Student Resources

The Office of Community and Governmental Relations (CGR) supports the development of a civically engaged student body prepared to lead lives of impact. Listed below are resources available to Pitt students related to civic and community engagement.

Civic Pathways

The Pathways for Civic Growth project provides students information about programs and activites across six content areas: (1) Community Engaged Learning and Research (2) Community Organizing and Activism (3) Direct Service (4) Philanthropy (5) Policy and Governance (6) Social Entrepreneurship & Corporate Social Responsibility.

Be A Good Neighbor

The Be a Good Neighbor initiative is a long-standing, student-facing program that educates students to build awareness of their impact on a residential neighborhood, engages to build a relationship between local residents & students, and encourages responsible behavior on and off-campus. The Student Guide to Campus Life. In addition to the student guide, CGR hosts events to bring the University and community together.

Be a Good Neighbor block parties are held every September in six Oakland neighborhoods in partnership with the University of Pittsburgh Police, the offices of Off-Campus Living, Residence Life, and Student Organizational Resource Center, and the Oakland Business Improvement District. The block parties are an opportunity for students to interact with local residents and get to know Oakland. View pictures of past block parties on this Flickr account.

Student Tenant Workshops are held in the fall and the spring in partnership with the University of Pittsburgh Student Government Board and the Office of Off-Campus Living. A panel of campus, city, and community experts answer student questions about their rights and responsibilities as a tenant living in the community. In addition to contacting our office, check out the following resources for more information:

Office of Off-Campus Living | 412-624-6998,
Search for apartments, Understanding your lease, Renters insurance, and more.

University of Pittsburgh Police | 412-624-2121,
Pedestrian safety, Self-defense classes, Securing your possession, Crime alerts, and more.

City of Pittsburgh Zone 4 Police | 412-422-6520
Community and public safety updates and more.

City of Pittsburgh Commission on Human Relations |
Learn more about renter’s rights and protections and prohibited housing discrimination in Pittsburgh.

Neighbor Legal Services |
Consultation on landlord-tenant issues, Wrongful eviction, Utility issues, and more.

Oakland Planning and Development Corporation | 412.621.7863,
Trash and code enforcement questions, Landlord Alliance connections, and more.

Community Assistant Program

Community Assistants (CAs) are Sophomores and Juniors at the University of Pittsburgh who serve for a year with community-based organizations in the Hill District, Oakland, and Homewood. They assist nonprofits in building capacity, as well as provide technical assistance, and help further the organizations’ missions. CAs are committed to mutually beneficial partnerships that drive the organization forward through their work, while learning new skills that will further their goals as well. In exchange for their work, CAs receive a stipend to cover on-campus housing. This is a program hosted by PittServes and the Office of Community and Governmental Relations.  

Eligibility for the CA program:

  • Be a rising Sophomore or Junior  
  • Have a 2.5 GPA or higher  
  • Have guaranteed on-campus housing  
  • Be willing to work 14-20 hours a week at the partner organization