Diversity

The Dietrich School is a vibrant community of learners, strengthened by the broad range of perspectives, experiences, and interests that makes us unique. We’re committed to promoting diversity and the understanding of diversity among our faculty, staff, and students, and across curricula. This commitment is exemplified by innovative and inclusive programs and activities we’ve developed to raise awareness of—and sensitivity to—the differences and distinctions we use to define and understand ourselves and each other. 

At the Dietrich School, we don’t just recognize our diversity—we rely on it, we value it, and we support each other in fulfilling our greatest potential.

Dietrich School Diversity Review and Task Force Members
The Dietrich School Diversity Review was initiated in April 2018 with the Dean of the Dietrich School, Kathleen M. Blee charging the Dietrich School Diversity Task Force with the objective of understanding where the Dietrich School lies in the continuum of diversity, inclusion and equity relative to the other schools within Pitt, and across the US. If you would like to learn more about our plans please reach out to one of our Task Force members or check back to this website.    

Daniel Berkowitz–Professor, Department of Economics; Kay Brummond–DS Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs, Professor of Chemistry, co-Chair of DS Faculty Diversity Committee; Rosemary Capo–Associate Professor, Department of Geology and Environmental Science, member of DS Faculty Diversity Committee; Philippa Carter–DS Director, Diversity Initiatives and Academic Affairs, Graduate Studies; Yolanda Covington-Ward, Associate Professor, Department of Africana Studies, co-Chair of DS Faculty Diversity Committee; Patrick Cunningham–DS Executive Director for Financial and Physical Resources; Amber Griffith–Graduate Student of Biological Sciences; Jessica Hatherill–DS Senior Director, Undergraduate Studies; Edwin Hernandez–Director, University of Pittsburgh Office of Veterans Services; Jeff Hildebrand–Associate Professor, Department of Biological Sciences; Holger Hoock–DS Associate Dean, Graduate Studies and Research, J. Carroll Amundson Chair of British History; Scott Kiesling–Chair and Professor, Department of Linguistics; Jeffrey Lawrence–Professor and Chair, Department of Biological Sciences; Maureen Lazar–DS Director, Workforce Effectiveness; Adam Leibovich–DS Associate Dean for Faculty Recruitment and Research Development, Professor of Physics; Andrew Lotz–Lecturer and Academic Advisor, Department of Political Science and Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Studies; Michele Montag–DS Executive Director for Staff Personnel and Senior Assistant Dean; Carol Mullen–DS Director, Communications and Undergraduate Recruitment; Lotanna Ojukwu–Undergraduate Student of Africana Studies; Rebecca Roadman–DS Director, Special Projects and Initiatives; Tiwanda Taylor–Director of Advising and Student Support, College of General Studies; John Twyning–DS Associate Dean, Undergraduate Studies, Professor of English. 

Faculty

The Dietrich School Diversity Committee, established in 2013, is currently focusing on strengthening faculty diversity by developing and implementing best practices, procedures, and policies for recruiting, mentoring, and retaining female and underrepresented minority faculty members who reflect the breadth of our student body and society at large.

The Diversity Committee is available to serve as a resource in the following ways:

  • Consulting with departments on how to enhance their faculty recruitment efforts;
  • Assisting departments in building and sustaining practices of intellectual and collegial inclusivity and support; and
  • Providing group or one-on-one training for department chairs on effective faculty mentoring.

For more information on how to engage the Dietrich School Diversity Committee in further developing your department’s recruiting, mentoring, and retention activities, contact Jaime Wesoloski, Faculty Actions Coordinator, at 412-624-5258 or jlw85@pitt.edu. For more information about faculty leadership opportunities within the Dietrich School, visit the Professional Development section of our Web site.

