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The Department of French & Italian at the University of Pittsburgh aims to provide representation, inclusivity, community, engagement and pride for underrepresented and minoritized groups such as people of color, people of different nationalities, ethnicities, languages, and castes, LGBTQ+ people, disabled people. 

We are promoting values of diversity, equity and inclusion into all aspects of our department work (research, teaching, service, pedagogy, advocacy, recruitment and hiring, funding opportunities, events).

Our department acknowledges that our university occupies indigenous land, follow this link to find a full land acknowledgment and resources about Indigenous Peoples. 

The Inclusive Practices Committee was established in Fall 2016 as the FRIT Diversity Committee by then co-chairs Todd Reeser and Lorraine Denman. Our standing committee (as required by our department's bylaws) consists of faculty, staff, and graduate students in the Department of French and Italian. Since its foundation, the committee has worked on various initiatives with the aim to promote equitable practices in our department and our curricula.

AY24-25 Co-chairs: Chiara Montera and Kaliane Ung
Graduate Students representatives: Dario Chimenti and Elsie Campbell
Members: Lorraine Denman, Chloé Hogg, Rachel Love, Caitlin Dahl, and Spencer Fricard