The University of Pittsburgh has designated the 2016-17 academic year the Year of Diversity.
This year provides opportunities to recognize and appreciate the full range of differences among us from our cultures, nationalities, and gender, to our preferences, ages, religions, and political perspectives.
The Year of Diversity also allows the university to reflect on the value of diversity, and how it strengthens systems and communities.
As part of this year’s continued celebration, the University of Pittsburgh at Titusville (UPT) will host an array of events that move beyond simple tolerance to embracing and celebrating the rich dimensions of diversity contained within each individual, the campus said in a press release.
Today, award-winning spoken word poet, Carlos Andres Gomez will be performing live in Boomer’s, at 7 p.m., on the Titusville campus.
Gomez is one of a handful of poets to make the jump into the mainstream as a star of Spike Lee’s No. 1 movie “Inside Man,” HBO’s “Def Poetry,” and, most recently, TV One’s “Verses and Flow.”
The iconic Latino slam poet, a native New Yorker of Colombian heritage, performs across the world.
A former social worker in Harlem and the Bronx and public school teacher in Philadelphia, Gomez has performed at more than 400 colleges and universities, and toured across five continents.
He is the author of the coming-of-age memoir “Man Up: Reimagining Modern Manhood,” released by Penguin Random House. Named 2016 Best Diversity Artist by Campus Activities Magazine and Artist of the Year at the 2009 Promoting Outstanding Writers Awards, he is a two-time International Poetry Slam Champion (2006, 2010) In May 2016 Gomez’s poem, “What does Hispanic look like?,” went viral online: reaching 1,000,000 views in less than a month.
He starred in the Emmy Award-winning “Respect Yourself” television spots by At Large Films and appeared in the third season of the popular Showtime series “The L Word.” He has been featured on a wide range of media outlets and platforms, including NPR, TEDx, Upworthy, The New York Times, Mashable, MSNBC’s “Melissa Harris-Perry,” Central Park SummerStage, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Macy’s Passport Show, the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting, on Broadway with Savion Glover, and at The White House.
Over the past decade, Gomez has shared the stage with many celebrated artists and icons, including Wyclef Jean, Gloria Steinem, Dr. Cornel West, Eve Ensler, Hozier, Sheryl Sandberg, MC Lyte, Saul Williams, and Mos Def.
This event is open to the community at no charge through donations from the Rees Foundation, University of Pittsburgh’s Year of Diversity and University of Pittsburgh’s Humanities Center.