The complex, multifaceted problems that Duke faculty and students tackle do not end in the classroom or lab. At Duke, engagement with the world is seen as a natural extension of education and inquiry. To change lives, the knowledge gained on campus must be shared with decision-makers, community organizers and society at large. Here are just a few of the many opportunities at Duke:
DukeEngage empowers students to address critical human needs through immersive service, in the process transforming students, advancing the University’s educational mission and providing meaningful assistance to communities in the U.S. and abroad. DukeEngage provides funding for Duke undergraduates who wish to pursue an immersive (minimum of eight weeks) service experience by meeting a community need locally, domestically or internationally.
Civic Engagement at Duke is broadly defined as being sensitive to the world’s problems, gaining an understanding of them and working to address them through collaboration and commitment.
The Office of Durham and Regional Affairs (DARA) works to broaden the university’s role as an advocate and partner for economic and community development in Durham and the region. DARA coordinates the university’s partnerships with Durham and the Research Triangle region, including but not limited to local government, the Research Triangle Park, Durham Public Schools, and area colleges and universities. DARA oversees the Duke-Durham Neighborhood Partnership and the Community Service Center.
Bass Connections is a university-wide initiative that brings together students and faculty to explore real-world issues. There are five themes for team-based interdisciplinary research into pressing societal challenges: Brain & Society; Information, Society & Culture; Global Health; Education & Human Development; and Energy. Project teams are made up of faculty, graduate and professional students, undergraduates and post-docs from across the university. Many projects have at least one community partner, giving students a meaningful way to engage with communities and organizations outside of Duke.