Haider Ala Hamoudi
Interim Dean of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law
Room: 202B Barco Law
Vice Dean of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law
Room: 202D Barco Law
Associate Dean for Research & Faculty Development
Room: 509 Barco Law
Associate Dean for Equity and Inclusive Excellence
Room: 422C Barco Law
Dean of Students
Room: 204 Barco Law
Room: 202C Barco Law
A reminder about our commitment to equality, inclusion, and civil rights
As an institution committed to both the free and open exchange of ideas as well as inclusion and belonging, we are writing to offer support to, and stand in solidarity with, those members of our community who feel especially targeted by and vulnerable to recent rhetoric that undermines the humanity of transgender individuals and the diverse communities of which they are a part. We acknowledge the real connection between violent acts and speech that insists that certain members of our community do not exist, should not exist, and should be denied access to full participation in society. Free speech must be protected, and those put at risk by the broad umbra of such speech must also be protected.
As your Dean and Vice Dean, we want to be clear that the School of Law stands by the values stated in the Pitt Promise—values that include cultivating an environment of mutual respect, concern for others, diversity, inclusion, and belonging. We denounce without qualification all hateful rhetoric that runs contrary to those values.
Should you need extra support considering the upcoming events hosted by undergraduate student groups on the University of Pittsburgh’s Oakland Campus, OEIE will host office hours on March 24, March 28, and April 18 from Noon-12:30 p.m. In addition, we’d like to amplify the following resources offered by Pitt’s Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion:
- lgbtq.pitt.edu has a list of organizations and programs that provide support and networking around issues affecting the LGBTQIA+ community.
- If you’re aware of discrimination against anyone based on their gender identity or expression, please report incidents of discrimination based on gender identity and expression to the Pitt Concern Connection by texting 412-903-3456, calling 800-468-5768, or completing this online form.
- Mental health resources for students are available through the University Counseling Center at 412-648-7930. Staff and faculty are encouraged to contact Life Solutions at 1-866-647-3432, which provides 24/7 crisis counseling and support.
Take care of yourselves and one another,
Dean Haider Ala Hamoudi
Vice Dean Jerry Dickinson