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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.

Karissa

DukeEngage Partner Organization: Learning Through Pictures

Majors: Biology & Documentary Studies

Contact Karissa: kct17@duke.edu

Karissa Tu is a junior interested in biology and documentary studies. This past summer, she participated in DukeEngage Tanzania-Learning Through Pictures (LTP), a program allowing team members to work with teachers, students, and other individuals using a participatory learning methodology. LTP widely promotes creativity and self-expression in learning. The emphasis on bringing individual stories into our learning highlighted, for her, the importance of facilitating space in which students and individuals feel able to reflect and share parts of their stories. She believes personal stories change the way we perceive and thus have a powerful effect on our interpersonal relationships. As she continues to work towards her goal in medicine, she is working on integrating basic foundations of LTP methodology, ”observation and collaboration,” with what it means to better care for people in and out of the health sphere.

Karissa’s Six Word Stories describing her experience:

“People whisper loud, wondering about me.”

“People like talking, children tell stories.”

Resource Guide

Following her summer working with Learning Through Pictures, Karissa developed the following list of resources for students who are interested in a similar program.

“”An Ex-mas Feast” in Say You’re One of Them by Uwem Akpan allowed me to reflect upon and begin to understand the complexity of our work and how it is shaped by several forces including history, international relationships, tourism, aid, youth, other generations, and much more.  Other helpful articles and pieces in exploring the topic of education in Tanzania and the idea of storytelling in our identity included, “I Had a Dream to Finish School” by Human Rights Watch, Nyerere’s Arusha Declaration, and Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson.”

“Chimamanda Ngozi’s TED talk on “The Danger of a Single Story” is incredibly powerful and presents a nuanced perspective on how we listen and share our experiences and ultimately our stories. This topic is helpful both during DukEngage programs and after returning from programs. “