Dr. Gretchen Generett, associate professor of education and director of UCEA Center for Educational Leadership and Social Justice

Amber Satterwhite and her student assistant discuss the Office of Multicultural Affairs' annual turkey drive.

The Rev. Elochukwu Uzukwu, C.S.Sp., associate professor of theology

Anthony Kane, resident director with the Office of Residence Life

Hiring a Diverse Faculty and Staff

Diversity and Inclusion is in Our DNA:

Our Spiritan founders and sponsors have always believed in welcoming all and excluding none. Our students, faculty and staff represent every race, religion, and socioeconomic background, and hail from nearly every state and 79 countries.

These mixed viewpoints and perspectives make our campus a unique, vibrant learning community, and a Duquesne education a distinctive and transformational experience that lasts a lifetime. We promote and encourage diversity throughout the community, in all of its forms.

Our diversity statement says, in part, "Guided by the Congregation of the Holy Spirit and its members in over 79 countries, and consistent with our Catholic tradition, our commitment to inclusive excellence encompasses every aspect of personhood - including age, citizenship, disability, ethnicity, gender, race, religion, and sexual orientation."

Hiring Diversity, Embracing Inclusion:

Hiring a diverse group of faculty and staff, we enhance the experience of our students during their time at Duquesne. A diverse faculty population broadens the scope of teaching and extends research interest in new direction. In addition, The Office of Human Resource Management consistently seek out faculty and staff from a variety of backgrounds and culture and provide resources to enable them to excel as leaders in research, scholarship, and service to our global student population. Because of our Catholic tradition, we maintain an ecumenical atmosphere embracing diversity and inclusion. Our current faculty and staff represent a range of ages, international citizenships, abilities, ethnicity, gender, race, religion, and sexual orientation.As a result, faculty and staff from many walks of life serve as mentors and role models for our students.

Award Winning ... Minority Professional Development Leadership Program:

Duquesne University's commitment to fostering diversity on its campus led to the call for more under-represented groups, women and minorities, in leadership roles in the institution's 2003-2008 strategic plan. This plan also aligns closely with the University's mission statement, which references concern for moral and spiritual values through the maintenance of an ecumenical atmosphere open to diversity.

The Minority Development Internship Program was created to provide employment opportunities to unemployed or underemployed college-educated minorities through compensated, full-time temporary employment. The program launched in fall of 2007 with the selection of two interns.

The goals of this program are to:

  • Offer basic managerial training to professionals of minority background.
    Identify campus departments and programs that had a project or short-term assignment.
  • Define learning objectives and outcomes.
  • Set goals and measure performance.
  • Place the interns for a period of three to six months with the goal of rotating them through academic departments and business units once the assignment is complete.
  • Provide opportunities for interns to build upon their knowledge, skills, and abilities and increase their chances to qualify for permanent employment opportunities at Duquesne or at other organizations.

Local and National Awards

"People Do Matter" Award:  Pittsburgh Human Resources Association - March 2014

CUPA-HR Selects Duquesne for 2019 Eastern Region HR Excellence Award - March 2019

The College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR) Eastern Region board of directors has selected Duquesne's Minority Professional Development Leadership Program to receive the 2019 Eastern Region HR Excellence Award.

The award honors transformative human resources work in higher education, recognizing individuals or teams who have provided human resources leadership resulting in significant and ongoing organizational change within their institutions.

"We're honored to receive this prestigious award and grateful for the opportunity to showcase Duquesne University's efforts to build a diverse and inclusive workforce," said Ryan Dawson, senior director and deputy Title IX coordinator for the Office of Human Resources.

In addition, Duquesne's Minority Professional Development Leadership Program will be submitted to the CUPA-HR national awards committee for consideration for the national HR Excellence Award.

"We're especially thankful to Marla Bradford, senior recruiter diversity leader in the Office of Human Resources, for nominating the Minority Professional Development Leadership Program and her continued efforts to enhance the program," Dawson said.