Charlie Batch to Address Duquesne's Spirit of Diversity Dinner

Duquesne University's Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) will honor University students who are committed to academic excellence, diversity and inclusion at the Spirit of Diversity Dinner and Scholarship Benefit.

The sold-out event on Friday, April 1, in Duquesne's Power Center Ballroom, provides an opportunity for members of the campus community and region to listen and engage in discussion about current multicultural and social justice issues. Former Pittsburgh Steeler quarterback and community advocate Charlie Batch will speak.

"This keynote event with respect to diversity and inclusion in our community is truly special," said Jeff Mallory, OMA director. "We are thankful for the ability to highlight the diverse people, perspectives and abilities that are among us."

Batch is known for his leadership extending far beyond the gridiron, including positions as the vice president of the Executive Committee for the NFL Players Association and as an NFL spokesperson for the United Way. He also created the Best of the Batch Foundation, a nonprofit that works to improve the lives of children and families in distressed communities by building character, self-esteem and appreciation for education.

In addition, Batch serves on many boards, including the United Way of Allegheny County, the Western Pennsylvania Humane Society, the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Musical Theater.

"As an office, we are thrilled to join our great students, alumni, campus supporters and community partners together for this occasion," Mallory added. "Charlie Batch is highly respected and recognized for his athletic accomplishments and community efforts in the Greater Pittsburgh region. Most importantly, he has always put the needs of others, especially children, before his own. We are privileged to have him as a speaker and thankful he is a part of our community."

About 340 people will attend the event, which helps to provide scholarship funds to Duquesne students.

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