Offices & Support

Support from application to graduation.

A variety of resources are available to support you from the beginning of your journey as a changemaker and beyond.

  • Our enrollment counselors are here to help you navigate the logistics of grad school. They will connect you to the diverse resources available at GSPIA and Pitt. You will also have guidance from a faculty advisor about your course of study and career plans.

    Admission and Funding
  • Our Office of Career Services is here to connect you with employers to set you on the path to becoming a changemaker. These services are available to students and alumni.

    Career Development
  • We offer international students with the support they need to pursue their education. We will help you with international admissions, immigration services, and international social and cultural programs.

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  • The Ombudsperson assists graduate students with resolving conflicts and issues that arise in the course of their education and training that they believe have not or cannot be addressed within their academic department. The Ombudsperson can help mediate conflicts and provides information about institutional policies related to the student’s issues, including the University’s grievance procedures. The Ombudsperson directs students to further resources on campus as appropriate.

    The Ombudsperson for GSPIA is Renee Kidney. Renee can be contacted at


    The roles of the Ombudsperson: 

        • Listen to graduate student concerns.
        • Explain University and School policies. 
        • Explain the grade appeal process.
        • Act as a neutral resource between graduate student and a faculty member or an individual with whom the student is             
            experiencing an academic conflict with.
        • Facilitate communication between and among individuals. 
        • Counsel faculty to minimize potential conflict. 
        • Coach graduate students on how to talk to faculty and staff. 
        • Refer individuals to others as necessary. 
        • Act as an informal resource to graduate students, faculty, and staff. 
        • Keep information confidential except as required by law or university policy, which includes Title IX issues. 


    The Ombudsperson does not: 

        • Change grades. 
        • Change policies. 
        • Take sides, but rather tries to facilitate a mutual understanding between differing points of view. 
        • Identify individuals without permission, except as required by law or University policy, which includes Title IX issues.
        • Take part in formal grievance processes.


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