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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.

Building Sensitivity to Microaggressions Workshop - Friday, March 19, 2021 at noon

The Pitt Law Office of Equity and Inclusive Excellence invites you to the first All-Law School Inclusion Workshop: BUILDING SENSITIVITY TO MICROAGGRESSIONS. Microaggressions are the subtle and often unacknowledged forms of marginalization and discrimination that can arise in everyday discourse. These acts can have an adverse effect on student achievement and professional development. This workshop for faculty, students and staff will address microaggressions and the ways in which exclusion can manifest through verbal and behavioral indignities in routine conversations and exchanges. This workshop will take place via zoom on Friday, March 19, 2021, from noon – 2pm.  Register for this informative session by using this link.

Policing Reproduction: From Slavery through the Present - Nordenberg Lecture - Tuesday, March 16, 2021, from 12:30 - 2:00 p.m.

Professor Michele Bratcher Goodwin’s lecture will offer an historical perspective on the exercise of state power to control women’s bodies and reproduction. The exercise of state power to control reproduction includes criminalizing pregnant women’s use of drugs (an obvious example), but also extends to restrictions on access to abortion, forcing women to follow medical advice against their will, and other examples. The lecture will describe how poor women and women of color are disproportionately subjected to this policing, with devastating and demoralizing effects. Register to attend the Nordenberg Lecture by following this registration link. Professor Goodwin is the Chancellor.s Professor at the University of California, Irvine and founding director of the Center for Biotechnology and Global Health Policy.

Conversations in Law & Social Justice Webinar Series - Bi-weekly on Thursdays, March 11th - April 22nd at 1:00 p.m.

Texas A&M University School of Law and the Network for Justice host a webinar series to examine pressing issues in social justice & the law, particularly as they impact the Latinx community. We encourage students, lawyers, and community leaders who care about social justice and civil rights to join us in these online discussions. Our goal is to engage a variety of people in a multi-generational conversation to help us understand the social justice challenges and opportunities in the United States. Webinars will be held every other Thursday at 12:00 noon Central throughout the Spring 2021 semester. Topics include: Feb. 11th - "Moving Forward Post-Insurrection";  Feb. 25th - "Mental Health Justice: The Hiddent Pandemic";  March 11th - "Leadership: Mentoring the Next Generation";  March 25th - "Justice for Immigrant Youth: An Update on Family Separation"; April 8th - "Training Social Justice Lawyers";  April 22nd - "Farmworker Employment Justice".

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.