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Fortin Foundation DukeEngage Academy

The 2019 Fortin Foundation DukeEngage Academy was held on East Campus, May 7-8, 2019. More than 500 students, faculty and staff participated. We are grateful to all attendees and presenters for their thoughtful and careful preparations. View a photo essay of the 2019 academy here.


Students participating in Duke Engage programs for summer 2018 take a moment to pose with Duke president Vince Price in Baldwin Auditorium

Duke’s Exclusive Student Training Program

The Fortin Foundation DukeEngage Academy represents Duke’s unwavering committment to preparing its students to be successful and ethical global citizens.

Each year, the Fortin Foundation DukeEngage Academy unites students, faculty, summer staff and community collaborators for intensive pre-departure training. Through carefully-selected workshops, unique speakers, individual group reflection and team-building time, DukeEngage provides the groundwork and tools for effective civic engagement, safety and self-care, as well as fostering an ethos of critical reflection about the world around us and our place in it.

The Academy empowers participants with questions and tools to sustain a sense of curiosity, investment and flexibility throughout their summer projects — and into the future.

Required workshops explore topics such as:

  • The Ethics of Engagement
  • Privilege & Partnership
  • Serving Across Cultures
  • Succeeding On Your Own (for independent project participants)
  • Health, Safety and Travel

A variety of optional workshops are also offered, including: Succeeding in the Workplace, Documenting your Experience, Intercultural and Interfaith Dialogue, Grant Writing for Nonprofits, Traveling as a Woman and much more.

The Fortin Foundation DukeEngage Academy builds skill-sets and competencies that can serve students during their DukeEngage summer — and into their careers.

“You will learn things in your DukeEngage experiences that can never be taught in a classroom, and we hope that you will bring your experiences back to Duke to share with your classmates and colleagues. In so doing, you will enrich our campus life and our ongoing civic engagement activities.” – President Vincent Price at the 2018 DukeEngage Fortin Foundation DukeEngage Academy

May 2017 - President Brodhead Addresses DukeEngage students at Fortin Foundation DukeEngage Academy just weeks before his retirement. It was his ninth and final send-off presentation to students about to embark on a summer of service.

During the 2015 Fortin Foundation DukeEngage Academy students participated in a special edition of PopUp Chorus to compose a musical message to their Community Partners.