The Office of Civic Engagement and External Relations (OCEER) serves as a liaison between the University and government officials, monitoring legislative issues, advocating for public policy change, and increasing awareness of the impact of Duquesne's research and academic programs.
Federal and State Relations
We maintain strong relationships with Congress members, state legislators, their staffs, and government agencies in order to advance Duquesne's academic and legislative agenda and provide insight on issues that are important to Duquesne.
Local and Community Relations
As a vital contibutor to Pittsburgh and Allegheny county, Duquesne works closely with City and county officials, as well as community partners, to create a vibrant, dynamic community while fulfilling the University's mission of serving God by serving others.
Advocacy for Student Financial Aid
In conjunction with the Office of Financial Aid, OCEER monitors decisions made by Congress and the Pennsylvania General Assembly to advocate on our students' behalf. Thousands of Duquesne students benefit from financial aid programs such as Pell Grants, Federal Work Study, and PHEAA Grants. We will continue to work hard on your behalf to help legislators understand the importance of federal and state student financial aid programs but it's important that your voice be heard as well.
Find Your Representative:
Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (AICUP) Student Advocacy Week - Each year for students go to Harrisburg to advocate for legislative support for private institutions of higher education. If you are interested in participating or would like more information, please contact Joan Hilton at firstname.lastname@example.org.
AICUP Student Aid Council - In 2017, AICUP established the Student Aid Council so that member institutions would have appointees representing their colleges and universities on the council to help to develop ongoing advocacy for student aid in both Harrisburg and on campus.
For more information on getting involved with AICUP, please contact Joan Hilton at email@example.com. Visit our Government Relations Resources page for more information on civic engagement and outreach.