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The Provost’s Diversity Institute for Faculty Development was created to offer University of Pittsburgh faculty the opportunity to increase awareness about diversity and develop skills needed to teach in a diverse, multicultural environment. Whether it’s expanding your diversity mindfulness in classroom discussions or designing learning activities that incorporate a variety of perspectives, this institute is appropriate for any full- or part-time faculty member who wants to deepen their teaching practice.

Register for Diversity Institute Sessions
Community Engaged Learning: Monday, April 29, 2019

Title: Inside-Out: Experiences from the Pitt Prison Education Project
Facilitator: Shalini Puri, Ph.D., Department of English, Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences
Location: Community Engagement Center – Homewood
Time:
10 a.m.

Title: Teaching Side by Side: Best Practices from Drexel University’s Lindy Center for Civic Engagement
Facilitators: Lina Dostilio, Ed.D., Center for Urban Education, Cyndi Rickards, Senior Assistant Dean for Community Engagement, Drexel University, Andrew Zitcer, Director of the Urban Strategy graduate program, Drexel University, Jennifer Kebea, Executive Director of the Lindy Center for Civic Engagement, Drexel University
Location: Community Engagement Center – Homewood
Time:
1 p.m.

Center for Diversity in the Curriculum Office Hours: Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Facilitator: Charline Rowland, Ed.D., Teaching Consultant at the University Center for Teaching and Learning
Location: Alumni Hall, B-26
Time:
1 – 5 p.m.

Combating Hate: Issues in Teaching and Learning: Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Facilitator: TBD
Location: Alumni Hall, 532
Time:
9:30 – 11 a.m.

Bringing a Global Perspective to Our Syllabi: Some Initial Steps, Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Facilitator: Roger Rouse, Ph.D., Global Studies Center, Visiting Scholar
Location: Posvar Hall, 1501
Time:
1 – 3 p.m.

Implicit Bias Series: Teaching and Learning Discussions: Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Facilitator: Khirsten Scott, PhD, Department of English, Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, Specialty in African American Rhetoric and public writing
Location: Posvar Hall, 1501
Time:
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Anti-Racism Actions for White Folks: Thursday, May 9, 2019

Facilitator: Ralph Bangs, Ph.D., School of Social Work
Location: University Club
Time:
8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. (All Day Event)

Issues in Data Bias: Teaching and Learning Notes from Cathy O’Neil’s Weapons of Math Destruction: Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Facilitators: Dmitriy Babichenko, Ph.D., School of Computing and Information Sciences, Loren Grieve, Pharm.D., School of Pharmacy, Junia Howell, Ph.D., Department of Sociology, Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences
Location: Posvar Hall, 1501
Time:
10 a.m. – Noon

Teaching and Learning Support for International Students and Faculty: Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Facilitators: Marta Ortega-Llebaria, Ph.D., Department of Linguistics, Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, AbdesSalaam Soudi, Ph.D., Department of Linguistics, Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, Jeanette Jouili, Ph.D., Department of Religious Studies, Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, Luana Reis-Moreira, Ph.D., Department of Music, Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences
Location: University Club
Time:
8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. (All Day Event)

Implicit Bias Series: Teaching and Learning Discussions: Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Facilitator: TBD
Location: David Lawrence Hall, 211
Time:
Noon – 2 p.m.

Self-Care Series: Strategies to Overcome Compassion Fatigue in Teaching and Learning: Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Facilitator: Sharise Nance, LCSW, School of Social Work
Location: William Pitt Union, 548
Time:
10 a.m. – Noon

Accessibility, Teaching, and the Urban Campus: Thursday, May 23, 2019

Facilitator: Thomas Morton, Ph.D., Department of History of Art and Architecture, Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences
Location: Alumni Hall, 532
Time:
10 a.m. – Noon

Navigating Student Mental Health Concerns: Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Facilitators: Channing Moreland, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, Sean Moundas, Psychologist, University Counseling Center
Location: Alumni Hall, B-26
Time:
1 – 2:30 p.m.

Self-Care Series: Minority Males Teaching at PWI: Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Facilitators: Gabby Yearwood, Ph.D., Department of Anthropology, Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, Waverly Duck, Department of Sociology, Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, Michael Tillotson, Department of African Studies, Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences
Location: Alumni Hall, 532
Time:
1 – 3 p.m.

Celebrating Pride: Teaching, Listening, and Allyship for LGBTQIA Communities: Thursday, June 6, 2019

Facilitators: Julie Beaulieux, Ph.D., Gender, Sexuality, & Women’s Studies Program, Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, Matthew Lovett, Ph.D., Gender, Sexuality, & Women’s Studies Program, Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences
Location: William Pitt Union, Ballroom
Time:
8:30 a.m.  – 4 p.m. (All Day Event)

Intersectionality: Marginalized Identities in The Classroom: Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Facilitator: Melanie Hughes, Ph.D., Gender, Sexuality, & Women’s Studies Program, Department of Sociology, Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences
Location: Posvar Hall, 1501
Time:
1 – 3 p.m.

Promoting Access, Equity, and improvement (Concluding Event), Wednesday: June 12, 2019

Facilitator: TBD
Location: TBD
Time:
TBD

Using Games and Simulations to Increase Diversity

May 3, 2018

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. Download a copy of the presentation handout (PDF).

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

May 4, 2018

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. Download a copy of the presentation handout (PDF).

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

May 8, 2018

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. Download a copy of the presentation handout (PDF).

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

May 10, 2018

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. NOTE: Click each presenter’s name to download a PDF of their presentation.

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

May 11, 2018

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. Download a copy of the presentation handout (PDF).

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

May 14, 2018

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. Download a copy of the presentation handout (PDF).

Facilitator:

Roger Rouse
Global Studies, University Center for International Studies

Structural Racism

May 16, 2018

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

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

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

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

May 19, 2015
Facilitated by Susan Marine, Merrimack College

Race in America

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

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