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Barbara A. Sizemore Urban Education Initiative

“I think it’s progressive to expect that a poor child can learn and to have high expectations and their outcomes match them.” - Dr. Barbara A. Sizemore

The Barbara A. Sizemore Distinguished Professorship in Urban Education reflects Duquesne University’s Spiritan heritage, which values education as a key factor in overcoming poverty and social injustice, afflictions which are especially acute in our inner cities. The Distinguished Professorship advances the University’s legacy and the vision of its namesake.

“Teachers…primarily come from backgrounds that are different from those of their students, and they feel woefully underprepared to teach students from cultural and linguistic backgrounds that differ from their own.” –Arnetha F. Ball, Ph.D.

"We have to believe that students want to learn and that they have the capacity to learn.  If we do, then our beliefs will drive how we teach our children." - Dr. Launcelot Brown, Ph.D.

Why Duquesne University is Championing Urban Education

The establishment of the Sizemore Distinguished Professor underscores the School of Education’s commitment to prepare teachers for the challenges and opportunities found in the urban classroom, and for the critically important task of helping all children, regardless of socioeconomic background, to achieve ambitious learning goals.

“Duquesne serves God by serving students- through commitment to excellence in liberal and professional education, through profound concern for moral and spiritual values, through the maintenance of an ecumenical atmosphere open to diversity, and through service to the Church, the community, the nation, and the world.” The Sizemore Urban Education Initiative will help emphasize the open atmosphere of diversity through the efforts of the six components documented in the Sizemore Urban Education brochure.