Students of Color

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Fostering an Inclusive Environment for Students of Color

At the Pitt School of Education, we strive to maintain a landscape that is reflective of our progressively diverse nation and world. We are committed to increasing the racial diversity of our school.

Enrollment data from the fall of 2015 indicates that 13% of our graduate student body identified as a U.S. students of color—approximately 6% of enrolled students identified as Black or African American; 3% identified as Hispanic/Latina/o; 2% of enrolled students identified as Multi/Biracial; and 2% as Asian American. At the time these data were reported, we did not have any students who identified as American Indian or Alaskan Native or as Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander.   

Equity and Justice Scholars

The Equity Scholars Program is reflective of our ongoing commitment to increasing the racial diversity of the Pitt School of Education student body, and importantly, providing support for students of color once they join our campus community.

Center for Urban Education

The Pitt School of Education is home to the vibrant Center for Urban Education, which is led by nationally recognized and acclaimed scholars of urban education.


The ad-hoc committee GET REAL(Graduate Enrollment Targets Realized via Equity-Minded Approaches and Leadership) was created to address, create awareness, and offer resolutions for working to increase racial enrollment equity within the school. 

Resources at Pitt

ANKUR: Indian Graduate Student Association (IGSA)

“The main objective of our organization is to provide an opportunity to bridge the social gap among all the graduate students of Indian origin at Pitt and share the joy and cultural heritage of India. ANKUR is also concerned to provide a helping hand to the new incoming students in getting oriented to the U.S. and to foster understanding about India and her culture among the Pitt community at large.”  Learn more about ANKUR.

Asian Student Alliance 

“The goal of the organization is to further the development of Asian American identity by recognizing Asian and American culture both separately and integrated. This is done through enhancing each member's interest and involvement in social, cultural, and political events. We support any acts that counter hatred or violence against any other group or people associated with the organization.” Learn more about the Asian Student Alliance

Asian Studies Center

“The Asian Studies Center is Western Pennsylvania’s regional resource for research, teaching, learning and building connections about Asia.  Through 106 affiliated faculty with expertise spanning the academic disciplines, we foster multidisciplinary academic programming and community engagement.” Learn more about the Asian Studies Center.

The Black Action Society

“Black Action Society is a student organization that is recognized and supported by the University of Pittsburgh as the representative body for Black students in attendance.” Learn more about Black Action Society.

The Caribbean & Latin American Student Association (CLASA)

CLASA aims “to promote cultural, educational, and social activities from the Caribbean & Latin American countries and provide opportunities for intellectual and cultural exchange, an environment that facilitates the transition to the University and Oakland community, and the opportunity to interact with other students of similar heritage and interests." Learn more about CLASA.

Center for Race and Social Problems

“Race and ethnicity matter in virtually all aspects of our society and are likely to matter more as our society becomes even more diverse. The mission of the center is to conduct applied social-science research on race, color, and ethnicity and their influence on the quality of life for all Americans.” Learn more about the Center for Race and Social Problems.

Center for Urban Education (CUE)

“CUE's vision is to be a transformative institution for asset-based discovery, knowledge sharing, and service to urban communities in order to improve educational experiences and the human condition.” Learn more about CUE.

Chinese Students & Scholars Association (CSSA)

The CSSA offers a network of Chinese students, both international and domestic. They provide social clubs for activities such as table tennis, karaoke, and other sports, as well as advice and resources for navigating Pittsburgh physically, legally, financially, and socially. Learn more about CCSA

Cross-Cultural and Leadership Development

“The Office of Cross Cultural and Leadership Development’s mission is to facilitate the holistic learning and development of the University of Pittsburgh community by providing opportunities for students, faculty, and staff to deepen their cultural awareness and understanding as well as develop leadership skills and a strong sense of civic responsibility.” Learn more about the Office of Cross-Cultural and Leadership Development.

Hillel Jewish University Center

“Vision: To inspire every Jewish student to make an enduring commitment to Jewish life, learning, and Israel.” Learn more about the Hillel Jewish University Center.

Pan-African Graduate & Professional Student Union

“The PanAf GPSU philosophy is to design blueprints and build collaborative mechanisms for the Black community on the campus of the University of Pittsburgh (Pitt). As a union of Pan-African organizations and administrative entities, we seek to network with all charitable, diversity, minority professional, National Pan-Hellenic Council’s sororities and fraternities, and cultural organizations...” Learn more about the Pan-African Graduate & Professional Student Union.

