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Health Sciences Diversity | Excellence in Health Professions Education

“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.


Pride Week Flyer ImagePRIDE EVENT INFO: On behalf of the Education, Outreach, and Diversity team (RST EOD), we want to thank you for joining us as we celebrated Pittsburgh Pride Week! Exploring intersections of diversity, disability, and athletics through tours, demos, and panel discussions. Please enjoy a few snapshoots of the day! We began the day with a Tour of Human Engineering Research Laboratories and Pitt Rehabilitation Science and Technology Department’s research and fabrication facilities. The Event was co-hosted by Google, Pitt’s RST Department, and the Human Engineering Research Laboratories with lots of help from the Office of Health Sciences Diversity and Pitt's Student for Disability Advocacy Group. Special thanks to Gerry Katilius (Google), Paula Davis (Health Sciences Diversity), Nathan Hogaboom (SDA Group) for contributing their time and effort to this initiative. Please enjoy a few snapshots of the day! Moderator, Gerry Katilius from Google; Dan McCoy, 2014 US Paralympic Sled Hockey Team; Joy Nix, Three Rivers Rowing; Dr. Liz Winter, Clinical Assistant Professor Academic Coordinator, Child Welfare Education for Leadership Program (CWEL) University of Pittsburgh, School of Social Work; Dr. Michael Boniger, Professor and Chair, University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Professor, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences; Darnell J. Dinkins, from Pittsburgh, PA, former NFL player with The Pittsburgh Steelers and also played football with the University of Pittsburgh and Schenley High School. Dan McCoy, Joy Nix, Dr. Liz Winter, Dr. Michael Boniger and Darnell Dinkins Paula Davis, AVC for Health Sciences Diversity, University of Pittsburgh Left to right: Elaine Houston, Michael Keil, Michelle Mitchell and Eli Kurz-Lasky. Standing, Matthew Hannan Paula Davis and Dan McCoy Mario C. Browne, Director, Health Sciences Diversity, University of Pittsburgh and Dan McCoy

News 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 policymakers at the federal, state, and local levels. Read more here

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