Carnegie Mellon University

Diversity and Inclusion

Carnegie Mellon University and the Dietrich College for Humanities and Social Sciences value a dynamic and diverse community where all members are responsible for contributing to an intersectional, inclusive environment.

By harnessing our abilities as researchers, thinkers and educators, we will embrace difference and celebrate the richness of our diverse culture.

In the Dietrich College, students, faculty and staff have opportunities to learn from one another, as well as a myriad of cultural and academic resources. We challenge ourselves to consider the experiences and perspectives of others, engage and promote social justice and create meaningful connections to communities beyond our campus.

Upcoming Events

Dietrich College Night at City Theatre’s Production of “Citizens Market”
Tuesday, Mar. 20, 7:00 p.m.

Join the Dietrich College community for a night at City Theatre’s production of “Citizens Market” as well as “Talk Back,” which is an opportunity for the college community to meet and talk with the cast and dramaturg after the play.

Citizens Market follows a hopeful group of immigrants as they form an unlikely family, working together to master the ups and downs of language, love and staying afloat in New York City.

If interested in attending, please RSVP to Karen Weingartner by Thursday, Mar. 15.

Black, Muslim and French
Thursday, Mar. 22, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Kelly Strayhorn Theater

The exhibit is a gallery of portraits shot in Paris and Lyon, France. This collaboration with Pittsburgh-based multimedia artist Njaimeh Njie will be the first of its kind to present faces of Black French Islam. In France, the Islamic narrative tends to focus, both in institutions and in visibility, around people of South-East Asian, Northern-African and Middle-Eastern origins. French Black Muslims have been pushed out of conversations on Islam, while still facing a number of identity issues that arise at the intersection of religion, race and citizenship.

Mariannes Noires: Afropean Mosaics
Thursday, Mar. 22, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m, Kelly Strayhorn Theater

In France, race is widely considered to be an invalid category of identification. In 2013, the National Assembly voted to remove all traces of the word from French legislation. A strict set of laws forbids the collection of census or data based on race, ethnicity or religion. Equality, as illustrated by the Republic’s color-blind stance, denies identity-claim made on racial grounds. Yet, despite this egalitarian stance, the national conception of citizenship has produced, and continues to produce, religious and ethnic identities that are based on images accumulated since the colonial times. Frenchness has been constructed as a perceived homogenous national identity that marginalizes difference and swiftly rejects it at the periphery. It is in this context that “Mariannes Noires” examines expressions of blackness in France and the development of hyphenated identities within the French mold. The film unveils the relationship between race and citizenship in the very unique French context, through a mix of news clips, art performances and interviews with seven French women of African and Carribean descent.

Blackness, Citizenship and the Arts
Friday, Mar. 23, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Mellon Institute Auditorium

Registration and Continental Breakfast, 9:00 a.m.

  • Panel 1: Arts and Citizenship, 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
    • Moderator: Mame-Fatou Niang, assistant professor of French studies, CMU
    • Vanessa German, visual and performance artist, “Lecture”
    • Alexis Peskine, visual artist, Paris, “Power Figures”
  • Panel 2: Curating and Creating Black Arts, 10:45 a.m to 12:15 p.m.
    • Moderator: Ayana Ledford, executive director of Program for Research & Outreach on Gender Equality in Society, director of diversity and inclusion, CMU
    • Kilolo Luckett, art historian and commissioner, writer, Pittsburgh, “What It's Like To Be the Only Black Art Commissioner in a City”
    • Farah Clementine Issifou, film festival administrator, Paris, “Promoting Afro-Diasporic Movies in the Contemporary French Cultural Arena”
    • Idrissou Mora-Kpai, filmmaker, film studies, University of Pittsburgh (Pitt), “A Song for Mothers”
  • Lunch, 12:15 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • Panel 3: Blackness, Belonging and the Arts, 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m
    • Moderator: R.A. Judy, professor of critical and cultural studies, Pitt
    • Njaimeh Njie, multimedia producer, Pittsburgh, “Power(ed) by Grace: Musings on Black Womanhood in Pittsburgh”
    • Isabelle Boni-Claverie, filmmaker, writer, Paris, “Standing as a Black Filmmaker and Writer in a ‘Color-blind’ Country”
    • Jean-Jacques Sène, associate professor of history and cultural studies, Chatham University, “Teaching Blackness” 
  • Coffee Break, 3 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.
  • Panel 4: Black Arts and the (new) city, 3:15 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.
    • Moderator: Waverly Duck, associate professor of sociology, Pitt
    • Amil Cook, educator, head of HipHopEd, Pittsburgh, “1-Hood”
    • Sheba Diop, singer, Pittsburgh
    • Bintou Dembele, choreographer, Paris “Z.H pour Zoos Humains”

MLK Keynote Lecture Featuring Dr. Carol Anderson: "Reframing Conversations about Race: The Unspoken Truth"
Thursday, Mar. 29, 4:30 p.m., Cohon University Center's McConomy Auditorium

Dr. Carol Anderson is the Charles Howard Candler Professor of African American Studies at Emory University and a New York Times Bestselling Author. Her research and teaching focus on public policy, particularly the ways that domestic and international policies intersect through the issues of race, justice and equality in the United States. Anderson's most recent book, "White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide," received the National Book Critics Award in the criticism category and was described by The New York Times Book Review as "an extraordinarily timely and urgent call to confront the legacy of structural racism ... and to show its continuing threat to the promise of American democracy."

Sponsored by the President's Office, Center for Student Diversity & Inclusion, CAUSE, and Dietrich College's and Humanities Scholars Program.

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Screening: Talking Black in America
Wednesday, Apr. 11, 2018, 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., Rashid Auditorium, Gates-Hillman Center 4401

A film screening with executive producer Walt Wolfram, the William C. Friday Distinguished University Professor at North Carolina State University and director of the North Carolina Language and Life Project. 

A panel discussion follows the screening:

  • Fred Brown, President and CEO, Homewood Children’s Village
  • Professor Waverly Duck, Department of Sociology, U. of Pittsburgh and Center for Africanamerican Urban Studies and the Economy, CMU
  • Dr. Lovie Jewell Jackson Foster, Ph.D., Prevention Specialist, Allegheny County Children, Youth and Families
  • Dr. Tamara Sanders-Woods, Principal Colfax Elementary and Middle School (PPS)

Free and open to the public. 

Sponsored by Department of English, CMU; Language Technologies Institute, CMU; Center for Urban Education and School of Education, U. of Pittsburgh; Department of Linguistics, U. of Pittsburgh.

Media Sponsors: Pittsburgh Community Broadcasting Group (WESA/WYEP).