The Office of Diversity Initiatives is constantly seeking innovative, engaging ways to partner with students, faculty, and friends from the University of Pittsburgh’s Dietrich School as well as other colleges and universities.  There are many ways that individuals and institutions can collaborate with us to help us create a more welcoming, rewarding, and enriching academic experience for our underrepresented students.

Campus Partners

The Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences welcomes qualified students from across the country and around the world into our broad range of community of learners.  We work closely with referring faculty and staff partners from other colleges and universities to ensure that your best students receive the high quality education that our graduate programs are known for, and the personalized, one-on-one attention that is rare within the context of a large research university.

If you work with undergraduates from underrepresented populations who have expressed interest in one of our majors or departments, or who might want to learn more about the Dietrich School, please contact the Office of Diversity Initiatives.  We would be happy to work with you and your students to arrange an all-expense paid campus visit, schedule a call or meeting with a Dietrich School Diversity Liaison, or put you in touch with one of our graduate student mentors.

Faculty Exchange

We are excited to offer a wide range of academic and research exchange opportunities to interested faculty members from other institutions.  Please see below for the list of placements that are currently available or contact the Office of Diversity Initiatives for more information about adding your institution’s exchange request to the list.

Graduate Student Organization

The Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences has a dynamic Graduate Student Organization that sponsors a wide range of social and academic events and activities throughout the year.  Any Dietrich School graduate student is invited to attend and participate in the group’s monthly meetings.

Hot Metal Bridge Program

The Hot Metal Bridge Program at the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh is a new two-semester post-baccalaureate fellowship program for students who will help us meet our diversity goals.

Students of Color Dinner Series

The Students of Color Dinner Series is now in its 21st year. Since it began, it has had a significant impact on the graduate school experience for students from underrepresented populations. The dinner is much appreciated by students, who find it a helpful and enjoyable venue through which to make social and professional connections with other members of underrepresented groups from the University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University, and Duquesne University.

There are usually five dinners each academic year attracting anywhere from 50 to 100 students per dinner. Programs in this series have invited faculty and administrators from Pitt and across the nation to discuss their published works, provide insight on their life experiences and provide information on a topic crucial to the graduate experience.  Dinners are scheduled throughout the academic year.  Subscribe to our Twitter feed or ‘like’ us on Facebook to find out more details about our next dinner.

Summer Research Opportunities

Undergraduate students from underrepresented populations from across the country are encouraged to apply for summer research experiences within the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences.  Opportunities will be posted as information becomes available.   Faculty members interested in posting their research placement opportunities to the Office of Diversity Initiatives’ Web site should contact Philippa Carter for information.

Current Dietrich School graduate students from underrepresented populations who meet the necessary academic requirements may be eligible for fully funded summer research opportunities.  Applications are available by invitation only and will be emailed to students.  Contact Philippa Carter with questions.

K. Leroy Irvis Fellowship Program

These multi-year fellowships are designed to enhance the diversity of the University of Pittsburgh's graduate student population and eventually the professorate. They generally carry a stipend and tuition coverage. K. Leroy Irvis Fellowships are used primarily to recruit new graduate students to the University of Pittsburgh.

Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Program

In the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, McNair students, who apply for admission, are eligible to be nominated by departments for multi-year fellowships that generally carry stipend and tuition coverage. Graduate application fees are waived for all graduate programs in the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences. In addition, in the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, Graduate Studies will pay for any McNair scholar who is admitted into one of the school's graduate programs to visit the campus. Applicants should direct all inquiries to their Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences Department.