Faculty Diversity Committee 2013-2014
Tia-Lynn Ashman
Kathy Blee
Steve Finkel
Shelome Gooden
Terrance Hayes
Sandy Mitchell
Rena Robinson (spring only)
Chandralekha Singh
Christel Temple

Faculty Diversity Committee 2014-2015
Tia-Lynn Ashman
Kathy Blee
Steve Finkel
Shelome Gooden
Terrance Hayes
Sandy Mitchell
Rena Robinson
Chandralekha Singh
Christel Temple

Faculty Diversity Committee 2015-2016
Kathy Blee
Jerome Branche
Yu Cheng
Yolanda Covington-Ward
Waverly Duck
Yona Harvey
Lara Putnam
Linda Rinaman
Chandralekha Singh
Jennifer Whiting

Faculty Diversity Committee Members 2016-2017
Kathy Blee
Jerome Branche
Yu Cheng
Yolanda Covington-Ward
Waverly Duck
Yona Harvey
Tara Meyer
Lara Putnam
Linda Rinaman
Chandralekha Singh
Jennifer Whiting

Faculty Diversity Committee Members 2017-2019
Kay Brummond, Associate Dean, Faculty Affairs, Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences
Robin Brooks, Assistant Professor, Africana Studies
Rosemary Capo, Associate Professor, Geology and Environmental Science 
Yu Cheng, Associate Professor and Interim Chair, Department of Statistics
Mazviita Chirimuuta, Associate Professor, History and Philosophy of Science
Yolanda Covington-Ward, Associate Professor of Africana Studies
Angie Cruz, Assistant Professor, Department of English 
Lorraine Denman, Lecturer II, Coordinator - Italian Language Program
Waverly Duck, Associate Professor, Sociology
Julie Fiez, Professor and Chair of Psychology
Irina Livezeanu, Associate Professor History
Imani Owens, Assistant Professor, English
Rebecca Roadman, Director of Special Projects and Initiatives Dietrich School Dean’s Office
Amy Murray Twyning, Lecturer II English, Literature Program Assistant

Graduate Students

The Office of Diversity Initiatives in the Graduate Studies Dean’s Office is an essential aspect of the Dietrich School’s commitment to preparing all of our students for life, learning, and work in our increasingly global world. 

Our role is to serve as a resource to prospective and current students from underrepresented populations, helping to identify opportunities and experiences of particular benefit, with an emphasis on recruiting, mentoring, and retention.
 
For more information on our programs and activities, visit these links or contact Philippa Carter, Manager of Diversity Initiatives, at pkc3@pitt.edu or 412-624-6096

Undergraduate Students

We believe that student achievement inside the classroom requires our investment and involvement in students’ lives outside the classroom. The Undergraduate Studies Dean’s Office offers a broad array of academic, social, cultural, and career-readiness programs and activities that support and promote the success and well-being of our underrepresented students.

From workshops and seminars with faculty, to peer mentoring and one-on-one tutoring, we have created extensive support structures to ensure that all of our students have access to the resources they need to achieve their highest potential.

For more information on the many ways we’re here to serve, visit these links or contact Jessica Hatherill, Senior Administrative Officer and Undergraduate Diversity Liaison, at jhath@pitt.edu or 412-624-6482.

Staff

The Dietrich School staff diversity committee is focused on staff diversity issues within the Dietrich School.  We are looking to create an inclusive environment for all staff regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, nationality, religion, and class.  We want to strengthen diversity endeavors for our staff by giving them opportunities to update their skills and practical knowledge pertaining to issues of diversity.  We want to assist in recruiting a more diverse work force and creating  chances  to experience a wider range of diversity.  The staff diversity committee is an essential aspect of the Dietrich School’s commitment to staff diversity in action.  Begun in 2016, the Committee's role is to serve as a resource to prospective and current staff from helping to identify resources, opportunities, and experiences of particular benefit. 

The committee members are:

Philippa Carter, Director of Diversity Initiatives and Academic Affairs. Diversity, Graduate Studies
Michele Montag, Executive Director for Staff Personnel and Senior Assistant Dean
Gregory Allen, Academic Advisor, Undergraduate Studies, Co-Chair
Keanna Cash, Graduate Administrator, Languages and Classics
Brian Deutsch, Graduate Administrator, Economics and Political Science
Alana Dunn, Fiscal Manager, Languages and Classics
Sheba Gittens, Academic Advisor, Student Support Services, Undergraduate Studies
Christie Hay, Graduate Student Administrator, Department of Chemistry, Co-Chair
Edwin Hernandez, Director, Office of Veterans Services
Chris March, Senior Business Systems Analyst, Dietrich School Dean's Office
Carol Mullen, Director of Communications, Dietrich School Dean's Office
Flannery O’Rourke, Project Coordinator, Psychology