Dietrich School and CGS Shared Interest Groups

Pitt staff playing softball

Dietrich School and CGS Shared Interest Groups are valuable additions to our workplace that offer great opportunities to connect with the Pitt community and build your network through mutual interests. Individuals who would like to form a Shared interest Group can contact Stacey Williard for more information. Current Shared Interest Groups are below.

For information on the Office for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion's Pitt Communities, visit their website. Current Pitt Communities include the Chinese Shared Interest Group, Equipoise, Hispanic and Latino Professional Association, Pitt Queer Professionals, Pitt Women, Pitt Muslim Shared Interest Group, Pitt Disability Community, and Pitt Adoption Community for Education.

Casual Walking

Contact: Erin Delaney

A casual walking group for those who want to do a little more exercise but sometimes have trouble finding the time, place, or company for it. Lace-up your shoes and see campus from a different perspective, explore new paths in Oakland, and get to know others.

Sports Fan

Contact: Stacey Williard

A group where fans of the Panthers, Steelers, Penguins, Pirates, and Riverhounds can gather to watch games together and talk all things sports in the City of Champions. As Jimmy Fallon said, "If you're a sports fan you realize that when you meet somebody they kind of have to root for your team. They don't have a choice." 

Softball Team

Contact: Eryka Wilson

Calling all Dietrich School staff and faculty members who have a passion for softball! Our team is designed to bring together individuals from diverse academic and administrative backgrounds who share a love for the game. Whether you're a seasoned player or a beginner looking to have some fun, this team provides a fantastic opportunity to connect with colleagues, foster camaraderie, and enjoy the sport of softball. 

Our team encourages a welcoming and inclusive environment, where everyone's skill level is respected and celebrated. Whether you excel in batting, pitching, or fielding, we value each member's contribution and believe that teamwork is the key to success. We prioritize friendly competition and aim to create an atmosphere that fosters both personal and professional growth. 

Joining the Dietrich School Staff and Faculty Softball Shared Interest Team offers several benefits. Besides the physical activity and the joy of playing softball, this is an opportunity to form lasting friendships and expand your professional network within the university community. It's a chance to connect with colleagues from various departments and disciplines, building relationships beyond the confines of the office. 

Our team will participate in practices, social outings, and the Pittsburgh Sports League softball and Pitt’s own internal softball league. Whether you're looking to refine your technique, stay active, or simply unwind after a long day, this group provides the perfect platform to pursue your softball passions. 

So, lace up your cleats, grab your glove, and join us on the field! Together, we'll create memorable experiences, strengthen our connections, and enjoy the thrill of playing softball while representing our university staff and faculty. Let's swing for the fences and have a ball! 


Contact: Bryce Nayden

The Dietrich Pickleball Group welcomes players of all skill levels. Join us in playing America’s fastest-growing sport! 

Green Thumb

Contact: Hannah Powell

The Green Thumb Group is for anyone with an interest in plants and gardening. Whether you’ve got a couple of houseplants or an entire urban farm, this is the place for you. We will welcome all levels of green thumbs to share questions, ideas, and a general love of all things green! Come with an open mind and let’s see what we can grow together. 

Cooking & Baking

Contact: Rachel Stalker

Do you love to cook or bake? Are you looking for new recipes or to improve your skills? Do you enjoy sharing family, cultural, ethnic, or regional recipes with others? Maybe you just enjoy the shared human language that is food! Then, the Cooking & Baking Group is for you!  

Open to all who want to share their bakes and dishes, and those who want to eat them! Once we build our group, we can decide the frequency of meetings, themes for each meeting, and how we can serve the larger Dietrich and Pittsburgh community through food! 

Drawing & Sketching

Contact: Corrine Seris

Artists, drawers, and sketchers of any and all skill levels are invited to join. Get-togethers will be opportunities to sketch together and socialize. Some ideas include outdoor gatherings to draw scenes on campus (the Cathedral, the Panther Statue, the fountain outside of Frick Fine Arts). Other ideas and suggestions are absolutely welcome- let’s try to find inspiration together!

Crocheting & Knitting

Contact: Amber Fontenot

Do you love yarn and creating handmade items with lots of tiny stitches? Then join the crochet and knitting group where we can hang out and create, share patterns, and talk about our favorite things to make. 

Board Gaming

Contact: Z Taylor

If you like board games that are fast, easy to learn, and fun to play, this group is for you. Once a month or so, we’ll get together for lunch, a game, and laughs. If you have questions or suggestions, let me know! 


Contact: Jennifer DeMao

Casual group to get together with our pups - or any friendly pets that would like to socialize! Meeting times can vary but looking to meet around Highland Park on Saturdays. It's a short distance to Bryant Street to kick back for some coffee, pastries, Italian ice, the Pub, or open to ideas for any place that is dog friendly. I have some great homemade treat recipes that my dog, Bandit, would agree are the BEST and would love to share! Feel free to contact me with any questions, concerns, or always suggestions.