Community
Partnerships

Pitt will continue to strengthen its campus and communities by creating a culture of shared responsibility for our impact on surrounding communities, the region, and the world. By connecting industry and community collaborators to support applied sustainability research and education, while accelerating the transfer of sustainability ideas from Pitt classrooms and laboratories through implementation on local and regional levels achieved in partnership.

Community Engagement Centers

Building stronger communities and a stronger University based on long-term place-based partnerships. In partnership with local communities, the University is making a minimum 15-year commitment of investment, infrastructure, programming, and dedicated staff in neighborhoods. When we combine the community’s agenda and wisdom with the University’s assets and resources, we can make a positive difference.

Engagement & Outreach Map

There are no borders or boundaries when it comes to learning from each other and using that knowledge to address community challenges. Find Pitt in your community by searching the Pitt Engagement and Outreach Map. The map lists ways that Pitt is working as a partner in communities, local to global, helps us to coordinate community engagement and outreach efforts across the University system, and tracks the progress of the University’s overall engagement and outreach effort.

Engagement & Outreach Map

Oasis Project

The Oasis Farm and Fishery produces fresh, local produce for residents and businesses in Homewood, which is considered a food desert.

In 2015, University of Pittsburgh student organization Pitt Hydroponics partnered with the Oasis Project to produce locally grown, fresh produce for the community and provide instruction in urban farming.  The urban micro-farm has produced food for Homewood neighbors as well as the Pitt Pantry.

Year of Engagement Grant Helps Pitt Hydroponics Club Expand Urban Greenhouse

Pitt Hydroponics Club and the Oasis Project build its new greenhouse at Oasis Farm and Fishery in Homewood.

Hydroponics

Dr. David Sanchez, 2021 Soska Wilds Outreach and Engagement Leadership Awardee

One of Dr. Sanchez’s most impactful partnerships is with the Oasis Project, the outreach extension of Bible Center Church in Homewood.

Faculty

Year of Engagement Grant Helps Pitt Hydroponics Club Expand Urban Greenhouse

Pitt Hydroponics Club and the Oasis Project build its new greenhouse at Oasis Farm and Fishery in Homewood.

Hydroponics

Stronger Together

The Congress of Neighboring Communities (CONNECT) brings together the City of Pittsburgh and surrounding municipalities to identify common public-policy challenges. We advocate for collective change on behalf of Allegheny County’s urban core.

Volunteer

Volunteer service is one of the many ways University of Pittsburgh students, faculty, staff, and alumni engage with the people and communities of Pittsburgh. Every volunteer is unique and every act of service is special. What unites us is a shared commitment to realizing a world where everyone thrives. University staff are eligible to receive paid time off per month to participate in community service or volunteer activities (Volunteer Time).