At Duquesne University, equity and opportunity begin at home.  

Our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion is seen every day in our community of nearly 8,500 students, representing every state, 80+ countries and a broad range of diverse backgrounds and experiences. At the same time, we are small enough that students, faculty and staff know one another by name and are invested in each other's success.

A Welcome from our Chief Diversity Officer

As a part of our mission, Duquesne University serves God by serving its students.  We are unique in that we are the only Spiritan order run university in the world.  Our seven marks of a Spiritan Education is the basis of our dedication to diversity, equity and inclusion:  

  • Openness to the Spirit
  • Global Vision
  • Community of Respectful Relationships
  • Concern for the Poor
  • Commitment to Service
  • High Academic Standards
  • Academic Freedom

We realize that a diverse student population is important in advancing our mission – and Duquesne students are individuals with their own stories, interests, backgrounds and dreams. This diversity of experiences enriches our campus culture and provide countless opportunities for students to find their paths and connect with a variety of people who share their passions

At Duquesne, we recognize the value in teaching our students to embrace diversity in the work that they do. This appreciation of different backgrounds, beliefs and talents produces students who are sought after by organizations for their ability to lead and collaborate in a diverse and global environment.

In addition, our goal is to grow diversity within our faculty, administration and staff and will continue to strive to ensure diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging within our workforce.

Spiritus est qui vivificate
It is the Spirit that Gives Life.

Crystal McCormick Ware, M.S.Ed, G-CDF
Chief Diversity Officer and Senior Advisor to the President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

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Crystal McCormick Ware is Duquesne University's inaugural Chief Diversity Officer and Senior Advisor to the President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

Crystal McCormick Ware

Chief Diversity Officer and Senior Advisor to the President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

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Diversity at Duquesne

We are a community in which human diversity is valued. Our students, faculty, staff and alumni represent:

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All 50 states and more than 70 countries

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Urban, suburban and rural areas

Duquesne students on A-Walk at Homecoming 2022

Wide range of faiths, races, ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds

President’s Advisory Council for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

The President's Advisory Council at Duquesne University serves as the official Advisory Board for Crystal McCormick Ware, Chief Diversity Officer and Senior Advisor to the President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

President Ken Gormley announced the formation of the Duquesne University President's Advisory Council for Diversity and Inclusion in February 2018. This Council, comprised of faculty, staff and students, helps to sustain and advance our efforts to remain inclusive and welcoming as a University community.

As part of its charge, the Council provides periodic recommendations to the President, Chief Diversity Officer and Senior Leadership team to identify and enhance opportunities related to diversity, equity and inclusion efforts.

Chair

  • Sherene Brantley, Associate Athletic Director, Athletics Dept.

Members

  • Anthony Cappa, Director, Enrollment Management Group
  • Giovan Cuchapin, Campus Minister, Spiritan Campus Ministry
  • Ryan Dawson, Senior Director, Human Resources
  • Dr. Kate DeLuca, Associate Dean for Student Affairs, School of Nursing
  • Dr. Janie Harden Fritz, Professor, McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts
  • Dr. Valerie Harper, Director of Inclusive Excellence, Thomas R. Kline School of Law of Duquesne University
  • Chase Loper, Director, Shared Services
  • Matt North, Director, Institutional Research & Planning (Ad-Hoc Member)
  • Dr. Phillip Palmer, Assistant Dean, Bayer School of Natural & Environmental Sciences
  • Dr. Darius Prier, Associate Professor, School of Education
  • Dr. Alia Pustorino-Clevenger, Director for Student Life Assessment & Co-Curricular Community Engagement
  • Quincy Stephenson, Director, Center for Excellence in Diversity & Student Inclusion
  • Tamara Trembulak, Assistant Director of Freshman Development and Disability Services (DUSAC Representative)
  • Dr. Adam Wasilko, Assistant Vice President for Student Involvement
  • Olivia Erickson, Senior
  • Marcelius Lewis, Junior

Diversity at Duquesne. Be informed. Get engaged.

Duquesne University launched a program on Sept. 8, 2022 through which faculty and staff may earn certification in diversity, equity and inclusion. This opportunity was made possible through a partnership between the Office of the Chief Diversity Officer and the Office of Human Resources, Learning and Development.

The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion certificate program is designed to reinforce the University's mission of serving God by serving students so that they, in turn, may serve others. 

"Part of our mission is to maintain an ecumenical atmosphere open to diversity—to do everything we can so that those who wish to study or work here are included and have every opportunity for growth," President Ken Gormley said. "I am very pleased that this exciting new initiative will provide ways for everyone to gain skills so critical to our collective success."  

Faculty and staff participants will earn their certificate through a series of 10 fundamental level workshops offered over the course of the academic year. Each in-person course is about three hours long. The workshops will address Duquesne policies as well as individual behaviors that help create an environment of opportunities for all at the University.

