Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Pitt Business – You Belong Here

Our mission at Pitt Business is to produce knowledge through research on issues relevant to business and society; prepare our students to create business value through leadership and practice; and promote global dialogue on economic and entrepreneurial activities that improve society. At the University of Pittsburgh Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business and College of Business Administration, we aim to create leaders that use business as a force for social good. We transform our students into change-agents who keep asking questions, challenging current practices, and embracing and impacting humanity. Our commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion is intertwined into our vision for our Pitt Business community. That’s exactly why we continue to keep working, to keep reinventing, in order to push the edge of what’s possible. Business never stops reinventing itself. Neither do we. To foster and support a more equitable community for all, we’ve reimagined the core components of our programs. Learn more >>
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Progress is measured as:

  1. Progress to date
  2. Ongoing
  3. Upcoming

LEADERSHIP:

  1. Diversify Pitt Business Leadership Team (ongoing)
  2. Create Steering Committee for EDI initiatives (progress to date)
  3. Engage and support diverse student organizations and leadership (ongoing) 

IN THE CLASSROOM

  1. Increase diverse representation of guest speakers (progress to date)
  2. Assess EDI curriculum and increase coverage of EDI in case studies, readings, and assignments
  3. Create EDI courses (ongoing)

OUT OF THE CLASSROOM

  1. Partner with minority-owned businesses and community non-profits (progress to date)
  2. Strengthen diversity in international programs (progress to date)
  3. Create new multicultural programs and workshops (upcoming)
  4. Expand inclusive advising and career development (ongoing)

DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION

  1. Faculty and Staff EDI Certificate Program (progress to date)
  2. Diversify the next generation of faculty (ongoing)
  3. Increase representation of staff (ongoing)
  4. Expand support for diverse students (ongoing) 

SCHOOL OPERATIONS

  1. Diversify procurement process (progress to date)
  2. Partner with EDI-focused organizations recruitment (upcoming)
  3. Equitable hiring and retention practices (ongoing)
  4. Strengthen diverse alumni networks

“I have been overwhelmed with support and guidance from Katz students and alumni. They have been willing to answer questions and offer advice for success. I knew this school was for me when I attended Diversity Student Weekend and felt a part of the Katz family. ”

Danielle Hardy, MBA ’18

Sr. Merchandising Portfolio Analyst , Zappos, Las Vegas, Nev.

Learn More About EDI

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Creating a Culture of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Pitt Business is committed to creating a culture of equity, diversity, and inclusion where everyone belongs. 

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Pitt Business EDI Programs and Research

At Pitt Business, we actively participate in learning and research experiences that foster equity, diversity, and inclusion. We believe in creating a learning community that engages people from different backgrounds to meet, to listen, to talk, and to learn from each other. Explore our EDI program highlights happening at Pitt Business.

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Pitt EDI Resources

Learn what EDI Resources are available for all students, faculty, and staff at Pitt Business.

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT

Since my time at Pitt began, I have always felt like I found my home; a place I felt included and a place that myself and my peers could speak freely knowing that we would not be judged for our opinion.

Samantha Hovis

BSBA '23

The diversity and inclusion team at Pitt Business is always looking to improve their practices and they are open to feedback, which coming from a student, is much appreciated to know that they care so much about their students.

Bethany Woodcock

BSBA '24