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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.



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Major: Biomedical Engineering

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Michelle is a Pratt junior studying Biomedical Engineering and Global Health. Besides DukeEngage, she pursues her love for global health through participation in a Bass Connections program and leadership with Duke Global Medical Brigades. As part of her independent project to the Philippines, Michelle met with the local municipal government of Pilar Sorsogon, traveled and held community discussion events in various villages, and contributed to the creation and adoption of a 3-year plan for WaSH improvement in Pilar. Besides academic pursuits, Michelle loves rock climbing and dancing with Duke Chinese Dance.

Resource Guide

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

Global Health 306 – Global Health Policy This class focuses on the global health policy making, specifically on understanding the importance of actors on a national and global level, the process of agenda-setting, and the interaction between global health research and policy. I absolutely loved this class, partially due to the knowledge and experience of the professor, Prof. Gavin Yamey, and the importance of policy enactment on the sustainability, growth, and success of global health interventions.

Since my community partner used the UNICEF WaSH programme as a guideline, I found it useful to read their resources online. Additionally, I looked on websites such as World Atlas to get a basic understanding of Filipino culture at large. To get a sense of current events, I followed topics on the Philippines on news sites, such as the BBC, Rappler, and the Philippine Daily Inquirer.



I watched videos on water, sanitation, and hygiene published by UNICEF, World Bank, and WHO to help learn about the global movement for WaSH improvement (available through YouTube!)

There are several Filipino food trucks around Durham (Adobe Joe, the Bamboo Cookhouse) that I have to find!

FHI 360, a locally based NGO recognizes the importance of WaSH and includes the concept in their WASH-Plus program.