Duke Service-Learning News

David Malone Wins Major Award

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North Carolina Campus Compact, a network of public and private colleges and universities committed to civic and community engagement, has named Dr. David M. Malone the recipient of the 2017 Robert L. Sigmon Service-Learning Award. Dr. Malone, left, is pictured here with Robert Sigmon. The Sigmon Award, created in 2006, recognizes…
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Language Learning in Durham

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An article was recently featured by Duke Global on the Community Based Language Initiative directed by Service-Learning's own Joan Clifford. Read about it here to see what interesting and important work is being done locally with some of Durham's newest residents.
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I Am All The Way In

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“When David Malone [Director of Duke Service-Learning] told me we were going to be talking about ‘the arrogance of help,’ I said I am in, I am all the way in,” said Dean of Arts and Sciences Valerie Ashby. Ashby was on a panel convened Dec. 7th to probe the many…
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A Model for Connecting with Community Partners

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Our Service-Learning workshop, Connecting Community Partners with University Resources, led by Nicholas School Professor Liz Shapiro-Garza and her co-teacher from the non-profit world Calvin Allen, was full of ideas and strategies they have developed to ensure students and partners have successful and productive relationships during projects in their course, Practicum in…
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Context and Connections Meaningful for Participants

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Duke Service-Learning hosted its annual Context and Connections tour on October 7th. Context and Connections offers new Duke faculty and staff interested in deepening their own knowledge of and relationship to Durham’s communities an opportunity to explore connections with their teaching, research, and service. Service Learning once again was honored to…
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Fostering Student Development: A Workshop with Robert Thompson

Robert J. Thompson, professor emeritus of psychology and neuroscience, shared insights with us about student development at a workshop October 18th in West Duke 101. He discussed the evolution of engagement in academia, and shared the latest understanding of the neuroscience of developing brains of emerging adults, which impacts the way a university might plan for student growth. A longtime area of focus for Professor Thompson is enhancing undergraduate education through scholarship on teaching and learning and fostering the development of empathy and identity. Dr. Thompson allowed plenty of time for sharing questions and thoughts, resulting in a lively discussion of ways we can more fully impact students. Read an article that touches on many of the ideas he shared here.

A Conversation with Dr. Fran Kane

Fran Kane, professor from Salisbury State University in Maryland and author of Neither Beasts Nor Gods: Civic Life and the Public Good, met with us over lunch Oct. 19 to discuss ideas about a life of purpose. Kane specializes in civic engagement, medical ethics, and political philosophy.

Pauli Murray Book Group

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To celebrate the end of spring semester, the Service-Learning Program met as a “Book Group” to discuss the wonderful new book about Pauli Murray and Eleanor Roosevelt—The Firebrand and the First Lady. Barbara Lau, who has led the efforts to bring Pauli Murray’s story to light in Durham (see…
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Community-Based Activities in Language Courses

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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 and Simmermeyer, "Community-based activities affect student…
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Annie Abbott Talk

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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 setting, our goal in community service…
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Discourse of Advocacy: Student Learners’ Critical Reflections on Working with Spanish-speaking Immigrant Students

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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 dive deeper into the topic of…
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Mindfulness as a Tool for Reflection in Service-Learning

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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 for insights about the future, skipping…
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Collaboration XChange

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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 3 questions: What is responsible engagement?…
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New Website!

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There is now a "Persians in Triangle" page on the Languages in Durham website! Check it out here. The Persian students at Duke University want you to learn about the stories of Iranians living in the RTP area. They invite you to visit the site and explore the various materials…
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Service-Learning and Intercultural Engagement

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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 privilege, white fragility, offer both support…
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Intercultural Competence - Free Workshop

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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 & Publics (011 Old Chem) DAY…
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Student Voices

SLA Reflection by Hira Ahmed

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As a current graduate student, I seldom get a chance to relive my carefree childhood, the curiosity that lead me to pursue the field of science. My experience at George Watts Elementary school as a service-learning assistant (SLA) for Education 111 has been phenomenal thus far. Being part of the Education…
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Making Memories Through S-L Work by Katie Taylor

Entering Duke my freshman fall, I had high aspirations to be a math professor in the future. I decided Educ101 would be a wonderful way to begin making my way towards those goals, but I had no idea that it was a service-learning course. And I had no idea how my…
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