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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.

A DukeEngage student smiling in Seattle


DukeEngage Partner Organization: Solid Ground

Major: Economics and Computer Science

Contact Tina:

Tina is a senior student pursuing a double major in Economics and Computer Science along with a History minor. She has always been interested in social issues due to her involvement with debate in high school as well as on campus now. She participated in DukeEngage Seattle where she worked as a financial intern at Solid Ground, an organization focused on alleviating homelessness through addressing root causes. In the future, she hopes to continue using her economics and financial background to help address the systemic biases that result in increasing poverty levels across the country.

Tina’s Six Word Story describing her experience:

New trails, old tales, some fails. 

Resource Guide for DukeEngage USA - Seattle

Following her summer working with Solid Ground in Seattle, Tina developed the following list of resources for students who are interested in that program — or similar programs.

Spanish books to read about issues in a different language; librarians can direct students to these books.

Tutoring programs, Langdorm (language selective living group), Languages Department Dinners

Attending candidate forums for upcoming mayoral election

Volunteering at the Duke Campus Farm

Volunteering with regional Durham homeless shelters

Like the Duke Campus Farm on Facebook

Follow local politicians and their platforms

Read the Chronicles for updates on regional elections as well as regional events


So Rich, So Poor: Why It’s So Hard to End Poverty in America by Peter Edelman


Many articles from new sources recapping the local election voting as it occurred as well as the results

News Sources

The Seattle Times (local news)

The Atlantic (general news)

The Economist (general news)


The Big Short: Understand why there was suddenly a boom of mortgage counseling clients when the housing market bubble burst

Online Videos

SolidGroundWA youtube channel

APO – service oriented fraternity that provides opportunities for members to engage in a variety of service opportunities that are either brought on campus or facilitated off-campus for Duke Students

Duke Student Government – promotion of local election and hosting of a candidate forum. Great way to get involved in campus politics as well.

Housing-for-New-Hope is a local organization working to address homelessness in Durham – the experience of a nonprofit starter and the struggles that he faces on a daily basis; fun and light-hearted but also informative and interesting

  • Duke Democrats offers internships/other opportunities for college students to become involved in politics
  • Make Durham Beautiful recruits volunteers to help with trash pick-up and beautification of the community
  • Housing-for-New-Hope has a rapid rehousing program that is seeking interns. They help homeless individuals find affordable housing quickly to minimize the amount of time they have to stay on the streets