Community Relations committee gives updates on upcoming projects


Senate Community Relations committee members announced several updates for upcoming community events and various Pitt community engagement efforts.

During the Dec. 7 meeting, members discussed the upcoming Senate Plenary, Oakland construction projects, the Institutional master plan and more.

The Institutional Master Plan has a public dashboard in the works. The dashboard will break down the projects outlined in the IMP in an “easily digestible way,” said Jamie Ducar, director of community engagement in the Office of Community and Governmental Relations.

The dashboard also will show how the projects are progressing. The website is planned to release early next year, Ducar said, and will be available on the Office of Engagement and Community Affairs website.

The Port Authority is starting the planning process for transit and pedestrian upgrades between the Homestead Grays Bridge and the McKeesport Transportation Center “that will improve safety, accessibility, operations and efficiency,” according to LaMonica Wiggins, a co-chair for the Community Relations committee.

There are planned service improvements for the 61-C bus route, which travels through Oakland.

The annual MLK Day of Service is scheduled for Jan. 17, 2022. Volunteers interested in registering can visit the MLK Day of Service website.  The volunteer events will be hosted indoors.

The Community Engaged Scholarship Forum is scheduled for March 1 and will also include the upcoming Senate Plenary, which will focus on community-engaged scholarship.

Forum organizers are gathering proposals and nominations, which will be open until Dec. 22, Ducar said.  The forum will feature conversations on topics related to health, equity, environmental justice and coalition building and more.

Donovan Harrell is a writer for the University Times. Reach him at or 412-383-9905.


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