Duquesne University is committed to helping students develop their ability to work collaboratively with others to build a more just and verdant world. This form of education rests heavily on community-engaged experiences that put the knowledge, skills, and values of their disciplines into action. Using a two-tiered model of community-engaged learning, we offer students the opportunity to engage in community-based experiences throughout our degree programs.
We welcome your inquiries (staff listing and contact information) and visits! The Center for Community-Engaged Teaching and Research (CCETR) is open Monday through Friday 8:30a.m. - 4:30p.m. Get directions.
Community-engaged learning differs from volunteerism, community service, internships, and field education through the
- emphasis on students' civic development,
- use of ongoing, structured reflection, and
- emphasis on sustained, reciprocal partnerships between faculty and community partners.
Engagement denotes collaborations between communities and our faculty or students. Engagement can take many forms (such as community-based research, policy work, co-learning arrangements, or dialogue groups) but consistently strives to develop authentic relationships between the people involved and surfaces the social and environmental problems that the collaboration addresses.
Elements of a Community-Engaged Learning Experience
If you are interested in integrating community engagement into your teaching, the Center for Community-Engaged Teaching and Research offers a number of resources to support faculty.