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.
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 student to build awareness of their impact on residential neighborhood, engages to build 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 University and community together including:
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.
Tenant Workshops are held in the fall and the spring to provide information about living off-campus. In partnership with the University of Pittsburgh Student Government Board and the Office of Off-Campus Living, a panel of experts answers questions about rights and responsibilities as a tenant. Information about finding places to rent and the process for moving off-campus are also provided.
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