Turkish American Student Association

“Turkish-American Student Association of Pittsburgh is a University of Pittsburgh funded student group that aims to create a bridge between the Turkish and American culture. Anyone can join this network to be aware of the TASA-Pitt events and to discuss the issues related to Pittsburgh Turkish Community.” Learn more about the Turkish American Student Association.

Resources in Pittsburgh

The African American Leadership Association (AALA)

“The African American Leadership Association (AALA) is a member-based organization dedicated to providing African Americans and minorities with: exposure, enrichment, opportunities and access to leadership positions.” Learn more about AALA.

American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee

“A civil rights organization committed to defending the rights of people of Arab descent and promoting their rich cultural heritage.” Learn more about the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee.

August Wilson Center for African American Culture

“The August Wilson Center engages regional and national audiences in its mission of preserving, presenting, interpreting, celebrating and shaping the art, culture and history of African Americans in Western Pennsylvania.” Learn more about the August Wilson Center for African American Culture

Bengali Association of Pittsburgh (BAP)

“The Bengali Association of Pittsburgh (BAP) is a non-profit organization that serves the ethnic Bengali population in Pittsburgh and neighboring communities. BAP promotes Bengali culture and awareness by hosting social, religious and cultural programs throughout the year.” Learn more about BAP.

Filipino American Association of Pittsburgh Incorporated

“The Filipino American Association of Pittsburgh, Inc. is an association of Filipinos, Americans and friends whose primary purpose is to develop, promote, and preserve the Filipino cultural heritage among its members and the general public.” Learn more about the Filipino American Association of Pittrburgh Incorporated.

Indian Cultural Association of Pittsburgh (ICAP)

“An organization in the North Hills of Pittsburgh whose purpose is to educate Indian students on the Hindi Language and Indian Culture, fostering participating in community activities and events thereby creating an awareness of India's rich heritage and culture.” 

Japan-America Society of Pennsylvania

“The Japan-America Society of Pennsylvania (JASP) is an association of individuals, corporations and organizations in the state of Pennsylvania and its surrounding regions that was established in 1986. Its purpose is to promote understanding and enlightened relations between the United States and Japan.” Learn more about Japan-America Society of Pennsylvania.

Korean Student Association of Pittsburgh (ICAP)

“KSAP is a student association with members from multiple different universities across Pittsburgh.” Learn more about ICAP.

Latin American Cultural Union (LACU)

“Our mission is to promote, preserve and enrich the Latin American culture, while unifying the Latino community and bridging with other communities within the Greater Pittsburgh Area.”  Learn more about LACU.

Organization of Chinese Americans (OCA)

“OCA is a national civil rights advocacy and educational organization dedicated to advancing the social, political and economic well-being of Americans of Asian and Pacific Islander descent.” Learn more about OCA.

Pittsburgh Black Pride

“Pittsburgh Black Pride is one of the oldest Pride Celebrations in the country that serves the needs of LGBTQ+ community members of color.” Learn more about Pittsburgh Black Pride.

Pittsburgh Turkish American Association

“Turkish-American Student Association of Pittsburgh is a University of Pittsburgh funded student group that aims to create a bridge between the Turkish and American culture. Anyone can join this network to be aware of the TASA-Pitt events and to discuss the issues related to Pittsburgh Turkish Community.” Learn more about the Pittsburgh Turkish American Association.

The Soul Pitt

Provides resources and event listings for African Americans living in the city of Pittsburgh. Learn more about The Soul Pitt.

Urban League Young Professionals of Greater Pittsburgh (ULYP)

“ULYP’s purpose is to assemble Pittsburgh area professionals between the ages of twenty-one and thirty-nine committed to serving the region through activities that support the National Urban League’s Empowerment Goals. NUL launched I AM EMPOWERED, an initiative focusing on four aspirational goals for empowering communities to achieve in education, employment, housing, and healthcare, the cornerstones of our approach.” Learn more about ULYP.

WRCT: Revista Radial Latinoamericana and Brazilian Radio Hour

“Hear the latest news from Latin America including sports, politics, economics, local news interviews and events of the Hispanic community in Pittsburgh. Broadcast in Spanish and English.” Learn more about WRCT.