Student Civic Engagement Council


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


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Pooja Gupta
Hi! My name is Pooja Gupta, and I am a senior majoring in the Biological Sciences and Anthropology with a minor in chemistry and a certificate in Conceptual Foundations of Medicine. I’m from outside of Philly and have been involved in community service since high school. When I came to college, I hoped to continue my passion of engaging in community service and have been volunteering through PittServes since my freshman year. I joined SCEC to be surrounded by like-minded individuals who are passionate about service and community engagement. My specific areas of interest in civic engagement are healthcare and working with children. I hope to provide other students with volunteering opportunities and connect them with local neighborhoods. I also hope to learn more about Pittsburgh while making meaningful connections with community partners.
Helen Lam
Hi everyone! My name is Helen Lam and I am a junior studying Rehabilitation Sciences with a certificate in Psycho-Social Issues in Rehabilitation. My pronouns are she/her/hers. I am passionate in many areas of service but my interests are working with children, education, and the homeless. I joined SCEC because I wanted to create my own service projects that were tailored to my passions and interests while helping others in the Pittsburgh community. I love being surrounded by others that love volunteering and making the world a better place. I try my best to get to know the people that I am volunteering with and it’s my favorite part of service!
Destiny Mann
Hi! My name is Destiny Mann and I use she, her, hers pronouns. I am a junior double majoring in Africana Studies and Political Science and obtaining a certificate in nonprofit management. I am passionate about issues concerning education (school to prison pipeline, lack of funding and resources, zero-tolerance policies), mass incarceration, and environmental injustice. I joined SCEC because I wanted to engage more with the Pittsburgh community and help others do so as well. I plan to work for a nonprofit when I graduate, and SCEC is providing me the opportunity to interact and learn from local nonprofits in the Pittsburgh area.
Reyna Nagarkar
Hi everyone! My name is Reyna and I am a junior studying Neuroscience with a minor in Religious Studies. My pronouns are she/her/hers. I am passionate about doing direct service with an interest in food insecurity and healthcare as these are necessities for all people. I joined SCEC to do various types of direct service with hopes of making an impact. I hope to learn more about how to be a better volunteer for a community as well as form relationships with community partners.
Eric Chiu
Hello! My name is Eric Chiu and I am a senior studying Rehabilitation Sciences with a minor in Chemistry and certificate in Pathokinesiology. I am passionate about many areas of service but some of my top interests are environmental preservation and working with children. I also love working with animals! I joined SCEC because I wanted to learn more about the city of Pittsburgh and provide students an opportunity to do the same through meaningful service. I look forward to working with many passionate and like-minded people this year! I hope to broaden my knowledge of service in areas that I’m less experienced in. I also hope to learn more about Pittsburgh as a whole!
Caitlyn Crowder
Hi! My name is Caitlyn and I’m a senior majoring in Psychology and Sociology with a certificate in Nonprofit Management. I have been volunteering sporadically since middle school, but college is where I’ve truly been able to cultivate this passion. I am particularly passionate about issues involving education, mental health reform, criminal justice reform, and environmental preservation. I joined SCEC because I have a passion for service work, and I wanted to network/make connections. Also, I think it’s very motivating to work around like-minded individuals. During my time on SCEC I hope to further develop my professional and leadership skills as well as inspire others to get involved in an area their passionate in.
Kayla Yellen
Hello! My name is Kayla (she/ her/ hers/ they/them) and I am a sophomore studying Psychology and GSWS. I am very passionate about service and fighting for equality. My professional goal is to eventually combine my passions to create a non-profit organization centered around providing counseling and services for LGBTQIA+ youth. I joined SCEC to gain resources, experience, and connections for this dream to be realized. As a member of SCEC I am able to focus on service projects that I connect to and can build upon my relationship with Pittsburgh communities all while participating in volunteer opportunities that I love.