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Former Scholars


Columbia Dyson is currently a sophomore nursing student in the Duqesne's Nursing School. She is a member of the dance theatre program as well as the Red and Blue Crew.

Jordan Wise is currently in his senior year at Duquesne University School of Nursing. Encompassed with vast exposure to the medical field, compassion for others and honesty he hopes joining in community engaged learning will help him to provide holistic care to his future patients. Jordan is currently a member of the black student union and student commuters union

Kayla O'Donnell is a senior in the School of Education. She is involved with Crossroads Christian Ministry Team, Strong Women Strong Girls, Cross-Cultural Mission Experience, and the Urban Education Program.

Cynthia Umutoni is a junior in the Palumbo School of Business. She is pursuing a dual degree in International Business and Finance with a pyschology minor. She serves as a cultural ambassador. Her passions include poetry, social justice and empowering underprivileged and minority communities.

Meron S. Metaferia is international student from Ethiopia. She attended Seton Hill University for her freshman year. She transferred to Duquesne, Fall 2016. She is majoring in Biochemistry and minoring in Mathematics. She loves volunteering, meeting new people, solving math problems and adventure.

"Participation in the Community Engagement Scholars Program provided me with diverse experiences and unique insights that greatly contributed to my post graduate success. The scholars program not only helped me to develop critical skill sets, and build experience, but afforded opportunities to meet with various non-profit and community leaders. The ability to begin building my network prior to graduation enabled me to secure employment while in my final semester at Duquesne. Since then I have maintained relationships with many of these contacts, which has led to my continued advancement in the field."

- Dora Walmsley (2006-2007)

"The Community Engagement Scholar position has been the most influential, life-changing experience in my time at Duquesne. The opportunities to participate in community events, meet community leaders, and community members have largely shaped my view of community work. Through my several years in the CES position, I have witnessed social change take place, I have been inspired by those I serve, and I have come to understand that these communities of economic poverty are not impoverished, they have an immense amount of wealth, not in money, but in love."

- Jeff Chmayn (2011-2013)

Digital Stories 

During the CES program, each student is asked to complete a capstone project that includes a digital story summarizing what they have learned during the semester and how they will use what they learned in the future. Here are some examples of the student's digital stories and their experiences in the CES program:


         Katie Evans 

  (Operation Safety Net)


       ShyAnn Gajcowski

(Carnegie Library of Pittburgh                          -Hill District)


           Alexis Jimenez

          (Casa San Jose) 

         Elsa Buehler

(Hill House Association)


              Kim Bischof

(Pennsylvania Resources Council)


          Alanna Mecca


         Alexis Dixon

  (Operation Safety Net)

             Victoria Dedebo

             (Casa San Jose)

                 Casey Black 

    (Community Human Services)

              Adam Milyak

        (Clean Water Action)