Community

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Strengthening Communities

We aspire to be a university that strengthens our communities—from the Pitt community, to our region and the world around us—by expanding engagements, supporting collaborations, and embracing a global perspective. The University's strategic plan reflects this aspiration. Read the Plan »
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A Central Point of Contact

Pitt's Office of Community and Governmental Relations (CGR) maintains relationships with all levels of government—federal, Commonwealth, county and city—while leading Pitt's community-facing work through collaboration, communication and facilitation of University engagement with its broader communities. CGR is responsive, bringing neighborhood voices, policy awareness and issues-based activity together by bridging internal and external stakeholders to forge new coalitions.

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Community Engagement

Pitt has strengthened its commitment to communities with long-term investments in infrastructure, staff and programs. Notably, this includes the inception of Community Engagement Centers in the Pittsburgh communities of Homewood and the Hill District. The Office of PittServes engages students in meaningful and ethical service to the community locally, nationally and internationally. Students participate in service-learning activities and trips. Faculty, staff and students also serve through many community-based programs.

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Partner With Pitt

Pitt's many community programs strengthen both the University and our communities by advancing learning, using the institution's assets and resources for society's gain, and bringing prestige to the region and the Commonwealth.

 

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Volunteers

Pitt students, faculty, and staff members enjoy hundreds of opportunities to volunteer for community-service projects. PittServes is a University-wide initiative that connects individual students and student groups seeking service opportunities with organizations that need volunteers.