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Boston Program Director Professor David Malone recognized by the Cook Society

  • 12.15.16
  • Posted By: Kate Rodgers

Congratulations to our Boston Program Director Professor David Malone for receiving the Samuel DuBois Cook Society Raymond Gavins Distinguished Faculty Award. This is the 20th anniversary of the Samuel DuBois Cook Society Awards, which has recently been renamed to honor the late Professor Raymond Gavins. Among other qualifications, the award recognizes those who have been influential in working towards, “betterment of relations between persons of all backgrounds.” A dinner at the Washington Duke Inn will be held on February 21st, 2017, to honor the recipients of this prestigious award. Read more about the Samuel DuBois Cook Society here.

DukeEngage alum Henry Warder continues to follow his passion for prosthetics

  • 12.13.16
  • Posted By: Kate Rodgers
    • Henry Warder ROMP

DukeEngage alum Henry Warder is making great advances in the field of prosthetic limbs. Warder completed an independent DukeEngage project in Ecuador working with ROMP, a nonprofit which creates prosthetics, and then went on to co-found Duke’s eNABLE chapter with Richard Beckett-Ansa. This club is dedicated to explore the advances that can be made in the field of prosthetics with the aid of 3D printers. The latest project the two seniors are working on is the creation of a prosthetic hand for Kaylyn McGuyrt, a women who lives in Wake Forest, with the use of the 60 3D printers located in Duke’s Innovation Co-Lab. Read more about the amazing way Warder is continuing his civic engagement in the Chronicle article here.

Collin Leonard Develops Devices to Aid Amputees with ROMP

  • 11.03.16
  • Posted By: Liz Corrao

          Collin Leonard (Pratt ‘19) completed his independent project during the summer of 2016 in Quito, Ecuador, working with the Range of Motion Project (ROMP). ROMP is a nonprofit health care organization dedicated to providing prosthetic and orthotic care to underserved individuals and communities. During his two months at ROMP, Leonard worked on two major projects: a bionic hand and a dressing device for patients at clinic.

            Leonard first worked on a 3D printed prosthetic hand called the HACKberry, using the design model and license systems made available through the HACKberry Open Source Project. This community-driven, open source policy means that artificial arm users and developers can access all the necessary files and materials to print the bionic hand. A report on the design was sent back to the developers, allowing Leonard to give feedback that will help developers around the world improve the model’s next prototype. In this way, Leonard and his partners at ROMP were able to directly contribute to ongoing global progress in the design and production of bionic and artificial limbs.

            Additionally, Leonard was involved in building a dressing device for a bilateral amputee patient at the clinic. Leonard worked on multiple designs for the device, then iteratively built and improved them. He hopes that the low cost of the device will allow a large number of bilateral amputees to gain access to the tools needed to live a more independent life. Throughout his progress on both of these projects, Leonard also worked at a prosthetic clinic three days a week building prosthetics and orthotics in the ROMP workshop.

            For this interview with DukeEngage, Leonard discussed the many challenges associated with 3D printing and the ample room for advancement in the field. Despite the frustrations of working with this relatively new technology, Leonard says that the relationships he built with the patients and their families was the most rewarding part of building these devices.

            At Duke, Leonard’s work with the Innovation Co-Lab helped encourage his interest in 3D modeling and design. Leonard’s DukeEngage experience in Ecuador affirmed his desire to work internationally after graduation. After realizing a particular interest in the role that patents and corporations play in the process of innovation, Leonard has positioned his post-graduation graduation goals toward international business and social entrepreneurship.  

To learn more about the Range of Motion Project, visit our Featured Partners Page

DukeEngage Welcomes New National Advisory Board Members

  • 10.21.16
  • Posted By: Cathy S

The DukeEngage National Advisory Board is comprised of prominent Duke alumni and friends from around the country who have demonstrated the values of leadership and service that DukeEngage embodies. The role of this Board is one of advice and advocacy.

We extend our gratitude and warm welcome to the following new board members:

Patricia Morton '77, P'06, Charlotte, NC

Alexandra Swain, '13, New York, NY

Andrew Nurkin '03, Lambertville, NJ

Mark Todzo '86, P'20, Hillsborough, CA

Benay Todzo P'20, Hillsborough, CA

Dennis Clements H.S. '73-'74, H.S. '86-'88, P'04, Chapel Hill, NC


View the DukeEngage National Advisory Board roster in its entirety.

