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B-PEP Launches "Transformational" DEI Partnership with Pittsburgh Steelers, Penguins and Pirates

Updated: Apr 11, 2023

February 28, 2023

DEVELOPING STORY -Updated 4/11/2023 4:47PM EST

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At an event at Acrisure Stadium on Tuesday evening, representatives of all three of Pittsburgh's major sports franchises committed to a wide array of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) initiatives outlined in the Corporate Equity and Inclusion Roundtable (CEIR) Playbook.

The Black Political Empowerment Project (B-PEP) and Pittsburgh's three professional sports teams announce a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) partnership on February 28, 2023. (Photo by Brian Batko / Post-Gazette)

Calling it a "transformational moment in time", B-PEP Chairman Tim Stevens hopes this is the beginning of a cultural shift that will see all industries commit to the "Rooney Rule"- a practice of considering qualified minority candidates for all positions in an organization.

Nowhere are these efforts more needed than right here in Pittsburgh: the 2017 Report Pittsburgh Equity Indicators found that "the gap between black and white residents (and between other groups) is particularly evident in health and

public safety, housing affordability and stability, income and poverty, and infrastructure quality and neighborhood composition, all of which have been identified as high priority areas for additional investment by city and regional policymakers and stakeholders."

Learn more about CEIR's work expanding access to opportunities for Pittsburgh's minority communities.

KDKA's Lisa Smith, Director of Community Impact, discusses the new partnership on "Intersections", April 3, 2023.

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