Western PA Partnerships and Outreach

We serve communities throughout western Pennsylvania, with a special focus on the neighborhoods bordering our campus.


Uptown is home to Pittsburgh flagships like Duquesne University, UPMC Mercy and PPG Paints Arena. The Fifth-Forbes corridor, connecting the Downtown Pittsburgh and Oakland knowledge hubs, is poised for redevelopment.

In addition to neighborhood clean-up days, attendance at community meetings and regular outreach to Uptown residents, our leadership roles in the EcoInnovation District and Uptown Task Force facilitate sustainable redevelopment of the neighborhood and support current residents' needs.

red arrow Neighborhood Strengths
  • Anchor institutions
  • Location
  • Arts and innovation
  • Social service agencies
  • Invested residents
red arrow Areas of Opportunity
  • Resident empowerment
  • Job growth
  • Economic development
  • Improved public safety
  • Infrastructure and transportation
  • Neighborhood beautification
  • Affordable, quality housing
  • Established resident amenities


The path to Pittsburgh's South Side from campus—across the Duquesne Walkway and down the steps to the 10th Street Bridge—is one all Duquesne students know. It's a popular neighborhood for commuter housing, and our South Side residents regularly participate in community cleanups and volunteer at organizations like the Carnegie Library and the Brashear Association.

As a member of the South Side Chamber of Commerce, we take our role as responsible neighbors seriously and are committed to the neighborhood's growth.

red arrow Neighborhood Strengths
  • Mix of residential and
    commercial properties
  • Dining
  • Retail/entertainment
  • Mix of historic properties
    and new development
  • Well-connected to
    public transportation
  • Outdoor recreation
    and river access
red arrow Areas of Opportunity
  • Adaptive reuse to spur
    economic development
  • Improved infrastructure
    and parking
  • Relationship between longtime
    and new residents
  • Improved public safety


The historic Hill District—once home to greats like Lena Horne, August Wilson, Satchel Paige and Charles "Teenie" Harris—is just blocks from campus and in the midst of a revitalization. It's also home to the Duquesne University Pharmacy, which serves the wellness needs of Hill District residents.

Since 2011 we've partnered with the August Wilson House, the playwright's Hill District childhood home, which is being restored to honor his legacy and serve as a community arts center. Supported by a $100,000 grant from the Nancy Jones Beard Foundation, Duquesne will host the initial August Wilson House Fellowships, a three-year program allowing scholars and artists of color to advance their work and serve the joint interests of the University and the community.

red arrow Neighborhood Strengths
  • Proximity to downtown
    and Oakland
  • Proximity to health care
    facilities and top universities
  • Rich history as cultural center
  • Mix of historic and new housing
red arrow Areas of Opportunity
  • Job growth and economic development
  • Improved public safety
  • Neighborhood beautification
  • Individual empowerment
  • Expand collaboration between neighborhood
    businesses and organizations
  • Establishment of neighborhood amenities


Duquesne University has a longstanding presence in Hazelwood, a former steel town now ready for a resurgence. We serve on the board of Hazelwood Center of Life, which provides the community with rich academic out-of-school programs and experiences in music and arts.

red arrow Neighborhood Strengths
  • Hazelwood Green redevelopment
  • River access
  • Proximity to downtown
    and top universities
  • Availability of residential and
    commercial properties
  • Invested residents
  • Strong collaboration among
    community leaders
red arrow Areas of Opportunity
  • Economic development and
    job growth
  • Improved infrastructure
  • Neighborhood beautificataion
  • Relationships between longtime
    and new residents
  • Imrproved public safety
  • Reduced vacancy rates
  • Affordable, quality housing
  • Workforce development


We are in the early stages of expanding Duquesne's community engagement work to the Mon Valley. Through collaborations with elected officials and community leaders, we're scheduling a series of listening sessions and community tours to determine neighborhood strengths, areas of opportunity and a best course of action.