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Kathryn Bethea - Advocating Diversity and Equity Within Higher Education

Published on 8/7/2013 3:27:00 PM

Kathryn Bethea has worked for over 10 years in higher education, currently chairing Pittsburgh's College Success 101, a college access program at Carnegie Mellon University, as well as teaching as an adjunct psychology instructor at the Community College of Allegheny College. She’s currently attempting to build upon her work, personal interests, and education experiences by earning a doctorate in Higher Education Management at the University of Pittsburgh.

“As an advocate of diversity and inclusion, I have collaborated on programming initiatives to promote equity in higher education in departments at Pitt and CMU,” says Bethea. “I want to be an agent for change who incorporates the best policy, research, and practices to support diversity and equity. I also hope to continue researching higher education leadership and community outreach initiatives.”

The sum of her experiences thus far are combining this ongoing education with her current position to help research college-going culture in Pittsburgh. She’s working with Pittsburgh Public schools, community-based organizations, and colleges and universities to institute a city-wide collaborative for higher learning through the College Success 101 program. “My research is looking at the higher education context and perspective of the college access gap among underrepresented minority students in Pittsburgh,” she says.

After graduating in next spring, Bethea says she plans on using her School of Education degree to “attain a position as a chief diversity officer and member of a higher education faculty.”

10/31/2014 11:16:39 AM

John Conroy

Hello Kim,

We can try and help Brandon, though if he's interested in the School of Engineering, that will be a different school/people to speak with (the School of Education is more involved with educating teachers, professors, superintendents, researchers, etc.). What's the best email address to get in touch through?

10/30/2014 4:35:05 PM

Kimberly Poling

Hello my name is Kim Poling. I am a long term friend and colleague of Dr. Kerr. She suggested it would be okay to reach out to you for a possible consultation with my son, Brandon Dewick. He is a senior this year at Keystone Oaks HS in South Hills area of Pittsburgh. He is working on finalizing his essay and hopes to complete college applications very soon. He is mostly interested in Pitt's Engineering program. Would you be available to provide some guidance to Brandon? Thank you so much! Kim
9/3/2013 10:06:50 AM

John Conroy

Hello, if you could contact Lindsay Luce in our Office of Admissions and Enrollment, she will be able to help you. Her contact information is Best of luck!

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