Diversity Statement

Diversity Statement

The Office of Residence Life at the University of Pittsburgh has a strong commitment to acknowledging, advocating, celebrating, and educating all people who live and work in our residence halls. We are professionally and personally committed to creating a community that supports diverse perspectives, celebrates the rich diversity of people who live and work within our residence halls, and fosters an environment of continuous education.
We have created this Diversity Statement so that all students and staff may understand the importance of diversity in our residence halls, on campus, and in the world. We will not tolerate any form of behavior pertaining to racism, sexism, bigotry, harassment, intimidation, threats, or abuse, whether verbal or written, physical or psychological, direct or implied. We will not accept ignorance, humor, or substance use as an excuse for oppressive behavior.


We acknowledge that human differences come in many forms, including: race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, marital status, familial status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, disability, or status as a veteran. We recognize that the knowledge we gain from interacting with and learning from one another has both educational and personal value. Furthermore, by acknowledging the presence of inequalities and oppression and engaging in uncomfortable conversations, all members of our community experience an incomparable educational experience. These experiences are crucial for developing the requisite skills to thrive as a member of a pluralistic society and as a responsible global citizen.


We strive to create a learning environment that allows all people to advocate for and support underrepresented populations. We maintain a safe and friendly environment that embodies our ideals of cooperation and mutual respect by protecting the right of respectful expression and by confronting hateful or victimizing acts. We will be deliberate in educating our staff and students to respond proactively to such behavior.


We consider the cultural diversity at the University and in the city of Pittsburgh as one of our finest assets. We endeavor to celebrate all people by offering a wide variety of programs and activities that promote a high level of experiential learning. Encouraging students to embrace diversity is at the heart of our mission to provide a holistic education and to help our students become effective citizen leaders in our communities and in the world.


We provide opportunities for holistic education outside the classroom, in part, by prioritizing multicultural education. Through education, students will learn the skills necessary to promote a supportive and inclusive environment. Students will have the opportunity to engage in programs, activities, and discussions regarding current events, as well as social, political, intrapersonal, and interpersonal conflicts. Within the residence halls, multiculturalism is embedded in our commitment to create the best collegiate experience in the world.