The Department of Psychology welcomes students of all backgrounds into our undergraduate major, graduate training programs, and research mentorship programs. The Psychology Committee on Equity, Inclusion, and Community plays a key role in building and supporting a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community of scholars.

Psychology Committee on Equity, Inclusion, and Community (PEIC) 

PEIC is open to faculty, staff, and students with a shared interest in increasing representation, pride, inclusion, and equity within the department and in the broader research community. Two goals guide its initiatives and activities: (1) to support research addressing diversity, and (2) to increase the involvement of individuals from underrepresented backgrounds in the academic community.

The committee is made up of five subcommittees each with their own specific objectives that operate independently and collaboratively with one another to advance the department's goals. 


1. Undergraduate 

2. Education

3. Outreach 

4. Clinical Training 

5. LGBTQ & Psychology Scholars of Color Affinity Groups 

To join PEIC, please email Nabila Jamal-Orozco nabila.jamalorozco@pitt.edu or Lorraine Blatt lrb66@pitt.edu with your interest. 


Scholarships: The Undergraduate Subcommittee of PEIC has identified several scholarships that are specific to underrepresented students. Please note that while these scholarships are not offered through the psychology department, they may be helpful in funding a student's undergraduate education at Pitt. 


Post-baccalaureate and Graduate Students

Graduate Awards: PEIC is offering an award for graduate students interested in receiving financial support for attending conferences, trainings, or events that will enhance professional development in the areas of equity, inclusion, and/or connecting with academic communities outside of our department. The award will also fund membership fees to relevant societies/organizations. Please download the application for additional details and instructions for applying.

Fellowships: Graduate students from underrepresented racial/ethnic backgrounds are eligible for fellowships from the Dietrich School. The department nominates candidates for fellowships on the basis of information provided by applicants to our training programs.

Hot Metal Bridge Program - a two-semester post-baccalaureate fellowship for underrepresented students that bridges the gap between undergraduate education and graduate training. The comprehensive program prepares students to apply and attend doctoral programs in psychology or related disciplines.