DEIA efforts recognized

May 11, 2024Articles

We're delighted to announce that Literacy Pittsburgh is a finalist for the 2024 Pittsburgh Human Resources Association Engaging Pittsburgh Awards! We are a finalist in the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging category. We will be recognized at a May 16 event.

With a diverse student population, Literacy Pittsburgh's staff leadership and board of directors recognize the importance of integrating diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility into our organizational fabric. 

In June 2022, the board of directors adopted Literacy Pittsburgh's first DEIA Action Plan. The plan was developed with the assistance of Demeshia Seals of DLRS Solutions and Dr. Cheryl Hall Russel of BW3. It was based on a human capital audit, cultural survey, and input from staff, board, and volunteers over 15 months.

The DEIA Plan is integral to Literacy Pittsburgh's overall growth strategy. It is managed by our DEIA Committee, which comprises board and staff members, with the assistance of our DEIA Staff Engagement Committee. The plan focuses on refining talent recruitment and retention to protect against bias, infusing inclusion and diversity into our strategic plan and leadership goals, and educating and reinforcing DEIA priorities with staff, board, and volunteers.

Literacy Pittsburgh (formerly Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council) helps create better lives through learning. Recognized as a national leader in adult and family literacy, Literacy Pittsburgh is the largest provider of adult basic education in Allegheny and Beaver Counties. Last year, Literacy Pittsburgh helped more than 4,000 individuals acquire the skills needed to reach their fullest potential in life and participate productively in their communities. Literacy Pittsburgh provides free, personalized instruction in workforce readiness, high school diploma test preparation, digital literacy, English language learning, math, reading, and family literacy through one-to-one and small class instruction. Founded in 1982, it serves local adults through numerous neighborhood locations and its Downtown Pittsburgh Learning Center.       

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