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About a dozen students from Duke are halfway through their two-month service learning program in Zhuhai, China, where they are working with seventh and eighth graders at No. 9 Middle School.
Read the entire story in the Duke University arts journal here.
President Barack Obama recently appointed Marguerite Kondracke to the Board of Directors of the Corporation for National and Community Service.
Kondracke is co-chair of DukeEngage's National Advisory Board and president and CEO of America's Promise Alliance. She is one of seven to be named to the corporation.
Created in 1993, the Corporation for National Service is a public-private partnership that engages Americans of all ages in service through three national service initiatives—AmeriCorps, which includes more than 600 local and national programs, AmeriCorps VISTA, and AmeriCorps NCCC.
President Obama said in a statement, “I am proud to nominate a group of individuals whose collective experience will help shape, expand and strengthen the next generation of service. These men and women are true leaders who understand that America faces an unprecedented set of challenges, and that what’s required to overcome those challenges and build a new foundation for economic growth and prosperity doesn’t come from Washington alone – it comes from every American willing to make a difference in communities across this country.”
Obama also nominated John Podesta, the head of the Center for American Progress; Rick Christman, CEO of Employment Solutions, Inc.; Jane Hartley, CEO of Observatory Group; Matthew McCabe, a teacher from Chicago; Lisa Quiroz, VP for Corporate Responsibility at Time Warner; and Phyllis Segal, a VP at Civic Ventures.
DukeEngage is eager to expand the involvement of Duke faculty or staff in the development of new DukeEngage group programs for Summer 2011.
To that end, go here to download the application.
Photographs taken by Tanzanian children will be featured in a new exhibit of images taken through the Literacy Through Photography (LTP) program at the Center for Documentary Studies. The exhibit will run June 14 through Jan. 8.
The exhibit evolved out of the work of the LTP program and the participation of DukeEngage students in Arusha, Tanzania last summer.
Read more about the project and exhibit here.
Welcome to the new DukeEngage web site. In addition to the improved "look" of the site and the navigational enhancements, we hope you enjoy exploring new features and additions, including...
• Site-specific group program pages in our Immersion Programs section
• A full-screen slide show (click the camera at the top right of the home page to "reveal" the slideshow, which will grow considerably in the coming months)
• A new media section that will incorporate a growing portfolio of images and videos from student participants
We look forward to your feedback.
Concerns about student safety at the Muhuru Bay, Kenya DukeEngage site recently led to the suspension of this summer's program there. The 13 students who were scheduled to participate in the program have been offered new service placements with the Foundation for Sustainable Development, also in Kenya.
In anticipation of each program getting underway, DukeEngage staff and affiliated faculty directors conduct ongoing assessments of service sites to ensure operational feasibility and student safety. A recent assessment conducted by Sherryl Broverman, faculty leader of the Muhuru Bay, Kenya program, revealed concerns stemming from threatening actions and statements made by the former building contractor for a school being built at the site. While the program in Muhuru Bay is suspended indefinitely, DukeEngage hopes to return to the site in the summer of 2011 once the problematic issues have been resolved.
Each of the 13 DukeEngage students scheduled to take part in the Muhuru Bay program have been offered alternative placements through a partnership with the Foundation for Sustainable Development (FSD), an organization with which DukeEngage worked last summer in the Kenyan town of Kakamega. Opportunities exist in a number of areas—from youth and education, microfinance and women’s empowerment to health, human rights, the environment and community development—in Kakamega as well as in the city of Mombasa.