Provost’s Diversity Institute for Faculty Development

2018 Events

Using Games and Simulations to Increase Diversity

Games and simulations can offer rich learning experiences and opportunities for deeper conversations about diversity and inclusion in a variety of disciplines. Students want (and need) learning experiences that prepare them for the world, and this is where consciously thinking about aspects of diversity and inclusion in your simulations can pay real learning dividends.

Thursday, May 3, 1:30 – 4 p.m.

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Facilitators:

Ron Magnuson
Katz Graduate School of Business

Deepika Mohan
Department of Critical Care, School of Medicine

Lorin Grieve
Department of Pharmacy and Therapeutics,
School of Pharmacy

How Teaching in Prison Helped My Teaching at Pitt

What pedagogical lessons can you learn from teaching in a prison? How are incarcerated students similar and different to your students at Pitt? In this session, you’ll spend some time with faculty who have been teaching in a local prison. They will talk about how this experience has shaped, influenced and changed their teaching practices, and how they have applied lessons from this experience to their teaching in the traditional Pitt classroom.

Friday, May 4, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

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Facilitators:

Shalini Puri
Department of English,
Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences

Chris Bonneau
Political Science,
Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences

Cory Holding
Department of English,
Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences

Nancy Glazener
Department of English,
Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences

Supporting Our Students Inside & Outside the Classroom to Triumph

This event offers two interrelated perspectives on the mental health of students. The first half is presented by the Pitt Counseling Center and offers a toolkit on how to help students with depression, anxiety, relationship problems, family issues and more. You’ll learn how to better recognize these challenges and how to address them – as well as when you should hand it off to the Counseling Center. The second half looks at therapeutic writing as a tool to support and enhance student problem solving, reflection, and personal learning.

Tuesday, May 8 from 1:30 – 4 p.m.

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Facilitators:

Create a Healthy U Classroom by Helping Students in Distress
Kelli Lampe
Wellness Center, Student Affairs

Assumptions Aside: What Nonfiction Can Teach Us About Our Students
Yona Harvey
Department of English,
Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences

Transforming Curriculum to Be More Inclusive

This open forum is a great chance to learn from five award winning Pitt faculty who have been recognized for their efforts in diversity and inclusion. They will present practical teaching approaches to common challenges, and will take questions from the audience.

Thursday, May 10, 1:30 – 4 p.m.

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Facilitators:

Julie Beaulieu
Gender, Sexuality, & Women’s Studies program,
Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences

Marnie Bertolet
Department of Epidemiology,
School of Public Health

Melinda Ciccocioppo
Department of Psychology,
Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences

Elizabeth Harkins
University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown,
Division of Education

Abdesalam Soudi
Department of Linguistics,
Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences

Creating Space for Diverse Dialogues

This session introduces the concept of unconscious bias and its various forms due to subtle disparities, hidden stereotypes, expressions of bias, intergroup processes, identity triggers, behavioral labeling, and a connection to social power. Participants will be encouraged to develop experience-based learning exercises that allow students to recognize and counter various forms of unconscious bias in a variety of settings. Participants will also learn how to create an environment for respectfully voicing opinions and for sharing experiences with these sensitive issues.

Friday, May 11, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

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Facilitators:

Audrey Murrell
Katz Graduate School of Business & College of Business Administration

Ray Jones
Katz Graduate School of Business & College of Business Administration

Bringing Global Perspectives to Our Fields and Our Courses

What does it mean to utilize and promote a global perspective? What are the best ways of bringing a global perspective to our fields and our courses? And how can this help us address diversity in our classrooms and the wider world? We will explore these issues through presentations, interactions, and discussions.

Monday, May 14, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

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Facilitator:

Roger Rouse
Global Studies, University Center for International Studies

Structural Racism

A one-day long workshop where participants learn what structured racism is, and acquire strategies to advance racial equity.

Wednesday, May 16, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

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Facilitator:

Ralph Bangs
University Center for International Studies


Transformative Intergroup Dialogue

May 10, 2017
Facilitated by Erika Kestenberg and Mario Brown, of the University of Pittsburgh Intergroup Dialogue Collaborative.


A multi-speaker presentation entitled Students and Poverty: How Socioeconomic Factors Shape Student Learning and What We Can Do

May 11, 2017
Facilitated by: Gerald Dickinson (University of Pittsburgh School of Law), Lori Delale-O’Connor (University of Pittsburgh Center for Urban Education), Elizabeth Votruba-Drzal (University of Pittsburgh Dept. of Psychology), Ken Regal (Executive Director of Just Harvest).


