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CETR to Strengthen Student and Faculty Commitment, Research and Neighborhoods

As a tribute to its unique Spiritan legacy and as a means to strengthen the transformation of students and communities, Duquesne University is raising its community engagement to the next level.

Building on a tradition that gives preference to the community's agendas, forms relationships and works with those who are in greatest need, Duquesne has established its new Center for Community-Engaged Teaching and Research (CETR). Through the center, the University will focus on relationships that will give its students lifelong foundations for improving their world. CETR extends and more clearly articulates Duquesne's Spiritan roots and its mission of service as the University moves into its 137th year as a force in the Pittsburgh community and beyond.

"Community-engaged pedagogy has evolved-and continues to evolve-in response to a number of factors," said Dr. Timothy R. Austin, provost.

The center, directed by Dr. Lina Dostilio, will develop institutional capacity in community-engaged teaching and research. Dan Getkin is CETR assistant director for partnerships and operations. Part-time program managers also help to support a portfolio of faculty development and the Community Engagement Scholars initiative.

Emphasis will be placed on rigorous scholarly work that addresses social and environmental challenges in areas where Duquesne, its faculty and staff, and its students are citizens. Work will be done alongside new and longtime partners.

"This is important because the development of more just communities is the very heart of our University's mission, and we do this by putting our disciplinary expertise and academic capital at the service of people on the margins of society by collaborating with communities on public problem solving," Dostilio said. "At the same time, the process expedites and elevates academic work."

The center has launched its menu of events for the upcoming year. Dr. Eva Simms, this year's Gaultier Faculty Fellow, will host and serve as a catalyst in five conversations about the intersection between institutional support and community-engaged research.

"Duquesne University is developing a national leadership role as a community-engaged university," Dostilio said. "With a fundamental commitment to excellent teaching and research, accompanied by the Spiritan charism that informs its mission, Duquesne is positioned to engage communities across the breadth of its intellectual activity, ensuring academic rigor and high quality experiences for students and community partners."

For more information, contact cetr@duq.edu or visit www.duq.edu/cetr.

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