Eight community enhancement projects in the East Liberty neighborhood of Pittsburgh got a boost from more than 250 MBA’s from the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon as part of the annual Tepper Community Day Program. The project, which is in its second year coinciding with Carnegie Mellon’s fall orientation schedule, was joined this year by Alcoa as a prime sponsor.
“Connecting these future business leaders with local organizations and engaging them to address real needs within our communities can be an exceptional learning experience,” said Lauren McCullough, Alcoa Director-Global HR Finance, who served as liaison for the project. “Alcoa is pleased to provide resources for this year’s program because it is truly a win-win for both the students and the Pittsburgh community.”
Student teams ranging from two dozen to 40 persons were engaged to complete a variety of tasks such as the clean-up of litter, clearing of abandoned/potential nuisance buildings, and planting, weeding, and landscaping of community garden lots. These projects were selected in conjunction with local community development agencies, which include the East Liberty Development Inc., Friends of the Pittsburgh Urban Forest, The Sprout Fund, Growth Through Energy and Community Health (GTECH), Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, and the East Liberty Chamber of Commerce.
“This is my second year participating in the program,” said Kia Gaines, a second-year MBA student at the Tepper School and chairperson of the project’s steering committee. “Helping with the needs of the local community can really give students a sense of accomplishment. It also gives the community a chance to see and meet students who have arrived in Pittsburgh from all over the world and who are interested in being part of the community.”
This program is the most recent iteration of community outreach projects organized by students at Tepper School and, based on success, is planned to be held as an annual orientation-related event.