service-learning project


Service-Learning is an approach to learning that connects academic coursework with community engagement. In service-learning courses, faculty and students deepen critical consciousness about our local and global communities as they partner in service with them and listen to diverse perspectives.

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Our Mission

Duke Service-Learning provides consultation, training, research, funding and advocacy for the work of faculty, staff, students and communities to support academic coursework that joins communities in promoting social equity and social change. Learn more about resources available:

For Faculty

We offer a variety of personal and professional development opportunities and services for faculty to support our commitment to critical and equity-centered community engagement.

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For Students

We provide our students with opportunities to integrate work across disciplines and to think deeply about the intersectionality underlying many of our social challenges.

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For the Community

We are dedicated to approaching partnerships with asset-based thinking and generative reciprocal practices to work in solidarity with our community partners.

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Why Take Our Courses? 

Courses can feel removed from the world outside Duke and life after college, but service-learning courses allow you to apply and gain academic knowledge in an authentic setting. With courses in dozens of departments, you’ll find a course that fits your interests, while also providing you with an opportunity to: 

  • Get to know Durham (beyond downtown) 
  • Deepen your learning by gaining academic knowledge in an authentic context 
  • Apply what you're learning in the classroom to contemporary issues 
  • Develop a wide range of skills, from cross-cultural awareness to critical thinking, problem solving, and leadership skills.
Featured Course

Course Overview: Death and Dying, taught by award-winning professor Dr. Deborah Gold, examines multiple perspectives on death and dying in America while acknowledging… read more about Death and Dying »


Stories of migration captivate us because they touch on universally important themes: home, family, belonging, identity, pain, loss. In this course, we will explore narratives, or stories, of… read more about Narratives of Migration »


About the Course: Students in this course will participate in community economic development in Durham. First, students will learn to evaluate competing theories regarding the reasons for… read more about Social Inequalities and Low-Wage Work »

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