Equity and Inclusion

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Psychology Committee on Equity, Inclusion, and Community

The Department of Psychology welcomes students of all backgrounds into our undergraduate major, graduate training programs, and research mentorship programs. Open to faculty, students, and staff, the Psychology Committee on Equity, Inclusion, and Community or "PEIC" plays a key role in building and supporting a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community of scholars. The committee is made up of five subcommittees: Undergraduate, Education & Training, Outreach, Clinical Training, and Community Groups - Psychology Scholars of Color (PSOC), Psychology First Generation (FiGen) & LGBTQIA+.

Click here to read our mission statement.

To learn more about PEIC and how you can become a member, please email Shirley Duong or Bev Conrique with your interest. 

Departmental Highlights

Hot Metal Bridge Program

This two-semester post-baccalaureate fellowship program is designed to help talented students from groups traditionally underrepresented in their academic disciplines, including first-generation graduate students and those from disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds, to bridge the gap between an undergraduate degree and a graduate training program.

Application for 2020-2021 is now closed. Please stay tuned for information about applying for 2021-2022! 

We are pleased to present our 2020-2021's Hot Metal Bridge Fellows.

                  Ketura Elie, Rasul Adams, & Alfred Rodriguez 

PEIC Graduate Award

The PEIC Committee is pleased to request submissions for this year’s Graduate Award. The PEIC Graduate Award application is available to download

This award is intended to fund conferences, trainings, or events that will provide opportunities for students to foster communities outside of our department and or enhance their professional development in the areas of equity and inclusion. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Email Lorraine Blatt (LRB66@pitt.edu) or Luciano Dolcini-Catania (lucianodc@pitt.edu) with questions..

Mindfulness Training at Allegheny County Jail

Graduate student Molly Bowdring developed a stress and coping skills program for incarcerated women at the Allegheny county jail with support from the Schweitzer Foundation. The program continues and is now co-led by Petra Rupert with the goal to enhance the physical, emotional, and cognitive rehabilitative experiences of incarcerated women by creating an opportunity for learning and engaging in the practices of yoga and meditation.  For more information visit the Schweitzer Foundation website or contact Petra (per29@pitt.edu) to learn more about related fellowship opportunities.