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DukeEngage Students Explore Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Detroit

  • 09.18.14
  • Posted By: Eric Van Danen
    • DukeEngage in Detroit MI

A special Duke Today feature highlights DukeEngage's new program in Detroit, which launched in the summer of 2014.  The feature includes photography by Katherine Black, who served as the program's site coordinator.  The program is led by Matthew T.A. Nash, managing director for social entrepreneurship, Duke Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative; and center director, Social Entrepreneurship Accelerator at Duke (SEAD), Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship, Fuqua School of Business; and Christopher Gergen, CEO, Forward Impact; and a fellow at the Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship, Fuqua School of Business. DukeEngage in Detroit will run again during the summer of 2015.

View the feature in its entirety here. 

WISER video portrays new sustainable energy project

  • 07.21.14
  • Posted By: Eric Van Danen

Below is a video feature of an sustainable energy project at the WISER site in Muhuru Bay, Kenya.  Program leader Sherryl Broverman developed the project in conjunction with Nimmi Ramanujam in Duke's Pratt School of Engineering.  DukeEngage funding supported the involvement of three Kenyan colleagues who assisted with planing at the WISER campus this past spring; and former DukeEngage in Kakamega, Kenya participant, Mikayla Wickman, received RIPP-Engage funding to visit WISER this year to assist with the project. 

Provost Peter Lange honored through named DukeEngage directorship

  • 04.28.14
  • Posted By: Eric Van Danen
    • Peter Lange retirement celebration

Retiring Provost Peter Lange is being honored by an anonymous $4 million gift that is endowing the DukeEngage directorship in his name. 

The gift announcement was made at Lange's retirement party April 25.

DukeEngage was developed during the 2006-07 academic year by a task force convened by Lange to envision a way to integrate civic engagement into the undergraduate experience.  DukeEngage was launched in the summer of 2007.

Read the full story here.


College Advising Corps to Partner with Duke University to Reach Underserved Students in Rural North Carolina

  • 03.06.14
  • Posted By: Eric Van Danen
The College Advising Corps ("Advising Corps"), a national non-profit based in Chapel Hill, announced today that it will be joining forces with Duke University to provide college advising to underserved students.
Duke, the 24th higher education institution to partner with the Advising Corps, will place recent college graduates as college advisers in underserved high schools in rural North Carolina. Duke joins the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, North Carolina State University and Davidson College as Advising Corps higher education partners in North Carolina. The addition of Duke, Davidson, and NC State, alongside long-time partner UNC-Chapel Hill, was made possible by a three-year, $10 million grant from the new John M. Belk Endowment ("JMBE").
Duke and other Advising Corps partners are addressing the dearth of college access guidance in American high schools. Studies show that the student-to-college adviser ratio in the United States is 467 to 1. The average student spends 20 minutes with a college counselor per year.
"We are thrilled to welcome Duke to the College Advising Corps," said Advising Corps Founder and CEO Nicole Hurd. "Duke will be a great partner in ensuring that more North Carolina students have a post-secondary opportunity, strengthening the state's workforce and economy."
Duke will commit to recruiting 10 recent college graduates to serve as full-time advisers with the program, bringing the total number of advisers to almost 90 in North Carolina. The initiative will be administered by Duke's Community Service Center, with participation from Duke's Office of Civic Engagement. Many units across campus, including the Office of Financial Aid and Office of Admissions, will support the training and work of the college advisers.

Read the story in its entirety here.

Duke Magazine features DukeEngage project in Madagascar

  • 12.09.13
  • Posted By: Eric Van Danen

A recent DukeEngage Magazine feature highlighted an independent project undertaken Madagascar during the summer of 2013 by Cameron Tripp and Sophie Stall.  

See the article in its entirety here.

DukeEngage's Mlyn co-authors article for The Huffington Post

  • 11.05.13
  • Posted By: Eric Van Danen

Eric Mlyn, Duke University assistant vice provost for civic engagement and executive director of DukeEngage, has co-authored an article that appeared today in the Huffington Post.

The article was a collaborative effort with Amanda Moore McBride, associate professor and associate dean for social work, and director of the Gephardt Institute for Public Service at Washington University in St. Louis.

