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Duquesne University

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
600 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15282
Phone
(412) 396-6000
Email address
admissions@duq.edu
School Information
“Duquesne University is a private, coeducational university located on a bluff above downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Founded in 1878 as a Catholic college by the Order of the Holy Spirit, Duquesne is one of the largest and most comprehensive Catholic universities in the U.S., and the only Spiritan institution of higher education in the world” (Source: https://www.linkedin.com/school/duquesne-university/). The school has over 8,300 students and a student to faculty ratio of 14 to 1 (Source: https://www.duq.edu/about/index.php). Furthermore, “We offer 85 undergraduate majors across nine schools and highly respected professional programs with numerous accolades and rankings, including the No. 1 One-Year MBA — which is why we're ready with an education that's everything you need, and more than you imagined” (Source: https://www.duq.edu/about/fast-facts/index.php).

Actions Taken

Admissions Policies
  • Duquesne made a commitment to “explore recruitment partnerships with Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Minority Serving Institutions.”
  • On June 29, 2023, Duquesne's President issued a statement in response to the Supreme Court's ruling on affirmative action which reads: "The University respects the decisions of the Supreme Court as an essential part of our democratic system. Moreover, the Court’s ruling that the explicit consideration of race in the admissions process is unconstitutional will not affect our long-standing commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion as part of our University’s foundational principles and mission."
Faculty/Staff Requirements
  • The school has engaged in an Inclusive Teaching Challenge for “all instructors and teaching assistants” to each take part in pursuing an action related to DEI in addition to attending the program events.
  • The school plans to “partner with Chief Diversity Officer to renew and enhance DE&I training for hiring managers and to explore resources, tools, and support systems for employees of diverse backgrounds and allies to promote self-empowerment, peer support, and information.”
Program and Research Funding
  • The Center for Excellence in Diversity and Student Inclusion has a Peer Educators program where “student leaders would receive intensive certification training in promoting diversity and addressing multicultural issues across campus.” This is a program that involves program funding for training and student stipends.
  • Duquesne offers a Minority Professional Development Internship Program which “seeks to aid the professional development of those from underrepresented backgrounds.”
Resources
  • The Gumberg Library has a site dedicated to resources for Critical Whiteness Studies.
  • The school’s Center for Excellence in Diversity and Student Inclusion “offers a wide range of co-curricular educational programs that not only improve the diversity climate on campus, but also prepare students to become leaders in personal and professional settings.” Furthermore, “initiatives may include targeted efforts (such as financial literacy programs for at-risk students or anti-racist interventions dealing with specific situations) as well broad-based workshops and speakers open to all students that provide insights into cultural issues.”
  • The Center for Excellence in Diversity and Student Inclusion hosts the Multicultural Student Advisory Council.
  • The school has several Diversity Student Organizations.
  • The Center for Excellence in Diversity and Student Inclusion hosts the Spirit of Diversity Event.
  • The Office of Diversity and Inclusion has an optional Pre-Orientation Program for freshmen.
  • The school will “enhance community outreach efforts to increase pipeline of minority applicants” for human resources employees.
Symbolic Actions
  • The school hosts an annual Diversity Day of Awareness, which is “hosted by the Multicultural Programming Council.”
  • The school hosts an Annual Alumni Gala which functions in “promoting awareness about the university’s actions for Diversity and Inclusion.”
Last updated June 12th, 2024
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