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CETR Events and Forums

The Center for Community-Engaged Teaching and Research will be hosting the following events and forums. For further information, call 412.396.5893 or email us at cetr@duq.edu

Below are the events we held in 2018-2019 and please check back soon for our 2019-2020 schedule.

Monthly Journal Club
  • Wednesday, October 10th from 1:00pm - 2:00pm, CETR Conference Room with Dr. Lisa Lopez Levers
  • Wednesday, November 7th from 2:00pm - 3:00pm, CETR Conference Room with Dr. Lucia Osa-Melero and Dr. Sandra Quinones
  •  Wednesday, January 23rd from 12:00pm - 1:00pm, CETR Conference Room with Dr. Emad Mirmotahari
  • Tuesday, March 12th from 12:00pm - 1:00pm, CETR Conference Room with Dr. Kathleen Roberts
  • Tuesday, March 19th from 12:00pm - 1:00pm, CETR Conference Room with Dr. Xia Chao

The CETR journal club intends to be a space where faculty and community partners can come together and learn about community-engaged scholarship. Each meeting will begin with a brief 10 minute presentation of a paper, followed by group discussion. The presentation and discussion will pay particular attention to the components of the work that are about community engagement. Refreshments will be provided. If you have any questions or if you like to RSVP, please contact us at cetr@duq.edu or call us at x5893

CETR Faculty Writing Retreat
Tuesday, June 4th, 8:30AM-4:30PM and Wednesday, June 5th, 8:30AM-4:30PM - The Twentieth Century Club, 4201 Bigelow Blvd, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Revitalize your writing routine and join us in the early summer for two days of dedicated writing time. This retreat is intended for faculty who want to move along a writing project about their community-engaged scholarship or to brainstorm potential written products about their teaching and research.

This year, we are hosting the retreat at The Twentieth Century Club, an elegant Pittsburgh treasure. When it was founded in 1894, the original charter was dedicated "to the purpose of creating an organized center for women's work, thought and action; advancement of her interest; promotion of science, literature and art; and the provision for providing a quiet place of meeting for its members". Today, they are opening their doors and providing unique co-working spaces with an abundance of configurations.

Office of Community Engagement (OCE) Open House
Wednesday, May 1st, 1:00PM-4:00PM, 20 Chatham Square and Upper Fisher Hall Lot

A celebration of a year of community-engaged teaching, research and learning with our wonderful partners. Join the CETR staff on reading day for some food, live music, and more fun as we celebrate the end of the year!

Spring Social Justice Internship Fair
Tuesday, April 23rd from 11:00AM - 2:00PM, A-Walk
Co-sponsored by: The Center for CETR, The Center for the Catholic Faith and Culture, The Center for Career Development, McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts as well as Mission and Identity

Would you like to get engaged in work that makes a lasting change in your community? Join us for Duquesne's Spring Social Justice Internship Fair. Students from any major and all departments are invited to network with agency representatives, learn about the organizations, find out the positions that are available and what makes an applicant a good fit.

Gaultier Culminating Event: Using Assessment Outcomes to Initiate Conversations for a Better Future
April 24th, 3:30PM-5:00PM, Des Places Living Learning Center
Co-facilitated by the 2018-2019 Gaultier Fellows: Dr. Cathleen Appelt, Sociology; Dr. Jessica Devido, Nursing; Dr. Andrew Simpson, History

Join us for an interactive discussion featuring the three Gaultier Fellows, community partners, and students to discuss the lessons learned and hopes for the future resulting from their participation in a multidisciplinary, community-engaged research mentoring program. We hope this wide-ranging conversation can shed light on the practical ways that partnerships between academe and the public can help improve the lives of individuals and communities while enhancing student learning outcomes. Light refreshments and beverages will be served.

Best Practices for Community-Engaged Teaching and Research
Thursday, April 4th, 12:00PM to 1:00PM, CETR Conference Room, 20 Chatham Square, Murphy Building
Facilitated by Dr. Sharon Higginbothan, Chief Operating Officer for Bethlehem Haven and Dr. Elisabeth Vasko, Associate Professor, Theology

This interactive workshop is designed to share information and to explore ways to surface the collective wisdom of the group by engaging deeply and creatively around best practices. The agenda will facilitate working conversations that will lead to the implementation and use of best practices in the Community Engaged Teaching and Research endeavors.

