Club Discussion on East / Southeast Asian Violence Tool Kit

This nine page virtual toolkit includes organizations to support, mental health resources and educational resources which combat violence against descendants of East / Southeast Asian and related communities who are located throughout the United States.

We Need to talk about Asian American Hate (YouTube video)

This video shows the rise of anti-Asian hate and attacks. Join Eugene for an in-depth conversation about the complex, often untold story of the Asian American community, the unique struggles they face, and find out how you can help.

Pitt Prison Education Project

Formed in 2016, The Pitt Prison Education Program (PPEP) is a network of Pitt faculty members from across the disciplines who teach courses in prisons in the western PA region. Courses are taught every semester on a variety of topics at SCI Fayette, Laurel Highlands, and Somerset. They feature small class sizes comprising incarcerated students and Pitt undergraduates. The courses are modeled on the Inside-Out prison exchange program that enables incarcerated and non-incarcerated people to encounter one another as human beings. The emphasis on collaborative learning invites people on both sides of prison walls to learn in a supportive environment. The classes embody Pitt’s commitment to excellence and are grounded in the pursuit of intellectual rigor, social justice, and personal growth.


National Initiatives

Jacob Blake 

George Floyd 

Breonna Taylor

Ahmaud Arbery

Police Brutality


Pittsburgh-based Organizations

Black Political Empowerment Project (B-PEP)
2201 Wylie Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
412-212-8775 (Office)

Greater Pittsburgh Coalition against Violence (BCAV)

Corporate Equity & Inclusion Roundtable (CEIR)

1Hood Media
460 Melwood Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
412-345-1192 (Office)
E-mail: info@1hood.org

Black Girls Equity Alliance
711 West Commons; Third Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
412-904-4239 (Office)

Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh
The Warner Center
332 Fifth Avenue; Fourth Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
412-227-4802 (Office)

Three Rivers Community Foundation 
100 North Braddock Avenue; Suite 302
Pittsburgh, PA 15208
412-243-9250 (Office)