Community Organizations & Residents

Strengthening Communities

The University of Pittsburgh's community activities are broad based and wide ranging, but they all share a common mission: This work brings together the best of education and research with the strengths, assets, and agendas of our communities to ensure that the benefits of this great university are enjoyed by all.

Covid-19 Updates for Neighbors and Landlords

Read Vice Chancellor Paul Supowitz's updates to our neighbors as well the landlords, property owners, and management companies who house many of our students. 

To learn more about how Pitt is strengthening our communities, visit

Update for Our Neighbors
Communication to Landlords and Property Owners

Community Conversations

The Office of Community and Governmental Relations will host Community Conversations, a new space for community members to learn more about University offices, programs, and opportunities that may be of interest to our neighbors. There will be a featured presenter each month, access to CGR staff to ask questions, and a chance to share feedback. Information for the spring series is below. 
P.R.I.D.E. Program: The P.R.I.D.E Program fosters positive racial identity in Black children, aged 3 to 8, in the city of Pittsburgh. Medina Jackson, Director of Enagement for P.R.I.D.E., will talk with community about opportunities they offer, including the Parent Village parent-child curriculum, Mini Arts Festival, speaker series, professional development, and scholarship. Friendship Community Church, 181 Robinson St.

Pitt Legal Clinic: The University of Pittsburgh School of Law offers seven in-house legal clinics, including Health, Family, Immigration, and Taxpayer law, available to community. Tomar Peirson-Brown, Esq., Director of the Health Law Clinic, and Alice Stewart, a visiting professor of law, will provide an introduction to Legal Clinic resources and ways they can be utilized. William Pitt Union, Dining Room A.

Health Lifestyle Institute: The Healthy Lifestyle Institute focuses on Community Engagement and Patient-Centered approaches to enhance Quality of Life and Health across the lifespan, through initiatives like the “Be Fit Pitt” program, available to the greater Pittsburgh community. Healthy Lifestyle team members will inform community on ways to participate in innovative health and wellness programming that can include exercise classes and opportunities, and other health and well-being educational opportunities that are cutting edge and designed to target all levels of health and well-being. Location TBD

Clinical and Translation Science Institute: Pitt’s Clinical and Translation Science Institute transforms scientific research and clinical discoveries into modern medical techniques that improve lives, including those in Pittsburgh. Drs. Elizabeth Miller and Mylynda Massart will share CTSI’s Community PARTners core activities, including the Pitt+Me research registry, All of Us study, and the child and adolescent health-focused Pittsburgh Study. Location TBD

Pitt Engagement and Outreach Map

The University of Pittsburgh works in close collaboration with hundreds of community partners throughout Pittsburgh. We aspire to be a university that strengthens our communities - from the Pitt community, to our region and the world around us - by expanding engagement, supporting collaborations, and embracing a global perspective.
Find Pitt in your community with the Community Engagement Map, an interactive tool that strives to show how and where Pitt is currently engaging in the community.
We invite new partnerships and the opportunity to stregthen existing ones, and ask that you contact to learn how Pitt can be a resource to you.

Neighborhood Commitments   

Pitt's Neighborhood Commitments are an effort to build stronger communities and a stronger University based on long-term partnerships. In collaboration with local communities such as Homewood, the Hill District, and Oakland, the University is making an investment in infrastructure, programming, and dedicated staff to support this work.

Institutional Master Plan

Institutional Master Plan: CGR has partnered with the  Facilities Management team on the public engagement process for The University of Pittsburgh’s 10 year Institutional Master Plan.

Oakland Neighborhood Plan

Oakland Neighborhood Plan: The City of Pittsburgh is working with the Oakland community to create a 10-year plan with a shared vision for Oakland’s future and the projects and programs necessary to make that vision a reality. Once adopted by the Planning Commission, the Oakland Plan will become City policy and guide public and private investments in the area. New land use regulations, transportation and infrastructure improvements, and public programs may also be recommended by the plan. The plan area generally includes the neighborhoods of North Oakland, Central Oakland, South Oakland, and West Oakland.


The University of Pittsburgh Events Calendar lists programming and activities that are open to the public.

Community Leisure Learn Program offers local residents the opportunity to improve their overall health and physical well-being through programming and activities.

Facilities Management provides facilities services for the Oakland Campus (grounds maintenance, refuse and custodial services).

Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence (IEE) offers expertise across many skill areas and background experiences. The IEE 's mission is to promote economic growth in the Western Pennsylvania region and help business leaders prosper. This is achieved through educational opportunities, consulting services, and networking. 

iServe is a partnership between the School of Computing and Information and PittServes. iServe leverages the talents and aspirations of students to create meaningful volunteer projects with local organizations. Utilizing a skill-based inventory, organizations have the opportunity to submit project proposals for student volunteers to complete during the fall and spring semesters.

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) is thriving and vibrant membership-based community of adults, age 50 and better, who are passionate about learning. There are no tests, no grades, and no degree requirements, making it the perfect place for exploring new topics with other interested adults. OLLI at Pitt is about learning for the love of learning! 

Pittsburgh Admissions Collaboration is a partnership between Pittsburgh Public Schools, Community College of Allegheny County, and the University of Pittsburgh that provides a pathway to admission to the Community College of Allegheny County and the University of Pittsburgh. Additonal support and resources are provided to students from high school to college graduation.

Pittsburgh Public Scholars program offers guaranteed admission to one of the five Pitt campuses for all valedictorians and salutatorians in the Pittsburgh Public Schools system. All eligible students will receive a minimum of $2000* in scholarship funding and the University is committed to meeting the full financial need of any Pell Grant eligible Pittsburgh Public Scholars.

PittServes is a university-wide initative that engages University of Pittsburgh students in meaningful service to the community on a local, national, and international scale.