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“Often, disparities exist because people are unaware of issues affecting communities outside of their own. Diversity exposes different perspectives that are needed to solve very complex problems.” -Kahleb Graham, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Class of 2011

University of Pittsburgh's Schools of the Health Sciences value the richness diversity achieves.

The Office of Health Sciences Diversity exists to foster an inclusive environment for students, trainees, and faculty within the health professions schools and to increase the number of well-trained professionals who reflect different cultures, ethnicities, socio-economic backgrounds, abilities, genders, religious affiliations and sexual orientations.

This site was designed to emphasize the awareness of diversity within the Schools of the Health Sciences and to serve as a resource for students, faculty and staff. If you have questions and cannot find the answers here, please contact us.

News Wankiiri-Hale to Lead SDM Student Affairs; recognized in the 2014 Pittsburgh Magazine "40 Under 40"

Christine Wankiiri-Hale, DMD, serves as Associate Dean of Student Affairs at the School of Dental Medicine. She earned her DMD in 2002 from the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine and in 2003 completed an Advanced Education in General Dentistry residency at the University. She joined the faculty full-time in 2004 and participates in the University's faculty practice. She has held numerous leadership roles in the school and most recently served as vice-chair in the Department of Restorative Dentistry and Comprehensive Care and Chair of the First Professional Admissions committee. The Pittsburgh Magazine has selected Dr. Wankiiri-Hale as one of their honorees for the 2014 "40 Under 40" in Pittsburgh. The honorees are selected from a nomination pool of more than 224 candidates and were chosen by an independent panel of judges, comprised of former winners, business professionals and civic leaders. Winners were chosen based on their passion, commitment, visibility, diversity and overall impact on the region. Read More>> Congratulations to Dr. Wankiiri-Hale on this most deserved appointment and recognition. of Pittsburgh Katherine D. Seelman Named by President Obama to National Disability Council

Katherine D. Seelman, Associate Dean of Disability Programs in the University of Pittsburgh School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences (SHRS), has been appointed as a member of the National Council on Disability (NCD) by President Barack Obama. Dr. Seelman was part of the staff of the same independent federal agency in its formative period when it helped to enact the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990. In the intervening quarter-century, Dr. Seelman has gone from working for the NCD as a public policy research specialist to becoming one of its 15 appointed members who advise presidents, Congress, and policy makers at the federal, state, and local levels. Read more>>


JFILM and FISA Foundation present the 2nd Annual "ReelAbilities Pittsburgh Disabilities Film Festival", October 22, 26, & 30, 2014. For more information on ReelAbilities, the films, locations and tickets visit >>> University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy and Office of Health Sciences Diversity present a talk with Carla White, Director, Innovative Leadership and Diversity, UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. "Innovative Leadership and Diversity: Infrastructure for Best Practices in Diversity and Inclusion, An Outcomes Approach" Read more

Thursday, October 23, 2014
12:00 noon - 1:00 pm
Salk Hall, Room 355
3501 Terrace Street in Oakland

Free and open to the public

CORE and The University of Pittsburgh Health Sciences Diversity proudly presents
STEP AFRIKA! Steppin' Into National Donor Sabbath Celebration
Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 7:30 PM
University of Pittsburgh's Campus
Alumni Hall, 7th Floor
4227 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Event is free and open to the public
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Salk Symposium 2014 - Jonas Salk Centenary Symposium on Sustainability: Survival of the Wisest

Tuesday, October 28, 2014
William Pitt Student Union
3959 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

All sessions except the luncheon will be held in the Assembly Room. The luncheon will be in the Ballroom.

Join us for a commemoration of the 100th anniversary of Jonas Salk's birth, showcasing his commitment to a sustainable human future. The program will be a look forward, addressing sustainability from a number of different perspectives with a focus on the environment, global health, and the human dimension of what will be required to bring about constructive change.

Hosted by the University of Pittsburgh's Graduate School of Public Health and Office of the Provost, and the Jonas Salk Legacy Foundation, this event brings together academic and business leaders for a day-long program. Looking at the relationship between sustainability and public health, session topics will include population health, the nexus between sustainability and a green economy, and sustainable businesses in sustainable communities. For additional information, download the flyer.


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