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This Pitt alumna preaches the power of networking

Marisa Williams, who was tasked by Gov. Tom Wolf to better the lives of Black Pennsylvanians, credits Pitt’s TRIO Student Support Services Program with starting her on a path of community building.

  • Community Impact
  • Alumni
  • Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences
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This School of Education program promoted healthy behaviors among older adults in Homewood

The Healthy Homewood Project brought together Pitt graduate students and the neighborhood YMCA to combat obesity and chronic illness through wellness education and fitness.

  • Health and Wellness
  • Community Impact
  • School of Education
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How Pitt’s Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence helps small businesses succeed

Robert Stein and his team help Western Pennsylvania entrepreneurs create, open and sustain businesses as diverse as the region — from trucking companies to Latin American restaurants.

  • Community Impact
  • Innovation and Research
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This mother-daughter artistic duo wants to diversify Oakland’s business district

Christine and Brigette Bethea of Argyle Studio and ULEADx are pairing with Pitt people to give artists and leaders a leg up in Pittsburgh.

  • Community Impact
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Our City/Our Campus
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Pitt School of Nursing students and graduates rise up

With a simmering pandemic, an aging population and more than a million expected to retire from the profession in the next decade, the national need for well-trained nurses is as serious as ever.

  • Community Impact
  • School of Nursing
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Don’t let Pennsylvania families and students lose their tuition benefit

For more than 50 years, the commonwealth has funded a tuition discount for in-state Pitt students. This year, the discount is at risk. Learn more in this Pitt Magazine Q&A with Chancellor Patrick

  • University News
  • Community Impact
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In photos: Pitt Police carry the torch for Special Olympics Pennsylvania

The Law Enforcement Torch Run raises money and awareness for the Special Olympics movement. Pitt Police will participate in all legs of the journey from Pittsburgh to State College.

  • Community Impact
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When Pitt students move out, Clutter for a Cause finds a new life for stuff that’s left behind

The annual program diverts usable and quality items to reuse and recycle instead of landfills, and it also helps students be good neighbors.

  • University News
  • Community Impact
  • Our City/Our Campus
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Hill District Community Engagement Center director recognized

Kirk Holbrook was selected to be a Bridging Fellow and Remake Learning ambassador.

  • Community Impact
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
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Targeted outreach is bringing more students from rural Pennsylvania to Pitt

The pioneering efforts, including hiring a new rural recruiter, are boosting geographic diversity at the University of Pittsburgh.

  • Community Impact
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Prospective students
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A recent broadband symposium highlighted the growing digital divide

Presenters at the Pitt event warned about the opportunity gap between those with and without high-speed internet access.

  • University News
  • Technology & Science
  • Community Impact
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This Pitt alumna is on a mission to stop relationship abuse

Thais Ridgeway (A&S ’13) is fighting dating violence through her work as a lawyer, Army reservist and Miss New York United States 2020.

  • Health and Wellness
  • Community Impact
  • Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences
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Pitt students to lawmakers: Preserve our state-funded tuition discount

The Pitt community steps up and speaks up to protect the in-state tuition rate for Pennsylvania’s students and families.

  • University News
  • Community Impact
  • Students
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There’s still time to donate to the Pitt United Way Campaign

Help raise $750,000 before April 29.

  • University News
  • Community Impact
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A Pitt Urban Studies major won a fellowship for her work addressing food insecurity

Junior Nina Mennies has been awarded a Newman Civic Fellowship, which supports community-minded students in their journey to becoming change-makers.

  • Community Impact
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences
  • David C. Frederick Honors College
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Nearly 30,000 vaccines and counting

One year after Pitt acquired its vaccine supply, volunteers, staff and interns share the lessons they’ve learned.

  • Health and Wellness
  • Community Impact
  • Our City/Our Campus
  • Covid-19
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Leigh Patel elected to National Academy of Education

Patel will serve on expert study panels and will be a mentor for professional development fellowship programs.

  • Community Impact
  • Faculty
  • School of Education
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Could your neighborhood influence the health of your brain?

A $9.6 million grant will help Pitt and RAND researchers measure the link between structural racism and cognitive decline in two Pittsburgh neighborhoods.

  • Health and Wellness
  • Community Impact
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • School of Public Health
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Dean Valerie Kinloch coauthors book, 'Where is the Justice: Engaged Pedagogies in Schools and Communities'

The book focuses on pedagogical practices that advance equity and encourage collaborations among stakeholders who are working to provide quality education within schools across the country.

  • Community Impact
  • Innovation and Research
  • School of Education
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How Pitt’s executive director of the engaged campus forges community connections

Jamie Ducar is helping Pitt be a responsive, effective and visible collaborator within its local communities.

  • Community Impact
  • Our City/Our Campus
  • Staff