Pittsburgh’s Racial Demographics 2015: Differences and Disparities

Pittsburgh’s Racial Demographics 2015: Differences and Disparities report is a follow-up to a similar 2007 report.  It provides indicators of quality of life by race and ethnicity for the Pittsburgh area and the nation. 

View the Full Report 

View the Executive Summary 

Watch the Press Release 




During Spring Break 2016, CRSP will take ten students and three faculty/staff members to Cuba. This trip will be the culmination of a course on Cuban Social Policy Issues offered to graduate students through the School of Social Work.

More information can be found on the CRSP Study Abroad page

Call For Papers

The Center on Race & Social Problems is currently accepting submissions for a special edition of Race & Social Problems, our quarterly journal. This special edition will focus on issues of race & wealth.

For more information click here >>

Past issues of the journal can be viewed here >>

Submission deadline is September 1, 2015

Demographics Report Media Coverage

On January 13, 2015, the center released its “Pittsburgh Racial Demographics 2015: Differences and Disparities” report at a press conference.  Below are some of the articles published as a result.

Pittsburgh Business Times

Pittsburgh Tribune Review

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (2nd)

WESA/Essential Pittsburgh

Pitt News

Pittsburgh Urban Media

Spring 2015 Speaker Series Schedule

Sponsored by the Pittsburgh law firm Reed Smith LLP, the 2015 Spring Speaker Series provides an opportunity for faculty, students, and community members to engage in race-related discussions of mutual interest. 

Speaker Presentation are held from 12 Noon to 1:30 p.m.

Wednesday, January21
"'Try On the Outfit and Just See How It Works': The Psychocultural Responses of Disconnected Black Youth to Work" Video
Orlando Patterson
John Cowles Professor of Sociology, Harvard University

Wednesday, February 25
"The Collision of Race and Criminal Justice: Lessons from the Aftermath of Ferguson" Video
David Harris
Distinguished Faculty Scholar & Professor of Law, University of Pittsburgh

Tuesday, March 17
"The Crisis of College Access for Students of Color" Video
Gary Orfield
, Distinguished Research Professor of Education, Law, Political Science and Urban Planning; Co-Director of The Civil Rights Project, University of California, Los Angeles

Thursday, April 23
"The End of Black Metropolis?" Video
Mary Pattillo
, Harold Washington Professor; Professor of Sociology & African American Studies, Northwestern University

As part of Pitt’s Spring Food Drive, we invite you to donate non-perishable (canned or boxed) food items.  Admittance is not based on donation. 

Lunch Provided. Registration Not Required. 

Recent Events

Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC Fall 2014 Speaker Series

The Pittsburgh law firm Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC firm has consistently supported the fall speaker series since 2003. We thank Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC for recognizing the importance of race in our society, and the necessity of developing real-world solutions to our country's defining social problem. 

September 15, 2014
James Jackson, Professor, Psychology and Health Behavior & Health Education, Director, Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan, "Understanding Racial and Ethnic Differences in Physical and Psychiatric Health" video

October 8, 2014
Alice Goffman, Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, "On the Run: Fugitive Life in an American City" video

November 18, 2014
Michael Sherraden, Benjamin E. Youngdahl Professor of Social Development, Washington University School of Social Work,"Building Assets for All: Research and Policy for Universal Children's Accounts" video

December 1, 2014
Frederick Thieman, President, Buhl Foundation, "Reinventing the Criminal Justice System for the 21st Century" video

** New Publication **

Dean Larry E. Davis and Professor Ralph Bangs have co-edited a new book titled "Race and Social Problems". Their work explores the current state of race in America, offering both multi-level analysis and a practical blueprint for social justice. It begins by explaining how race-related social problems have changed over the decades. This volume identifies factors contributing to their persistence in this century, most notably the central role of economic disparities in exacerbating related social problems and replicating them for future generations.

Race and Social Problems casts a wide net across the most pressing social issues, clarifying both the immediate and larger tasks ahead for a range of professionals in such diverse fields as social work, anthropology, communications, criminology, economics, history, law, political science, psychology, public health, and sociology.

Purchase Here >>

CRSP Fellows Program

The Center on Race & Social Problems is currently accepting applications for the Fellows Program, a community based internship experience for MSW students.

The deadline is August 15.

More info here >>

Call For Student Papers

The Center on Race and Social Problems, through the School of Social Work, invites you to submit your paper addressing contemporary race-related issues. The center will award a $500 resource fund to the best papers submitted by an undergraduate, Master’s and PhD level student.

In this university-wide competition, CRSP is soliciting papers in the following areas:

  • Economic disparities
  • Education disparities
  • Intergroup race relations
  • Health
  • Mental Health
  • Criminal Justice
  • Youth, Families, and the Elderly


More detailed inofrmation can be found HERE >>