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Duquesne Students to Take a Stand for Homeless Children in Allegheny County

Duquesne University student volunteers will stand silently on campus on Wednesday, March 30, from 3:50 to 4:05 p.m. to raise awareness for children experiencing homelessness in Allegheny County.


These student-volunteer “statues,” representing often-invisible homeless children, will line the walkway with a child’s “face” in front of their own for 875 seconds—the equivalent of 15 minutes—at the change of classes.

About 875 children, on any given day, use services in Allegheny County for the homeless, according to the Homeless Children’s Education Fund, a collaborator in this service-learning project with Dr. Charles Don Keyes in the philosophy department.

Students will hand out candy and pens, along with information about the local homeless issue, to make people on campus more aware of this situation in Pittsburgh.

The Face book group Dukes for Homeless Children is working with the Homeless Children’s Education Fund on this issue, which includes educational rights.

Duquesne University

Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic research universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. The University is nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review for its rich academic programs in nine schools of study for nearly 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and by the Washington Monthly for service and contributing to students' social mobility. Duquesne is a member of the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for its contributions to Pittsburgh and communities around the globe. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges acknowledge Duquesne's commitment to sustainability.