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Spring 2021 Plenary Session: Anti-Racism and Equity

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This year, the theme of the University Senate's Spring Plenary is Anti-Racism and Equity. This important event is the culmination of a year-long examination among our Senate Committees of the impacts of systemic racism and inequity on our Pitt community. As the official University-wide instrument of shared governance, it is the Senate’s job to work for the equitable representation of all of our faculty, as well as our staff and students, a job we can only do if we are conscious of the experiences and forces of bias impacting them. In the last year, the mission of supporting our marginalized faculty has been as important as ever, as we have seen our ideals starkly contrasted against tragedies across the country.

Join us for the Spring Plenary and learn about progress at Pitt against the effects of systemic racism and toward equity. Panel sessions will include discussions of University wide efforts to increase diversity and equity, development of Pitt’s new Anti-Racism course, and a review of specific findings of three of our University Senate Standing committees during the past year. Each panel session will be accompanied by a Q&A, and we hope to hear from you, because it is ultimately your input that drives progress.

Also, consider attending a separate panel session sponsored by the University Senate Research Committee on April 8th (2pm). The panel will discuss the documentary “Picture a Scientist”, which is available for all faculty, staff and students to watch online, and which depicts the struggles facing women in STEM fields.


Schedule
12:00 Opening of the Plenary Session/Introduction of Chancellor
Chris Bonneau, President University Senate

12:05 Welcoming Remarks
Patrick D. Gallagher, Chancellor

12:15 Introduction to Panel #1 – Building an Equitable Institution
Chris Bonneau
Clyde Pickett, Vice Chancellor, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
Destiny Mann, President Black Senate
John Wallace, Vice Provost for Diversity and Development


12:45 Moderated Discussion, Q&A for Panel #1
David Salcido, Senate Vice President

1:00 Introduction to Panel #2 – Development of Pitt’s Anti-Racism Course
Chris Bonneau
Yolanda Covington-Ward, Associate Professor of the Department of Africana Studies
Leigh Patel, Professor School of Education
Gabby Yearwood, Lecturer in the Department of Anthropology


1:30 Moderated Discussion, Q&A for Panel #2
David Salcido, Senate Vice President 

1:45 Introduction to Panel #3 – Senate Committee Findings on Racism, Equity and Justice at Pitt
Chris Bonneau 
Bonnie Falcione, John Stoner, Co-Chairs – Educational Policies Committee
Ally Bove, Zuzana Swigonova, Co-Chairs, Equity, Inclusion and Anti-Discrimination Advocacy Committee
Marylou Gramm, Sybil Streeter, Co-Chairs – Student Admissions, Aid and Affairs Committee


2:15 Closing Remarks
Ann E. Cudd, Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor

For questions about this event, contact the University Senate Office

Dial-In Information

https://pitt.zoom.us/j/91250749763
Password: 285662

Wednesday, April 7 at 12:00 p.m. to 2:30 a.m.

Virtual Event

Spring 2021 Plenary Session: Anti-Racism and Equity

This year, the theme of the University Senate's Spring Plenary is Anti-Racism and Equity. This important event is the culmination of a year-long examination among our Senate Committees of the impacts of systemic racism and inequity on our Pitt community. As the official University-wide instrument of shared governance, it is the Senate’s job to work for the equitable representation of all of our faculty, as well as our staff and students, a job we can only do if we are conscious of the experiences and forces of bias impacting them. In the last year, the mission of supporting our marginalized faculty has been as important as ever, as we have seen our ideals starkly contrasted against tragedies across the country.

Join us for the Spring Plenary and learn about progress at Pitt against the effects of systemic racism and toward equity. Panel sessions will include discussions of University wide efforts to increase diversity and equity, development of Pitt’s new Anti-Racism course, and a review of specific findings of three of our University Senate Standing committees during the past year. Each panel session will be accompanied by a Q&A, and we hope to hear from you, because it is ultimately your input that drives progress.

Also, consider attending a separate panel session sponsored by the University Senate Research Committee on April 8th (2pm). The panel will discuss the documentary “Picture a Scientist”, which is available for all faculty, staff and students to watch online, and which depicts the struggles facing women in STEM fields.


Schedule
12:00 Opening of the Plenary Session/Introduction of Chancellor
Chris Bonneau, President University Senate

12:05 Welcoming Remarks
Patrick D. Gallagher, Chancellor

12:15 Introduction to Panel #1 – Building an Equitable Institution
Chris Bonneau
Clyde Pickett, Vice Chancellor, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
Destiny Mann, President Black Senate
John Wallace, Vice Provost for Diversity and Development


12:45 Moderated Discussion, Q&A for Panel #1
David Salcido, Senate Vice President

1:00 Introduction to Panel #2 – Development of Pitt’s Anti-Racism Course
Chris Bonneau
Yolanda Covington-Ward, Associate Professor of the Department of Africana Studies
Leigh Patel, Professor School of Education
Gabby Yearwood, Lecturer in the Department of Anthropology


1:30 Moderated Discussion, Q&A for Panel #2
David Salcido, Senate Vice President 

1:45 Introduction to Panel #3 – Senate Committee Findings on Racism, Equity and Justice at Pitt
Chris Bonneau 
Bonnie Falcione, John Stoner, Co-Chairs – Educational Policies Committee
Ally Bove, Zuzana Swigonova, Co-Chairs, Equity, Inclusion and Anti-Discrimination Advocacy Committee
Marylou Gramm, Sybil Streeter, Co-Chairs – Student Admissions, Aid and Affairs Committee


2:15 Closing Remarks
Ann E. Cudd, Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor

For questions about this event, contact the University Senate Office

Dial-In Information

https://pitt.zoom.us/j/91250749763
Password: 285662

Wednesday, April 7 at 12:00 p.m. to 2:30 a.m.

Virtual Event

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