Skip to main content

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.

 

 

Smiling student with sunglasses, sitting outdoors

Miranda

DukeEngage Partner Organization: Ahed-Togo

Major: Political Science

Contact Miranda: maw103@duke.edu

Miranda Wolford is a current junior hailing from Idaho, interested in the intersection of international development and security policies. In high school, she worked as a Global Youth Ambassador for The ONE Campaign for the eradication of global poverty, as the Chief Executive Officer of Kids Helping Kids Orange Country (a nonprofit devoted to the socioeconomic advancement of youth), and as an intern at the Tom Lantos Institute for Human Rights. At Duke, she is a member of the Duke American Grand Strategy Undergraduate Council, a consultant for TAMID, and a consultant for the Alliance of AIDS Services in Durham. After spending two months in Togo, she is looking to pursue an African focus with her studies of international development, evaluating how the private sector can help fill in the gaps of international aid policies.

Resource Guide

Following her summer working with Ahed-Togo, Miranda developed the following list of resources for students who are interested in a similar program.

“I found the book Doing Development in West Africa: A Guide for and by Undergraduates (Charles Piot, Duke Press) to be particularly helpful because it was written by Duke undergrads who’ve previously partaken in this program. I would love to see the guiDEs put on a similar publication.”

“Because gender roles play such an enormous role in the cultural differences we see on the ground, I thoroughly enjoyed watching Girl Rising, a documentary on the trials and tribulations of various girls in different cultures around the globe. Recognizing that our struggles are not universal, and that girls’ challenges are different even from country to country, is an important part in evaluating what work we can do. “

The Alliance for AIDS Services in Durham is in desperate need of volunteers and administrative support. There are many opportunities for students to get involved in organizing events, marketing campaigns, etc.

I would also point out Banh’s Cuisine in Durham, on 9th Street. It is a wonderful family-owned Vietnamese/Chinese restaurant that is overlooked by Duke students because it has a less-than-polished interior design. But in terms of trying authentic food and supporting small businesses, this place is unparalleled. “