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: Neuroscience and Psychology
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Molly Monsour is a junior at Duke majoring in Neuroscience and Psychology. Molly has volunteered with individuals experiencing homelessness since 2015, when she began serving at Trinity Cafe in Tampa, FL. Her experiences volunteering at Trinity Cafe sparked a passion for helping those experiencing poverty and general service. At Duke, Molly fueled this passion through volunteer work at St Joseph’s serving breakfast to individuals experiencing homelessness in Durham. She also served as VP of Hunger, Homelessness, and Housing for Duke Partnership for Service. Through this position, she organized Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week and Random Acts of Kindness Bags. Outside of her service work, Molly works in Dr. Morey’s PTSD and TBI Neuroimaging lab and enjoys running, cooking, and reading. She hopes to go to medical school and/or continue her studies of the brain.
Following her summer working in San Francisco, Molly developed the following list of resources for students who are interested in that program — or similar programs.
I have not taken many classes related to sociology, GSF, or race, however, I wish I had before participating in DukeEngage. I think an introductory gender and sexuality course, a course about racism and privilege, and a sociology course would be extremely helpful. While I learned a lot about sexuality and racial identities through DukeEngage, I frequently felt naïve and privileged. I wish I had had prior knowledge on the current struggles and history of the communities with whom I was working.
SOC 110D – Sociological Inquiry: This course focuses on social networks, groups, organizations and institutions. I think this course was helpful for me in understanding basic social relationships in the US. It was also helpful in understanding racial gaps, gender gaps, and inequality.
SOCIOL 265 – Drug Use and Abuse: Getting High in the United States: This course explores trends in the use, abuse, and regulation of mind-altering substances in the United States. Many of the youth struggled with drug abuse, and one of Larkin Street’s main goals was to practice harm reduction. I would’ve appreciated having background knowledge on this topic.
GSF 101 – Gender and Everyday Life: Introduction to the way Women’s Studies as an interdisciplinary field studies gender in its complex intersection with race, class, and sexuality. Given that SF works with LGBTQ+ homeless youth, this course would have been extremely helpful for me.
Staying up to date on regular news was helpful, especially because some youth were immigrants and deeply impacted by current politics.