October 5, 2020
Pitt School of Social Work Weekly E-blast
Welcome to our new look! We'd love to hear from you! Please share our e-blast with your contacts and send any story ideas to shm87@pitt.edu.
Dean Emeritus pens op-ed on race and the role of universities
Dean Emeritus Dr. Larry Davis writes that we must work to establish institutional cultures that look, feel and are as much as possible like the just world we profess to value. Read more in Inside Higher Ed.

Dr. Davis's recent American Experience lecture was also covered by the Pitt News.
Mourning 'A Sense Of Normalcy': COVID-19 And How We Grieve
Amy DeGurian, Field Education Coordinator and Lecturer, spoke to WESA 90.5 about grief and mourning during COVID-19, and how the impacts will linger long after the disease. Read more.
Wallace steps up in new role
John Wallace, Pitt’s inaugural vice provost for faculty diversity and development and the David E. Epperson Endowed Chair of the School of Social Work, will develop a Black faculty cluster hiring initiative, with support by the Office of the Provost. Wallace’s team will also lead the charge, through the University Center for Teaching and Learning, to better prepare all Pitt faculty to be more inclusive and effective as teachers, researchers, mentors and advisors. Read more.
Annual Alumni Awards Goes Virtual
On October 19, we recognize our newest class of Distinguished Alumni. Join us virtually as we celebrate continued excellence in the field of social work. Learn more about the 2020 Alumni Awardees.
Student wins international scholarship
MSW student and SEC President Daisia Williams was awarded the "George F. and Mary Ann McGunagle Scholarship" through the Nationality Rooms at the University of Pittsburgh. She was awarded $5,000 to travel abroad to Uganda, Africa, where she plans to go in Summer 2021. Read more about her work.
MSW student helps fundraise for Homewood senior
MSW student Maddie Rigatti set up a Go Fund Me for Vivian Bey, a Homewood resident who has been fighting with the city for compensation for an unlawful entry. Read more in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Alumna helps feed her neighborhood
More than a decade ago, when MSW alumna Lisa Freeman started her farm on Juniata Street in Manchester on the North Side, her effort was an exemplar of one of the top goals of the Pittsburgh Food Policy Council — to help people grow food accessibly and affordably. Read more in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Obituary shares the remarkable life story of MSW alumna
A survivor of the Nazi occupation of Holland during World War II and an outspoken, passionate advocate for older adults as a nun in the Ladies of Bethany religious order, MSW alumna Monique Dietz was known as a remarkable woman with a pure heart. Read more.

Upcoming Events
  • October 5, 2020: "Intergenerational Conversations about Gender & Sexuality" with Darren Whitfield. 6:30-7:30pm. Register here.

  • October 6, 2020: Continuing Education: Suicide Prevention & the Human Condition: Let’s Talk About It. 9am-12pm. Register here.

  • October 8, 2020: SEC Bi-weekly Meeting. 5:30-6:30 pm. Zoom ID: 243 757 1288

  • October 9, 2020: Translating TGQN Campus Climate Findings into Practice: Exploring Practices to Improve Sexual Violence Prevention for Transgender, Genderqueer, and Nonbinary University Students. 9:45-10:45am. Assistant Professor Rachel E. Gartner and doctoral student Adrian Ballard will be presenting at the 2020 TransPride Health and Wellness Conference

  • October 15, 2020: Shattering the Statistics: Defining the Problem panel w/ Dr. Rachel Gartner and Dr. Danny Jacobson Lopez. 12-1:30pm. Register here.

  • October 16, 2020: Continuing Education: Racial Justice and Implicit Bias. 9am-12pm. Register here.

  • October 19, 2020: Distinguished Alumni Awards Virtual Celebration. 5:30pm-8pm. More information.

For a complete listing of upcoming events please visit the