Duquesne University Leadership Academy

Duquesne University Leadership Academy

October 23, 2019 0 By Stanley Isaacs


[Music] (Blake Neiderlander) I wanted to get more experience with other
people; just get a good understanding of what I can do in Pittsburgh as a community and
what’s going on in Pittsburgh that I can see, or just open my eyes to new perspectives. (Tyler Schmidt) Touring Pittsburgh has really been cool. It’s a beautiful city, and doing it with the
fellow students here has just been great. (Juliana Gahr) You know the Spiritan tradition is not just
doing, but rather like walking with the people that you’re working with, and being a part
of it, and like giving back to the community. (Tyler Schmidt) So today we’ve been working with ARYSE, which
is a service group located here in Pittsburgh who helps immigrants get accustomed to life
here so that it’s a smoother transition into a new country. And we’ve been making signs and water bottles
welcoming them here to campus. (Blake Neiderlander) Favorite experience I think for us was going
out into the Hill District and actually doing an interactive tour. Walking with Terri Baltimore, she opened my
eyes to a place that I really never knew or checked out before. (Tyler Schmidt) We’re able to see the story and the history
behind all the people of Pittsburgh, as well as learn about justice and charity. (Juliana Gahr) I feel like there’s nothing better than to
learn who people are. I think that’s one of the greatest things
because everybody has their own story. And so for me when I travel or when I do these
types of service projects, it’s to know the people; it’s to know the area. (Blake Neiderlander) We’re all here to serve, and to serve others
in our communities and feel the empathy for people. (Tyler Schmidt) The Duquesne students and staff here are not
just great counselors, but also great role models for the type of person I hope to be. I’d love to share all these ideas and lessons
I’ve learned here in Pittsburgh at Duquesne with all my fellow students and try and inspire
others to be leaders—and servant leaders—and be able to recognize injustices and speak
up and speak out. (Juliana Gahr) Everything that we’re experiencing—whether
it’s a service activity, whether it’s a talk, whether it’s just going and having fun at
night—it’s all a part of just like one collective experience that is incredible. [Music]