• LEAPS reunion at Betsy's April 2013
    • LEAPS reunion at Betsy's during Alumni Weekend 2013

Hello, service-learning alumni!

If service-learning made an impact on you during your time at Duke, you've come to the right place. We'd love for you to stay involved, and help current students to have similarly meaningful experiences, in any of the following ways:

Stay in touch

If you have recently graduated, you probably know that you will lose your Duke e-mail address after one year. From time to time, we in Duke Service-Learning receive an job posting or announcement that may be of interest to recent grads. We also feature alumni stories here on our website, and  occasionally arrange for service-learning alumni to visit campus to speak with current students.

If you would like to continue to hear about opportunities such as these, we invite you to join the service-learning alumni mailing list, using your permanent address. We currently use this list very infrequently (est 2-3 times/year) to circulate relevant opportunities and invitations.

I hope that each of you are finding adventure and meaning in your post-Duke communities, and look forward to staying in touch! We’d love to hear what you’re up to, and please let us know if there is anything we can do to support you.

Tell your story

Inspire current students AND faculty by letting us know where your service-learning experience has taken you, both personally and professionally. Read the stories of other alumni here, then submit your own.

Duke Alums Engage

Each spring, alongside other Duke alums from your area, put the principles of civic engagement and service-learning into practice through a group project tailored to the needs of your community. Immediately after your day of service, you'll have an opportunity to contemplate and evaluate the experience, as a group and individually. Find out more...

Re-connect with LEAPS

Were you a "LEAPer" during your time at Duke? Betsy Alden continues to advise and support LEAPS on a part-time basis. ---and if you'll be in town, we'd love for you to share your story with current students over breakfast or lunch!


DukeConnect is a networking tool for talking with current students and other alumni about jobs and careers, life stages, graduate schools, and more. Thousands of alumni have volunteered to offer information and advice. Login to tap into their insights, start an affinity group, or volunteer your own experiences.

Give to Duke

Tens of thousands of alumni are the heart of Duke’s Annual Fund, which benefits current Duke students, paying for financial aid awards, computer and laboratory equipment, course development, student research projects, summer internship stipends, and much more. Find out more...


Interview with Julie Norman (Trinity ’02)

In this video, Dr. Julie Norman discusses how her experiences with service-learning helped shape her research and career. Currently a professor of political science at McGill University in Montreal, she is the author or editor of several books on nonviolent protest movements, particularly pertaining the Israel-Palestine conflict. She also publishes on media activism, political prisoners, and security and human rights. Julie has extensive experience in the Middle East, and she will soon be a Fellow at the Institute for Conflict Transformation and Social Justice in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Aisha Taylor, Trinity '05

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Dear service-learning friends, I first got involved with Service Learning when I took the Women as Leaders course taught by Betsy Alden.  It was my junior year of college and the course was so powerful that the following year two other women and I decided to enroll in an independent study…
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Jillian Hopman, Trinity '05

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How much did service learning at Duke mean to me? The photo on this page is of the only project, or original piece of school work, I have ever kept - and it has followed me on my journey from Durham to New York as a reminder of how much service…
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Hua Wang, Trinity '03

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Dear Duke Service-Learning Community, I had the fortune to have supportive people in my life (Betsy Alden has been and continues to be a wonderful mentor and friend) who took an interest in me and encouraged me to pursue my dreams and live my life on my own terms.  I show…
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