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Dean Kalevitch Graduates From Leadership Pittsburgh Program

Monday, June 27, 2016
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As a graduate of the 2016 class of Leadership Pittsburgh, Maria Kalevitch, the dean of the RMU School of Engineering, Mathematics and Science, says she hopes to be a positive leader who can serve the university and the Pittsburgh region. "It has not only opened my eyes on various aspects of leadership," says Kalevitch, a member of Leadership Pittsburgh's 32nd cohort, "but it has instilled the self- confidence and tenacity to move forward as a transformative leader who can make changes that will benefit our community."

Leadership Pittsburgh is a 10-month program held each year for approximately 60 Kalevitch-and-Micah-web established senior-level leaders aimed at building and broadening leadership in southwestern Pennsylvania. The nonprofit organization gives participants a deeper understanding of the connected systems of the region while building their personal and professional networks and planning and carrying out team projects that benefit the community.

As part of her team project for the program, Kalevitch and others worked with Jim Guffey '89, the executive director of South Hills Interfaith Movement, a Bethel Park-based charity serving 4,000 people in Pittsburgh's suburbs. Her group visited a day care center run by the organization, and after conferring with staff and leadership about their needs, arranged and installed a new software system to track the daily dropoff and pickup of children. The team also developed a learning guide for families about the new system.

"Many of the children are from refugee families," says Kalevitch. "Their parents often do not speak English, but they are here for a brighter future for their children. The software system that will now be in use is not only for the safety and protection of the children, but also will be an opportunity for staff to connect with parents and families and have more chances to communicate and support each other."

Kalevitch was named to Insight Into Diversity magazine's "100 Inspiring Women of STEM" last year. The national honor recognizes Kalevitch's efforts both to attract women and girls to careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics and to build the ranks of RMU faculty in those fields.

Aradhna Oliphant, president and CEO of Leadership Pittsburgh, was the keynote speaker at RMU's 2016 graduate commencement exercises and was awarded an honorary doctorate of humane letters from the university in May.