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DukeEngage Intern Featured by 1000 Friends of Oregon

  • 07.29.15
  • Posted By: Cathy S
    • Jerry Chia-Rui Chang Portland 2015

Jerry Chia-Rui Chang ('17) 

The Duke Engage Program serves as a pipeline between Duke University undergraduate students and environmental non-profits and governmental agencies in the Portland Metro area. 1000 Friends is a proud partner of the prestigious university’s program. This year, we are fortunate to have Jerry join the team! A Tapei, Taiwan native, Jerry’s focus in Computer Science and Statistical Science has helped stir up some new analysis in Eugene, Oregon. Find out more.

DukeEngage in Orange County, CA, Featured in News Release

  • 07.14.15
  • Posted By: Cathy S
    • DukeEngage Orange County 2015

Girls Inc. of Orange County Welcomes Duke University Student Volunteers

DukeEngage students arrive from North Carolina to inspire girls in STEM

COSTA MESA, CA: What happens when you combine the immersive service experience of a world-renowned East Coast university with a dynamic girls-only summer camp on the West Coast? That’s what Girls Incorporated of Orange County is learning this summer by welcoming eight Duke University students from North Carolina as part of the DukeEngage program, specifically designed to encourage Duke University undergraduates’ service learning and civic engagement. Since 2007, DukeEngage has provided one-time funding for over 3,000 undergraduates to volunteer to help meet a community need locally, domestically or internationally in over 78 nations. While in the past international DukeEngage projects were emphasized, in recent years the program has begun to focus on domestic placements. Simultaneously, Duke University’s Global Women’s Health Technologies, formed in 2013, was looking for a partner with whom it could share efforts to empower women through technology, education, and solutions. Girls Inc. of Orange County, which encourages girls to enter the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields that women are often underrepresented in, seemed like the perfect fit.

The DukeEngage students worked directly with Girls Inc. of Orange County’s Eureka! Manager, Cathleen Chase, and STEM Manager, Christie Pearce, to develop a week-long curriculum for the Girls Inc. Eureka! program. Eureka!, a four week summer camp held at both Santa  Ana College and Golden West College every July, exposes Orange County middle-school and high-school girls to the many facets of STEM. Through fun, hands-on workshops, girls are able to discover and explore different career paths and plan their futures. Eureka! also includes fitness, nutrition, and personal development activities that encourage girls to be healthy, strong, and self-confident. In addition to implementing their engineering curriculum at Eureka!, the Duke students will help facilitate Girls Inc. programs in topics such as Living Safe & Strong and College Bound.

Jaleelah Abdulai, a senior at Duke University majoring in Sociology, specializing in Medical Sociology and minoring in Chemistry, plans to attend medical school and become a cardiologist. On why she wanted to volunteer with Girls Inc. of Orange County specifically, Abdulai stated: “I wanted to work with Girls Inc. because of their dedication to the empowerment of girls in all areas of life, although more specifically in STEM. In middle school, my female science teachers were always amongst my favorite – they showed me that my interest in the sciences is welcomed. Girls Inc. provides me with the opportunity to impact these girls in the same way my teachers have before.” Likewise, Aitana Zermeno, a junior Biology major at Duke University said, “I was inspired to pursue science, and I hope to pass the inspiration along to the current generation of girls.”

The DukeEngage students will be volunteering with Girls Inc. of Orange County until August 15th. Through the scope of their work, they hope to serve as positive, accessible, role models that will inspire girls to pursue college careers in any field. In the words of Rohini Paul, a sophomore at Duke University: “As a passionate feminist and advocate for the healthy development of women, I wanted to volunteer with Girls Inc. of Orange County because of my desire to further the intellectual, social, and personal enrichment of girls and women in society!”

For more information on Eureka!, please contact Eureka! Manager, Cathleen Chase, at . For more information on DukeEngage, please contact program leader Christine Mulvey at .

About Girls Incorporated of Orange County: Established in 1954 as the Harbor Area Girls Club, Girls Inc.® of Orange County has been a respected member of the non-profit community for over 60 years. The mission of Girls Inc. is to inspire all girls to be strong, smart, and bold. We put our mission into practice through the Girls Inc. experience that equips girls to navigate gender, economic, and social barriers and grow into healthy, educated and independent adults. Girls Inc. of Orange County positively changes the lives of over 5,000 girls, ages 5 to 18, each year, by providing year-round holistic, compensatory, and intentional programming focusing on STEM  (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math), financial literacy, sound body image, healthy relationships, and college and career readiness. 


Learn more about Girls Inc. in Orange County, California. 

DukeEngage in Durban, South Africa, Plays Neighborhood Soccer Game

  • 06.30.15
  • Posted By: Cathy S

Jenni Owen, Program Director

These two photos are from our outing this past Saturday when the entire group played a "friendly" with the Croftdene team in Chatsworth, Durban, SA. The Triangle Futbol Club uniforms are from when we got together with members of the same team last year and handed over lots of soccer gear, including these from the Triangle Futbol Club where my kids have played for years. It was a high energy, fun time and great to see the youth from both countries come together on the field!

    • durban SA 2015
    • durban SA 2015 - after soccer

Want to Work with DukeEngage? Two Employment Opportunities Available Now

  • 06.24.15
  • Posted By: Cathy S

Announcement of two employment opportunities of potential interest to DukeEngage Alumni

Professional opportunities to support the work of DukeEngage:

Assistant Director for Finance and Administration

The Assistant Director for Finance and Administration manages the business and administrative operations for DukeEngage ( The search committee is looking for a team-oriented individual with attention to detail, strong financial acumen, excellent organizational skills, the capacity to manage multiple priorities in a fast-paced environment, and the ability to communicate and connect with colleagues. This position reports to the Director of Finance and Administration for Global and Civic Education, a collegial department that provides business management and coordination for the following departments and programs: Global Education for Undergraduates, DukeEngage, the Duke Office of Civic Engagement, College Advising Corp and Athletes Civic Engagement.

