Duquesne Doctoral Students Start Their Program with Service to Veterans

On Tuesday, July 12, a cohort of students will begin their doctoral studies in educational leadership at Duquesne University-by constructing a fleet of wheelchairs for local veterans' use.

The program is intended to build the cohesiveness of the student team and strengthen their commitment to community service as they undertake the intensive three year program, said Dr. Connie Moss, director of the School of Education's Ed.D. Program in educational leadership.

The teams of doctoral students, who are more likely to be wielding white board markers and computer mice than screwdrivers and wrenches, have from 10 a.m. to noon to complete and assemble six wheelchairs in Duquesne's A.J. Palumbo Center gym, Moss said.
"Building wheelchairs is a metaphor for the leadership relationship," Moss explained. "The students will come to know each other, see that they bring different skills to the team and turn their energy into service. It's leadership that engages mind, heart and spirit in the moment of action."

When completed, the chairs will be shared with the Veterans Administration Hospital and offices at Duquesne and the University of Pittsburgh.

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