Carnegie Mellon University

Get Involved

Staff and faculty members are encouraged to get involved in the campus community. Campus groups provide opportunities for you to support the student experience, advocate for staff, connect with others and participate in volunteer activities.

Staff Council

Staff Council is a volunteer organization that serves as the voice for staff at Carnegie Mellon University through policy advocacy and community involvement. Membership is comprised of officers, representatives and appointees from all schools and campus units.

Staff Council represents all full-time and part-time Carnegie Mellon staff who are not represented by Faculty Senate or a collective bargaining unit. Visit the Staff Council website to learn more about representatives and committees, the election process, advocacy initiatives, meetings and events.

Staff Council also negotiates discounts and perks for CMU employees. See their website for the latest offers.

Learn more about Staff Council

Staff Council provides formal and informal opportunities for staff members to get involved:

  • Contact a Staff Council Representative with concerns or recommendations regarding the staff experience at CMU
  • Volunteer at the annual Food Drive, Take Your Daughters and Sons to Work Day, or other activity
  • Participate in an event hosted by Staff Council, such as the CMU Community Picnic or CMU Kennywood Day
  • Attend a general body meeting, held the third Thursday of each month and open to all staff members
  • Nominate yourself or a colleague to serve as a representative; elections are held annually

Environment at CMU

Carnegie Mellon encourages our faculty and staff members to be a positive force for sustainable action in the campus community, in the region and beyond. Environment at CMU provides opportunities to get involved in campus projects and initiatives, including the Scotty Goes Green program, environmental research centers and sustainability events.

Research Administrators Council

RAC provides an arena to discuss topics impacting research and the administration of research at Carnegie Mellon; to address the campus community's training needs in the area of research administration; and to facilitate the dissemination of information impacting the administration of research. Contact Liz Fox for information on how to get involved.


Carnegie Mellon has a robust intercollegiate athletic program. The Athletics department takes pride in creating a positive, family environment and invites the community to come out and cheer on the Tartans.

With more than 30 weekly classes, the Group-X program can accommodate and challenge individuals at all levels of fitness.

The intramural program is a way for students, staff and faculty to become involved in competitive recreational activity.

A valid Carnegie Mellon ID will give you access to the university's athletic facilities and equipment.

Carnegie Mellon Women's Association

The Carnegie Mellon Women's Association connects and supports campus community members through networking opportunities, social gatherings and educational programming throughout the year. Become a member today to receive invitations to members-only events!

Membership is open to all faculty, administrators, trustees, and staff, or spouses/partners and friends of faculty, administrators, trustees, and staff who support the advancement of women in the university community. Membership contributions directly support CMWA's annual scholarship for graduating senior students at Carnegie Mellon.


CMWA also provides mentorship opportunities for members through the Barbara Smith Women's Mentoring Program, which connects individuals who wish to be mentored with those volunteering to mentor others based on their experience and needs.

From professional development and mentoring opportunities to social networking and community service activities, CMWA celebrates the diversity and achievements of women at Carnegie Mellon. Join us for the opportunity to build a greater sense of community life at the university!

Employee Resource Groups

CMU supports the establishment of Employee Resource Groups (ERGs). ERGs are groups formed by members of an organization with the overarching purpose to unite individuals to a common cause and to provide a structured framework and network for members. To be formally recognized, an ERGs goals must align with the objectives and culture of CMU through self-identifying its purpose and its goals through the application process. 

Individual membership in ERGs is strictly voluntary; open to all interested individuals; and supports diversity, equity and inclusiveness. Additionally, ERGs serve the purpose of acting as a conduit for outreach efforts for the local community and for other campus initiatives.

Learn more about ERGs