• Academy

Pre-Departure Training for DukeEngage Participants 

Immersion programs begin with a series of experiential preparation workshops. The primary goal of the workshops is to maximize the quality of student intellectual and behavioral engagement during the extent of one's field work experience. How can volunteers best adapt to cross-cultural, logistical, and ethical challenges?

DukeEngage workshops through its spring "Academy" empower participants with questions and tools to sustain a sense of curiosity, investment, and flexibility throughout their projects.

Annually, the Fortin Foundation DukeEngage Academy unites students, faculty, summer staff, and community collaborators for a two-day intensive pre-departure training.  Through carefully-selected workshops, unique and motivating speakers, and individual group reflection and team-building time, DukeEngage provides the groundwork and tools for effective civic engagement, safety and self-care, as well as fostering an ethos of critical reflection about the world around us and our place in it.

Students will:

  • cultivate humility about their civic engagement experience.
  • discover more about community partners & the reciprocal exchange of knowledge.
  • hear the stories of others and look to these experiences for motivation and inspiration.
  • engage with their cohort through site-specific meetings and reflection.
  • examine approaches to development and acquire strategies for effective service.
  • learn about post-DukeEngage research opportunities and other connections to their course of study.
  • set personal goals for the DukeEngage summer and identify useful resources.
  • develop a personal commitment to service.

DukeEngage students are required to participate in pre-departure trainings which will explore topics such as:

  • The Ethics of Engagement
  • Privilege & Partnership
  • Serving Across Cultures
  • Succeeding On Your Own (for independent project participants)
  • Health, Safety and Travel

A variety of optional workshops will also be available, such as: Succeeding in the Workplace, Documenting your Experience, Intercultural and Interfaith Dialogue, Traveling as a Woman and much more.

Through supporting skills in critical thinking and adaptability, DukeEngage preparation creates the groundwork for students to continue their inquiry into civic engagement.  Upon returning to campus, DukeEngage offers participants the unique opportunity to connect the personal impact of an immersive service experience with the intellectual resources that a university environment affords.

Save the Date

The 2017 Fortin Foundation DukeEngage Academy—required for participation during summer 2017—will be held May 9-10.