DukeEngage Student Essays Published in New Book from Charles Piot and DukeEngage Togo Participants

  • 10.18.16
  • Posted By: Liz Corrao

        DukeEngage is proud to celebrate the release of Doing Development in West Africa, a Duke University Press book featuring the work of DukeEngage participants, edited and facilitated by DukeEngage Togo program leader, Charles Piot. Since 2008, cultural anthropologist Charles Piot has connected Duke students with the opportunity to initiate development projects in West Africa through DukeEngage Togo. This year, he has compiled student essays documenting and reflecting on the work done in these communities as a way of sharing the challenges, successes, and failures of carrying out meaningful initiatives.

        Piot’s contributions help contextualize the various student projects in terms of West African developmental progress in recent history, and provide insight regarding the prospective success of different types of ventures. By giving DukeEngage participants the chance to share their perspective, Doing Development in West Africa emphasizes the importance of cultural understanding and discovery when approaching challenges abroad.

        Join us in celebrating the book’s release on Thursday, October 27, 2016, from 4-6pm in the Duke Office of Civic Engagement (Smith Warehouse, Bay 9, First Floor). The event will include an introduction from Piot, as well as selected readings from DukeEngage participants. DukeEngage and the Duke Office of Civic Engagement are thrilled to be presenting the publication, and hope it inspires students to strive to broaden the range of impact of their service learning experiences.

    • Piot Book

Thomas Phillips Joins DukeEngage Staff

  • 10.18.16
  • Posted By: Liz Corrao

       DukeEngage is pleased to announce that Thomas Phillips will be joining its staff as Assistant Director for Programs. The Alabama native attended Auburn University prior to several years of service all around the globe, including membership in the Peace Corps, and teaching languages in New Mexico and South Korea. As a member of the DukeEngage team, Phillips will be able to pass his understanding of the value of global civic engagement onto Duke students. Visit the DukeEngage Staff Bio page to read more about Thomas Phillips. 

    • Thomas Phillips

New DukeEngage programs announced for summer of 2017

  • 09.29.16
  • Posted By: Cathy S

New for the summer of 2017, programs have been added in Chile, Costa Rica, India, Rwanda, Uganda and Hawaii.


Three of the six new programs — Neltume, Chile; Monteverde and Santa Elena, Costa Rica; and Kaua’i, HI — focus on environmental policy, sustainability and conservation efforts. All three are faculty-led programs. The new program in Ahmedabad, India, is also faculty-led, with a focus on children and youth, women’s empowerment and human services. The program in Kigali, Rwanda, focuses on public health, education, land reform, women’s rights and the well-being of children; this faculty-led program has strong ties to the Duke Center for Documentary Studies. The final program, Uganda-EWH (Engineering World Health), will focus on health care technology/engineering projects.

2016 Photo Find Winners Announced

  • 09.27.16
  • Posted By: Kate Rodgers

Congrats to the winning participants in the 2nd annual DukeEngage Photo Find Awards. During their summer working with community partners in the U.S. and abroad, DukeEngage group and independent project participants were invited to submit their best photos in four categories: immersion, partnership, reflection and gratitude. The following 8 images and artist statements were selected as winners because they best represent the DukeEngage mission and values.

See the photos on the DukeEngage website, or in The Chronicle.

Eric Mlyn Recieves the Masai Staff from Kimana, Kenya

  • 09.12.16
  • Posted By: Kate Rodgers
    • Masia Staff from Kimana, Kenya

Brian Grasso, Sage Garcia, and Matthew Brague presented DukeEngage Executive Director, Eric Mlyn with the Masai Staff after returning from a DukeEngage independent project in Kimana, Kenya. The staff is a symbol of the highest authority in the Masai culture, and the boys were asked by the community to give it to the "male leader" of DukeEngage. The boys partnered with Just One Africa and Lenkai Christian School for ten weeks this past summer, and worked closely with the community in Kimana through various projects.

DukeEngage and the Global Education Office to Offer Dinners for Returning Students

  • 09.08.16
  • Posted By: Kate Rodgers

As reported by Nidhila Masha of The Chronicle, DukeEngage and the Global Education Office have partnered to create programing to support students coming back to Duke after time abroad. 

"The Chronicle's Nidhila Masha interviewed Carolyn Covalt and Abigail Grubbs - program coordinators for the Global Education Office for Undergraduates - and Meredith Casper, the assistant director for training and student development at DukeEngage. They discussed the reasons for the dinner series and the difficulties students face re-adjusting to life on campus."

Read the full interview

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