Carnegie Mellon University


Civic engagement momentum at CMU starts with PACE. A collaborative student and staff initiative, Partners Allied in Civic Engagement (PACE) envisions and implements strategies and programming to increase civic engagement at Carnegie Mellon.

You can start your civic engagement journey small, big or customized, for you and for a group. Explore some of the ways PACE can help you begin.

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opportunities for action

PACE coordinates direct service and philanthropic opportunities, organizes programming and annual events, and develops a network of student leaders committed to civic engagement.

opportunities for learning

PACE strives to grow the community's collective understanding of a particular social issue by exploring a series of educational opportunities through an annual theme. PACE incorporates issue education and reflection into each of their service projects.

One-Time Service Opportunities

Dedicate your time and passion to a single issue alongside your CMU community members.

Weekend Service Opportunities

Weekend Service Opportunities, offered weekly throughout the year, are a great way to get out into the Pittsburgh community and volunteer for unique, one-time service opportunities. Sign up solo or with a friend for as few, or as many, Weekend Service Opportunities that interest you.

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

Image of students volunteering at a Scotty Saturdays event

 PACE's Virtual Book Club

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.


Customizable Programming

PACE is here to help you create your ideal civic engagement experience.

Individualized Opportunities

PACE can coordinate individualized service opportunities for individuals or groups to make an impact in our local community. Potential service areas of impact 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