Strategic Imperative 4


Strategic Imperative 4: Duquesne will create a vibrant campus community that fosters the achievements of its talented faculty, students and staff

When it was founded, Duquesne relied heavily on a small number of dedicated Spiritan priests to deliver "the Duquesne education." Today, the complexity of a modern research university demands an increasingly diverse and talented workforce and resources.

Duquesne will encourage an entrepreneurial spirit that will allow it to creatively steward University assets, adapt to changing environments and enhance its financial vitality to fulfill its mission for a new era.

Progress on the Plan

A Space and A Voice for Everyone

Diversity and inclusion have always been part of Duquesne’s story. The University’s founding took place because recent immigrants and their families working in the mills and factories were being systematically denied opportunity in a growing city. As Duquesne has become more complex and has drawn people from around the nation and the world, the strategic plan necessitates that the University commit to vibrancy and a climate to foster achievement.

Since 2017, Duquesne has shown a greater and more visible level of commitment to those efforts. The President’s Advisory Council on Diversity and Inclusion is now cataloging our diversity and inclusion initiatives and opportunities and will soon make recommendations for enhancing those efforts. The Staff Advisory Council is a new body that provides a collective voice for staff ideas and issues.

The World Comes to the Bluff

High profile events brought thousands of people to Duquesne's campus over the last year. The National Conference on the First Amendment hosted prominent scholars, journalists, attorneys and other experts from around the globe. Other prominent visitors have included Supreme Court Justice Sonya Sotomayor, two-time national Poet Laureate Natasha Tretheway, as well as local leaders who took part in the United Pittsburgh series, sharing visions for a vital and inclusive city. The most recent Duquesne University/August Wilson House Fellow, Pittsburgh multimedia artist Njaimeh Njie, visited in mid-November.

Our Mission and Our World

In 2019, the University hosted the first Trauma-Informed Community Development Institute. Simply put, the Institute was committed to sharing ways to help communities recover from disaster, recognizing that such recovery demands attention to the ways people have experienced and are dealing with the effects of trauma.

In spring 2019 Duquesne also launched the Carl G. Grefenstette Center for Ethics in Science, Technology and Law, for which the University is recruiting a founding director. Duquesne’s position as a leading private research university with a distinctive Catholic identity and strengths in ethics make it an ideal home for such interdisciplinary inquiry.

Pittsburgh is a global leader in technological development. While robotics, artificial intelligence and data analytics make news daily, understanding of how they may affect society is not growing at the same rapid pace. The Grefenstette Center will serve as an interdisciplinary hub for exploring these vital issues within a Catholic context.

- President Ken Gormley

Winning Enthusiasm

The University is completing renovations to the UPMC Cooper Fieldhouse, a home for our athletics programs that will reflect our spirit and history in its name. Chuck Cooper, a Duquesne basketball standout in the 1940s, was the first African American drafted into the NBA. The renovation project will transform the facility. From a face-lift to elevating student-athlete performance to engaging the greater campus and Uptown communities, the new UPMC Cooper Fieldhouse will not only enhance every aspect of the student-athlete experience, but also serve as a center for community engagement, events, and activities for the entire campus community.