Pittsburgh’s Racial Demographics 2015: Differences and Disparities
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
In this university-wide competition, CRSP is soliciting papers in the following areas: