Community of Practice

Community of Practice

The University of Pittsburgh’s Engagement Community of Practice (ECOP) is a supportive network that shares an interest in advancing the institution’s ecosystem of community-oriented and partnered teaching & learning, research, service, outreach, and programming.   

Community engagement is an institutional priority at the University of Pittsburgh, supported in many ways and by many units. The ECOP is just one of the ways the Provost’s Office works closely with the Office of Community & Governmental Relations to undertake activities that advance, elevate and celebrate the practices of community engagement.

Pitt’s ECOP convenes once per term (Fall, Spring, & Summer) and maintains an active online community through SharePoint (requires Pitt login). To join the group, please provide some information about yourself and your role through the following survey.

The Office of Community and Governmental Relations publishes an outreach & engagement newsletter twice per month, please sign-up here to receive.

Summer Convening

During the summer, the Community of Practice will be expanded across Southwestern Pennsylvania. Attendees will participate in facilitated conversations offered by the University of Pittsburgh's Office of Community and Governmental Relations designed to help them develop items in support of applications for the Campus Compact microcredential in Community Engagement Fundamentals and to establish professional development networks even beyond the credential.

The Community of Practice is hosted free of charge from May 14 - August 13. The time committment will be 10 hours of guided activities and conversation prompts over 7 sessions. 

Campus Compact’s Community Engagement Credentialing Program provides civic and community engagement professionals with opportunities to earn formal recognition for the knowledge and skills they develop throughout their careers. It provides a framework for community engagement professionals to grow and achieve in the field in ways that encourage effective, inclusive, and equity-based partnerships and practices.

To learn more contact Lead Facilitator Jamie Ducar, Director of Community Engagement at the University of PIttsburgh:

Download a PDF of the flyer.