Toast to Diversity & Call to Action

Toast to Diversity & Call to Action is an annual event that is a celebration of our diverse community of faculty, physicians, and trainees. Although we have a diverse community, there are few opportunities for those who identify as members of groups underrepresented in the medical profession to gather as a community with spouses and partners, to meet each other, to celebrate accomplishments, and to think about ways to increase diversity and strengthen this community’s impact — until now.

“Toast” is an informal and celebratory event where longstanding members of our community and new arrivals are able to interact. Guests are encouraged to volunteer in various opportunities to strengthen our School and Community including mentoring students, help identify candidates (students, residents, and faculty), serve as lecturers in the SOM curriculum, and to be involved in community engagement. Our goal is to increase diversity and inclusion in our School and make it a better place for everyone. We held our Fifth Annual Toast to Diversity event on September 7, 2018.

Guests were welcomed by Dr. Ann Thompson, Vice Dean of the School of Medicine followed by guests socializing and enjoying the museum exhibits and delicious food which featured a paella station and a tappas station.

The night hosted an impressive number of speakers:

Physician Inclusion Council at UPMC/Pitt (PICUP):

Dr. Loren Roth, AVC for Clinical Policy & Planning and Senior Advisor for Quality, UPMC Health Plan

Dr. Jeannette South-Paul , Andrew W. Mathieson, UPMC Professor and Chair, Family Medicine, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

The Call to Action Plan Speakers:

Isaiah Peoples, MS, Medical Student 4

Dr. William Simmons, Associate Professor, Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine

Dr. Laura De Casto, Associate Professor of Medicine, Vascular Medicine Institute

If you would like to give your ideas for improving diversity and inclusion at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine please provide your  name, phone number, email address along with your ideas to Your input will help our goal of making the School a better place for everyone.


Toast to Diversity photo gallery 2018

Toast to Diversity photo gallery 2017