Rice on the Road 2015

Community Healing and Revitalization

Sponsored by the Center for the Catholic Intellectual Tradition, Division of Mission & Identity

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The 2015 Rice Lecture Series  focused on Community Healing and Revitalization in the context of our neighboring Hill District community. The series convened a range of university and community stakeholders to highlight and advance collaborative, cross-disciplinary work for social justice. Again this year we sought to extend the impact of the series through the Rice Fellows program, a university-community fellowship opportunity available to eligible Duquesne faculty, staff, and graduate students in concert with a community partner.

Community in Context: A Guided Tour of the Hill District 
March 19, 2015,  11:30 - 1:30 PM

An indispensable first step towards responsible community engagement is to learn about the neighbors you wish to engage. This event was an extended tour of the Hill District to help members of Duquesne become acquainted with the history of the Hill, progress in community revitalization, and current challenges. 
*In partnership with the Hill House Association

Faculty & Staff Workshop: Deepening the Intersections of Race, Social Justice, and Current Events Within our Teaching and Programming
March 25, 2015,  3:15 - 6:15 PM Brittany Room, 12th Floor, Des Places Hall

This portion of Rice on the Road was part of a campus-wide Day of Learning and Speaking Out, a collaborative effort to catalyze national and campus conversation about the prevalence of racial prejudice and the use of lethal force in American policing in light of Duquesne's commitment to social justice. This event was a formative workshop designed to bring together faculty, administrators, and community partners who have pedagogical or programmatic experience attending to the intersections of race, social justice, and contemporary events. It sought to provide space for them to better understand their social location, assumptions, insights, and the scope of their own agency. The workshop was an interactive format ans was facilitated by members of the National Inside Out network. The event included facilitated interaction, unstructured conversation during a cocktail reception, and facilitated dialogue over a catered dinner.
*In partnership with the Hill House Association

Community Revitalization: Four Points of View
April 8, 2015, Noon - 2:00 PM, Thelma Lovette YMCA

This program took place at the Thelma Lovette YMCA, 2114 Centre Avenue.  This interactive event took its format from the world of speed-dating. Attendees had the opportunity for successive small group conversations with community leaders and stakeholders while learning about progress with regard to education, health and well-being, economic growth, and community greenspace.
*In partnership with FOCUS Pittsburgh, Ujamaa Collective, Hill District Consensus Group & Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy

Trauma-Informed Community Development and Revitalization
April 14, 2015, 3:00 - 5:00 PM, Power Center, 5th Floor, Section C

Over the last two years collaboration between Duquesne University and FOCUS Pittsburgh has been instrumental in launching a free health clinic, including behavioral health treatment, and innovative scholarly approaches to community development. This portion of the Rice series shared the fruits of our collaboration, unveiled new plans for nurturing community healing and revitalization, and shared opportunities to join in this community engaged work for social justice. 
*In partnership with FOCUS Pittsburgh