Social media challenge kicks off Year of Engagement


As a part of the Year of Engagement, the University is encouraging the Pitt community to participate in a social media challenge that showcases multiple forms of community engagement and to submit proposals for engagement projects.

The 14-day challenge will take place from Sept. 1 to 14 and entails a social media campaign meant to promote the multiple ways the Pitt community can engage with local and international communities.

These challenges could include taking the Harvard Implicit Bias Test, learning local history, or registering to vote.

The challenges will be issued via the @PittTweet Twitter handle each morning in addition to the Year of Engagement website.

Prizes will be given out daily, and people outside of the Pitt community have a chance to win. Participants will have to use the hashtag #PittEngage in their posts to be eligible.

Winning posts will have the most likes in 24 hours on Twitter. The posts will have to demonstrate how they have met the daily challenge.

The Pitt community also is encouraged to submit proposals that would create engagement solutions on the institutional, local, regional, statewide, national or international levels.

“It is our greatest hope that the Year of Engagement will be a transformative year at the University of Pittsburgh,” said Kathy Humphrey, senior vice chancellor for Engagement. “At a time we need it most, we are focusing on forming meaningful relationships, taking meaningful actions, and exploring meaningful opportunities that will make our campuses and our world a better place. I am excited to see where the Year of Engagement takes us — and how it will leave a lasting impact on the University long after the year is over.”

Proposals can receive up to $8,000 in funding to support new programs, experiments, practices, research, events and more to help the University meet its engagement goals.

Proposals should detail how applicants would use the grant resources to create engagement projects

The grants will be offered in three tiers: door opening, baseline and transformative.

The request for proposals will be posted Sept. 1 on the Year of Engagement website and will have a rolling deadline.

Donovan Harrell is a writer for the University Times. Reach him at or 412-383-9905.


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