Center for Educational Leadership and Social Justice (CELSJ)
Duquesne University's School of Education hosts the Center for Educational Leadership and Social Justice (CELSJ) as a part of the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA). UCEA is a consortium of higher education institutions committed to advancing the preparation and practice of educational leaders for the benefit of schools and children. After a unanimous vote by the UCEA Executive Committee in 2009, Duquesne University established its own UCEA Center for Educational Leadership and Social Justice (CELSJ) which is now one of only eight UCEA centers worldwide.
The UCEA Center for Educational Leadership and Social Justice at Duquesne University aspires to be a community that is dedicated to identifying and eradicating conditions of social injustice in our schools and communities through enlightened and actionable scholarship, preparation and development of socially just educational leaders, and the encouragement of leader-practitioners in service of all students.
The Mission of the UCEA Center for Educational Leadership and Social Justice is to advance equity and excellence on behalf of young people, especially those who have been marginalized, mistreated, and neglected. This Mission will be accomplished by educators, community members, and academics working together to study, implement, and continually assess educational systems, procedures, and activities through the lens of socially-just and educationally-sound practices.
Collaborating with community organizations is central to the work of the CELSJ. Partnerships with community organizations help to bridge the gap between educational leadership and social justice and facilitate dynamic and complex processes that Duquesne University students will experience in their professions. The Homeless Children's Education Fund (HCEF) is an organization that partners with the CELSJ and represents the vision and mission of UCEA.