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Welcome to the Duchesne Center

The Duchesne Center for religion and social justice is the heart of community service and experiential service learning at Manhattanville. Although not all of Manhattanville's service programs are run by the Duchesne Center, it does coordinate many of them. Its mission is to facilitate, educate, and encourage student involvement in community outreach, cultural, leadership, academic, and spiritual initiatives across the Manhattanville College campus and beyond.

Through the Duchesne Center:

  • Students completed approximately 30,000 hours of local and global community service
  • There are over 60 outlets for community service available on the Manhattanville campus.
  • More than 600 students participate in community service activities.

What does Manhattanville College mean by community service?


  • Community service means: participation in activities designed to improve the quality of life for specific communities served, particularly marginalized and under-represented individuals and communities and the environment. Community service activities may include but are not limited to:
  • Academic service-learning- service that is integrated with academic course content. It may involve direct or indirect service, and may include academic research.
  • Direct service to citizens (e.g., serving food to the needy) and
  • Indirect service through research/analysis (e.g., assessing community nutrition needs or managing a food bank).
  • Co-curricular service-learning (not part of an academic course, but utilizing service-learning elements);
  • Co-curricular student volunteer activities, as well as Work-Study community service and paid community service internships.


(Adapted from www.NationalService.gov/HonorRoll)


Religious Resources: see "Duchesne Highlights" page!


Is not this, then, a century worth living in—a day worth serving? And though toil, hard, heavy toil, be the price of life, shall we not, young men and women,gladly work and sacrifice and serve…?
And we serve first for the sake of serving—to develop our own powers, gain the mastery of this human machine,and come to the broadest, deepest self-realization. And then we serve for the real end of service, to make life nonarrow, selfish thing, but to let it sweep as sweeps the morning—broad and full and free for all men and all time,that you and I and all may earn a living and earth, too, more than that, a life worth living.But you who, firm and inspired, turn toward the work of living, undismayed, knowing the world that was, loving the world that is, and believing in the world that is to be, just what can you do—what careers can you follow torealize the ideals and hopes of this day?

-W.E.B. DuBois - Fisk University Commencement Address (1898)

Service learning trips are planned for the 2013-14 academic year including: 

Domestic:  Romero Center, Camden, NJ; ADULLAM Christian Fellowship and The DUCHESNE House, New Orleans, LA; and, the Texas Leadership Conference.

International: To be decided.