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    • Club Boulevard Humanities Magnet students enjoyed seeing themselves in the slideshow presentation by the Duke students from the Service-Learning class, Capturing Transience: Documentary Photography and the Digital Age, who had photographed them over the course of fall semester.

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


2016-17 by the numbers:


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Betsy Alden Outstanding Service-Learning Awards

We are currently calling for nominations for Betsy Alden Outstanding Service-Learning Awards, which recognize a graduating senior, a faculty mamber and a community partner. All from the Duke community are welcome to submit a nomination/s. Find info here.


Building a Culture of Dialogue

On Tuesday, April 4, 3:30 to 6:30 pm, please join Duke Service-Learning for an introduction to how to create a culture of dialogue and inclusivity on campus and in the community, from navigating identity differences, making decisions after “listening deeply enough to be changed by… Read More...
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Overcoming Challenging Moments in the Classroom or Workplace

On Wednesday, April 5, faculty, staff and community partners are invited to learn inclusive strategies and learn to manage difficult moments in the classroom or work setting related to a variety of social identities. Participants have the option to share real classroom or workplace moments… Read More...
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Tania Mitchell visit

Here are three opportunities to engage with very special guest Tania Mitchell*, a leading voice in service-learning in higher education! Faculty have two chances to meet with Professor Mitchell, staff can talk with her, and students can spend time with her too! Thursday, February 9,… Read More...
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Refugee Resettlement Panel

Refugee Resettlement in NC Panel Discussion January 25, 4:30-6:00pm Rubenstein Library 153 Are you working with refugee populations in NC? Join us for a discussion on refugee resettlement in Durham and a successful micro-enterprise project for refugees in Greensboro. Ellen Andrews, Director of CWS in… Read More...
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Leveraging e-Portfolios for Reflection

Join Service-Learning Thursday, January 26 from 12-1:30 Rubenstein 249, Carpenter Conference Room to learn more about a creative new initiative. Is reflection by any other name just as sweet? We think so! Duke has adopted PebblePad, an e-Portfolio system, to facilitate students’ reflection on learning… Read More...
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Dean's Conversation with Valerie Ashby

The Arrogance of Help, December 7th, East Duke Parlors, East Campus 4 – 5:30 pm. Don't miss our gathering with Dean of Trinity College of Arts and Sciences Valerie Ashby as she shares her thoughts and invites us to share ours on how we engage… Read More...
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Connecting Community Partners with University Resources

Our next workshop - Nov. 17, noon to 1:30, Rubinstein Library, Breedlove Room 349 Connecting Community Partners with University Resources. With S-L partners Elizabeth Shapiro-Garza, Assistant Professor of the Practice of Environmental Policy and Management at the Nicholas School of the Environment, and Calvin Allen,… Read More...
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A Conversation with Dr. Fran Kane

Date: Wednesday, October 19 Time: 12:00 - 1:00pm Location: West Duke 212, (Program in Education Conference Room), East Campus Join us as Fran Kane, professor from Salisbury State University in Maryland and author of Neither Beasts Nor Gods: Civic Life and the Public Good, meets… Read More...
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Fostering Student Development: A Workshop with Robert Thompson

October 18th, noon to 1:30 pm West Duke 101 (Kenan Classroom), East Campus - Join us as Robert J. Thompson, professor emeritus of psychology and neuroscience, shares insights with us about student development. A longtime area of focus for Professor Thompson is enhancing undergraduate education… Read More...
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Service-Learning Fall 2016 Teaching Showcase

With nearly 80 service-learning courses each year, representing more than 35 academic units, our campus is becoming a hotbed of creativity and diversity when it comes to service-learning pedagogy! Faculty who attend our workshops often report that they value connecting with colleagues across campus, sharing… Read More...
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Community-Based Activities in Language Courses

Service-Learning Faculty Fellows Joan Munné and Melissa Simmermeyer of Romance Studies held a presentation and conversation - "Looking and Listening In: Perspectives on Community-Based Activities in Language Courses on May 4, 2016 at the Forum for Scholars and Publics (011 Old Chem). From Professors Munné… Read More...
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2016 Alden Award Winners

The Service-Learning Program is happy to announce the 2016 Betsy Alden Outstanding Service-Learning Award winners. The Awards recognize graduating seniors, one faculty member and one community partner for their outstanding commitment to the ideals of service-learning. This year’s community partner recipient of the Alden Award… Read More...
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Annie Abbott Talk

On April 7, 4:30-6:00 pm in Soc Psych 127, Professor Annie Abbott, from the Dept. of Spanish & Portuguese, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, will discuss community service learning. Whether you are in the midst of building a community partnership or sending students to a well-established… Read More...
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Discourse of Advocacy: Student Learners’ Critical Reflections on Working with Spanish-speaking Immigrant Students

On Monday, March 28th from noon to 1:30, join us for our final workshop of the semester: "Discourse of Advocacy: Student Learners’ Critical Reflections on Working with Spanish-Speaking Immigrant Students" at the Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity conference room, Bryan Center. Join us to… Read More...
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Mindfulness as a Tool for Reflection in Service-Learning

Dane Emmerling led our workshop, Mindfulness as a Tool for Reflection in Service-Learning. Workshop participants experienced a lively discussion around Opening up Service-Learning Reflection by Turning Inward, Trae Stewart's essay that argues that reflection traditionally practiced in service-learning asks students to focus on the past… Read More...
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Collaboration XChange

Duke Service-Learning and Duke Innovation & Entrepreneurship invite you to the 2nd Annual Collaboration X-Change held on February 22, 5:00-7:00 pm at The Bullpen (215 Morris Street, Durham). This workshop is an annual conversation between Duke students/faculty and community partners. This year we will explore… Read More...
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Service-Learning and Intercultural Engagement

On Monday, February 1st from noon to 1:30, join us for our first workshop of the semester: Service-Learning and Intercultural Engagement at the Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity conference room, Bryan Center. Theoretical frameworks for considering intercultural encounters, including cultural competency, cultural humility, white… Read More...
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Intercultural Competence - Free Workshop

You are invited to join us to view streaming sessions from The Fifth International Conference on the Development and Assessment of Intercultural Competence via Internet on January 22 and 23. Check here for the complete agenda. DAY 1, Friday, January 22 LOCATION: Forum for Scholars… Read More...
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Workshop Dec. 7: Cultural Humility and Responsible Engagement

Fifteen engaged faculty gathered December 7th to discuss how to prepare students for responsible community engagement. Two experienced speakers (see below) provided an overview of resources to use in the classroom to explore issues connected to culture, socio-economic status, and sustainable partnerships, among other pieces… 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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Why take a service-learning course? Cole Wicker has an answer for you.

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