Forms of Service-Learning
The type of work our students do can include direct service such as preparing meals and cleaning up litter, but frequently goes beyond. By developing relevant and sustainable partnerships, Duquesne helps to build stronger communities and enrich the lives of Pittsburgh residents in the following measurable ways:
- Community Capacity Building - such as working with non-profit organizations to develop strategic plans, diversity audits, marketing campaigns, and to construct community asset inventories.
- Advocacy Through Education - such as interviewing stakeholders on all sides of a public issue debate and creating a public log of their experiences; designing a training program for emergency medical responders on the rights and needs of homeless individuals; spreading awareness of free income tax preparation and financial education services.
- Policy and Community Research - such as identifying land use and invasive species patterns throughout the region's green spaces; analyzing health service correlated with what healthcare legislation is governing available health services; and developing a survey instrument to determine recidivism rates among previously homeless women who participated in a peer mentoring program.
- Training, Education, and Workforce Development - such as assisting with English language instruction with recently resettled refugee families; developing life skills training programs for homeless military veterans; teaching basic computer skill classes; sharing classes with incarcerating men and women; and holding seminars for senior citizens on navigating Medicare and Medicaid.
- Access to Arts and Strengthened Community Identity - such as musical performances in community venues; oral histories of residents' experiences in Hazelwood, the Hill District, and South Pittsburgh; and creating an outreach network of youth who are interested in African American Arts and Culture.
For a full listing of service-learning course offerings, click here.