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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.
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.
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.
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."
On Wednesday, September 7, The Chronicle reported that "Much Ado About Nothing" will be preformed at Duke and Durham by the Castle Theatre Company, a result of the relationship between Durham, England, and Durham, North Carolina, fostered by DukeEngage.
"This 'Much Ado' also has a broader significance, both at home and overseas. It is the next step for DukeEngage Durham-Durham: since 2012, Duke students have been visiting our Sister City every summer to do community service. This visit will further strengthen the bond between Duke and Durham University, and hopefully anticipate more student collaborations in the future."
Working with Ms. Amanda Moore McBride of the University of Denver, Eric Mlyn, the executive director of DukeEngage, has published an essay on social innovation and civic engagement, which can be found in Diversity and Democracy's summer issue as well as here, on the Association of American Colleges and Universities website.
"Look at the traffic in your email inbox over the last week. If your inbox looks like ours, take note of the number of emails you have received, from both internal and external colleagues, announcing a new undergraduate competition for the best innovative solution to a social problem, a new course on how to construct a business plan to start a social impact organization, or a competition for funding to start a new campus organization. To us, the volume of these emails is stunning, and it speaks to a broader trend in the higher education system."
“It was the most amazing marriage of creativity, engineering and art that I’d ever seen,” DukeEngage alum Diana Anthony recalls of her time spent volunteering at the Range of Motion Project (ROMP) lab in Quito, Ecuador during the Summer of 2014. ROMP, a mobility organization, supplies prosthetic limbs and orthotic braces to those who do not readily have access to these services.
“I loved my time in the lab,” Anthony adds, “getting the hands-on experience of building a substitute for a human limb—the opportunity to help build the leg that would help someone walk again for the first time, and to watch them take their first steps—what an amazing experience!”
Anthony believes that some of the most valuable aspects of the volunteer program include working within a small team environment and witnessing first-hand ROMP’s impact on patients. “Volunteers get to interact with those they are volunteering to help. They are able to directly see the benefits of their work.” Anthony adds, “Not only are you able to help and give back, but personally, you learn a lot about the field of prosthetics and public health in the developing world.”
After finishing her degree, Anthony returned to Quito to work at ROMP full time as the Operations Manager for ROMP Global. Her responsibilities include managing a 3D printing project that she had started while she was a DukeEngage volunteer. “Taking the lead on the 3D printing project two years ago helped solidify my role as the manager of our 3D printing labs in all of our locations,” Anthony explains, “I scout new technologies or companies that I think might benefit ROMP, and then I get us involved.”
DukeEngage and ROMP celebrated their 5th year of partnership this summer. In her current role, Anthony works with DukeEngage volunteers and encourages more to apply. “Do it!” she says, “No matter if you think your Spanish isn’t quite there yet, or you aren’t sure what direction you want to take your studies or career. This organization and the people it serves are some of the best people you will ever meet, and they will show you a whole world of inspiration, dedication, and a desire to better themselves and the people around them. I can’t tell you exactly what this experience will do for you or how it may shape you, but I can tell you that it is worth it.”
This article was written by Brandi Thomas, guest writer.