Of the 10 workshops, seven core workshops are required. Participants then choose at least three elective workshops. Various content experts will deliver the different courses. Participants will gain an increased awareness of the importance of diversity, equity and inclusion, and develop tools and strategies to enhance success and belonging in academic and workplace settings.  

Individuals who choose to earn the diversity, equity and inclusion certification should discuss it with their supervisor to align goals, outline general and specific relevance to their work at the University, and ensure adequate planning for the time commitment required. 

In addition, plans are underway for a summer-intensive program that will offer the core courses for those with scheduling conflicts. 

To meet the requirements for the program, participants will complete a capstone project session facilitated by Crystal McCormick Ware, inaugural chief diversity officer and senior advisor to the president for diversity, equity and inclusion, and Dana Whatley Smith, assistant director of learning and development for the Office of Human Resources. 

Email McCormick Ware or Whatley Smith for more information.

The Duquesne University Inclusion Network serves Duquesne University's DEI practices and is comprised of staff and faculty who are identified as persons who are committed to advance Duquesne University's goals of becoming a more inclusive and welcoming campus community both in the classroom and outside of the classroom.

The Duquesne University Inclusion Network is open to all Duquesne University employees engaged in DEI practice and include designated DEI representatives from each School, unit and department, DEI professionals, and practitioners.

Members serve as liaisons to their respective units and are expected to share information with their colleagues after each meeting and to partner with other units as opportunities are presented. 

Activities and Engagement:

  • Strive to improve communication amongst University schools, units, and departments
  • Hold Inclusion Network meetings as a way to chat regularly, drop files and promote events in the Teams Page, as well as share DEI efforts with the Network
  • The Inclusion Network will keep members updated on their specific unit’s DEI program and initiatives by highlighting a specific school, unit, or department each month.
  • Inclusion Network members will have the opportunity to partner or collaborate with other schools, units, and/or departments by sharing DEI efforts
  • Create a safe space amongst Duquesne University DEI colleagues by being transparent as to where departments or units may hit obstacles and can ask for assistance or guidance openly
  • Share best practices and successful approaches in DEI efforts

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Diversity Resources

Explore the many diversity, equity and inclusion resources available to our Duquesne University community.

Duquesne's Spiritan founders believed in welcoming all and excluding none. Today, diversity remains at the forefront of our core values.

The Center for Excellence in Diversity and Student Inclusion helps by providing support services and opportunities for learning. The Center coordinates community-wide events and programs to celebrate, acknowledge campus leaders and raise awareness about critical issues.

With a population that includes students from more than 90 countries, Duquesne offers many opportunities for students from all cultural, socioeconomic and religious backgrounds to learn from one another and gain a global perspective in their studies. Outside of the classroom, students participate in a wide variety of cultural programming and activities each year.  In fact, our International Student Organization is one of the largest and most active student-led organizations on campus.

Our International Admissions Office helps guide students through the admissions process. It also offers personalized service for incoming students. For instance, our Cultural Ambassador program matches each incoming international student with a fellow current student who can answer questions and serve as a dedicated resource.

For international students who seek to improve their English language skills, Duquesne offers an English as a Second Language Certificate Program.

Duquesne has a long history of serving active military personnel, veterans, and their families. Our Veteran and Military Services Office offers a wide array of personalized services and resources. The Veteran Service Center in Libermann Hall is a learning and recreation center created specifically for veteran and military students and their families.

We are a proud participant in the Yellow Ribbon program. Tuition benefits through the Post-9/11 GI Bill® are available as well as dedicated resources to help students navigate the financing process.

Learn more about services for veterans, active-duty personnel and their families.

Our diverse student body includes people of all abilities and disabilities. We have accommodations in place to help you through your academic courses and time at Duquesne University.

Learn more about Disability Services.
Duquesne University, led by the spirit and guided by its Catholic Spiritan values, is committed to fostering and maintaining authentic relationships with every person. As stated in the University's Mission Statement, Duquesne University is committed to creating an ecumenical atmosphere open to diversity through walking with all who engage in education for the mind, heart, and spirit.

Explore our LGBTQIA+ resources page.

Juneteenth is a national holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. It is also called Emancipation Day or Juneteenth Independence Day. The name "Juneteenth" references the date of the holiday, combining the words "June" and "nineteenth."


Our cultural and ethnic student organizations are critical and valued entities. Your backgrounds, voices and actions serve as the core for our University's ability to remain open to diversity in all its forms.

  • Asian Student Association (ASA)
  • Black Student Union (BSU)
  • Caribbean Student Association (CSA)
  • Collegiate 100 (C100)
  • Duquesne South Asian Student Association (SASA)
  • Duquesne Student Chapter: NAACP
  • Ebony Women: Women for Social Change
  • Gender Sexuality Alliance (Lambda)
  • International Students Organization (ISO)
  • Jewish Student Organization
  • Latin American Student Association (LASA)
  • Multicultural STEM Group (MSG)
  • Muslim Student Association (MSA)
  • Saudi Student Organization
  • Union of African Students (UAS)

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