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DukeEngage holds pre-application deadline Google hang-out

  • 11.04.14
  • Posted By: Eric Van Danen

DukeEngage student Andrew Kragie and Assistant Director of Programs Emily Durham hosted the first-ever pre-application deadline Google hang-out Monday evening [Nov. 3].  The nearly 30-minute hang-out aimed to answer questions from students who were considering applying to one of 39 international and U.S.-based programs offered by DukeEngage.  The application deadline for international programs is Wednesday, Nov. 5 at 12 noon.

Watch the Google hang-out session in its entirety here.

Duke Today highlights faculty leading DukeEngage programs

  • 10.10.14
  • Posted By: Eric Van Danen

A Duke Today article highlights Duke faculty leading DukeEngage programs. 

Some related Summer 2014 facts:

# of DukeEngage Group Programs: 40

    - 30 international group programs

    - 9 U.S.-based programs

    -1 "Hybrid" program (Durham, NC/Durham, England)

# of student participants: 425 (which includes 40 independent project students)

# of nations served in 2014: 46 (includes both group programs and independent projects)

# of U.S. states served in 2014: 9

# of faculty/staff program leaders in 2014:   24

# of faculty fellows: 10  (faculty who serve as liaisons to programs managed by partner organizations --- volunteer sending organizations --- in different parts of the world)

# of independent project faculty/staff mentors in 2014:   36

# of overall faculty/staff involvement for 2014:   70


New 2015 U.S. and International Programs Announced

  • 10.01.14
  • Posted By: Eric Van Danen

Two new California programs, new initiatives in Turkey and Peru, and expanded Tucson program with Chiapas, Mexico component offered in 2015

In an ongoing effort to expand the number of opportunities for students to serve in the U.S., two new California-based programs—one in San Francisco and the other in Orange County—are among the new DukeEngage summer of service offerings for 2015.

In San Francisco, DukeEngage participants will confront urban homelessness while working with nonprofits focused on providing services—such as temporary shelter, employment skills training, nutrition, and health information—for homeless youth and other youth at risk. Participants will also work with youth who are homeless or at risk of discrimination, harassment, or familial rejection due to their sexual or gender identity to help them meet their basic needs for housing, food, and employment. The program is led by Rebecca Bach, associate professor of the practice of sociology, and Janie Long, associate vice provost for undergraduate education.

The new DukeEngage in Orange County program will place DukeEngage students with Girls Incorporated of Orange County (GIOC)–an affiliate of the national organization dedicated to teaching at-risk girls and underserved girls to be self-sufficient, successful adults. The program focuses on personal development, health, and STEM education for underrepresented minorities.  The program is led by Christine Mulvey, research scientist in Duke’s Tissue Optical Spectroscopy Laboratory, and Nimmi Ramanujam, professor of biomedical engineering.

New DukeEngage international initiatives include programs in Dalyan, Turkey, and Cusco, Peru. 

In the new Peru program, organized by DukeEngage partner the School for International Training (SIT), students will learn about the history and cultural identity of Peru's native Andean communities while examining these groups' community development, preservation, and advocacy efforts in the context of shifting global forces. DukeEngage has enjoyed a successful relationship with SIT, which also organizes DukeEngage programs in Jordan and Serbia.

In Turkey, DukeEngage students will participate in sea turtle conservation activities, including the monitoring and protection of incubating eggs and the rehabilitation of sick and injured turtles. Students will also engage in conservation education and outreach. The program is led by Matthew Godfrey, adjunct assistant professor in Duke’s Nicholas School of the Environment, and Yakup Kaska, director of the DEKAMER Sea Turtle Center in Dalyan, Turkey, and a professor of biology at Pamukkale University in Denizli.

“We are particularly pleased that one-third of our 39 programs in 2015 will take place in the U.S.” said Eric Mlyn, executive director of DukeEngage and assistant vice provost of civic engagement at Duke said, “In addition to promising new programs in California, we also welcome the return of our Boston initiative, led by David Malone in the Program in Education, and a restructured Tucson program, which will introduce a cultural immersion component in Chiapas, Mexico, to help students gain a more global understanding of immigration issues.”

During the summer of 2015, DukeEngage will fund and support the placement of as many as 435 Duke students in both group programs and independent projects. Students can explore all DukeEngage opportunities available for Summer 2015 at as well as by attending presentations offered by faculty and former participants during “DukeEngage Week – International / Independent,” Oct. 20-24, 2014, and “DukeEngage Week – U.S. Programs,” Jan. 13-15, 2015. General information sessions will be held Oct. 3, 9, 15 and 28. 

Interested students may begin their application online at the DukeEngage web site beginning Oct. 1. The application deadline for international group programs is Nov. 5, 2014, while the application deadline for U.S.-based programs and independent projects is Jan. 20, 2015. 

Since 2007, when DukeEngage was launched, more than 2,800 Duke students have volunteered through DukeEngage with more than 600 community partners in over 79 nations on six continents.  


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.

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