Community Engagement

Community-Engaged courses like the After School Club and Reading to Play, Playing to Read are opportunties taught by Center faculty where students help generate knowledge that contributes to the academic world and address community concerns.

After School Club

Join the After School Club for High School Refugee Youth to serve local refugee youth and gain hands-on learning experiences about the challenges facing refugee communites and how research can be conducted to asssit the communities. The After School Club is a community-engaged project through Duquesne's Politics of Immigration course. "Many college-level students are expected to complete assignments and readings outside of class, but Duquesne's Politics of Immigration course has taken out-of-class work to the next level by branching out into the community. In this class, community engagement activities are integrated into the curriculum, where students volunteer at an after-school program organized by two community partners, including Jewish Family and Community Services (JFCS) and Alliance for Refugee Youth Support and Education (ARYSE)" (Duquesne Duke).

The After School Club aims to help immigrant and refugee high school students overcome educational and social barriers that hinder successful integration. The program takes place on Duquesne University's campus and is a collaboration with partner agencies to engage students in activities focused on academic success, college and career readiness, celebration of culture and identity, and civic engagement. The program also encourages social and cultural integration through near-peer mentoring by local university students and field trips.

Reading to Play

Join a Reading to Play, Playing to Read course to connect with the local Spanish-speaking community children. Please reach out to Dr. Lucía Osa-Melero at osamelerol@duq.edu should you like to get involved!


Reading to Play, Playing to Read is a community-engaged project that combines the learning goals of two Spanish courses: MLSP 302W-CE Composition and Conversation and MLSP 280 Spanish for Health Professionals. Students from both courses collaborate to develop a 4-week program on health awareness and illness prevention culture for 5-8-year-old Hispanic children, who recently immigrated to the US. Hispanic children attend Beechwood Elementary school in the Beechview neighborhood.