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Enterprising Leadership and Civic Engagement

An exploration of ways that students can exercise enterprising leadership to develop innovative, resourceful solutions to important civic issues within and external to Duke University. Course includes four primary focuses: understanding models of change, exploring and practicing enterprising leadership behaviors, reflecting upon ethical values, and designing and implementing a civic engagement project on campus. Open only to students inthe Focus Program. Instructor consent required

Pursuit of Equality: Rethinking Schools - Lens of Social Justice

In 1954 the Supreme Court case Brown versus the Board of Education forever changed American schools by ending segregation and creating educational equity. Or did it? Are today’s schools any more inclusive or socially just than schools were 50 years ago? Examination of ways schools may or may not perpetuate and reproduce social inequities. Focus on recent efforts to imagine and create socially-just schools.

Farmworkers in North Carolina: Roots of Poverty, Roots of Change

Focus on those who bring food to our tables, particularly those who labor in the fields of North Carolina and the Southeast. Students will learn about farm work from the plantation system and slavery to sharecropping and up to the migrant and seasonal farmworker population today. Study and analysis of media representations of farmworkers and agricultural issues as well as historical and contemporary documentary work and its contributions to farmworker advocacy. Includes a service-learning component in volving work in the community.

Community-Based Research with Spanish-Speakers

This course partners with Duke faculty to assist them in implementing their research projects in the local Spanish-speaking community. As a service-learning course, students serve a minimum of 20 hours in tasks such as interpreters, survey takers, assisting in home visits, etc. as needed in the research study. Class session will explore topics related to the content of the research study such as education or health. In addition students will focus on research methods, cultural competency, and linguistic skills necessary to interact with the Latino/a community.

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