Students take lead at Duquesne

Thursday, June 27, 2019 - Updated: 11:59 pm

Thirteen high school students from the Pittsburgh area participated June 11-15 in the Duquesne University Leadership Academy on campus in the city’s Uptown neighborhood.

During the program Catholic high schoolers engaged in challenging dialogue, motivating workshops and training sessions, and participated in community activities designed to enhance academic learning, personal development, faith development, leadership skills and civic identity development.

“This wonderful group of student leaders from Catholic schools in this diocese and from other parts of the state brought an energy and passion to their work,” said university President Ken Gormley. “By interacting with fellow students and team leaders, they truly brought their Catholic faith alive through collaborative projects, prayerful reflection and service to others, including the underserved in our community.”

The group also consisted of students from Holy Ghost Prep in Philadelphia. Duquesne University students and staff helped direct the program.

Bishop David Zubik celebrated Mass June 15 with the academy participants and their families, Gormley and university vice presidents.

Talks were given during the program by people such as Elise Beth Michaux, director of student leadership and involvement at Seton Hill University; Lakeisha Wolf, executive director, Ujamaa Collective in Pittsburgh’s Hill District; and Jenna Baron, founder and executive director, Alliance for Refugee Youth Support and Education.

The students’ work included a service project with the St. Vincent de Paul Society.

“The young men and women who formed this first cohort of the academy were impressive witnesses to vibrant and authentic leadership in the church today,” said Spiritan Father James McCloskey, senior adviser to the president for strategic initiatives. “Their schools, faith communities and families have reason to be proud.”

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