Media Appearances

Hundreds gather for Pittsburgh Rally for Solidarity to protest anti-Asian violence

More than 400 people gathered on Flagstaff Hill in Pittsburgh’s Oakland neighborhood on Wed., March 24 for a rally in response to the recent Atlanta mass shooting, as well as the general rise in anti-Asian hate crimes in the past year.The Rally for Solidarity was co-hosted by the East Coast Asian American Student Union and the Pittsburgh chapter of the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance . While the shooting in Atlanta, in which a white man shot and killed eight people, including six Asian wom

People’s Pride celebrates, advocates for Black trans lives

Around 50 people donning rainbow attire and flags that said “Give us our roses while we’re still here” marched across Pittsburgh on Sunday as part of People’s Pride. They could be heard chanting “Black trans lives are under attack. What do we do? Stand up, fight back,” to the beat of a drum.

This march, postponed from the summer, was part of the three-day “People’s Pride PGH 2020: Black Trans Lives Matter Too” pride festival hosted by SisTersPGH — a local transgender community center. The demon

Updates from Diversity Forum 2020

From July 28-30, the University of Pittsburgh’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion hosted Diversity Forum 2020, Advancing Social Justice: A Call to Action.

With more than 12,000 participants worldwide, the forum was a first-of-its-kind community-oriented, virtual social justice learning symposium, complete with over 55 interactive workshops and sessions.

While we’re just getting started in our work toward a better, more equitable community, we hope the forum presented an opportunity for listeni

Former grad student's proposed transit map goes viral

Pitt student Deepshikha Sharma couldn't find a public-transit route for the 18-mile trip from Monroeville to Dormont that would take much less than two hours. So, in what she describes as "a moment of frustration," she Googled "pittsburgh metro map."

And almost as soon as the search results popped up, she was posting a piece of Ben Samson's little-known master's thesis to Tumblr. The paper, which presents a vision for remaking Pittsburgh's transit system, would soon be shared and re-shared — ca

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