The Dietrich School is a vibrant community of learners, strengthened by the broad range of perspectives, experiences, and interests that makes us unique. We’re committed to promoting diversity and the understanding of diversity among our faculty and students, and across curricula. This commitment is exemplified by innovative and inclusive programs and activities we’ve developed to raise awareness of—and sensitivity to—the differences and distinctions we use to define and understand ourselves and each other. 

At the Dietrich School, we don’t just recognize our diversity—we rely on it, we value it, and we support each other in fulfilling our greatest potential.

Learn more about the growing number of resources and services we provide for Dietrich School faculty, graduate, and undergraduate students, including the Open Door Project.


artThe Dietrich School Diversity Committee, established in 2013, is currently focusing on strengthening faculty diversity by developing and implementing best practices, procedures, and policies for recruiting, mentoring, and retaining female and underrepresented minority faculty who reflect the breadth of our student body and society at large.

The Diversity Committee is available to serve a resource in the following ways:

  • Consulting with departments on how to enhance their faculty recruitment efforts
  • Assisting departments in building and sustaining practices of intellectual and collegial inclusivity and support
  • Providing group or one-on-one training for department chairs on effective faculty mentoring

For more information on how to engage the Dietrich School Diversity Committee in further developing your department’s recruiting, mentoring, and retention activities, contact Kathleen Blee, Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Research and Diversity Committee Chair, at or 412-624-6094.

The Office of Diversity Initiatives in the Graduate Studies Dean’s Office is an essential aspect of the Dietrich School’s commitment to preparing all of our students for life, learning, and work in our increasingly global world. 

Our role is to serve as a resource to prospective and current students from underrepresented populations, helping to identify opportunities and experiences of particular benefit, with an emphasis on recruiting, mentoring, and retention.
For more information on our programs and activities, visit these links or contact Philippa Carter, Manager of Diversity Initiatives, at or 412-624-6096

We believe that student achievement inside the classroom requires our investment and involvement in students’ lives outside the classroom. The Undergraduate Studies Dean’s Office offers a broad array of academic, social, cultural, and career-readiness programs and activities that support and promote the success and well-being of our underrepresented students.

From workshops and seminars with faculty, to peer mentoring and one-on-one tutoring, we have created extensive support structures to ensure that all of our students have access to the resources they need to achieve their highest potential.

For more information on the many ways we’re here to serve, visit these links or contact Jessica Hatherill, Senior Administrative Officer and Undergraduate Diversity Liaison, at or 412-624-6482.