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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.

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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. 

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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

Sister City of Durham, England, Brings Shakespeare to Duke

  • 09.08.16
  • Posted By: Kate Rodgers

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."

Read the full article here

Eric Mlyn, Executive Director of DukeEngage, on Social Innovation and Civic Engagement in Higher Education

  • 09.08.16
  • Posted By: Kate Rodgers

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."

DukeEngage Alum Diana Anthony, Indy '14, Returns to Ecuador to Continue Work with ROMP

  • 09.08.16
  • Posted By: Liz Corrao

“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.  


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