Nominations due by Oct. 7 for annual UPSIDE awards

The University of Pittsburgh is looking for innovative approaches to increasing diversity, equity and inclusion.

The 2020 University Prize for Strategic and Diverse Excellence award, or UPSIDE, will be an opportunity for members of the Pitt community to gain recognition for their work on these issues, said Clyde Wilson Pickett, vice chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion.

“I think that there are a number of our colleagues across the University who have put appropriate attention, awareness and focus on the work to advance efforts in diversity, inclusion,” Wilson said. “Whether it’s recruitment, whether it’s our efforts in the classroom as we think about curriculum and curriculum development, whether we’re thinking about specific initiatives that promote retention, I think this provides an opportunity for us to acknowledge some of the work that’s going on.”

The winning school, division, initiative or program area will receive $10,000. Last year’s award went to the Swanson School of Engineering’s PITT STRIVE Program.

Judges are looking for a record of commitment and success in diversity, equity and inclusion efforts focusing on matters including recruitment, retention and promotion, according to an Office of Diversity and Inclusion press release. 

Nominations must be submitted by Oct. 7. Self-nominations are permitted. The winner will be announced in early November. For more information and to access the online registration form, visit the Office of Diversity and Inclusion’s website

— Donovan Harrell


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