Seminars on Race and Gender in Teaching, that comprised of four sessions, each with a different focus:
  • What White Institutions Can Learn from Hispanic-Serving Institutions
    May 17, 2017
    Facilitated by Gina Garcia, University of Pittsburgh School of Education.
  • Identity Politics in the Classroom
    May 22, 2017
    Facilitated by Gabby Yearwood, University of Pittsburgh Dept. of Anthropology & Dept. of Gender, Sexuality, & Women’s Studies.
  • The Conversation Crisis: Managing Your Bias, Facilitating Conversations, and Finding Common Ground in the Classroom
    May 23, 2017
    Facilitated by Mary Margaret Kerr, University of Pittsburgh School of Education, and Joe Horne, University of Pittsburgh Center for Teaching and Learning.
  • Teaching Race to College Students – 2017 Black/White Update
    June 6, 2017
    Facilitated by Ralph Bangs, University of Pittsburgh Center for International Studies.

A four-part series entitled, Understanding Our Students that featured a Pitt facilitator and a panel of students that discussed perspectives of student populations. Sessions included:
  • Understanding the Background & Academic Preparations of Students from Chinese Cultures
    May 15, 2017
    Facilitated by Meiyi Song, University of Pittsburgh Center for Teaching and Learning
  • Political Diversity in the Classroom
    May 16, 2017
    Facilitated by Andrew Lotz, University of Pittsburgh Dept. of Political Science and Assistant Dean of the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences
  • Muslim Student Perspectives
    May 18. 2017
    Facilitated by Jeanette Jouili, University of Pittsburgh Dept. of Religious Studies
  • Students on the Autism Spectrum
    June 7, 2017
    Facilitated by Shaun Eack, University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work

From Wrongs to Rights: A Living History of an Unfinished Civil Rights Movement

June 13, 2017
Facilitated by Heather Sedlacko (United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania), Tina Calabro (Western Pennsylvania Disability History and Action Consortium), and John Tague, Jr. (Western Pennsylvania Disability History and Action Consortium).


What’s Race Got to do with It? (film viewing and discussion)

April 21, 2016
Facilitated by Mario Brown, University of Pittsburgh Health Sciences and Paula Davis, University of Pittsburgh Health Sciences


Can I be of Any help? (performance) and workshop on student race relations in the classroom

April 11, 2016
Presented by Theatre Delta


Intergroup Dialogue (2-part training)

May 4 and 5, 2016
Facilitated by Monita Thompson, University of Michigan and Charles Behling, University of Michigan


Understanding Our Students – a four part series:
  • Transgender Students
    May 18, 2016
    Facilitated by Julie Beaulieu, University of Pittsburgh Gender Sexuality & Women’s Studies program
  • Students with Disabilities
    May 19, 2016
    Facilitated by Rory Cooper, University of Pittsburgh School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
  • Understanding the Background & Academic Preparations of Students from Chinese Cultures
    May 23, 2016
    Facilitated by Meiyi Song, University of Pittsburgh Center for Instructional Design & Distance Education
  • Religious Diversity in the Classroom
    May 24, 2016
    Facilitated by Lynn Coghill, University of Pittsburgh Department of Religious Studies

An Inclusive Classroom: Practical Lessons and Techniques for Constructing a Truly Open Learning Environment for LGBTQIA Students

June 7 and 8, 2016
Facilitated by Susan Marine, Merrimack College


Who Needs This? An Interactive Theater Performance on Race Relations on Campus (performance) and workshop on diversity topics Presented by Theater Delta

April 30, 2015 (performance)
May 1, 2015 (workshop)


Building Faculty Awareness & Capacity- Discovering the Role of Unconscious Bias in Classroom Pedagogy & Dynamics

Facilitated by Audrey Murrell, University of Pittsburgh School of Business and Ray Jones, University of Pittsburgh School of Business
May 15 and 22, 2015


An Inclusive Classroom: Practical Lessons and Techniques for Constructing a Truly Open Learning Environment for LGBTQIA Students

Facilitated by Susan Marine, Merrimack College
May 19, 2015


Race in America

Facilitated by Ralph Bangs, University of Pittsburgh Center for International Studies
June 3, 2015