MLK Day, Social Justice Week Occasions Set | Pittwire

After a year in which the demand for racial and social justice rose to prominence, the University of Social Justice’s annual Week of January 18-22, 2021 offers the Pitt community a new opportunity to learn about the life and heritage of Civil rights activists ponder Martin Luther King Jr.

“Pitt’s observations on Social Justice Week provide a tremendous opportunity to focus on the continuing need to work together and decisively, and to redeploy at every turn to achieve justice to the fullest – at the University of Pittsburgh and in our country, “said Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor Ann E. Cudd.

Virtual events throughout the week are food for thought for a university community celebrating together in 2021.

January 18th

Pitt’s Office for Justice, Diversity and Inclusion and the Center for Race and Social Issues (CRSP) celebrate on Martin Luther King Day January 18, Pitt Experts in Race and Law, Rural Education, Legislative and Racial Justice in University Environments for a discussion of the current state of political affairs and its implications for the future of racial justice in the United States.

“What just happened? Race, Justice and Politics after the Siege of the Capitol,” a virtual crossover forum # CRSPCast / This is Not Normal, is scheduled for January 18 at 12:00 noon.

Planned panelists are: Clyde Pickett, Vice Chancellor, Justice, Diversity and Inclusion Office; Kristin Kanthak, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science; Thomas Farmer, Professor and Chair of Health and Human Development, School of Education; and Tomar Pierson-Brown, Assistant Dean for Justice and Inclusive Excellence at the School of Law.

James Huguley, Interim Director of CRSP, and Paula Davis, Deputy Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Justice and Inclusion, Health Sciences, will moderate the discussion after Cudd’s welcoming speeches.

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January 20th

The Program to Create an Equitable Community Award 2021 will take place on Wednesday, January 20th at 11 a.m.

Pitt’s Center for Race and Social Problems is this year’s winner of the University Prize for Strategic, Inclusive, and Diverse Excellence (UPSIDE) and Yolanda Covington-Ward, Head of Department and Associate Professor of African Studies at the Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences. is Equipoises MLK. Jr. Creation of an Award Winner for a Just Community. They are recognized for their outstanding efforts to create a more just, equitable, and inclusive Pitt community.

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21th January

On Thursday, January 21st, from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm, the Office of the Dean of Studies will host a full-day symposium on social justice entitled “Common ground for the common good: Examining the past, healing the present, building the future”.

The event includes several breakout sessions and keynote speakers Adam Alvarez (EDUC ’18G) and Luis Ortega.

Alvarez is an Assistant Professor of Urban Education at the Institute of Language, Literacy and Socio-Cultural Education at Rowan University. His scholarship contributes to a growing body of research seeking to transform institutional approaches to prepare future educators and researchers to identify and address longstanding academic and social inequalities.

Ortega is a multidisciplinary storyteller, empathy educator, artist, and founder and director of Storytellers for Change.

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22nd of January

Paul Harper, clinical assistant professor of business administration at the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business, has coordinated a web forum for the Academy of Management Racial Justice, a five-part series that explores the world’s leading economists on issues of racial justice at the intersection of business and society. The first forum, “Racial Justice and Business Schools”, will take place on Friday, January 22nd at 11 am.

Harper will join panelists Penelope Muzanenhamo of University College Dublin and Victor Ray of Iowa University to discuss the role of race in the business school curriculum and how research is assessed. The panel will also look at leadership diversity and inclusion efforts and teach about racial justice in business schools.

Katz Faculty Member Sharon Alvarez, Thomas W. Olofson Chair of Entrepreneurship, will co-host this forum.

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