On Sunday, March 25, 2018, Pitt’s Office of Admissions and Financial Aid (OAFA), in collaboration with the Pitt African American Alumni Council, held an information and recruiting event in Atlanta, Georgia, for prospective students from underrepresented communities living in the Atlanta metro region.
Representing OAFA was Vice Provost for Admissions Marc Harding
and Director of Undergraduate Admissions Lauren Wallace. Representing the AAAC was Dr. Vaughn Clagette, National President, and local leaders of the AAAC Atlanta Affiliate, Alfonso Washington Jr., Dexter Edmonds, and Michael Boykins along with a number of local Pitt Alumni and AAAC members.
The focus of the event was to highlight the value of an education from the University of Pittsburgh to the metropolitan Atlanta area and its historically strong diverse communities. Over 3000 Pitt alumni call metro Atlanta their home, and Atlanta sits squarely within the geographic footprint of the ACC.
The evening event was well attended by minority students who are currently in grades 9 through 12 and included recently accepted Pitt applicants. It was an upfront opportunity for students to learn about what many of us have known for many years… Pitt Is It!
More than 160 guests were seated for the event, including high school
students and their family members. These students included some of the brightest and most talented high schoolers from Atlanta’s top private and public schools.
The event began with a full description of the University and city of Pittsburgh presented by Vice Provost Harding, including a video presentation titled ”Future Forged for All.” Following Harding’s presentation, AAAC National President, Dr. Vaughn Clagette, provided a welcome and warm greetings. Dr. Clagette shared his Pitt story and challenged students to consider the kind of journey they may want to take in pursuing their higher education aspirations. Pitt alumnae, Alfonso Washington Jr., Michael Boykin, and Dexter Edmonds, all very successful executives in the Atlanta area, also shared their personal Pitt experiences.
Another highlight of the evening was a detailed presentation by Lauren Wallace, Director of Undergraduate Admissions. With a video clip of Pitt life, Ms. Wallace provided the students and their families with a description of the admissions and financial aid process for prospective students along with fun facts regarding the Pitt college experience including campus organizations, residence life, student activities, internships, and a variety of additional opportunities available to Pitt students. A Q&A session involving recent Pitt grads who live in metro Atlanta concluded the evening.
Thank you to all who attended to help spread the word about our wonderful alma mater and to provide an opportunity for academically sound students from underrepresented communities to learn all that a Pitt education can offer.
Hail to Pitt!