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A MOMENT OF PRAYER—Bishop David Zubik prays over the school. (Photos by J.L. Martello)

Duquesne University recently dedicated and launched the Canevin Center for Educational Transformation and Social Justice of the School of Education.

The Duquesne University School of Education, through an educational grant from The Heinz Endowments, marked this occasion with Duquesne University President Charles J. Dougherty, The Most Rev. David A. Zubik, bishop of the Diocese of Pittsburgh, School of Education Dean Olga M. Welch, University faculty and staff, and other invited participants from the Pittsburgh community.

“This dedication is not about a building or a hallway or a classroom,” said Olga Welch, Ed.D., dean of the School of Education. “The Canevin Center is about the work inside that building.We continue to ask ourselves what we need to do to continue to have all of our young people succeed in their studies and in their futures.

“The community forums we have been hosting are helping us in the School of Education formulate our curriculum so we can make certain we are bringing to our own classrooms what teachers and administrators will need to make certain all students achieve, especially those who are mistreated, maligned, and marginalized. What does learning truly need to look like to achieve equity and excellence for everyone?”

Last fall and this past winter, the School of Education hosted two well-attended community forums to explore educational issues and what is/is not working in educational circles. The School of Education intends to incorporate these issues into its own curriculum and develop a cohesive platform for current and future teachers, administrators and other professionals who intend to work in all facets of public education through the work of The Canevin Center.

“Bishop Francis Regis Canevin was a young man who rose from illness, poverty and discrimination to become the fifth bishop of the Pittsburgh Diocese,” Welch said. “It is in his legacy and his spirit that we launch the Canevin Center and have Bishop David Zubik bless and dedicate our work.”

Bishop Zubik symbolically blessed the work of the School of Education in ceremonies that culminated in a procession to the cornerstone of Canevin Hall, the building housing the University’s School of Education.

This year marks the 85th anniversary of what is now the School of Education. The launch of the Canevin Center links the historic past with this educational transformation of the 21st century. In 1929, the Pennsylvania Department of Education elevated the University’s educational and business studies into a formal educational school; degrees were officially conferred the next year.



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