Mission & Vision


The PITT STRIVE program adopts evidence-based strategies to improve the academic culture and the success of underrepresented minority (URM) doctoral students in engineering. 


We STRIVE for excellence in academic and faculty engagement cultures that promote the success, transition, representation, innovation, vision, and education of URM PhD students.  

Focus Areas

The University of Pittsburgh's PITT STRIVE program is housed and administered under the Swanson School of Engineering Office of Diversity. The Engineering Office of Diversity and the PITT STRIVE leadership team will develop, coordinate, implement, and assess program activities and outcomes in the following focus areas:

  • Improving faculty engagement with URM students.
  • Improving faculty awareness of the problems facing URM students.
  • Developing a shared vision among vested faculty regarding the success of URM students within the Swanson School of Engineering.
  • Fostering an inclusive academic culture climate for the success of URM doctoral students.


STRIVE Fellows

PITT STRIVE Fellows at Annual Retreat in the summer of 2016: Fostering good relationships between mentors and mentees.