Equity and Inclusion

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Psychology Committee on Equity, Inclusion, and Community

The Department of Psychology welcomes students of all backgrounds into our undergraduate major, graduate training programs, and research mentorship programs. Open to faculty, students, and staff, the Psychology Committee on Equity, Inclusion, and Community or "PEIC" plays a key role in building and supporting a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community of scholars. The committee is made up of five subcommittees: Undergraduate, Education & Training, Outreach, Clinical Training, and Community Groups - Psychology Scholars of Color (PSOC), Psychology First Generation (FiGen) & LGBTQIA+.

Click here to read our mission statement.

To learn more about PEIC and how you can become a member, please email Emily O'Brien (ero36@pitt.edu) with your interest. 

Departmental Highlights

2024 Undergraduate Open Lab Event (TBD)

The Undergraduate Subcommittee hosts a biannual Open Lab Event where students from underrepresented backgrounds will be able to visit several psychology labs on campus and learn about the directed research program. Stay tuned for an attendance interest form once a date and time are decided!  


PUGS Program

The Psychology Partnership for Undergraduate and Graduate Students (PUGS) is program within the PEIC Undergraduate Subcommittee to partner undergraduate and graduate students for a mutually beneficial mentoring experience. Graduate partners will learn excellent mentoring skills, and undergraduates will benefit from the mentoring and guidance of an experienced graduate student in the department. This program also hosts events for undergraduate students to gain insight into what different graduate paths in psychology look like.

Please send an email to Claire Stout (clairestout@pitt.edu) or Rebecca McGregor (rem166@pitt.edu) if you’re interested in becoming a graduate partner. We’d love to have as many of you be a part of this as possible! Please also feel free to reach out if you have any questions or recommendations.


Hot Metal Bridge Program

This two-semester post-baccalaureate fellowship program is designed to help talented students from groups traditionally underrepresented in their academic disciplines, including first-generation graduate students and those from disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds, to bridge the gap between an undergraduate degree and a graduate training program. See the information below and contact Dr. Timothy Nokes-Malach (nokes@pitt.edu) with any questions.
Click here for more information about applying! 

PEIC Graduate Award

The PEIC Committee is pleased to request submissions for this year’s Graduate Award. The PEIC Graduate Award application is available to download

This award is intended to fund conferences, trainings, or events that will provide opportunities for students to foster communities outside of our department and or enhance their professional development in the areas of equity and inclusion. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Email Bonnie Sampson (BJS131@pitt.edu) with questions or to submit your application.

Have Questions, Comments, or Concerns?

We are continually striving to improve our organization. Please fill out this survey to submit anonymous feedback about PEIC and our affiliated events.