Strategic Imperative 2


Strategic Imperative 2: Duquesne will become the region's flagship institution for community engagement through mutually beneficial partnerships that advance the city, the region and the world

Throughout its history, our University has contributed to the dramatic development of the city, the region, the nation, the Catholic Diocese that serves as its home, and its partners around the globe. The challenges that confront communities today—locally, nationally and internationally—make Duquesne an invaluable partner.

Duquesne's academic programs will transcend traditional boundaries, positioning it as a leader in interdisciplinary and interprofessional programs.

Progress on the Plan

Neighbor to Neighbor

Whether working as a lead institution with the Uptown Task Force, hosting a leadership academy for Catholic high school students, hosting the first annual conference of the Opportunity Zones Association of America, or helping coordinate overall efforts to place more than 7,600 students, faculty and staff in projects and mutually beneficial engagements from the Hill District to Hazelwood and all over the city and region, the Duquesne family is launching exciting new ventures to provide benefit to our neighbors as well as the University.

Where Education Meets Opportunity

Duquesne Magazine highlighted a recent gift by the Peirce Family Foundation to establish the Peirce Scholarships, given so that teachers in the Diocese of Pittsburgh’s Catholic Schools could earn master’s degrees in our School of Education, to help students with literacy challenges, particularly those with dyslexia.

The School of Law's new Kline Center provides high-quality continuing education for judges across the Commonwealth. In addition to welcoming the second annual Duquesne University/August Wilson House Fellow to campus in November 2019, Duquesne also helped the August Wilson House secure a Save America's Treasures grant of $499,628 to support efforts to restore the Pittsburgh playwright's Hill District childhood home for use as a multi-disciplinary arts and education center.

Duquesne Global

At Duquesne, community engagement also is increasingly global. Our domestic students study abroad, and we attract students to Pittsburgh from many nations. To better align those efforts, we are enhancing our means to recruit in the competitive global market. We also are aligning what previously were three separate efforts—our study abroad office, international recruiting, and our program to offer English as a Second Language—into one central office. The Center for Global Engagement functions with the broad intention of opening doors to new places and life-changing new experiences for our students and faculty.

The new Duquesne-China Health Institute connects the University with four partner institutions in China, with the goal of educational exchanges among master’s- and doctoral-level students in occupational therapy, physical therapy and speech-language pathology. The partnership also will explore additional ways to collaborate in order to meet the demand for health professionals in countries with aging populations and growing demand for the specific therapies on which the Institute is focused.

Pittsburgh Planning Pioneer

Duquesne is one of the first major organizations, and the first university, to have used the City of Pittsburgh’s new and groundbreaking planning process to develop its Institutional Master Plan. As an anchor institution downtown and key influencer in the region, Duquesne’s plan enshrines a significant collaborative effort among many in the University community and with leaders in civic organizations.

Chart of Community engaged courses and students involved.