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Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Community Engagement (EDI) at SHRS 

The School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences’ Office of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Community Engagement was established in 2020. This office aims to increase the preparation of students and trainees in SHRS to address health disparities and to strengthen schoolwide community engagement efforts. 

Our school is committed to action-oriented and evidence-based policies to address inequity and create a more welcoming, accessible and inclusive space for our students, faculty, staff and friends in the community. We believe that there are systemic problems that require complex solutions, and we are dedicated to developing and implementing those solutions in order to create not only a more equitable academic environment but also a more equitable health care system, which we believe can be done through the education of the next generation of health care leaders. 

Vision Statement: SHRS is an inclusive community of faculty, staff and students that reflects and celebrates the diversity of talents and contributions of all people in society. 

Our People, Our Programs, Our Purpose: We are a diverse community of learners, partners and leaders dedicated to the preparation of health and rehabilitation professionals in the pursuit of health equity that improves lives and transforms communities. Learn more about program inclusion here. 

EDI Leadership

Nancy Gauvin, EdD, CCC-SLP

Associate Dean of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Community Engagement


Anastasia White, M.Ed. 

Senior Director for Strategic Programs and Services


Samantha Mozden, MS

Program Coordinator




Check out the events Calendars for ways to get involved on campus, at SHRS or in the community.

Butterflies of Hope

Click here to learn about this project.

If you are interested in learning more about this project please contact Kelly O’Toole at

Training Religious Leaders in Bereavement to Upskill Treatment Experiences (TRIBUTE)

Have you lost a loved one in the past 2 years?

Would you like to participate in a research study and receive grief counseling from a trained Community Support Advocate?

Click here to learn more about this project.

For more information about the
TRIBUTE study, please contact: or 412-383-3466
Reverend Dr. Quiana Golphin or 412-383-6793

Inviting Advisory Committee Members for OTC Hearing Aid Research Project

We are looking for a few consumers to serve on a paid advisory committee for our new Over-the-Counter (OTC) hearing aid project. You can read a short summary of the project at the bottom of this email.  We would like consumer input on this project, from a diverse range of people who have an interest in hearing loss, for themselves or a family member. This is a paid opportunity to join us in meetings (online) or other activities for up to 7 hours over the next year ($100.00 per meeting/activity). 

If you are interested in serving on the consumer advisory panel, or you have questions about this project, we’d love to hear from you! You can either: 

  1. Call Jamie Katz at 412-383-1698 
  2. Complete our Online Survey
  3. Email Jamie Katz at

TransPride YOUniting - 2023 Health and Wellness Conference

The TransPride YOUniting Health and Wellness Conference is needed now more than ever. Transgender, Nonbinary, and other Gender Diverse people, their parents, caregivers, and the health care professionals that care for them face unprecedented pressure and attacks as lawmakers across the country push hundreds of anti-trans policies and bills through their legislatures. This conference seeks to be a beacon of hope by bringing together community, professionals, families, educators, allies, advocates, and supporters and rallying against these issues by centering the lives and lived experiences of the transgender, gender diverse, and gender non-conforming people. We strive to bring these communities together in a space of mutual learning through shared perspectives and experience.


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Standing Firm Training

STANDING FIRM, a program of the Women’s Center & Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh, is designed for staff and faculty of the university to build understanding of the complex issues around domestic/partner violence and how it affects the workplace and the workforce.  Attendees will learn how to recognize the signs that a co-worker or student may be dealing with the realities of domestic/partner violence and how to approach and respond to them in a respectful, safe, and productive manner. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the meeting.

September 19th  | 10am-11am (virtual)

Register Here

September 19th  | 10am-11am (virtual)

Register Here

October 18th | 1pm-2pm (in-person)

Register Here

Location TBD

November 9th | 2pm-3pm (virtual)

Register Here


SHRS Department and Program Initiatives

Programs and Community Engagement

  • SHRS Wellness Pavilion
    • We are proud to announce that we recently created an inter-professional Wellness Pavilion as part of the University’s Community Engagement Center (CEC) in Homewood, a nearby neighborhood in Pittsburgh. Faculty and students from our many SHRS programs provide services to under-represented and underserved individuals, including individual therapies, individual and group counseling, educational classes, group exercises, and wellness and chronic disease management programs. We also participate in special events such as health fairs, sports coaching clinics and monthly support groups for specific diseases or conditions. Through efforts such as these, we collaborate with other health care providers to provide an integrated health care delivery model. Local communities benefit, our students gain an opportunity to apply their learning, and our faculty and staff have a chance to share their expertise and give back in a meaningful way.

    • Follow SHRS Wellness Pavilion on Facebook to learn more about programs and activities or contact Program Coordinator Samantha Mozden ( for more information.

  • Program and Activities Proposal Form
  • Research Participant Interest Form – Coming Soon 
  • Where do we serve?
    • Find where SHRS faculty and students are serving our communities, near and far, through the University's interactive Engagement and Outreach Map.

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