The Betsy Alden Outstanding Service-Learning Awards recognize annually one community partner, one faculty member, and one graduating senior for their outstanding commitment to the ideals of service-learning. We are pleased to recognize Elizabeth Shapiro-Garza, Associate Professor of the Practice of Environmental Policy and Management, Reagan Sanders (Duke ‘21) a Public Policy major, and GANO, Gente Aprendiendo Para Nuevas Oportunidades, for their most… read more about Congratulations to the 2021 Betsy Alden Outstanding Service-Learning Award Winners! »
What is the role of a university in creating equitable and inclusive communities? How do you engage with individuals who don’t share your worldview or principles? What is the right balance between managing urgent issues with addressing root causes?
These are just some of the questions posed by undergraduates at a community-building event hosted by Duke Service-Learning on March 24. Part of the program’s ongoing “Opportunity of Now” series, this session focused on the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s goal of creating a “… read more about Service-Learning hosts discussion on ‘our shared humanity’ with Dean Valerie Ashby »
The Opportunity of Now event series: Spring 2021
“We are now faced with the fact that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now. In this unfolding conundrum of life and history, there ‘is’ such a thing as being too late. This is no time for apathy or complacency. This is a time for vigorous and positive action.”
-Martin Luther King, Jr.
We are experiencing a critical moment in history - an opportunity to redefine and transform how we show up in the world. How can we learn… read more about The Opportunity of Now Event Series »
“I thought it was possible that the service aspect would tank with the class going online this fall,” said Deborah Gold, professor emeritus in psychiatry and behavioral sciences, who teaches the Death and Dying service-learning course. “But the class just continued to improve all semester… Everyone involved got something significant out of the experience.” read more about Zoom and window visits: Service-learning courses adapt to the pandemic »
“The pandemic has reminded us that no one is saved alone. What ties us to one another is what we commonly call solidarity. Solidarity is more than acts of generosity, important as they are; it is the call to embrace the reality that we are bound by bonds of reciprocity. On this solid foundation we can build a better, different, human future.” — Pope Francis, from theNew York Times.
A global pandemic followed by a wave social protests offered a challenge, and an opportunity, to redefine… read more about Fall 2020 prioritized racial justice, language access, education, isolation, and social innovation »
Language barriers slow the process of receiving critical information, which is particularly problematic during a global pandemic. Last spring, as DPS raced to pivot from classroom learning to distance learning in just a few weeks, and non-English speaking families were particularly vulnerable to missing vital information and resources connected to basic aid and teaching their children.
The DPS Multilingual Resource Center was designed for this very reason—to provide translation and… read more about Duke students partner with DPS to deepen language access during COVID-19 »
Every semester, Kusum Ji always makes it her mission to provide students with fun and interactive activities to engage in the Hindi language and its culture. This semester was a little bit different due to the virtual environment of classes. Nonetheless, Kusum Ji made the impossible possible this semester with a virtual dance class with Rohini Thakkar from the Duke India Initiative.
The goal of Hindi 101 and Hindi 203 is to help connect students to the local Indian… read more about Students learn Hindi through Bollywood dance class »
"A Tour Through Historic Black Durham" was part of the virtual event "Getting to Know Your New Hometown: Durham Then and Now," hosted by Duke Service-Learning. In this video, Kyrie Mason and Geoff Gadsden present a dynamic aerial tour of historic Black Durham using Google Earth maps. Kyrie and Geoff are first-year graduate students in the Master's in History program at North Carolina Central University. They are working with Dr. Charles Johnson, Assistant Professor and… read more about A Tour Through Historic Black Durham »
Excerpt from Duke Today:
“We wanted a senior year for the record books, and we got it! … Just not for the reason we expected. COVID-19 threw a curve ball at us, but we’ve made it our mission to find happiness in different places.”
