Let us introduce you to a few extraordinary Dukes...


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Brianna Sargent
McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts
Class of 2020 graduate, attending the University of Pennsylvania for a master's in social work

Brianna's Duquesne journey has taken her from her native Philadelphia to Pittsburgh, Ghana and now back to the City of Brotherly Love. While the coronavirus forced her home early, the senior psychology major will be pursuing a master's degree in social work at the University of Pennsylvania this fall.
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Joe'l Kane
McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts
President of Ebony Women for Social Change, Class of 2020 graduate

After four years at Duquesne University marked by personal growth, friendships and service to the Pittsburgh community and her fellow students, Joe'l is ready to take the next step. She will be attending Temple University for an M.S. in Education in Applied Behavior Analysis. "My main goal is to integrate mental health education and K-12 curriculum nationwide," Joe'l said.
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Judith Solé
McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts
An aspiring professional filmmaker and producer from Spain

Judith is a fan of award-winning producer, writer and author Shonda Rhimes, who includes among her many credits, Grey's Anatomy, Scandal, and How to Get Away with Murder. "She always has a woman as the lead character and it's usually a woman of color. It's really powerful to me," says Solé speaking of Rhimes' work.

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Faculty & Staff

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Larry Peng Zhang,
Web Applications Systems Analyst, Computing and Technology Services (CTS)
Recipient of the 2019 Duquesne University Innovation Award

As part of Duquesne's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Computing and Technology Services (CTS) has been working even more closely with students, faculty, staff and senior management to support the transition to and continuation of remote instruction and employee work-from-home since mid-March. This also includes loaner laptops, VPN access, virtual labs and much more. Larry Peng Zhang has been important in helping that transition go as smoothly as possible.
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Shonetta and Milik Haywood,
Duquesne Dining
A mother and son who bring out the best in each other

Besides being a mother and son pair who both work at Hogan Dining Center, Shonetta and Milik also feel like they have a good work family at Duquesne. "Being here eight hours a day you spend a lot of time with your coworkers. You can look at your coworkers and know that they're having a bad day and try to comfort them. You know a lot about them and what's going on with their families," said Shonetta. She has worked at Duquesne for over twelve years. Milik joined her this past year after graduating from Carrick High School and transferring from Hello Bistro in the South Side, which is also owned by the Eat'n Park Hospitality Group, like Parkhurst Dining, which oversees the food service at Duquesne.
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Dr. Fatiha Benmokhtar,
Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences
Assistant Professor of Physics, Nuclear physicist involved with Duquesne's Women in STEM group

You get a sense of Dr. Benmokhtar's excitement for her research and her students the minute you meet her. "When I see students I see myself when I was young," she says with a big smile. "I put myself in their shoes. I want them to learn and enjoy what they are learning. When I teach I try to make it useful and make it applicable for their life."

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