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    Duquesne Education Symposium Examines Inequities

    Educational leaders from the U.S. and Canada will convene in Duquesne University's Power Center Ballroom for the sixth annual Duquesne Educatio­­nal Leadership Symposium from Tuesday, May 21, through Thursday, May 23.

    The three-day symposium hosted by the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA) Center for Educational Leadership and Social Justice, will focus on Action, Advocacy and Research: Challenging Educational Inequities with Students, Schools and Communities.

    Featured presentations by educators and renowned experts will include:  

    • Dr. Olga Welch, dean of the School of Education
    • Dr. Eric Eshbach, superintendent of the Northern York County School District
    • Dr. Gretchen Givens Generett, associate dean of the School of Education
    • Dr. Rick McCown, director of the Professional Doctorate in Educational Leadership program
    • Dr. Jill Perry, research faculty for the Department of Educational Foundations and Leadership
    • Dr. Lina Dostilio, director for academic community engagement
    • Pastor Tim Smith, executive director of the Center of Life in Hazelwood.

    Dostilio will moderate a panel discussion addressing issues and solutions based from the perspectives of schools, higher education and the community. Panelists, besides Smith, will include:

    • Dr. Fran Serenka, director of pupil services and special education for Montour Area schools
    • Melissa Wagner, principal at Minadeo Elementary School of Pittsburgh Public Schools
    • Dr. Rodney Hopson, professor of education for the Department of Educational Foundations and Leadership.

    The UCEA Center for Educational Leadership and Social Justice, housed at Duquesne and one of only eight UCEA centers worldwide, focuses on how educational leaders can be better-prepared to work with marginalized, under-represented and underserved students.

    Duquesne University

    Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic research universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. The University is nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review for its rich academic programs in nine schools of study for nearly 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and by the Washington Monthly for service and contributing to students' social mobility. Duquesne is a member of the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for its contributions to Pittsburgh and communities around the globe. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges acknowledge Duquesne's commitment to sustainability.