Two more panel discussions will end Women’s History Month

As Women’s History Month draws to a close, there are two upcoming events featuring experts and advocates that should be of interest to Pitt faculty and staff.

Deliberative Dialogue Series — Women in the Workplace: Advocating and Navigating in the Era of COVID-19
Noon-1 p.m. March 30

Hosted by the Pitt Alumni Association, Pitt Alumnae Affinity Network and the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, this event will look at the intersectionality of women in the workplace.

A panel of three Pitt female alums and one staff member from disparate fields, nationalities, races and career positions will discuss how to advocate for yourself and meet the challenges, rewards and realities of navigating today’s fragmented, ZOOMed and socially distanced workplace. Panelists will give a presentation, answer questions from participants, and then move into breakout rooms to have a more personal conversation with participants.

Panelists include:

  • Glory Durham (Arts & Sciences, Psychology ’11; GSPH ’14). Since 2017, Durham has worked at Penn Center for Health, Devices & Technology at the University of Pennsylvania.

  • Elif Yazici (SCI ’16). Yazici, who was born in Turkey and grew up in the United States, is a digital product manager and is leading the development of a Turkish audio app called Dinle.

  • Debra Thompson (Nursing, BSN ’77, MSN ’81, Ph.D. ‘10).  As chief executive officer of Debra N. Thompson, LLC, she works with a variety of healthcare organizations nationally and internationally to improve adjunct faculty appointment at the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing. She also is an adjunct faculty member at the Pitt School of Nursing.

  • Cheryl Ruffin is as the institutional equity manager in the Pitt Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.

Register here


Pandemic Pivots and Power Moves: Planning for the New Normal
Noon-1 p.m. March 31

The Faculty Diversity and Development team in the Office of the Provost will host a roundtable-style discussion with Pitt faculty members.

Panel members include:

  • John Wallace, vice provost for Faculty Diversity and Development

  • Ann E. Cudd, provost

  • Lorie Johnson-Osho, director of Faculty Diversity and Development

  • Jeanette South-Paul, professor and department chair in the Department of Family Medicine

  • Melanie Hughes, professor, Department of Sociology, Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences

  • Linda DeAngelo, associate professor of Higher Education, School of Education, and Faculty Fellow, Center for Urban Education

  • Tiffany Gary-Webb, associate professor of Epidemiology, associate director in the Center for Health Equity, associate dean for Diversity and Inclusion in the Graduate School of Public Health

  • Lise Vesterlund, professor, Department of Economics, Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences, and director of Pittsburgh Experimental Economics Laboratory

Participants can join the event at 11:45 a.m. for Coffee Chat networking. The program will begin at noon. Register through the University Calendar to receive a Zoom link and passcode.