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

Undergraduate Open Lab Event (March 15 at 5PM)

The Undergraduate Subcommittee hosts a biannual Open Lab Event where students from underrepresented backgrounds will be able to visit several psychology labs on campus and learn about the directed research program. Free pizza will be provided after the event. If you are interested in attending, please sign up here.  

PUGS Program

The Psychology Partnership for Undergraduate and Graduate Students (PUGS) is a new program being developed by the Undergraduate Subcommittee to partner undergraduate and graduate students for a mutually beneficial mentoring experience. Graduate partners will learn excellent mentoring skills, and undergraduates will benefit from the mentoring and guidance of an experienced graduate student in the department.

Please send an email to Linsah Coulanges at lic127@pitt.edu if you’re interested in becoming a graduate partner. We’d love to have as many of you be a part of this as possible! Please also feel free to reach out to Linsah if you have any questions or recommendations.

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.

Click here for more information about applying! 

We are pleased to present our 2021-2022's Hot Metal Bridge Fellows.

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                  Maraya Clark, Hateya, Steven Harris, & Juan Carlos 

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 Bonnie Sampson (BJS131@pitt.edu) with questions or to submit your application.