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Heading to the Point: Exploring the Black Urban Experience in Pittsburgh

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 Heading to the Point: A Journey through History Exploring the Black Urban Experience in Pittsburgh

Featuring Giant Eagle University Professor of History and Social Justice Joe William Trotter, Jr. in Conversation with Vice Provost for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer Wanda Heading-Grant

Join Dr. Wanda Heading-Grant, Vice Provost for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer for a captivating and insightful conversation with esteemed scholar, Dr. Joe William Trotter, Jr., the Giant Eagle University Professor of History and Social Justice. Professor Trotter will focus on the historical experiences of Black individuals in Pittsburgh, spanning from the harrowing days of slavery and segregation to the complexities of the present era. Carnegie Mellon University Archives is currently processing Professor Trotter’s academic papers.  This collection will make his research accessible for a new generation of scholars working to build a more equitable future for all. Professor Trotter will reflect on his profound impact on academia and discuss the current state of social justice and the Black urban experience, including his current project to explore the development of community-engaged reparations plans for the City of Pittsburgh.

This is a virtual event. Please register to attend. The event link will be included in the confirmation.

Wednesday, November 15, 2023
4:00 - 5:00 pm ET


Dr. Joe William Trotter, Jr.
Giant Eagle University Professor of History and Social Justice; Past History Department Chair

Joe William Trotter, Jr. is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; the Director and Founder of Carnegie Mellon’s Center for Africanamerican Urban Studies and the Economy (CAUSE) and President of the Urban History Association. His latest publications are Workers on Arrival: Black Labor in the Making of America (University of California Press, 2019); Pittsburgh and the Urban League Movement: A Century of Social Service and Activism (University of Kentucky Press, 2020); and African American Workers and the Appalachian Coal Industry (University of West Virginia Press, 2022). Professor Trotter received his BA degree from Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Minnesota. He is currently working on a study of African American urban life since the Atlantic slave trade.

Joe William Trotter, Jr. 

Dr. Wanda Heading-Grant
Vice Provost for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) and Chief Diversity Officer; Distinguished Service Professor, Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy

Throughout Heading-Grant's 30-year career in higher education, she has established programs, policies and practices fundamental to the advancement of inclusive excellence and diversity, equity and inclusion. Her three decades of career service span a broad range of academic and administrative roles at UVM including Vice President for Human Resources, Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, Chief Diversity Officer, Associate Provost, Associate Dean and Director. Her wealth of professional experience and volunteer involvement on the boards of non-profit organizations and civil rights committees have earned her a reputation as a cultural architect able to build and sustain real and lasting change.

Dr. Wanda Heading-Grant

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