The purpose of this initiative is to strengthen working relationships between the University of Pittsburgh and community leaders working to address a variety of human rights concerns in our region. The aim is to amplify human rights on the city’s and university’s agenda and to raise public consciousness and discourse around human rights. We can help build an organized constituency for human rights in Pittsburgh by bringing diverse groups together and mobilizing university resources. Support for this initiative has been provided by the University of Pittsburgh's
Research in Diversity Initiative of the Office of the Provost and the University Research Council


Project coordinator: Jackie Smith, University of Pittsburgh, Department of Sociology

Community Advisory Council
Jason Beery, Senior Research & Policy Analyst, Urbankind
Michael Goodhart, Director, Global Studies Center, Pitt & Advisory Board member, Pittsburgh Human Rights City Alliance
Carol Hardeman, Community Organizer, Hill District Consensus Group
anu jain, Executive Director, Gender Equity Commission, City of Pittsburgh & Founder, Inclusant Consulting
Jamilah Lahijuddin, Youth Organizing Program, Hill District Consensus Group
Larry Meadows, Homewood Children’s Village
Dawn Plummer, Pittsburgh Food Policy Council
Carl Redwood Jr., Hill District Consensus Group, Vice-Chair, Board of Directors
Roger Rouse, Global Studies Center & Pittsburgh Human Rights City Alliance
Monica Ruiz, Community Organizer, Casa San Jose
Carlos Torres, Executive Director, Pittsburgh Commission on Human Relations
Laura Wiens, Director, Pittsburghers for Public Transit



University of Pittsburgh Human Rights Working Group
Lisa Alfredson Graduate School of Public and International Affairs
Peter Odell Campbell, Department of English Program in Composition, Literacy, Pedagogy, & Rhetoric
Sabina Dietrick, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs
Waverly Duck, Department of Sociology
Erika Gold Kestenberg, School of Education Center for Urban Education
Michael Goodhart, Director, Global Studies Center
Sarah Goodkind, School of Social Work
Jordan Hayes, Department of English
Holly Hickling, University Honors College Academic Community Engagement Advisor
Cory Holding, Department of English
Shenay Jeffrey, Outreach Coordinator, Office of PittServes, & Advisory Board member, New Voices for Reproductive Justice
Kari Kokka, Department of Instruction and Learning
Dan Kubis, Humanities Center –Public Humanities
Jules Lobel, School of Law
Noble Maseru, Director, Center for Health Equity
Joshua Lew McDermott, PhD student, Department of Sociology
Paul Nelson, Associate Dean, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs
Mary Ohmer, Community Organization and Social Action Program, School of Social Work & Center for Race and Social Problems
Roger Rouse, Global Studies Center
Jeffrey Shook, School of Social Work
Sam Shepherd, Arts & Sciences Graduate Fellow, History Department
Jackie Smith, Department of Sociology

*Supporting roles
*Jamie C. Ducar, Assist. Dir. Community Relations, Pitt Office of Community Relations

Community Advisory Council Meetings
October 30 2017

Working Group Meetings
November 2017


Activities/ Announcements