The David Berg Center for Ethics and Leadership helped to advance new research in diversity across the disciplines through the Diverse Dialogues Initiative. The project was supported as part of the University of Pittsburgh's Year of Diversity Initiative in the 2016-17 Academic Year.
The Berg Center brought together dozens of faculty from across the university community, including its regional campuses, for a research retreat. Faculty were invited to submit proposals about how their research could involve a diversity focus. Participating faculty included business, law, education, the social sciences, the health sciences, and more.
"The Diverse Dialogues initiative was designed to bring faculty from across Pitt together in order to work together on new research. Our goal was to start a conversation among faculty and to get them to think differently about how their research could integrate diversity in order to create stronger research," says Audrey J. Murrell, director of the Berg Center and associate dean of the College of Business Administration.
Murrell has pursued diversity in her research for more than 30 years. She is the author of the 2017 book Mentoring Diverse Leaders: Creating Change for People, Processes, and Paradigms.
After the research retreat, faculty came together again for a symposium. Their work will be published in an edited volume.