SCEC

Student Civic Engagement Council

Overview

The Student Civic Engagement Council (SCEC) mission is to provide University of Pittsburgh students with the opportunity to engage their talents with local communities and neighborhoods to support and promote civic engagement, community service, and social justice.

 

In 2014, the SCEC was launched under the direction of the Office of PittServes, signaling the commitment of the University to community engagement and student development. The SCEC was created to challenge and support students to be engaged citizens in their communities and be active parts of support in building a culture of service for the University of Pittsburgh.

 

Our vision is to see students engage in meaningful, productive service projects while learning and improving their personal outlook on service and the communities we serve.

Our values include:

    • Community engagement
    • Academic enrichment
    • Leadership and action
    • Personal development
    • Humility

 

Benjamin Udler
Hello! My name is Ben and I’m a junior studying finance on the pre-med track. I joined the SCEC to help students find service opportunities that they are passionate about so that they may continue to positively serve their communities long after they leave the university. I have a passion for working with children, and groups in our communities that are often associated with stigmas such as those with special needs or immigrants. While on the SCEC, I hope to grow upon my understanding of what it means to be a community leader as well as help new volunteers have those deeper conversations as to why service is so crucial and life changing.
Katelyn Bailey
Hey everyone! I'm currently a junior in CGS majoring in Public Service and Administration with certificates in Public and Professional Writing and National Preparedness and Homeland Security. Throughout my I am very passionate about service, especially when it comes to disaster preparedness and relief. I joined the SCEC because I wanted to be involved with people who were just as passionate about service as I am. I also want to help students find service and outreach opportunities that they are passionate about. Throughout this year, I hope to learn more about the Pittsburgh community and develop my leadership and civic engagement skills so I can continue my passion in service for all the years to come.
Lalit Molleti
Hello! My name is Lalit and I'm a junior studying Asian Studies, Psychology, and Korean on the pre-Med track. I'm passionate in understanding how culture can influence and shape the conversation of healing and growth within community settings. To that end, I'm work with immigrant, refugee, and other diverse populations. This year I'm excited to learn about more communities in Pittsburgh and how to strengthen the communities through understanding the cultures of the community.
Katya Slozina
My name is Katya and I'm a sophomore hoping to study Bio Engineering. I joined SCEC with the hopes of developing a stronger connection between Pitt students and the Pittsburgh community. This year I hope to encourage students to find something they're passionate about as well as to make time in their day to give back.My main areas of interest are sustainability, child education, and women's health/safety. I'm very excited for this year and the opportunity to learn more about serving and leading.
Khadajah Muhammad
Hi, name’s Khadajah Muhammad, I am a sophomore and political science major working on a global studies certificate in the peace, conflict, and security concentration. I was born and raised in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and as a freshman I joined Jumpstart in an effort to explore Pittsburgh as well as my campus more while also serving a community. I joined SCEC with that idea in mind and also with the idea to help create more opportunities for other students to volunteer and lend their time to service opportunities whether it is on campus or off.
Taylor Walters
Hello! My name is Taylor and I am senior majoring in Social Work with a minor in Political Science. I joined the SCEC because I wanted to not only grow professionally but to also make deeper connections within the university and the city of Pittsburgh. Some of my interests include learning how various identities impact individuals throughout their lives. I have a special interest in working in underserved and underrepresented communities, as well as with children and youth. I am hoping that my time on the SCEC will provide opportunities for students to have meaningful service projects and learn more about Pittsburgh beyond Oakland.
Benjamin Garness
Hey community members of PittServes! I'm excited to be a member of SCEC for the 2018 School year and specifically want to focus on sustainability and community development. My first experience with community service was through the boy scouts where I learned the value of community development. This culminated in my Eagle Scout project focusing on creating a garden at my elementary school for the gardening club there. This interest in community service never really died either. I kept volunteering with local scouting units and a local Boy Scout camp throughout my freshman and sophomore year to work with underprivileged youths and the disabled to help give them the same experience I had going through scouting. I joined Delta Sigma Phi and took a keen interest in our Community Service as a fraternity. I helped organize events that took us to underprivileged neighborhoods to help install fire alarms. My interest areas are Refugees and helping Underprivileged Pitt students. I can't wait to meet all of you!
Courtney Berish
Hello there! I’m Courtney- I am currently a Junior studying Environmental Science and Political Science here at PITT. While I’m passionate about a variety of forms of service, I intend to focus on sustainability and intersectionality. The reason I joined the SCEC is because surrounding myself with 7 other students who all love service and inspiring others, will help me to grow and improve as an individual, while helping to make change with a top-notch team. I have high expectations that we will all share in some wonderful journeys during our year-long term. Within this year I hope to develop my knowledge of service, and I welcome the challenges that come with it to further my career as an activist.