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    • Duke Chemistry Outreach took their show on the road again - this time to the Nasher Museum. People of all ages had the opportunity to perform four hands-on activities (Milk Art, Ink Pen Chromatography, Calcium Alginate Pearls, & Acid-Base Indicators and Dry Ice) in the "Messy" Class Room at the Nasher. DCO also performed two stage shows demostrating the variety of ways that color was related to chemistry.

Service-Learning supports Duke's commitment to knowledge in the service of society by connecting civic engagement to the curriculum.


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Workshop Dec. 7: Cultural Humility and Responsible Engagement

Join us December 7th to learn more about how to prepare your students for responsible community engagement. Two experienced speakers (see below) will provide an overview of resources to use in the classroom to explore issues connected to culture, socio-economic status, and sustainable partnerships, among… Read More...
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New Spring Service-Learning Courses

We are delighted to introduce these five new courses! EDUC 390S.07: Medical Ethics--End of Life Care, Prof. Gheith Study of medical ethics, policy, clinical, and personal issues in working with dying and bereaved people. Focus will be on diverse populations (diversity in ethnicity, culture, socioeconomic… Read More...
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Community Partnerships Workshop November 9

A lively group gathered at the Forum for Scholars and Publics to discuss principles of partnership. Respect, commitment, trust, reciprocity and many other words were chosen by participants and highlighted to reflect on the multi-faceted aspects of community partnerships. Faculty examined to what extent these… Read More...
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Service-Learning Course Design Workshop Oct. 19

The Service-Learning Course Design workshop included lively discussions and creative brainstorming around the topic of intentional integration of service-learning in course design. Read More...
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Connecting With Durham

Service-Learning hosted one of its favorite events of the year on Friday, September 25 when new Duke faculty and others from Duke interested in deepening their own knowledge of Durham joined Service-Learning on a bus tour to explore parts of Durham they may not find… Read More...
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Think Outside the Bookbag!

Thursday, October 29 at 4 PM at the Duke Center for Multicultural Affairs, LEAPS is reaching out to spread the word about S-L spring courses. Join them to hear what's happening next semester and get your questions answered about Service-Learning at Duke. FREE FOOD! LEAPS… Read More...
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What is service-learning?

Service-learning is a teaching and learning approach that integrates community service with academic study to enrich learning, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities.

~ National Commission on Service-Learning, 2002

Faculty members who teach service-learning courses arrange specific service opportunities that both enhance the educational goals of a course and serve the public good by providing a needed service in the community.

Students taking service-learning courses commit to completing a certain number of hours of service work outside of class, and to reflecting on this work through class discussions and assignments.

Community partners receive assistance from students and often enjoy the intellectual stimulation of collaborating with Duke faculty members and students to support the academic goals of the course.

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