The Pittsburgh community gathered in the Hill District to celebrate playwright August Wilson's birthday and his impact on our region.

What We Do

Collaborating to Make a Difference

Here, service is more than something we do. It's a core part of our University identity. The practice of community engagement—the exchange of resources between Duquesne and its surrounding communities—has been central to our mission since the University's founding in 1878.

Today, that tradition is alive and well—and reaching more people than ever before.

The Office of Community Engagement (OCE) connects University and community resources across five areas of impact:

Center for Community-Engaged Teaching and Research (CETR)

At Duquesne, learning extends beyond the classroom. Through CETR, Duquesne students and faculty create community partnerships that provide meaningful opportunities for learning, resesarching, and addressing community concerns.  

Whether we're addressing community trauma with FOCUS Pittsburgh or coaching local youth through our Reading to Play, Playing to Read initiative, we prepare students to contribute to—and create—a more just world.

Government Relations

The Office of Government Relations is the primary liaison between the Office of Community Engagement and elected leaders and policymakers at the local, state and federal levels.

The office advances Duquesne's education, research and economic development priorities and increases awareness of University programs, strengths and accomplishments. Contact Joan Hilton Hayek for more information.

Co-Curricular Community Engagement

Housed within the Center for Student Involvement, the Office of Co-Curricular Community Engagement combines real-world experiences and academics. Student volunteers complement classroom learning through intentionally designed service opportunities that benefit our neighbors.