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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
"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.
"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."