Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Social Justice
The Division of Student Affairs is committed to supporting an equitable living, learning, and working environment that affirms the dignity, worth, and value of all members of the Pitt community. We strive to create a campus culture that allows for openness, respect, and safety; an environment in which those with diverse attitudes, beliefs, values, and behaviors feel included and can thrive. We seek to understand, value, and uplift individual differences, including but not limited to those related to: race, ethnicity, national origin, religious and spiritual beliefs, gender, sexuality, physical and mental abilities, size and appearance, and socio-economic status.
Like all systems within higher education, the Division of Student Affairs is not exempt from the influence of deep-rooted cultural forces like racism, sexism, classism, homophobia, heterosexism, xenophobia, ableism, and other forms of marginalization and oppression. Consistent with the University’s mission, we take personal and organizational responsibility to grow in our awareness of these systemic issues, reduce barriers and bias, and develop our cultural humility. We are constantly growing, learning, and finding new ways to hold ourselves accountable to these efforts.
We understand that equity, inclusion, and social justice require ongoing work; it’s a journey, rather than an end goal. The Division of Student Affairs will continue to take steps to support and advance these values in ways that are sustainable.
To learn more about the ways that the Division of Student Affairs is working to forward equity, inclusion, and social justice, please read the Student Affairs Racial Justice, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Action Plan.