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July 14, 2022

Hello Fellow Pitt Students,
 
The recent racial injustices, attacks on reproductive rights, and rise in gun violence we have seen unfold across communities nationwide have produced a clear message: We must do better. Institutional racism, bigotry, and discrimination continue to plague our society, from the highest levels of government to the interactions on our very own campus. Students have grown up with lockdown drills, a worldwide pandemic, and the murder of George Floyd; we know that these issues are neither distant nor rare. It is here and real, and we stand in support of students.

As our community heals, we must do our part to keep these tragedies from happening. To do so, we must use comprehensive strategies to make this community safer for all students. That is why I want to encourage all students to register for this year's Diversity Forum to learn how to better infuse diversity, equity, and inclusion work within our everyday lives. This year's theme for the Diversity Forum is 'Rewiring Our Systems: Transforming the Intersections of Inequity.' Learn more and register to attend the Diversity Forum. Students can receive OCC Credit for attending!

This year's forum will feature a dynamic array of keynote programs and community-led sessions that aim to develop social equity consciousness and systems thinking approaches to address social inequities. Programs will engage the intersections of social identities and cultivate models for advancing social justice. The forum is entirely virtual. It is free and open to the public.

Art of Diversity
In conjunction with the 2022 Diversity Forum, the University of Pittsburgh Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion and Pitt’s Center for Creativity present the third annual Art of Diversity Showcase.
 
Keynote participants include:
 
Tarana Burke – Activist, Author, and Leader of the #MeToo Movement
 
Nyle DiMarco – Deaf Activist and Model



In Solidarity,
 
 
Danielle Floyd
Student Body President

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