"Won't you be my neighbor?"
Co-Sponsored by the Center for Catholic Faith and Culture
Tuesday, April 2nd, 11:30AM-1:30PM, Latino Family Center

This year, we are collaborating with the Latino Family Center (LFC), a family support center of the Allegheny Intermediate Unit. The nonprofit is celebrating its 10th year of service helping Latino families throughout Allegheny County adjust to life in the U.S. while remaining connected to each other and their own cultural traditions.

Gaultier Culminating Event: Using Assessment Outcomes to Initiate Conversations for a Better Future
Date, Time, and Location TBD
Co-facilitated by the 2018-2019 Gaultier Fellows: Dr. Cathleen Appelt, Sociology; Dr. Jessica Devido, Nursing; Dr. Andrew Simpson, History

Join us for an interactive discussion featuring the three Gaultier Fellows, community partners, and students to discuss the lessons learned and hopes for the future resulting from their participation in a multidisciplinary, community-engaged research mentoring program. We hope this wide-ranging conversation can shed light on the practical ways that partnerships between academe and the public can help improve the lives of individuals and communities while enhancing student learning outcomes. Light refreshments and beverages will be served.

Gaultier Spring Brown Bag Workshop #2: Leveraging your Disciplinary Expertise to Build Creative Assessment Strategies
March 27th from 12:00pm to 1:00pm, Location Room 109 Student Union
Co-facilitated by the 2018-2019 Gaultier Fellows: Dr. Cathleen Appelt, Sociology; Dr. Jessica Devido, Nursing; Dr. Andrew Simpson, History

Facing challenges with assessment? In this panel discussion, the Gaultier Fellows will demonstrate how they used their discipline-specific knowledge and skills from the health sciences, social sciences, and the humanities to create a collaborative assessment plan for their community-engaged research mentoring program serving graduate and undergraduate students of varying disciplines. Light refreshments and beverages will be served.

A Day for Learning and Speaking Out
Co-Sponsored Event
Wednesday, March 20th from 10:00am to 9:00pm, Power Center

A Day for Learning and Speaking Out invites conversations between faculty, students and community stakeholders that confront racism as a structural and systemic phenomenon that most affects those marginalized in our society.

Gaultier Spring Bag Workshop #1: Strategies for Assessing Student Learning from a Community-Engaged Research Mentoring Program
Wednesday, February 13th from 12:00pm to 1:00pm, Room 613 Student Union
Co-facilitated by the 2018-2019 Gaultier Fellows: Dr. Cathleen Appelt, Sociology; Dr. Jessica Devido, Nursing; Dr. Andrew Simpson, History

Join this year's Gaultier Fellows for an introduction to their novel, community-engaged teaching intervention. The Fellows will share how they involved students in their multidisciplinary, community-engaged research and provide a brief overview of the strategies they employed to assess student experience and learning. This introductory presentation will be followed by an audience-focused discussion on assessment of student learning so, feel free to bring your assessment-related experiences, challenges, and questions. Beverages, as well as light refreshments, will be served.

Collaboratory UnCorked
Tuesday, February 5th from 4:00pm to 5:00pm, 20 Chatham Square, Murphy Building

Join us for wine, cheese and an introduction to CETR's latest initiative, Collaboratory! Our open house is being held on Tuesday, February 5th from 4pm-5pm in the Murphy Building located at 20 Chatham Square. Collaboratory is a web-based software application that will integrate accurate longitudinal community engagement and public service data for the goals of our institutional strategy. By collaboratively inputting information regarding projects and initiatives we can work together to understand and strengthen our partnerships and initiatives with the Pittsburgh community. Please invite an interested colleague or community partner to come with you.

