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Diversity at Duquesne

Duquesne has a strong commitment to diversity. It is seen everyday in our community nearly 9,500 students representing every state, 80 countries and a broad range of diverse backgrounds and experiences. At the same time, we are small enough that faculty, staff and students know one another by name and are invested in each other's success. 

We realize that a diverse student population is important in advancing the university's mission. Additionally, 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.

Below are some of the many resources available to students at Duquesne.

Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Our Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) provides programming and services to help develop a diverse student population. The office is further committed to meeting the needs of historically underrepresented students of color.

Opportunities through the ODI include mentorship programs, community service projects, networking events and opportunities to engage alumni and community leaders. A wide variety of programming for students, including guest lectures and panel discussions and social gatherings, such as a 'Soul Food Sampler' and 'Hip Hop and Social Action' are offered. The ODI also provides opportunities such as a book club, designed to engage members of the community in dialogues about addressing issues of diversity and social justice.

To learn more about the ODI, please contact Anthony Kane, director of Diversity, Inclusion.

International Student Resources

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-lead organizations on campus.

At the same time, our size allows us to work individually with our international students, ensuring a smooth transition to Duquesne. Our Office of International Programs (OIP) helps guide students through the admissions process. The OIP 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.

Veteran and Military Services

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.

To learn more about services for veterans, active duty personnel and their families, or to be connected with a current student, please contact Don Accamando, Director of the Office of Military and Veteran Students.

Additional Resources

Many other resources and opportunities are available to students, including: Spiritian Campus Ministry, Disability Services and a wide variety of student-lead organizations