With these words, Duke student Nneka Nwabueze begins a photo essay of student life during the pandemic. It’s part of a class project Digital Documentary Photography: Education, Childhood, and Growth (DOCTST 209S / FS), a Center for Documentary Studies course taught by Susie Post-Rust. Students… read more about 'COVID-19 Threw a curve ball at us': Student photo essays document life during a pandemic »
“A tiny pocket of people in Durham who were relative strangers were actively seizing the same research problem: how to combat the widespread social isolation under COVID19 distancing regulations through creative gathering and exchange. Several student teams continued with weekly calls and partnerships beyond the bounded space of the course. The opportunity to continue to learn from the deep wisdom of persons living with Dementia was compelling and mutually felt." - Sarah Wilbur, designed and taught Artists in Healthcare… read more about Students from Artists in Healthcare create Communities of Care during the pandemic »
On Thursday, November 19, 2020, Georgetown University Press, Georgetown College, and Georgetown University Library hosted Duke University professors Joan Clifford and Deborah Reisinger in their Books for a Better World online event series. They discussed community based learning in a pandemic with GUP director Al Bertrand. They are the authors of Community Based Language Learning https://bit.ly/377tW66
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DURHAM, N.C. – Two Duke University seniors were among 32 recipients selected this weekend for the prestigious Rhodes Scholarships.
Kendall Jefferys, from Keller, Texas, and Jamal Burns, from Saint Louis, Missouri, were chosen from among 953 applicants at colleges and universities throughout the country. The scholarships provide all expenses for two or three years of study at the University of Oxford in England.
Recipients are selected on the basis of high academic achievement, personal integrity, leadership potential and… read more about Two Duke Seniors Awarded Rhodes Scholarship »
More than 100 faculty, staff and students paused amid the relentless pace of the fall semester to gather and reflect on finding purpose, the Duke academic experience and the challenge of systemic racism as part of an annual event hosted by Service-Learning.
“The Fierce Urgency of Now” – its title a reference to a quote from Martin Luther King Jr. – featured more than an hour of frank discussion, frequently punctuated by student voices and featuring Dean of Students John Blackshear and Martin Smith, Dean of Academic Affairs… read more about Deans Blackshear and Smith Talk Anti-racism, Finding Purpose and Life's Unexpected Paths »
What is transformative learning? How do we develop the necessary critical lens to engage in transformative learning? How can Duke build a culture that supports disrupting norms that are problematic? The Transformative Learning Intellectual Community and Duke Service-Learning convened in Fall 2020 for a discussion with Dr. Richard Kiely, Senior Fellow, Office of Engagement Initiatives at Cornell University, to explore these topics. Grounded in adult and intercultural… read more about Transformative Learning: Perspectives on Critical Engagement: A presentation by Dr. Richard Kiely »
9 Trinity College of Arts & Sciences faculty, including six SLCE faculty members, were awarded a planning grant by The Provost’s Office for “Transformative Learning: A Shared Intellectual Interest across the University,” an initiative to identify transformative learning moments among Duke students. Members will develop a shared knowledge of transformative learning practices and assessment. They will host a discussion with Dr. Stacey Johnson of Vanderbilt University, a renowned expert in… read more about Faculty awarded grant to identify transformative learning experiences »
Mentoring undergraduates in community-based research:
The Office for Faculty Advancement offers seed grants to provide a financial head start for novel faculty development initiatives within academic units (schools, departments, divisions, centers and institutes) that aim to foster a sense of community and a welcoming and respectful climate for all members. Amy Anderson, Assistant Professor of the Practice of Education and Kathy Sikes, Senior Civic Engagement Fellow, will use the grant on a project that will bring together… read more about Amy Anderson, Kathy Sikes Awarded Grant for Community-Engaged Mentored Research »
All service-learning and community-based experiences will be virtual/remote in Spring 2021. Our guidelines are as follows:
We will follow university guidelines for off-campus activities.
No in-person events or activities sponsored by Duke will be permitted to take place off-campus, both in Durham and elsewhere in or outside the U.S.
Faculty should consult the Duke Minors Policy for details about the process to get approval for virtual interactions with minors.
We will support faculty interest in service-… read more about Duke Service-Learning will follow university guidelines for off-campus activities »
In celebration of last year’s Duke Service-Learning annual theme, #MakingPlaceMatter, Duke service-learning students and faculty reflected over the past several months on what they’ve learned in the places and spaces of Durham through community-engaged experiences. See their words in motion in this artfully animated crowdsourced poem. read more about Making Place Matter: A Community Poem »
It's a great time to consider adding a CLAC (Cultures and Languages Across the Curriculum) course to your bookbag!
CLAC offers half credit courses that focus on current issues in global health, public policy and the environment and allow you to put your skills to use in a real world context, extend your fluency, and build your conversation skills. CLAC courses often focus on social justice issues and can also help prepare you for an international career using your world language skills.
Learn more about CLAC in this… read more about Deb Reisinger and CLAC courses featured in Trinity News »