Former WNBA Star Swin Cash to Speak at Fourth Annual Spirit of Diversity Dinner

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) will honor University students who are committed to academic excellence, diversity and inclusion at the Fourth Annual Spirit of Diversity Dinner and Scholarship Benefit on Thursday, April 19, in the Power Center Ballroom.

Each year, the event provides an opportunity for faculty, staff, students and members of the Pittsburgh community to hear from some of the nation’s leading thinkers on multicultural issues. This year, Pittsburgh native Swin Cash—a renowned former Women’s National Basketball Association all-star, two-time Olympic gold medalist and philanthropist—will be the event’s keynote speaker.

“Swin Cash is widely respected and recognized by many for her efforts of helping others both locally and nationwide,” said Jeff Mallory, assistant vice president for diversity, inclusion and student advancement. “She has a personal history and perspective that is rich and nothing short of unique. Above all, Swin is quick to acknowledge her love for the Pittsburgh region and has never forgotten where it all started for her.”

Cash is also the founder of Cash Building Blocks, an urban development company that renovates and offers affordable homes to low-income families. In addition, her charity Cash for Kids works to “motivate, educate and elevate” kids. Cash is currently a commentator on the CBS sports show We Need to Talk, the first national all-female sports show. She also hosts The Jeff Hornacek Experience on the MSG Network and is an in-studio analyst for CBS Sports Network men’s college basketball.

Nearly 350 are expected to attend this year’s Spirit of Diversity Dinner and Scholarship Benefit.

“The representation of those in attendance really speaks to the diverse, unique relationships that have been established and, more importantly, to the efforts we in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion are collectively working toward,” said Mallory. “We are privileged to have impactful relationships with many community and corporate partners and their support of our students.”

Proceeds from the event directly benefit tuition assistance for students in financial need. For more information, contact

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