Chancellor's Affirmative Action Award

Purpose

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.

2013 Award Winner

We are pleased to announce the Department of Bioengineering in the Swanson School of Engineering as this year's recipient of the University of Pittsburgh Chancellor's Affirmative Action Award. 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.

On June 12, 2013, Pitt Chancellor Mark A. Nordenberg presented the award to Department Chair, Harvey Borovetz, Distinguished Professor of Bioengineering. The Department of Bioengineering demonstrates a variety of Initiatives that stern directly from a conscious decision to make diversity a priority as well as to infuse a culture of diversity and inclusion from the top down. The Department of Bioengineering has a strong summer program that encourages high school students from underrepresented groups to participate and excel In STEM subjects. Their outreach has provided the department with opportunities to recruit students moving from high school into undergraduate programs, and from undergraduate programs at other Institutions to Pitt graduate programs.

Congratulations to the Department of Bioengineering in the Swanson School of Engineering on being this year's award recipient!