Carnegie Mellon University

Support the Student Experience

Our office has the unique ability to serve as a connector between CMU faculty/staff and the student experience outside of the classroom. To support this effort, SLICE has created a Support the Student Experience webpage that showcases the variety of experiences within SLICE where CMU faculty/staff, or offices as a whole, can volunteer their time. These opportunities include one-on-one interactions, such as advising a student organization or Greek Chapter or providing mentorship, volunteering at events, or by sharing your expertise. In addition, there are opportunities for your office/department to come together to host an activity or be present at some of our larger traditions and events.

Please visit the website to learn more about these opportunities and feel free to contact us at with any questions or to be added to our calls for volunteers.

Volunteer & Engagement Opportunities

Be An Advisor

Student organizations and Greek Chapters are looking for faculty or staff support though advising. Advisors can provide guidance to student leadership and be a touch point throughout the year. SLICE provides support and ongoing training for advisors. This is a great way to get 1:1 interaction with students.

Share Your Expertise

Faculty and staff at CMU have so much to offer our students. Share your expertise in a variety of ways through student mentorship, presentations, professional development sessions, sharing best practices or passions, etc. Connect with SLICE to determine the right fit for you.

Orientation Day of Service

Each year during Orientation week, we welcome all first year undergraduate and graduate students to engage with our vibrant city of Pittsburgh and learn about Carnegie Mellon’s culture of civic engagement early on through direct service with over 25 community partners.   Students have the opportunity to do neighborhood & river cleanups, organize donations, prepare meals for families in need and much more.

Craig St. Crawl

This event occurs during the last Saturday of Orientation where part of Craig St. is closed and we celebrate the start of the academic year. Volunteers are needed for set-up and general support. Your office/department could also facilitate or host an activity.

Scotty Saturday

This event occurs in mid October and provides a day where the entire CMU community can come together to celebrate their pride in CMU through a series of events, including a showcase of student talent and spirited activities. Volunteers are needed for set-up, managing activities, and tear down. Your office/department could also facilitate or host an activity.

AB Concerts

The Activities Board plans a two large-scale concerts held in the fall and spring semester (during Carnival). Volunteers are needed for crowd control, ticket line management, and general support.

Rise Against Hunger

This event is held late in the fall semester and provides faculty and staff the opportunity to participate in a large-scale service event. Volunteers are needed for check-in and general support.

Finals Muffins

SLICE provides students with free muffins and coffee during fall and spring semester finals. Volunteers are needed to greet students and wish them luck on their finals.

Winter Week of Welcome

This series of events occurs in January to welcome students back to campus in the spring semester. Volunteers will be needed for running activities and general support. Your office/department could also facilitate or host an activity.

Spring Carnival

This long standing tradition at CMU is the culmination of hard work that students have invested during the year. Volunteers are needed to support the Move-On process, supporting various roles at Buggy races, and more. This is a unique opportunity to see the behind the scenes of Carnival.

Almost Midnight Breakfast (AMB)

SLICE points the AMB that is held during Reading Day of spring semester finals. Volunteers are needed to make omelettes, staff the buffet and omelette prep stations, and wish students well on their finals.

Senior Week

This series of events occurs the week before Commencement. Volunteers are needed for set-up and tear down, to facilitate small activities, or mingle with our graduating students. Your office/department could also facilitate or host an activity at an established event or add an event to this week.

Student Commencement Speaker Application & Review Committee

This process occurs during the spring semester. Members are needed to review graduating student applications and speeches in order to choose the Student Commencement Speaker.

SLICE Awards Review Committee

This process occurs in the spring semester. Members are needed for several committees to review nominations that are submitted for student organization awards.

Senior Leader Recognition Nomination Review & Ceremony

This process occurs in the spring semester. Staff and faculty across the University nominate graduating seniors who have made significant contributions during their time as a member of the Carnegie Mellon University community. Volunteers are needed to help review applications, as well as providing general support during the ceremony held the Friday before Commencement.