Tyian Battle, who founded an organization to enrich childrens' lives through art, will speak at Duquesne University on March 11 as part of the University's United Pittsburgh speaker series.

United Pittsburgh is a new initiative developed by Duquesne's Center for Catholic Faith and Culture that combines academic courses with a free public speaker series. It focuses on collaboration with the community by providing new insights into Catholic social teaching and promoting civic awareness among the University's students, faculty and staff. These community forums are open to the public and free of charge.

Battle, the founder and executive director of ACH Clear Pathways, will present What Does Belonging Look Like? at 6:30 p.m. on March 11 in room 104 of College Hall.

Battle founded the organization in 2010 after her son, Amon C. Harris, died due to an undiagnosed heart condition. To honor her son's memory and love for the arts, Battle created the nonprofit group to provide visual and performing arts programs and events to underserved youth and families, particularly those in Pittsburgh's Hill District community. The group uses the arts as a platform for youth to learn how to manage and express their emotions in a healthy way.

She has won numerous honors and awards, including the Simply Excellent Award from Women for Excellence, the You Make a Difference Award from Youthworks and the 2016 Professional Strong Award, which celebrates women committed to empowering their communities, from Strong Women, Strong Girls.

Details about United Pittsburgh, the speaker series and registration are available online or by contacting the CCFC at (412) 396-1595 or ccfc@duq.edu.

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March 08, 2019