Dr. Aisha White


Program Director

Dr. White provides overall direction of the P.R.I.D.E. Program, including the speaker series, professional and curriculum development, and fundraising. She supervises staff, leads Parent Village, supports development of communication strategies, and provides guidance and advice for the P.R.I.D.E. Pop Up Mini Art Festivals. She also promotes the P.R.I.D.E. message through written publications, coordinates the P.R.I.D.E. Teacher Cohort group, and acts as a liaison to the research and evaluation team.

  • Email: aiw9@pitt.edu

Medina Jackson, MSW


Director of Engagement

Medina oversees the P.R.I.D.E. Pop Up Mini Art Festivals, the program advisory committee, and supports Parent Village activities. She also co-facilitates P.R.I.D.E. professional development and is responsible for raising awareness and increasing the visibility of the P.R.I.D.E. program. Her engagement work entails creating and strengthening community partnerships and collaboratively developing and implementing activities that build stronger community connections.

  • Email: mjackson@pitt.edu

Dr. Shannon Wanless


Principal Investigator

Dr. Wanless is the Director of the Office of Child Development, and an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology in Education at the University of Pittsburgh. Her research focuses on social-emotional learning in early childhood education. Dr. Wanless has presented nationally and published culturally responsive teaching in the publication Young Children. She currently leads the research and evaluation team for the P.R.I.D.E. program.

  • Email: swanless@pitt.edu

Adam Flango


Communications Manager

Adam creates, manages, and implements the P.R.I.D.E. communications strategy, including website development, content creation, media consulting, social media development, and outreach to families, educators, and community partners

Cecily Davis, MSW


Research Manager

Cecily helps P.R.I.D.E. develop a strategy for researching organizational change at the Office of Child Development, which is conducting extensive professional development on race and work with young children.

Katy Carney


Administrative Assistant

Katy serves as special assistant to P.R.I.D.E. and provides administrative, record keeping, and documentation support for the program’s multiple components.

  • Email: kec194@pitt.edu

Bianca West


Doctoral Research Assistant

Bianca is a graduate student in the School of Education. Her role is to assist with a systematic review of the literature related to positive racial identity development, existing measures of positive racial identity, and P.R.I.D.E.-related constructs.

  • Email: bmw94@pitt.edu

Colleen Young, MSW


OCD Director of Community Programs

Colleen oversees Office of Child Development projects that support early childhood practitioners, after school providers, home visitors, family support providers, and parent leaders. She helps strengthen connections between P.R.I.D.E. and larger regional systems that support young children and families.

  • Email: colleen.young@pitt.edu

Dr. Amanda Cross


Evaluation Specialist

Dr. Cross conducts evaluation and data collection for P.R.I.D.E. trainings and events to support continuous quality improvement, implementation monitoring, and reporting for various audiences based on analysis of quantitative and qualitative data.

  • Email: amanda.cross@pitt.edu