Carnegie Mellon University

Civic Engagement

The Office of Student Leadership, Involvement, and Civic Engagement (SLICE) aims to increase awareness of and participation in civic engagement throughout the whole of the Carnegie Mellon community. SLICE defines civic engagement as a range of individual and/or collective efforts including but not limited to philanthropy, direct service, civic discourse, activism, and social justice towards identifying, deliberating on, and addressing issues of public concern.

Civic Engagement Opportunities & Resources

Days of Service

Volunteer with hundreds of your fellow Tartans during our large-scale Days of Service.

Service Saturdays

Nearly every Saturday of the academic year, students can choose to participate in one-time service events that introduce them to local non-profits and the needs of the city while trying out a variety of service projects.

Individualized Experiences

The Office of SLICE and/or PACE can coordinate individualized service opportunities and experiences that are customized for individuals or groups.

Pittsburgh Non-Profit & Community Partners

Explore opportunities to contribute to Pittsburgh non-profit organization. Our community partners can also learn how to best connect to the CMU community.


Join our many programmatic and organizational efforts to meet immediate needs in Pittsburgh and around the world.

Advocacy & Activitism

Learn how to become an effective change agent in your community and/or on a particular social issue.

Issue Education & Resources

Deepen your understanding of a particular social issue and consider how you can contribute to positive changes in your community.

Alternative Break

Annually, CMU offers many immersive service trips, both national and that are planned by student organizations. PACE also hosts a spring break trip that connects students to a variety of non-profits in the City of Pittsburgh.

Partners Allied in Civic Engagement (PACE)

PACE is a collaborative student staff initiative led by a Steering Committee comprised of seven students and two professional staff members from the Office of Student Leadership, Involvement, and Civic Engagement (SLICE). The PACE Steering Committee is charged with visioning and implementing strategies for increased civic engagement across the Carnegie Mellon campus.

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