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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.

Kate Rodgers smiling


DukeEngage Partner Organization: Trag Foundation

Major: Public Policy

Contact Kate:

Kate is a junior in Trinity pursuing a major in Public Policy, a certificate in Markets and Management and a minor in Spanish. After learning about the cultural and religious causes of the Yugoslav wars, she was inspired to learn more about contemporary politics in the Balkans. She participated in the DukeEngage program in Serbia during the summer of 2017 and worked with Trag Foundation. She focused on helping the foundation strategically reinvest in women’s organizations throughout the region, explore opportunities for corporate partnerships, and develop materials to help grantees fundraise. Kate returned to campus with a newfound appreciation for the ways in which language can reveal cultural nuances, and during the fall semester she will be studying away in Madrid!

Resource Guide for DukeEngage Serbia

Following her summer working with the Trag Foundation in Serbia, Kate developed the following list of resources for students who are interested in that program — or similar programs.

A conversational knowledge of either Urdu or Arabic is extremely helpful while working in Serbia. Knowledge of Serbian will also enrich participants experience although it is not necessary.

Online textbooks, podcasts and pronunciation tips to assist students with learning Urdu and the Duke Slavic and Eurasian Language Resource Center has many tools to help students learn Serbian.

There are no campus groups to assist students in learning either Urdu or Serbian, however, students may take courses in Arabic.


The Ethics of Stories in Contested Terrain, sponsored by Kenan Institute for Ethics

Lessons from the 2016 Election: What They Mean for 2018 and Beyond sponsored by DeWitt Wallace Center for Media and Democracy, POLIS: The Center for Political Leadership, Innovation, and Service, and Sanford School of Public Policy

Online Resources

The Duke Events Calendar

The American Grand Strategy facebook page



 Safe Area Gorazde by Joe Sacco

The Bridge Betrayed: Religion and Genocide in Bosnia by Michael A. Sells


Radovan Karadzic: Psychiatrist, Poet, Politician, Convict? By Denis Dzidic published by Balkan Transitional Justice

News Sources

The Balkan Investigative Reporting Network


Tito I ja (with subtitles) directed by Goran Markovic

Online Videos

“Yugoslav Wars, 3 Minute History” by Jabzy

TED Talks

“Why We’re Unhappy, the Expectation Gap” a TED Talk by Nat Ware

Alexander Hamilton Society

MASTERY Refugee Tutoring

The Kenan Institute for Ethics on Duke’s campus offers many opportunities for students to familiarize themselves with the nuances of the refugee crisis, a main topic of this DukeEngage program.

WWW Virtual Library – History of Yugoslavia

MASTERY, Refugee Tutoring

SuWA, empowering refugee women

Church World Service, the Durham office offers many ESL classes with which students may help. Also donations are always needed.