Civic Engagement at CMU
At Carnegie Mellon, passion and real-world problem solving are a part of our DNA. Civic engagement efforts and community service grounded in social issue education and reflection are powerful expressions of our real-world problem-solving mentality.
Whether you're new to activism or you live and breathe philanthropy, or you're a first-year undergraduate student looking to start a new civic engagement initiative or a Ph.D. student with little time to spare, CMU can connect you to what you care about and to people who share your passion. Through direct service, civic discourse, activism, social justice and philanthropic opportunities, the CMU community is working toward a better future, together.
James and Sharon Rohr Director of Civic Engagement
James E. Rohr, chair of the CMU Board of Trustees, and Sharon Rohr established the role of Director of Civic Engagement at Carnegie Mellon in September 2019 with the ambition to have every CMU student engage in meaningful service work in order to become a more effective and ethical leader, solving real-world problems and advancing their personal development.
The vision of the directorship is meaningful civic engagement opportunities for every CMU student that will anchor and define their time on campus.
Among the initial goals of the program will be to consolidate resources to create a defined entry point for CMU students, faculty and staff; build a larger team; develop and strengthen community partnerships; and create themed arcs for engagement that help students journey from initial interest through deepened commitment to leadership roles.
Issue Education & Reflection
Embedded in all of CMU's civic engagement efforts are issue education and reflection. We strive to grow the campus’ collective understanding of particular social and community issues through educational opportunities with annual themes. These themes help you to identify your passions and connect you to the issues you care about most. Past themes have included education inequality, hunger and homelessness, women and children (with a focus on human trafficking), food insecurity and environmental justice.
Check out the events calendar located on The Bridge for upcoming educational activities.
Upcoming Educational Events
Need a change of PACE? Then join PACE and other CMU members for a virtual book club featuring the book, We should all be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie! We will discuss what feminism means in the 21st century, the intersections of feminism and race in society, and much more. When you sign up, PACE will ship you a personal copy of the book or buy you the ebook. Here is the link to the form which will close 2/28/21. We are anticipating getting the books out to everyone early March and meeting to discuss the book the week of March 22nd. This event is open to all individuals, regardless of race, gender, or national origin, who support the advancement of equity in our community.
Your Voice Matters. Your Actions Matter.
#Activism #Advocacy #Social Justice
Advocacy and activism mobilize communities to create positive change in the world. Explore the resources on campus that educate socially aware leaders, build allyship, and bring students together to be collective agents of change.
Carnegie Mellon has a strong tradition of philanthropy, both in raising monetary donations to bolster the efforts of a community partner or to meet a community need through in-kind donations.
By participating in civic engagement in and around Pittsburgh, you can contribute to your community in a meaningful and substantial way. Many students identify a social issue they would like to impact or a neighborhood they want to engage with on a regular basis.
We do better by working together.
Pittsburgh Non-Profits & Community Partners
Carnegie Mellon values the strong reciprocal partnerships with non-profit and community partners and work closely with these organizations to make meaningful impact in our communities, while inspiring students, faculty and staff to take deeper, on-going action.
To educate us on your organization’s mission, explore potential partnerships, or discuss how to best publicize your opportunities to the CMU community, contact SLICE.
- Attend the Volunteer Fair at the start of the fall semester.
- Host volunteers for our Days of Service, which take place throughout the year.
- Serve as a site for Weekend Service Opportunities or a customized service project.
- Submit content to our weekly newsletter to share volunteer needs, urgent requests, and/or upcoming applications or deadlines.
- Participate in an educational program as a content expert.
- Connect with groups/departments that align with your organization’s mission and/or needs.
The Leonard Gelfand Center
Carnegie Mellon's Leonard Gelfand Center (LGC) works with faculty, students and staff through community-based activities that improve educational opportunities in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics for youth, especially in under-resourced communities.
Pittsburgh Cares works with local non-profits to publicize volunteer opportunities that can help meet current needs in the Pittsburgh area. Browse their opportunities calendar, which is searchable by date, issue or organization to sign-up for one-time or on-going volunteer opportunities.
VolunteerMatchVolunteerMatch strengthens communities by making it easier for good people and good causes to connect. Check out opportunities on VolunteerMatch, including virtual service opportunities, in Pittsburgh and around the United States.
Students in Action
There are so many ways to get involved on and off campus. This slideshow shows off just a few of the ways to engage.
Expand your service worldwide and take part in Alternative Break. In past years, approximately 10-12 service trips are planned annually by student organizations and advised by the Office of SLICE and the Office of International Education (OIE).
With COVID-19, travel has been limited but your ability to expand your awareness of public health projects is limitless.