About the Forum

The Elsie Hillman Civic Forum (Elsie Forum) is an initiative developed within the Institute of Politics from a generous endowment from the Hillman Family Foundation, given in Elsie’s honor. The Elsie Forum offers five student programs, each with unique experiences but with one thing in common – dedication to bringing Elsie’s values and passion for civic engagement to the students of the University of Pittsburgh. Elsie believed in the value and necessity of all people in every area of the world. These diverse and distinct student programs are one small way in which the Institute will carry on Elsie’s spirit and dedication to others, and we ask each of you to join us in being a part of her legacy.

Our Mission

The Elsie Hillman Civic Forum (Elsie Forum) advances the ideals of social responsibility and public service by providing educational programs, research projects, and civic engagement and leadership development opportunities to students and community leaders. View more on our mission.

Guiding Principles

The Elsie Hillman Civic Forum serves as a catalyst for the University of Pittsburgh’s efforts to develop our student's knowledge and understanding of civic leadership and democracy, as well as lifelong, active civic engagement for the common good. Continue reading about our guiding principles.

Governance and Structure

The governance of the Forum includes an Advisory Council comprised of accomplished national and regional figures who provide leadership and guidance to the Forum along with a Program Committee. The Program Committee meets from time-to-time throughout the academic year to work with Forum staff in assessing the design, quality and effectiveness of student program offerings. Learn more about governance and structure.