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The Language of DukeEngage

Here’s a breakdown of some key acronyms, words and phrases that we use at DukeEngage.

Community Partners
Duke Engage collaborates with individuals who represent the organizations that host and guide our students’ work during the summer. They are co-educators, working alongside our program faculty.

Community-driven Service
DukeEngage relies on the communities it partners with to determine the kinds of work our students do during the summer. We believe that community members know best what they need, so we ask them to decide on projects and themes for the programs and projects we manage.

Asset-based Language vs. Deficit-based Language
When we communicate about the places in which we work, serve and live during the summer, we acknowledge and appreciate the many positive aspects and strengths of the community and the people who live there. We focus on opportunities and the things we can learn (ASSETS), as opposed to perceived problems or what we think might be lacking (DEFICITS). We seek out and respect local knowledge and expertise. We do not presume that our way of thinking or living is better. Instead, we acknowledge difference without judgement or bias.

DukeEngage challenges students to step outside their comfort zone, to find value in the expertise of others, and to accept there are things they don’t know, challenges they can’t solve, and outcomes they can’t control.

DukeEngage challenges students to appreciate opportunities, communities and individuals.

DukeEngage believes the collaboration between our participants and host communities should be a partnership that benefits both sides, with two-way learning, mutual respect and shared goals.

DukeEngage challenges students to think critically about experiences and issues — to reflect on meaning and consequences — and to translate what emerges into knowledge. Structured reflection is a critical component of service-learning and civic engagement work, and helps DukeEngage participants develop the skills and discover the tools necessary to work towards significant, informed and valuable social change.

DukeEngage challenges students to fully engage in the community where they serve. To get to know the people, the place, the culture and the history. We encourage students to put down their mobile devices and connect with the individuals, organizations and everyday customs that make up the fabric of that community.

Fortin Foundation DukeEngage Academy
For two days in May, all current DukeEngage participants and program leaders come together to explore important issues surrounding ethical and effective service and to prepare for a successful summer.

Brodhead Fellowship
The Brodhead Service Program is a competitive summer funding opportunity for DukeEngage program alumni who want to build on their DukeEngage experience to craft a follow-up immersive experience in North Carolina – or beyond.

DukeEngage guiDEs are student leaders who support the program by acting as ambassadors at events, providing guidance to DukeEngage staff, assisting with outreach efforts and serving as peer advisers.