The University of Pittsburgh Office of Community Relations promotes civic engagement, community service, and sustainable partnerships to bring University resources to the community and region. In keeping with the University of Pittsburgh’s mission, this office aims "to make available to local communities and public agencies the expertise of the University in ways that are consistent with the primary teaching and research functions and contribute to social, intellectual and economic development in the Commonwealth, the nation, and the world"
Community Relations develops meaningful partnerships with Oakland community organizations and works closely with the Mayor’s office, city departments, and the city council members who represent Oakland. The office attends regularly scheduled and special community meetings to maintain positive community relationships by listening to community concerns and delivering accurate information about the University. Through the Oakland Task Force, Community Relations has developed strong relationships with other Oakland institutions.
The office organizes “Be a Good Neighbor” events in Oakland neighborhoods to bring together residents and students living off-campus to build healthy relationships and minimize disruptive student behavior. When complaints do occur, Community Relations works with other departments to investigate and attempt to resolve these issues.