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Luci-Jo DiMaggio

Director, Mission Animation, Duquesne University

Statement of Research Interest/Problem of Practice:
Luci-Jo hopes to focus her research on the role of higher education in college readiness for Pittsburgh Public School students as well as recruitment and retention of those students in post-secondary education.

Luci-Jo graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Biology from Duquesne University in 1998. She went on to earn Master's Degrees in Secondary Education and Pastoral Ministry, both from Duquesne University. She began her professional career as a youth minister for the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh serving in two suburban parishes for a total of five years.

In 2003 Luci-Jo returned to Duquesne University as a campus minister while finishing her master's degree in Pastoral Ministry. She served in Spiritan Campus Ministry for 10 years. While there she expanded the Cross-Cultural Mission Experience programs and oversaw the coordination of those experiences as well as advised various social justice groups on campus in addition to her other duties as a campus minister. She also began working closely with what was then called the Office of Service Learning (later to become the Center for Engaged Teaching and Research) on the Community Engaged Scholars program as well as other projects in addition to working with projects in co-curricular engagement.

In 2013 Luci-Jo became the first director of Mission Animation at Duquesne. She was tasked with helping our campus community understand how we live out our Catholic Spiritan Mission particularly as it relates to social justice. She continues to work closely with the Center for Community Engaged Teaching and Research leading the Community Engaged Scholars program under the direction of the CETR director. She mentors students working in groups on issues of substandard housing, the global water crisis, and environmental justice and presents for various groups and classes on campus on the Spiritan mission, the university's history, and how we understand social justice through a Spiritan lens.

Luci-Jo is married and has two children ages 11 and 9, and enjoys spending time with them doing just about anything. She also enjoys cooking, hiking, fishing, and all manner of outdoor activities.

Mentored by: Dr. Lina Dee Dostilio
Assistant Vice Chancellor for Community Engagement, University of Pittsburgh and Associate Professor of Practice, School of Education

In addition to her administrative work at the University of Pittsburgh, Lina Dostilio is currently the Scholar in Residence directing the Campus Compact's Project on the Community Engagement Professional, a national research project staffed by 19 research fellows across the country that has produced, The Community Engagement Professional in Higher Education: A Competency Model for an Emerging Field (Stylus Publishing, 2017) and The Community Engagement Professional Guidebook (Stylus Publishing, Forthcoming). She was the lead facilitator for the Carnegie Community Engagement Classification Peer Development Network, an effort of the Eastern Regional Campus Compact to prepare more than 110 campuses seeking the Carnegie Classification for Community Engagement in 2015. Dostilio is a team member of the Next Generation Engagement Project, a collaboration between the New England Resource Center for Higher Education, AASCU, and Imagining America and was an invited member of the civic learning roundtable discussions held by the U.S. Department of Education that led to the National Task Force report entitled, "A Crucible Moment: College Learning and Democracy's Future." In 2013, Dostilio garnered a competitive program grant from Bringing Theory to Practice (via the Association of American Colleges and Universities) to develop a programmatic model for civic learning at the undergraduate level. Dostilio has also served as past-chair of the Board of Directors of the International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement and is on the editorial board of the International Journal for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement and Metropolitan Universities. She frequently consults with campuses that seek to institutionalize civic engagement, build their community engagement infrastructure, and to develop innovative partnership models.

Dr. Dostilio was previously the director of the Center for Community-Engaged Teaching and Research at Duquesne University. In this capacity, she facilitated teaching and research collaborations that involved university stakeholders in public problem solving across an array of social and environmental issues. Under her leadership, Duquesne University's approach to community engagement evolved from the implementation of a service-learning requirement for undergraduates to a refined strategy of encouraging community-engaged teaching and research as a core priority of the University.

Dr. Dostilio's research has focused on democratic partnership development and the evolution of the community engagement profession within higher education.