Community UnCorked
Wednesday, December 5th from 4:00pm - 5:00pm, 20 Chatham Square, Murphy Building

You are invited! We are excited for you to meet, greet and mingle with our 2018-2019 Gaultier Faculty Fellows,Dr. Jessica Devido (Nursing), and Dr. Andrew Simpson (History).
Cocktail hour and community are on us! The Gaultier Fellows, their community partners, and CETR invite you to join them for refreshments and an informal discussion about working in partnership to balance student learning goals and community priorities to create mutually beneficial experiences. Bring your project ideas, challenges, and successes to share as we look to identify shared strategies for successful community-engaged experiences and some common pitfalls to avoid. Faculty and community partners at all stages of project and course development are welcome! Cheese and wine pairings will be carefully selected. Non-alcoholic beverages will be provided.

Special Screening: Eye of the Needle
Tuesday, November 13th from 4:30pm to 6:30pm, Africa Room
Co-sponsored by: The Center for CETR, Society of St. Vincent de Paul as well as Mission and Identity

This short-film documentary chronicles the opioid addiction epidemic in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Produced with love by a collaboration of artists and designers for Light of Life Rescue Mission. The design team includes Flying Scooter Production, Uppercut Studios, and many others. In addition to the documentary screening, there will be a panel discussion and an interactive art display. Beverages and pizza will be served.

Workshop: Are students gaining the civic outcomes we desire and how do we know?
Tuesday, November 6th from 4:00pm to 5:30pm, Power Center A

Given our strategic imperative, and language used throughout the strategic plan such as civil discourse, values and ethics, diverse ways of knowing, cultural awareness, etc., what does this mean for your course or program (curricular or co-curricular)? How will your students be distinctively different than other college graduates? In this workshop, we will unpack these questions and develop a plan to assess student learning either within a single course, a program, or across the curriculum. Participants will be able to write civic outcome statements, how to gather evidence of that learning and tools to assess civic learning. This workshop is intended for a broad audience - anyone (faculty or staff) who wants to be more intentional about how they develop their student's civic capacities. Some examples of civic capacities include: ability to work with diverse others, understand complex problems in society, be a community organizer or developer, cultural awareness and appreciation, understand global systems, social responsibility, dispositions of social justice, civic identity, servant leadership, civic-minded professional.

Keynote: Thinking about community engagement as a strategic imperative - what does that mean for you?
Monday, November 5th from 12:00pm to 1:00pm, Student Union, Africa Room
Featuring: Dr. Kristin Norris, Director of Assessment for the Office of Community Engagement at IUPU

Implementing Duquesne's strategic plan requires us to consider our relationships with the community - its' people, organizations, issues, and assets. Community engagement, as a strategic imperative, forces us to consider who we partner with, why, how, for what purpose, and has implications for all areas of the strategic plan (student success, economic and community development, faculty recruitment and success, pipeline programs, civic and global learning, research and creative activity, etc.). Join a campus-wide dialogue about Duquesne's strategy for community engagement - what you are currently doing that aligns, identify opportunities to further enhance or leverage community engagement to achieve all of our goals, what success might look like, and how we might measure our progress.

Sacred Conversations on Race
Tuesday, October 23rd at 7:30pm, Student Union Africa Room
Co-sponsored by: The Center for CETR, Society of St. Vincent de Paul as well as Mission and Identity

Join us as the Pittsburgh Interfaith Impact Network (PIIN) along with student leaders from our campus facilitate discussions around how faith perspectives inform the work around racial injustice.

Campus to Community Excursion
Thursday, October 11th from 2:00pm - 5:00pm, Hill District

This year's excursion is more than a guided bus tour, it is an immersive experience that is not to be missed! Along the way, we will be joined by community members who were brought up in, live in, work in, and LOVE the Hill. They will share with us a compilation of their stories and lived experiences. We will also be visiting a number of buildings that have had many lives each with their own interesting stories waiting to be told. We will learn about the neighborhoods past, present, and exciting plans for the future. Our guide, Terri Baltimore has a few new surprises planned for our journey along with great music and delicious food!

