Carnegie Mellon University

Partners Allied in Civic Engagement (PACE)

Partners Allied in Civic Engagement (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. Towards that end, PACE coordinates significant direct service and philanthropic opportunities, in addition to programming annual events and developing a network of student leaders committed to civic engagement. PACE also strives to grow the campus’ collective understanding of a particular social issue by exploring an annual theme through a series of educational opportunities and incorporating issue education and reflection into our service projects. Members of the Steering Committee are actively engaged in their own ongoing service work in addition to their work leading PACE.

Service Saturdays     Volunteer Appreciation Day     PACE Steering Committee

Service Saturdays

Throughout the academic year there are different one-time service opportunities offered weekly. Service Saturdays are a great way get out into the Pittsburgh community and volunteer alongside other Carnegie Mellon community members. Sign-up by yourself or with a friend for as few or as many Service Saturdays that interest you.

All projects are accessible via public transportation or transportation will be provided.

Volunteer Appreciation Day

During the spring semester, PACE aims to recognize the service and civic engagement work being done by the Carnegie Mellon Community. Through this day we hope to increase the conversation around civic engagement involvement in our community and showcase the significant impact individuals and organizations are making in their community. Individuals are asked to wear a shirt representing their civic engagement experience, have their photo taken, and share their story of why they serve.

Issue Education & Resources

PACE also strives to grow the campus’ collective understanding of a particular social issue by exploring an annual theme  through a series of educational opportunities, in addition to the issue education and reflection that is embedded in all of our efforts. Past themes have included education inequality, hunger and homelessness, women and children-with a focus on human trafficking, food insecurity, and environmental justice.

Educational programming may include non-profit leaders and faculty experts leading small discussions, book clubs, documentary screenings, or article discussions in your residence hall. If you have an idea of a non-profit you would like us to highlight or a book, movie, or article you think we should be utilizing please email  PACE. Check out the events calendar located on the The Bridge for upcoming educational activities and our Facebook page for statistics, news articles, and opportunities to get involved locally with non-profits addressing the theme’s focus.

Individualized Experiences

The Office SLICE and/or PACE can coordinate individualized service opportunities that are customized for individuals or as a group. This is a great way for your group or team to come together and make an impact in our local community.

To request a customized experience, email the PACE Intern with the following information: group name, approximate number of volunteers, available dates, if the site needs to be accessible by public transit, and the group’s interests. Please allow several weeks for planning prior to your desired date to ensure adequate time to identify a high-quality project.

Potential impact areas for your volunteer work could include:

  • Adult Education and Literacy
  • Animal Support
  • Art and Culture
  • Children and Youth
  • Disaster Relief
  • Environmental Protection and Preservation
  • Health and Wellness       
  • Homelessness and Hunger 
  • Renovation-Revitalization-Repair
  • Senior Care