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Duquesne University Honored with PHRA’s People Do Matter Award

Duquesne University was presented with the Pittsburgh Human Resources Association (PHRA)'s 2014 People Do Matter award on March 19.

Duquesne received the award in the "People" category for its Minority Development Internship Program. Initiated by President Dr. Charles J. Dougherty in recognition of the value diversity brings to campus life, the program demonstrates the University's commitment to promoting an inclusive work culture that fosters diversity and attracts, develops and retains talented employees of all backgrounds.

"The University understands that at times there are barriers experienced by underrepresented groups in gaining access to employment, development and leadership opportunities," said Marla Bradford, senior employment recruiter in the Office of Human Resource Management, who administers the program. "Duquesne has taken action to address these issues to better support efforts to attract, recruit and retain the best people needed to create a workforce reflective of today's workplace demographics."

Launched in 2007, the Minority Development Internship Program was built on the principles of equal employment opportunity and has successfully increased diversity amongst candidates, hires and promotions. Nine individuals have served as interns and of those nine, seven have obtained permanent employment at Duquesne; one remains active in the program and the other is pursuing a corporate career.

In 2010, the Minority Development Internship Program was expanded to include a minority internship track designed to build clerical skills.

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