The Chancellor’s Affirmative Action Award was created by an initial gift made to the University of Pittsburgh by Drs. Maryann F. Coffey and Joseph I. Coffey. It has been re-instituted through the efforts of the Senate Anti-Discrimination Policies Committee and the Office of the Chancellor, in cooperation with the Coffeys and with supplemental funding being provided by the Chancellor’s Office.
The award will be presented “to the outstanding University of Pittsburgh program area or individual that has made a significant contribution in Affirmative Action.” For purposes of this award, affirmative action has been defined as the “increase of access to and full participation in all aspects of University functions by minorities and women and those who have been declared members of protected classes by executive orders, legislation or court decisions.” Among the factors to be considered in the selection process are:
Innovative approaches to increasing diversity within the University community in areas such as recruitment, retention, promotion, academic, and other programming and business activities or enterprises, and;
A consistent record of commitment and success in affirmative action efforts, diversity programs and related initiatives within the University community. Greater consideration will be given to those nominations that include multiple years of documented advancements for the reviewing committee to consider.
The amount of the award will be $2,500. In the case of an award to a program area, that amount will be a budget augmentation. In the case of an award to an individual, that amount will be made available for the awardee’s private use. Program areas will receive a strong preference over individuals in the selection process. Individuals or programs that were previously nominated (but not selected as the award recipient) may be nominated again.
The request for nominations is generally announced in March of each year.
2012 Award Winner
We are pleased to announce that this year’s recipient of the Chancellor’s Affirmative Action Award is the President’s Advisory Committee on Diversity Affairs, University of Pittsburgh, Greensburg Campus. The Affirmative Action Award is presented annually to an outstanding University program area or individual that has made a significant contribution in the increase of access to and full participation in all aspects of University functions by minorities and women and those who have been declared members of protected classes by executive orders, legislation or court decisions.
Praised as a role model for other schools, departments or campuses, the Advisory Committee was selected in recognition of its impact on the Greensburg campus and the surrounding community. Throughout the year, the Advisory Committee promotes and encourages campus-wide participation in various activities designed to enhance awareness about other cultures, and successfully combines opportunities for learning with social activities. The Advisory Committee fosters an environment of inclusion, particularly for those that may otherwise feel isolated, and continually displays their deep commitment to breaking down barriers of prejudice.
Congratulations Pitt-Greensburg President’s Advisory Committee on Diversity Affairs!
- Preventing Sexual Harassment Course
- Preventing Employment Discrimination Course
- Protecting Children from Abuse
- Diversity Education for Faculty and Staff
Pitt Diversity Initiatives
- Office of Veterans Services
- Center for Instructional Development and Distance Education
- Center for Minority Health
- Center on Race and Social Problems
- Cross-Cultural Leadership and Development
- Disability Resources and Services
- Engineering Office of Diversity
- Health Sciences Diversity
- Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business
- Psychology Department
- School of Arts and Sciences Graduate Studies
- School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
- School of Information Sciences
- School of Medicine
Events and Programs
- Health Sciences Diversity Speaker Series
- Health Sciences Diversity Calendar
- Arts & Sciences Graduate Students of Color Dinner Series
- FOCUS (Facilitating Opportunity and Climate for Underrepresented Students)
- Provost's Faculty Diversity Seminar
- Center on Race and Social Problems Speaker Series
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