Dr. George Yancy, noted author and professor of philosophy, spoke about racism as an obstacle to unity at the Office of Multicultural Affairs’ seventh annual Unity Banquet and Scholarship Benefit on Friday, April 12 in the Power Center Ballroom. The event began with a reception at 5 p.m. followed by dinner at 6 p.m.
Each year, the event introduces students, faculty, staff and residents of the Pittsburgh community to the nation’s leading thinkers on multicultural and social justice issues.
Keynote speaker Yancy works primarily in the areas of critical philosophy of race, critical whiteness studies and philosophy of the Black experience. He is the coordinator of the Critical Race Speakers Series and author of Black Bodies, White Gazes: The Continuing Significance of Race, which received an honorable mention from the Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Bigotry and Human Rights. He has edited 12 influential books, three of which received Choice Awards, and was recently nominated for the Duquesne University Presidential Award for Excellence in Scholarship.
Also at the event, nine University students were recognized for their commitment to academic excellence, diversity and inclusion.
- Ashley Chan, a junior environmental science major from San Jose, California
- Jordan E. DuBose, a sophomore health management systems major from Youngstown, Ohio
- Fred Jasper, a junior psychology major from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- Honi Jurison, a senior management major from Woodbridge, Virginia
- Michael D. Kiplagat, a senior information systems management major from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
- Talia D. Kirkland, a junior broadcast journalism major from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
- Kayla Pfab, a sophomore physician assistant major from Glen Allen, Virginia
- Camille Pottinger, a senior chemistry major from Glenn Dale, Maryland
- Hally Ramirez, a junior forensic science and law major from San Antonio, Texas