Justice Scholars – Pitt Enhanced College Prep Support


Westinghouse Justice Scholars students posing in front of the William Pitt Union after
a day of campus-based college prep workshops.


Abstract

Justice Scholars is a transformative program that provides a credit-bearing, college preparatory experience to students in a local underserved high school. Since 2016, this transdisciplinary program has partnered with various units to offer Pitt courses and additional supports to impact students at Westinghouse Academy in Homewood. Collaborators, both at Pitt and in the community, have expressed interest in a Justice Scholars replication that would bring this Pitt-sponsored college preparatory opportunity to other local schools. The proposal intent is to embark on a 2-year evaluation and replication study of Justice Scholars that will include a program launch at one additional school.

Justice Scholars students experiencing virtual reality in the Open Lab at Hillman Library.
Justice Scholars students experiencing virtual reality in the
Open Lab at Hillman Library. 

Westinghouse students participating in creative exercise during the Justice Scholars out-of-school time program.
Westinghouse students participating in creative exercise during
the Justice Scholars out-of-school time program.

A justice-focused conversation about minimum wage with students in the Justice Scholars program.
A justice-focused conversation about minimum wage
with students in the Justice Scholars program.

Principal Investigator

Dr. Esohe Osai
School of Education

Select Collaborators

Dr. Kenneth Donaldson
Team Member
School of Education

Dr. Michael Giazzoni
Team Member
School of Arts and Sciences

Rachelle Haynik
Team Member
School of Social Work

Kirk Holbrook
Team Member
Community Engagement Center – Hill District

Dr. James Huguley
Team Member
School of Social Work

Grace Oxley
Team Member
School of Social Work

Dr. John Wallace
Team Member
School of Social Work

Dr. Keith Caldwell
Team Member
School of Social Work

Goal Area