Carnegie Mellon University

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CMU faculty, staff and alumni collaborate with the Center in an effort to continuously strive for an equitable and diverse campus.

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The RACISM IS REAL lecture series offers the campus community insight into the reality of racial prejudice and discrimination by highlighting current research and researchers working in this area.


SafeZone is a network of allies made up of CMU faculty, staff and students who are committed to providing a safe and affirming environment for all at CMU, including those in the LGBTQ+ community.

The goals of the program are to:

  • identify members of the CMU community who will pledge to provide a safe and supportive contact for LGBTQ+ students, faculty, and staff
  • provide educational opportunities that prepare students, faculty, and staff to serve as resources for the campus community
  • provide a visual statement of support and safety for the LGBTQ+ community

All members of the campus community - students, faculty, and staff of all gender and sexual identities - are invited to join the network. By displaying a SafeZone sign in their work or living space, members of the SafeZone network actively show their support of LGBTQ+ folks.

How can I become a member of SafeZone?

Membership in SafeZone is open to the entire campus community. To become a member of the network, you will be asked to participate in a two-hour training session, which is geared to help you become a better ally. Trainings are offered during the fall and spring semesters.

Once you have completed the training, you will be asked to display the SafeZone logo on your office door, or residence hall room, to identify you as a person who is safe to talk to about lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning identities.

Bias Busters @ CMU

The Center in partnership with colleagues across campus and in our School of Computer Science, who originally piloted Bias Busters @ CMU (modeled after Google's Bias Busters @ Work), will be hosting several trainings for the campus community. To learn more about Bias Busters @ CMU, please visit their website. RSVP is required to attend a training and spots are limited so please sign up as soon as possible, or at least 24 hours before the scheduled training.

Email M Shernell Smith with any questions.

MOSAIC Conference

Building on the work of previous iterations, MOSAIC 2019 centers intersectionality as the root of our understanding of identity. As a regional conference, MOSAIC 2019 pulls in key partners from the Greater Pittsburgh community to create space and provide tools for conversations about intersectional identities. Attendees will discuss the multiple layers of identity and how to apply this understanding both inside and outside of academic spaces. 

Learn more about MOSAIC