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2016-2017 CETR Events and Forums

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We are in the process of planning The Center for Community-Engaged Teaching and Research faculty events and forums for the upcoming 2017-2018 academic year. For further information, call 412.396.5893 or email cetr@duq.edu

Past Events from the 2016-2017 Academic Year:

Campus to Community Excursion

Thursday, October 13th from 2:00pm to 5:00pm

For faculty within their first three years at Duquesne, we will offer a tour of the Hill District led by one of our
community partners with stops to learn about innovative programs and services found within our local community.

Fall Brown Bag Workshop: Preparing Students to Work in Diverse Communities

Wednesday, November 9th from 12:00pm to 1:30pm in room 608 Student Union

This workshop will focus on the basics of preparing students to work in diverse communities. In a workshop format, we will address ways to help students learn both the "why" and the "how" of this critical part of their education. Using discussion and activities, we will address helping students understand why we need to learn more about culture. Most students want to make these connections, but don't understand their own privilege or bias. We will also provide specific strategies for building confidence and competence in dealing with different cultures. Building on November 2016’s workshop that addressed ways to help students learn the "why" and the "how" of community-engaged learning in diverse communities, this workshop will grapple with some of the challenges and obstacles to community-engaged learning in diverse communities. We will articulate the fears, concerns, and other sources of resistance that might inhibit faculty and students from participating in community-engaged learning in diverse communities. We will also explore strategies for overcoming these issues. This workshop will be facilitated by our 2016-2017 Gaultier Faculty Fellows, Dr. Melanie Turk and Dr. Emad Mirmotahari. .

Spring Workshop: Revisiting Preparing Students to Work in Diverse Communities 

Friday, February 24th from 1:00pm to 2:30pm in 608 Student Union

Building on November 2016’s workshop that addressed ways to help students learn the "why" and the "how" of community-engaged learning in diverse communities, this workshop will grapple with some of the challenges and obstacles to community-engaged learning in diverse communities. We will articulate the fears, concerns, and other sources of resistance that might inhibit faculty and students from participating in community-engaged learning in diverse communities. We will also explore strategies for overcoming these issues. This workshop will be facilitated by our 2016-2017 Gaultier Faculty Fellows, Dr. Melanie Turk and Dr. Emad Mirmotahari. .

Spring Brown Bag Session - Revising for Classes for Community-Engaged Learning, Preparing to Submit Proposals for Designation

Tuesday, Febraury 28th from 12:00pm to 1:30pm in 119 Student Union

This workshop will review the University's new model of community-engaged learning and attendees will break into small groups wherein they will work on the classes they would like to submit for the FCEL (foundational community-engaged learning) or ACEL (advanced community-engaged learning) course designations.

Community Uncorked - "Ideas Unleashed: Vino & Visioning for the Future"

Thursday, March 16th from 4:00pm to 6:00pm at the Center for CETR, 20 Chatham Square, Murphy Building

Join with university colleagues and community partners to envision the future for the Center for CETR. Learn more about the hiring process for our new Director, help to shape the future of our work together, or just take a moment to relax. Your input is invaluable to all of our community-engaged efforts moving forward! 

Pairing: At this gathering you can enjoy a vibrant and fruitful Chardonnay, paired with a buttery round of Brie cheese crowned with a mix of cranberries, pecans, and honey. (Non-alcholic beverages also provided).

Please RSVP to the Center for CETR, cetr@duq.edu. Though we encourage RSVP's, please feel free to stop by!

A Day for Learning and Speaking Out

Tuesday, March 21st from 10:00am to 7:00pm in the Power Center Ballroom and 9:00pm in the Africa Room

A Day for Learning and Speaking Out invites conversations between faculty,students and community stakeholders that confront racism as a structural and systemic phenomenon that most affects those marginalized in our society. The 2017 Day for Learning and Speaking Out will foster reflection on and commitment to responding to the way minorities are portrayed in the media as well as minority experience in a predominantly white institution.

"Won't You Be My Neighbor?"

Co-sponsored by the Center for Catholic Faith and Culture

Monday, March 27th from 12:00pm to 2:00pm at the Blind and Vision Rehabilitation Services of Pittsburgh, 1816 Locust Street

What does it mean to build authentic relationships in communities closest to campus? We will explore creating sustainable and collaborative partnerships at this interactive event. Using a speed-dating format, attendees will visit three stations. Participants will spend time interacting with faculty and staff of Duquesne University and getting acquainted with staff and services at Blind and Vision Rehabilitation Services of Pittsburgh (BVRS). Faculty, staff, and students will have the opportunity to explore how they might collaborate with BVRS in mutually beneficial ways. The goals of the event are to foster educational and civic opportunities for Duquesne and BVRS, learn about Duquesne's Spiritan-inspired approach to community-engagement, and build community.


This event is open to faculty, staff, students, and community members.
Attendees can walk to the venue, which is 5 minutes from campus. BVRS is located across from Mercy Hospital. A shuttle departing from and returning to Union circle will also be available.The shuttle will depart at 11:50 a.m. and return at 2:10 p.m.CETR Faculty Writing Retreat

CETR Faculty Writing Retreat

Wednesday, May 31st 8:30AM-4:30PM and Thursday, June 1st 8:30AM-4:30PM - Alphabet City 40 W. North Ave. Pittsburgh, PA 15212

Steal away in the early summer for two days of dedicated writing time. Intended for faculty who want to move along a writing project about their community-engaged scholarship, or to brainstorm potential written products about their teaching or research.

CETR Academy & Design Day

Monday, August 7th and Tuesday, August 8th - Time & Location TBA

A two-day intensive institute on community-engaged learning course design for faculty scheduled to teach in the coming year.