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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.




Major: Environmental Science with Food Systems Focus

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Maia Matheny is a sophomore at Duke, intending to major in Environmental Science with a focus in food systems and food justice. She participated in the DukeEngage Portland, OR program during the summer of 2019. While there, she worked as an intern at Urban Gleaners, a food justice nonprofit that redistributes food waste in Oregon to children and families without access to proper nutrition. Maia hopes to bring these values back to Duke, as she cultivates a passion for food justice through classes like Food, Farming, and Feminism, and a possible Sustainability certificate.

Resource Guide

Following her summer working in Portland, Maia developed the following list of resources for students who are interested in that program — or similar programs.

Food, Farming, and Feminism: This course ties the history of sustainable agriculture to gender theory and feminist movements, incorporating themes like environmental justice. It provides a unique lens through which to view environmental issues, and has so far been an excellent way to continue studying at Duke what I learned this summer.