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Community Events

Focusing on Accountability & Allyship

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion can mean many things to various audiences. Here in the College of Fine Arts, we are working toward improving our efforts to become more inclusive and accepting of all people, regardless of their individual preferences, experiences, social identities and more.

In all programming this academic year, we will focus on the overall theme of Accountability and Allyship — how each of us is responsible for our actions and how we will work together to reach our goals. We are in this together. Some months we will celebrate and recognize national observances in our own way, but all our events may not relate to that one month’s theme. We may, for your benefit, offer an event or discussion that’s timely or important to talk about. We welcome your feedback on all our efforts and we look forward to working toward a unified vision of what DEI is for CFA.

Drag Brunch! (21+ event)

April 10, 2022

11am–1pm | Brunch
Celebrating Diversity Month
Bingham Tavern

Join us as we celebrate diversity and combat intimate partner violence with our Drag Brunch! Attendees can enjoy an array of breakfast options while enjoying the vivacious entertainment of our beautiful Queens! This event is free, but tipping is always encouraged! Donations will also be accepted to support the Standing Firm Initiative, a program through the Women’s Center and Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh, to help employees recognize, respond and refer individuals impacted by intimate partner violence.


Donate to the Standing Firm Initiative

Movie Night! “In the Heights”

April 14, 2022

7pm | Movie
Celebrating Diversity Month
CFA Lawn

“In the Heights” is a 2021 American musical drama film directed by Jon M. Chu from a screenplay by Quiara Alegría Hudes. It is based on the stage musical by Hudes and Lin-Manuel Miranda. The film tells the story of gentrification, meritocracy, acculturation, being first gen and all that can happen when you strive for a better life. Join CFA for snacks, beverages and a spot on the lawn as we relax, sing and engage in life In the Heights.

Into The Heights — Let’s chat!

April 15, 2022

12pm | Chat
Celebrating Diversity Month
HoA 132

Did you watch "In The Heights" last night? Or ever? We have thoughts! Join us for a lunch chat as we discuss themes from the film, like Latinidad, colorism, first generation college challenges, immigration and culture!

Bring your own lunch. Snacks will be provided.

Transactional to Transformational: Shifting the Museum Field Towards Equity

featuring Andrew Plumley, Sr Director of Equity and Culture at the American Alliance of Museums

April 21, 2022

12pm | MAM Speaker Series
Celebrating Diversity Month
Hamburg Hall A301

This is an in-person event; space is limited. You must RSVP to attend.

After the dual pandemics of 2020, with both COVID-19 and the racial reckoning that took place after the murder of George Floyd, it’s clear that the museum field is at a tipping point. Museums around the country must shift from transactional DEAI work to transformational work that centers true equity. Come learn about some of the work Andrew Plumley, Senior Director of Equity and Culture, and his Inclusion Department at the American Alliance of Museums is doing to support museums in making the necessary shifts towards transformation.

RSVP for Transactional to Transformational

CFA Denim Day

April 27, 2022

All Day | Wear Denim
Celebrating Diversity Month
Social Media

Denim Day is a campaign held on the last Wednesday in April in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The campaign began after the Italian Supreme Court overturned a rape conviction because the justices felt that since the victim was wearing tight jeans she must have helped the person remove her jeans, thereby implying consent. The following day, the women in the Italian Parliament came to work wearing jeans in solidarity with the victim. Peace Over Violence developed the Denim Day campaign in response to this case and the activism surrounding it. To symbolize solidarity and protest intimate partner violence, wear denim on Wednesday, April 27th. Take a photo (selfie included) and tag us @cfa_dei #CFADenimDay to tell the world: we stand with survivors!