Titled "Civic Engagement and Higher Education at a Crossroads", the article begins: 


For those of us who went in to higher education in part to hide out in the ivory tower, it looks like the party is over. What we do, how we do it, how well we do it and how much it costs have now become matters of significant public and political debate. The challenges are well known and clear. Cost and access have arguably always been of concern, but never more so than now. 

Other prevailing issues demand reflection and response. Students are graduating with crushing debt burdens, and their potential employers are telling us that they are not prepared for the work place. The explosion of online education and in particular the rise of MOOCs threatens to provide something for "free" that many of us are charging nearly $60,000 a year for. Our very home communities are questioning our value to them, especially as many of us are exempt from paying property taxes. 

Simultaneous to this "crisis" in American higher education is the continued growth of the civic engagement movement on our campuses. Civic engagement is not, of course, a panacea for the ills of higher education, but it can be part of the solution. 

See the article in its entirety here.

New DukeEngage programs in Miami, Detroit, Serbia, South Korea; DE Application Live

  • 09.30.13
  • Posted By: Eric Van Danen

DukeEngage will offer 40 group programs in partner communities throughout the U.S. and abroad next summer.  New programs for 2014 include initiatives in Detroit, Mich.; Miami, Fla.; Belgrade, Serbia; and Seoul, South Korea.  A revamped Washington, D.C. program will also run in summer 2014. 

Oct. 1 each year marks the announcement of new and continuing programs for the following summer.  The DukeEngage online application also goes live Oct. 1.

View the complete list of new and continuing programs here.

Zhuhai, China program featured in Duke Arts Journal

  • 09.16.13
  • Posted By: Eric Van Danen

The DukeEngage in Zhuhai program, which brings an arts enrichment curriculum to middle school students in China each summer, was featured prominently this weekend in Duke's Arts Journal.

Zhuhai's program leader, Hsiao-Mei Ku, a professor of the practice in Duke's Department of Music, said, "By teaching 16 integrative arts classes at Zhuhai No.9 Middle School, Duke participants encourage young Chinese students to pursue their dreams, try out novel art forms and motivate them to create endless possibilities."

Read the entire story.  

Durham Herald Sun profiles reconfigured DukeEngage Durham program

  • 08.19.13
  • Posted By: Eric Van Danen

"Two Durhams" is the focus of a recent Durham Herald Sun article, which explores the reconfiguration this summer of one of the DukeEngage program's veteran initiatives in hometown Durham.  This summer, participants in the program not only served in Durham, North Carolina but also served in sister city Durham, England.

See the Herald Sun article here

Mlyn to lead university-wide civic engagement efforts, named assistant vice provost

  • 08.15.13
  • Posted By: Eric Van Danen
    • Dr. Eric Mlyn
Eric Mlyn, executive director of DukeEngage, has been appointed to a new post in which he will guide university-wide civic engagement efforts.
Mlyn has added the title of assistant vice provost for civic engagement and will report to Stephen Nowicki, dean and vice provost for undergraduate education.
"Eric's work with DukeEngage has made important contributions to the civic engagement scene at Duke and in higher education more broadly," Nowicki said.  "I am confident he will help solidify Duke's role as a national leader in this arena."
The Duke Office of Civic Engagement (DOCE), formerly known as the Duke Center for Civic Engagement (DCCE), will be the hub for coordinating and amplifying existing and new civic engagement activities.  Megan Granda, executive director of DCCE, will assume a new title as DOCE director, and will work closely with Mlyn, as will Robert Korstad, professor of public policy and history, who will chair a faculty board for the DOCE.
Critical to this reorganization, said Granda, will be the newly constituted University Council on Civic Engagement, which will include advisory roles for key Duke civic and service-focused campus organizations. Korstad will chair the council.
Elaine Madison, who serves as associate director for Programs, Strategy and Assessment at DukeEngage and the director of the Duke University Community Service Center, will take on the additional role of executive director of the council.

"Civic engagement is alive and well at Duke," said Korstad, "but we still have a lot to do to realize the civic potential of our students, staff, faculty and community partners." 

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