The Office of Diversity and Inclusion is excited to announce the LGBTQIA+ Affinity Group for University professional staff and faculty. Over the last several months, both members of the staff and members of the faculty have met with members of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion to identify resources available for members of the LGBTQIA+ community, including networking opportunities, professional development funding, and support groups. The LGBTQIA+ Affinity Group will serve as an umbrella organization in order to provide these opportunities to members of the community. The group will also offer the community an official, collective voice for LGBTQIA+ issues at Pitt, will serve as a liaison to upper administration, and will provide support for recruitment and retention of faculty and staff.
Our committee has planned a mixer that we would like to invite members of the LGBTQIA+ faculty and staff community at Pitt to attend at 5801 Video Lounge Café in Shadyside, on Thursday, February 23 from 5-7 p.m. to provide an opportunity for members of the community to get to know each other. At this mixer, we will also brainstorm about the future direction of the affinity group and about possible projects involving both faculty and staff. At this time, we ask that only individuals who identify within the community join us for this program; at future programs and events, we are happy to welcome allies to join us as well. If you plan to attend, please fill out the following RSVP: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/VN8QR96
All are also welcome to join our Facebook Group to stay connected about future events: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1233573180056851/?fref=ts
If you are interested in joining the group but are unable to attend the inaugural event, or have ideas to contribute for the vision of the group, please feel free to contact Interim Co-Chairs Julie Beaulieu at JRB107@pitt.edu, or Michael Wellbrock at MJW125@Pitt.edu and you will be added to the group's e-mailing list.