Plenary Session AY 2020 - 2021

The theme of our Spring Plenary was Anti-Racism and Equity. This important event took place on April 7, 2021. It was the culmination of a year-long examination among our Senate Committees of the impacts of systemic racism and inequity on our Pitt community.  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.

You may view the recorded Plenary session and learn about progress at Pitt against the effects of systemic racism and toward equity. Panel sessions  included 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 was  accompanied by a Q&A.

Additional details regarding the program are included in the below link. 2021.pdf



On October 8, 2020 the University Senate sponsored a second expert panel discussion on Mental Health, panelists included:

                             Kay Redfield Jamison, John Hopkins University School of Medicine, Professor of Psychiatry

                             Sansea Jacobson, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, School of Medicine

                             Nancy Mckee, Clinical Manager at Life Solutions

                             Jack Rozel, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Adjunct Professor of Law

                             Linda Tashbook, Adjunct Professor of Law and Foreign, International, and Comparative

                              Law Librarian

                             Jay Darr, Director University Counseling Center

                             Chancellor Patrick Gallagher delivered welcoming remarks

                             Provost Ann Cudd  delivered closing remarks   

You may view the recording here