Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 69.69
Liaison Barbara Kviz
Submission Date Feb. 7, 2019
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Carnegie Mellon University
EN-13: Community Service

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.03 / 5.00 Judith Hallinen
Asst Vice Prv Ed Outrch, Dir Gelfand CTR
Leonard Gelfand Center for Service Learning and Outreach
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Number of students enrolled for credit (headcount; part-time students, continuing education, and/or graduate students may be excluded):
11,657

Number of students engaged in community service (headcount):
4,291

Percentage of students engaged in community service:
36.81

Does the institution wish to pursue Part 2 of this credit (community service hours)? (if data not available, respond 'No'):
Yes

Total number of student community service hours contributed during the most recent one-year period:
225,000

Number of annual community service hours contributed per student :
19.30

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Does the institution include community service achievements on student transcripts?:
No

Does the institution provide incentives for employees to participate in community service (on- or off-campus)? (Incentives may include voluntary leave, compensatory time, or other forms of positive recognition):
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s employee community service initiatives:

Several campus-wide offices provide opportunities for students and others to engage in activities that are designed to share time and expertise in the community. Partners Allied for Civic Engagement (PACE) and Student Leadership, Involvement and Civic Engagement (SLICE) are two initiatives coordinated by Student Affairs. At least 30 different student organizations provide service opportunities through activities such as alternative spring break trips (several held each year), Service Saturdays, 1000+ (1000 volunteers spend a day volunteering!).

Several student organizations conduct fundraising activities that make a big difference in the lives of many in the community. For example, proceeds from the annual Greek Sing competition fund Camp Kesem, a program for children whose lives are impacted by a parent's cancer. In 2017 the event raised more than $100,000 for this cause and this was surpassed in 2018 with a donation of $112,598.

The Gelfand Center for Service Learning and Outreach, in the Vice Provost for Education division, focuses on educational program that is provided to children and adults in the community. Students serve as tutors or mentors in the community. Several of the academic colleges and even departments within the colleges have staff members who are dedicated to community engagement.

The university encourages staff and allows them to take time for several distinct initiatives such as the annual Staff Council Community Food Bank Drive, Toys for Tots, University Police Polar Plunge, and several others.


Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Student Affairs has a focus on Community Engagement and Social Responsibility, and students can access opportunities and guidance through SLICE [Student Leadership, Involvement and Community Engagement]. https://www.cmu.edu/student-affairs/slice/

The Leonard Gelfand Center for Service Learning & Outreach supports educational initiatives that are conducted by Carnegie Mellon faculty, students and staff. https://www.cmu.edu/gelfand/

News about Staff Council's annual food drive: https://www.cmu.edu/staff-council/programs-events/food-drive/index.html

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