To view the full job description and apply online please visit the Duke HR web site:, requisition # 400967739.

Applicants should also mail a cover letter and resume to: Hiring Manager, Finance and Admin for Global and Civic Education, Campus Box 90590, Durham, NC, 27708. No emails, drop-ins, or calls please.

Student Services Coordinator

The Program Coordinator reports to the Senior Assistant Director for Student Programs and Outreach, and serves as the staff liaison for faculty-led US-based and international group programs. S/he plans and implements information sessions for prospective applicants, provides outreach to student groups and campus organizations, and advises students on program selection. S/he supports the application processes and provides administrative and programmatic assistance to the Senior Assistant Director for Student Programs and Outreach and to staff at DukeEngage US-based and international sites. The Program Coordinator must possess a Bachelor's degree. Strongly preferred work experience includes: implementing high impact teaching and learning programs for undergraduate students, non-profit/NGO volunteer or management experience, advising college-aged students, coordinating and planning credit-bearing and/or co-curricular experiential civic engagement programs in collaboration with University faculty and staff, and/or coordinating off-campus student internships. The Program Coordinator must be self-motivated, organized, work well independently, and possess strong analytical problem-solving skills. S/he must have a demonstrated capacity to work in a fast-paced, student-oriented environment, superior written and verbal communication skills, and experience with social media. Preference will be given to candidates with three or more years of work experience in a relevant field, knowledge of civic engagement, and/or additional training certification or degree(s) in a relevant field.

To view the full job description and apply online please visit the Duke HR web site:, requisition # 400972501.

Applicants should also mail a cover letter and resume to: Hiring Manager, DukeEngage Programs, Campus Box Box 90590, Durham, NC, 27708. No emails, drop-ins, or calls please.            

News & Observer Features DukeEngage Tucson Faculty Fellow, Charlie Thompson

  • 06.24.15
  • Posted By: Cathy S

Duke professor's book turns anthropologist’s eye on border issues

News & Observer, June 20, 2015, By Corbie Hill

There are few roads that parallel the U.S./Mexican border for very long. Interstates tend to veer away, and those wishing to follow the 1,969-mile boundary must often risk axle-destroying four-wheel-drive roads that cut through the Southwestern plains.

Yet Charles Thompson took those roads, rattling along heavily rutted trails, fingers crossed that his rented Chevy Cruze wouldn’t get stuck or totaled in the process. The Durham author, documentary filmmaker, Duke University anthropology professor and migrant rights activist had to if he was going to write “Border Odyssey: Travels Along the US/Mexico Divide” (University of Texas Press). It was his mission to follow the border as closely as possible. He sought a firsthand look at how modern U.S. border policy has affected the people in the region, from migrant workers to indigenous people to border patrol agents to residents of economically stagnant towns just north of the boundary.

Read the full article. 

DukeEngage Peru Alum Raising Funds, Making a Difference in Bulgaria

  • 06.15.15
  • Posted By: Cathy S

Michael Pelehach (Trinity '10) left a job at Target Corp. and landed a Fulbright Grant to teach English in Bulgaria. Read the full article in The Chronicle.

VIDEO: Duke Alum and DukeEngage Community Partner Honored by American Society of Civil Engineers

  • 05.15.15
  • Posted By: Cathy S

VIDEO: Duke Alum and DukeEngage community partner, Maria Gibbs, was named by the American Society of Civil Engineers as one of the year's "10 New Faces of Civil Engineering," in part for her work with Bridges to Prosperity.

Duke Approves New Certificate in Civic Engagement and Social Change

  • 05.08.15
  • Posted By: Cathy S

In late April, after lengthy discussion and consideration, the Arts and Sciences Council at Duke approved a proposal to create the new certificate program, which has both academic and co-curricular requirements.

Students in the certificate program will take a gateway class, a capstone seminar and two electives. They will also complete significant volunteer, civic and/or community service with at least two programs, one a 300-hour commitment and one a 150-hour commitment.

DukeEngage participants are encouraged to learn more about the certificate program, as their summer hours of program service likely exceed the larger 300-hour requirement.

Read The Chronicle's article about announcement.


guiDE group wraps up first successful year

  • 04.13.15
  • Posted By: Emily Durham
    • guiDE program 2014-2015

This past Friday, April 10 wrapped up the last meeting of the year for the guiDE group.  Over the course of the year, the guiDE group has played a pivotal role in representing their DukeEngage programs, serving as peer advisors and peer mentors to future DukeEngage participants, and serving in an advisory role to the DukeEngage office. 

The guiDE program provides DukeEngage alumni a pathway to continue their commitment to service and civic engagement by providing leadership, mentorship, and service opportunities that support wider DukeEngage efforts on-campus and beyond.


DukeEngage invites faculty & staff to apply to lead new programs

  • 02.11.15
  • Posted By: Jacki

Looking ahead to summer 2016, DukeEngage invites Duke faculty members, staff and campus-based Centers to apply to lead new DukeEngage programs.  To facilitate the program planning and development process, we are pleased to announce both our call for new program proposals and the opportunity to obtain a Site Exploration grant in support of new program proposals. 

Interested members of the campus community can learn more here.

New program proposals are due by Friday, August 14, 2015 while applications for Site Exploration grants are due Friday, April 17.

Read all of this summer's student-written blogs. 

    • DukeEngage Cairo