Community Development Fellows
Community Development Fellows, including Peace Corps Fellows, are Policy Center students who work in community agencies, paid by the Policy Center from grants received from the participating agencies.
Damon Bethea's ethic of community service led him to work for Aspen Institute's Economic Opportunities Program in Washington, D.C., after he received his bachelor's degree. When he came to study in the Policy Center he actively sought the opportunity to continue working in the community. As a Community Development Fellow at Goodwill Southwestern PA he worked on a project to prepare inmates of the county jail for their release by assisting them with job placement. His fellowship led to career opportunities in the workforce development field with World-Class Industrial Network and his current position as mentoring project director for the United Way of Allegheny County.
John Barrett loved his VISTA service in Philadelphia. When he came to study in the Policy Center he wanted to continue serving in the community. His Community Development Fellowship at the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership led to full-time employment there when he graduated, then to the Local Government Academy, then to become chief administrator of the Municipality of Murrysville. Currently he is borough manager of Baldwin Borough in Pittsburgh's south hills.
Organizations Where Fellows Have Served
Fellows from the Policy Center have worked in over 40 different community agencies in the Pittsburgh region, which have made grants of over $375,000 to the Policy Center, all of which have been paid as stipends to the Fellows for their work.
Peace Corps Fellows
Peace Corps Fellows were the Policy Center's first Community Development Fellows, pursuant to an agreement between Duquesne University and the United States Peace Corps first signed in 1998. Other students, seeing what the Peace Corps Fellows were doing, wanted the same experience of working in and contributing to the community during the time they were in school, while being paid for their service.
Becoming a Community Development Fellow
Dr. Evan Stoddard, Duquesne University's Peace Corps Fellows Coordinator and the Policy Center's Associate Director for Community Outreach, assists Fellows to find work in a community agency that makes good use of the Fellow's talents, skills and experience and moves the Fellow in the direction of his or her professional interests. For more information on Fellowships in the Policy Center, contact Dr. Stoddard by e-mail or by telephone at 412-396-5179.