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Tomorrow is the BIG DAY: The Duquesne Day of Giving! ❤️💙
Check out this year’s challenge gifts – a great way to DOUBLE your impact: https://dayofgiving.duq.edu/giving-day/80546/leaderboards
In an effort to get to know commuter students better, Chief of Police and Director of Public Safety Eric Holmes rode the South Side commuter shuttle several times this week. Chief Holmes talked with students about campus and neighborhood safety, campus resources available to commuter students and gave away prizes and safety information. He also had some Sarris Candies for them! 😋
Learn more about Chief Holmes: https://ow.ly/72FQ50QuZI5
Embarking on a week filled with the spirit of service and unity, Duquesne University proudly presented its Second Annual MLK Unity Week. From January 15-19, 2024, we immersed ourselves in commemorating the visionary legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., a beacon of social justice and harmony.
The journey began with the MLK Prayer Breakfast on Monday, a tradition honoring Dr. King's contributions to law and social justice. Students gathered at Bethel A.M.E. Church for a buffet-style breakfast, church service, and a recognition program.
Adding a creative touch, the Unity Writing Campaign Project at the Center for Excellence in Diversity & Student Inclusion invited faculty, staff, students, and alumni to share their thoughts on unity. These reflections will be displayed until the end of Black History Month, fostering a sense of community and understanding.
A Night of Community Building on Wednesday brought together Duquesne University students, alumni, and local leaders from various sectors. Hosted by the Chief Diversity Office and the Center for Career Development, this networking event aimed to build connections in line with Dr. King's vision of a 'beloved community.'
Thursday marked the Second Annual MLK Unity Walk, a demonstration of the universitys solidarity towards MLK Jr.'s ideals. With a blessing from the Spiritans, the walk traversed campus, culminating at the Bayer Rotunda. Various student and University leaders shared impactful words, reinforcing the commitment to unity and social justice.
Closing the week on Friday, the MLK Luncheon in the Duquesne Union Africa Room featured keynote speaker Quincy Stephenson, a key figure in coordinating diversity and inclusion efforts on campus, shared insights into his extensive experience and commitment to fostering a more inclusive environment. As Executive Director of the Center for Excellence in Diversity & Student Inclusion Stephenson plays a pivotal role in supporting diversity and inclusion for Duquesne University.
As we reflect on this inspirational week, let's carry forward Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s words: 'We must come to see that human progress never rolls in on wheels of inevitability ... We must use time creatively, and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right.' Together, we continue the journey towards a more just and unified future. 🌐✨
Our Duquesne Kline faculty and staff gathered together last week to honor Dr. King and our own Dr. Valerie Harper, recipient of the 2024 Duquesne University MLK Unity Award!🌟
Mark your calendars for this upcoming event! 📆🖊✅
📌 Tuesday, February 6th, is the Duquesne University Black History Month Lecture!
This year’s speaker will be Dr. Sharony Green of the University of Alabama, who has a background in journalism and Public History. Join us as historian Sharony Green explores Zora Neale Hurston’s efforts to balance her need for adventure with peace, all the while experiencing the complexities of being an American as well as an aging black woman in a country still making room for her.
📍Africa Room, Duquesne Union
🕒 3:00 p.m.
Kicking off our 2024 MLK Unity Week with a day filled with harmony and unity! Monday marked the 25th annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Prayer Breakfast and Program, presented by the Allegheny County Bar Association Homer S. Brown Division. Grateful to witness students and the community coming together to celebrate Dr. King's humanitarian legacy and his vision of peace and equality. A special thanks to Mayor Ed Gainey for joining us in this memorable moment. 🌟
2023 Spirit of Diversity winner Venetia Khori graduated in December as a Secondary Education major from the Duquesne University School of Education and is coming back to the Bluff to study for her M.S. in Higher Education Administration.
"I'm really proud of myself for being first-generation, to stay in college, to stay involved. I never would have thought that I would be in this position."
Khouri has been involved with the Center for Excellence in Diversity and Student Inclusion, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated, Ebony Women for Social Change and The Pittsburgh Promise.
Embracing the dream of unity during MLK Week 🌟 Join us in celebrating the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. from January 15th-19th. Check out the impactful events lined up at duq.edu/mlk.
Thank you to everyone that donated monetarily or with your time to this year's Turkey Dive!!! We truly appreciate you!!!
Who is DUBAN?
The Duquesne University Black Alumni Network (DUBAN) mission is to promote the presence, engagement, empowerment, and success of Duquesne University’s Black Alumni. This is not just a moment, but a movement.
Learn more here: https://www.myduquesne.duq.edu/DUBAN
Junior physics major, Samiya Henry, is set to be a featured speaker at the Duquesne University Liberal Arts Department of Catholic Studies event on Monday, November 27th, from 7:00pm to 8:00pm at the Duquesne Union!
Samiya will be sharing her personal insights from attending the XIII National Black Catholic Congress, shedding light on what it truly means to be a Black Catholic. As a candidate of the Binary Engineering program, she's currently in her third and final year of physics at Duquesne, gearing up for the exciting transition to the engineering portion of the program.
We are extremely proud of Samiya Henry's accomplishments and extend our heartfelt best wishes for her continued success! 🌟
Still time left to give back!
Join us in providing meals for families for thanksgiving🦃 From September 5th to November 17th we will be taking monetary donations in the Center, Duquesne Union room 302😌
Our very own DEI Coordinator Venetia Khouri Venetia Rose was selected to be on the panel. 💙❤️💙❤️
Roundtable discussion held to address food insecurity among college students At Carlow University on Thursday afternoon, members of the Pittsburgh Promise, with community and higher education groups and representatives from the local, state, and federal governments, came together to address the issue of food insecurity on college campuses.
“The veteran community at Duquesne felt like a close-knit family, where everyone knew each other and readily provided support for academic success and campus life adjustment. This camaraderie eased my university transition significantly.”
Read more: https://www.duq.edu/news-and-stories/bluff-stories/jeffrey-brown.php
Campus is officially ready for Christmas! ✨🎄
A great turn out for the annual Night of Lights tradition, hosted by the Student Government Association. It was also a special evening as the Gospel Choir gave their first concert at the dinner.
Nominations are open for the 4th Annual Dukes from the Last Decade Awards! 🏆 For more information and to nominate a deserving Duke from the Last Decade today, visit https://www.myduquesne.duq.edu/DFLDnomination2024
We’re still beaming from Homecoming & Family Weekend! 😁
Thank you , families, and friends for making Homecoming & Family Weekend such a wonderful weekend! Stay tuned for more photos from the event. We hope to see you on the Bluff again soon! ❤💙
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