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.
Major: Public Policy
Contact Caroline: firstname.lastname@example.org
Caroline Kassir is a sophomore from Arlington, Virginia. At Duke, she is studying public policy and education and hopes to someday work in education policy. In her free time, she is involved in the Duke Disability Alliance, performs in shows Hoof ‘n’ Horn, plays on the ultimate frisbee team, and volunteers at local elementary schools. Her favorite part of her DukeEngage experience was getting to form relationships and learn alongside her students, with the added bonus of getting to experience the country her family is originally from!
Following her summer working in Lebanon, Caroline developed the following list of resources for students who are interested in that program — or similar programs.
Arabic 101 – This is not an absolute necessity, but I think it would have enhanced my experience. Most people in Beirut speak English, but I think some experience in Arabic would have been beneficial(I have heard a rumor that a course will exist this year to fill exactly this role?). Any education course, particularly one with Dr. Malone. For obvious reasons, students going on this trip should have some vested interest in the field of education, and Dr. Malone’s courses force students to think about service and their place in the world. I think this knowledge could result in a better experience for both Duke students and the community. Introduction to Human Rights – Taught by an incredibly experienced woman, this class gave me some real insight into crises of nationality and human rights in America and abroad and provided a good framework to help me grapple with the more human rights-oriented side of this program.
From Beirut to Jerusalem – Thomas Friedman
Gate of the Sun – Elias Khoury
Social Exclusion of Palestinian Refugees in Lebanon – Sari Hanafi, Jad Chaaban and Karin Seyfert