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On Monday, October 1, DukeEngage released the full list of group programs for the summer and opened the application for prospective participants. A total of 36 group programs are offered, including five new programs:

  1. DukeEngage in Chicago: Using hip-hop culture, literacy, and audio engineering as pedagogical approaches to developing and engaging urban youth as educated agents in their communities. Faculty program directors are Kisha N. Daniels, EdD, and Mark Anthony Neal, PhD.
  2. DukeEngage in Rwanda: Optimizing local resources to provide farm-grown meals to hospitalized individuals and equip their caregivers with knowledge on nutrition, health, and sustainable farming practices. Faculty program director is Emily Esmaili, DO, MA.
  3. DukeEngage in Peru: Conserving environmental resources through construction and education-related initiatives in the Cusco region.  Enhancing fair trade practices to complement the conservation efforts in indigenous communities in two main areas: community tourism and traditional weaving. An English literacy program at school and another targeted to the tourism entrepreneurs complements the program. This program is organized by Global Vision International (GVI) in collaboration with DukeEngage. William Villalba, PhD, is the Faculty Fellow for the program.
  4. DukeEngage in Puerto Rico: Partnering with organizations fostering innovation in the energy and environmental sectors to promote sustainable energy infrastructure and economic development. Faculty program director is Lori Bennear, PhD.
  5. DukeEngage in Uganda (BHTF): Building infrastructure and supporting a local faith-based organization focused on child and family education, community empowerment, and sustainable development. Faculty program director is David Schaad, PhD, Professor of the Practice. (This program is returning after a two year hiatus.)

Dr. Eric Mlyn, Peter Lange Executive Director of DukeEngage and Assistant Vice Provost of Civic Engagement, says he welcomes the diversity of new programming and faculty, and he continues to be pleased that so many students are using their DukeEngage experiences to fulfill requirements for majors, minors and certificates. “Each year,” he says, “the program gets further embedded in the Duke undergraduate experience.”

He shares: “This is always an exciting time of year for DukeEngage — as we announce the programs that we will offer for the upcoming summer. This year we are pleased to have five new programs that increase our presence in the United States and expand our presence abroad. Students will have many opportunities in the coming weeks and months to learn more about these and our returning programs. I know that they will be excited about our offerings and we look forward to sharing more with them.”

The application deadline for international group program applications is November 1, 2018, 12pm EDT and the deadline U.S.-based group applications and all independent project applications is January 23, 2019, 12pm EST. Approximately 400 students will be accepted for DukeEngage summer 2019 participation. The application is accessible via the DukeEngage website:

In all, a total of 36 group programs are offered for the summer of 2019: 15 U.S.-based and 21 international programs.

U.S.‐based Group Programs for 2019:

  1. Boston, MA
  2. Charlotte, NC
  3. Chicago, IL
  4. Detroit, MI
  5. Durham, NC/Durham, England
  6. Kauai, HI
  7. Miami, FL
  8. New Orleans, LA
  9. Orange County, CA
  10. Portland, OR
  11. Puerto Rico
  12. San Francisco, CA
  13. Seattle, WA
  14. Tucson, AZ
  15. Washington, DC

International Group Programs for 2019:

  1. Cape Verde
  2. Chile
  3. China-Zhuhai
  4. Costa Rica
  5. Guatemala
  6. India-Ahmedabad
  7. Jordan
  8. Kenya-WISER
  9. Lebanon
  10. Peru
  11. Russia
  12. Rwanda
  13. Serbia
  14. South Africa-Cape Town
  15. South Korea
  16. Tanzania-Engineering World Health
  17. Thailand
  18. Togo
  19. Uganda-Bringing Hope to the Family
  20. Uganda-Engineering World Health
  21. Vietnam

DukeEngage independent projects, in which students design their own individual summer project with a community partner, will also be considered in cities across the U.S. and abroad. For the summer of 2019, there are 40 available slots for independent project candidates.

DukeEngage provides full funding for select Duke undergraduates who wish to pursue an immersive summer of service in partnership with a U.S. or international community. As of summer 2018, more than 4,400 Duke students will have volunteered more than 1.5 million hours through DukeEngage, working alongside more than 600 community organizations in 42 U.S. cities and in 81 nations on six continents.