Crossing Borders for Civic Engagement: A Narrative Industry of Service-Learning Participant Perspectives
Thursday, October 4th from 4:30pm to 6:30pm, Berger Gallery, 207 College Hall
Co-sponsored by the Center for CIQR

Featuring: Dr. Jessica Mann, Director for the Center for Community-Engaged Teaching and Research

Service-learning initiatives often serve as higher education's co-curricular approach to achieving institutional goals of fostering students' civic growth. Alternative Spring Breaks (ASBs) have been understudied as service-learning programmatic options in higher education, thus leaving little to no indication of the larger context of the service experience, nor its participant outcomes in terms of civic engagement (Jones, Robbins, & LePeau, 2011). This talk will discuss a study designed to address gaps in researcher and practitioner understanding of ASBs, by uncovering long-term effects of these widely utilized, yet under-researched programs. Through a narrative inquiry methodology, this study captured the stories of five alternative spring break participants. Analyzing respondent narratives through the lens of Dewey's philosophy of education and Giroux's theory of border-crossing, the researcher was able to speak to service-learning's ability to not only engage students in cross-cultural experiences, but to also cross internal borders within themselves, challenging pre-conceived notions of otherness and social issues. Moreover, the study highlighted the aesthetic and emotive meaning participants ascribe to their service experience long-term, noting shifts in their civic mindfulness and cultural sensitivity as well as a propensity to civically engage post-graduation.

Fall Social Justice Internship Fair
Friday, September 28th from 10:00am - 2:00pm, A-Walk
Co-sponsored by: The Center for CETR, The Center for the Catholic Faith and Culture, The Center for Career Development, McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts as well as Mission and Identity

Would you like to get engaged in work that makes a lasting change in your community? Join us for Duquesne's inaugural Social Justice Internship Fair. Students from any major and all departments are invited to network with agency representatives, learn about the organizations, find out the positions that are available and what makes an applicant a good fit.

Our Divided World: The Quest for Nuclear Disarmament and the Growing Dangers of Wars Among Nuclear Armed States
Friday, September 21st from 12:00 pm to 1:15 pm, Gumberg Library, 1st Floor, Simon Silverman Phenomenology Center,
Co-Sponsored by the Center for CIQR
Featuring: Jacqueline Cabasso, Executive Director, Western States Legal Foundation; North American Coordinator, Mayors for Peace; Executive Advisor, Hiroshima Peace Culture Foundation.

Last July, the majority of the world's countries voted to adopt a historic treaty to prohibit the possession, development, testing, use and threat of use of nuclear weapons. While the ban treaty represents the total repudiation of nuclear weapons by most of the states that don't possess them, the U.S. and the eight-other nuclear-armed states boycotted the negotiations. These residual nations remain locked in a state of both hypervulnerability and dominance, as they maneuver the tense nuclear terrain of modern society. In January 2018, the bulletin of the atomic scientists moved the hands of its doomsday clock 30 seconds closer to the end of humanity. It is now set at two minutes to midnight, as close as it's ever been since 1947. We must keep both realities-the promise of the ban treaty and growing dangers of nuclear war-fully in mind as we work for a world without nuclear weapons.

Special Screening of We Wear the Mask the Hidden Faces of Women in Poverty
Tuesday, September 18th, from 4:00pm - 6:00pm, Power Center Ballroom

The psychological effects of poverty are far-reaching. And women are statistically more likely to feel the impact. Dominique, Veniecia, and Lou Ann lead vastly different lives, and yet their stories intersect and parallel in surprising ways. We Wear the Mask turns the spotlight towards an often overlooked and underestimated segment of society. Please join us for a special screening of this locally filmed documentary, followed by a discussion with the film's Executive Producer, Halima Tammy Thompson. Light snacks and beverages will be provided.

Community UnCorked
Monday, September 10th from 4:00pm to 5:00pm, 20 Chatham Square, Murphy Building

You are invited! We are excited for you to meet, greet and mingle with our 2018-2019 Community Fellows, Dr. Sharon Higginbothan, Chief Operating Officer at Bethlehem Haven and Jose Diaz, Director of Hope for All and Y Achievers at the YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh

New Faculty Orientation Resource Fair
Tuesday, August 21st from 10:00am to 10:50am, Mellon Patio 

The Center for CETR staff will be on hand to invite new faculty to attend our annual Campus to Community Excursion to the Hill District, learn about our two-tiered model for Community-Engaged Learning, pick up a few useful giveaways along with information about our grant and fellowship opportunities, schedule a classroom visit for us to introduce your students to our Community Engagement Scholars program as well as sign up for the CETR email list to stay updated on the latest CETR news, community events, and faculty forums.