All service-learning and community-based experiences will be virtual/remote in Fall 2020. 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-learning and… 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 »
Duke Service-Learning denounces the ongoing violence against Black lives and the needless deaths of George Floyd, Rayshard Brooks, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, and Ahmaud Arbery among countless others. We recognize these killings are part of a historic and perpetual system of white supremacy and structural racism that systematically harms Black, Brown, and Indigenous peoples on personal and institutional levels. We are in solidarity with the anti-racist activism of protestors around the world. We recognize that service-… read more about Duke Service-Learning Solidarity Statement »
Keep Exploring – Keep Being / Keep Connecting
We invite you to join Duke’s Summer 2020 experiential learning initiative called Keep Exploring – an effort initiated by the Provost’s Office to support Duke students this summer.
Keep Exploring is a two-part co-curricular program that connects experiential learning opportunities such as internships and apprenticeshipswitha series of workshops, trainings, and conversations focused on… read more about Keep Being, Keep Connecting workshop series »
Congratulations to the following student award winners from Duke University units in 2020.
African & African American Studies
John Hope Franklin Award for Academic Excellence: Elizabeth DuBard Grantland
Karla FC Holloway Award for University Service: Beza Gebremariam
Mary McLeod Bethune Writing Award: Jenna Clayborn
Walter C. Burford Award for Community Service: Kayla Lynn Corredera-Wells
Art, Art History & Visual Studies
Mary Duke… read more about Student Honors and Laurels for 2020 »
At the beginning of the Spring 2020, we were in a heady, academic space—exploring ideas, theories, concepts around our annual theme, #MakingPlaceMatter, a theme centered on cultivating greater consciousness about the places and spaces created by community-engaged teaching and learning. Our programming and events examined how places and spaces are structured and defined in ways that can separate or unite communities, limit or enhance awareness, diminish or expand power differentials.
Then COVID-19 happened, and suddenly… read more about #MakingPlaceMatter in COVID 19 »
Each year, Duke Service-Learning reviews Duke's Visible Thinking abstracts to award the Community-Engaged designationfor undergraduate research. Selected projects represented different types of engagement including work with faculty in partnership with community or governmental agencies, exploring issues of identity in the context of a community placement, and creating products or research on behalf of an organization. The photos below illustrate just one example of how students are… read more about Visible Thinking: Celebrating Community-Engaged Research »
Dear service-learning faculty members,
We hope you and your loved ones remain safe and healthy during this challenging time. We recently sent an email regarding possible ways to continue the service-learning component of your courses through virtual engagement. While there is no pressure or expectation to do this as you transition your courses online, we still wanted to provide information about an evolving possibility that may be of interest.
Durham and Community Affairs has created a community… read more about Community Based Learning in times of Social Distancing, Isolation and Quarantine »
Faculty and staff examined how physical space, the passing of time, and somatic experiences impact community-engaged learning in Durham at the "Critical Cartography of Space & Place" workshop on February 7th.
“The point of the workshop was to invite people to engage in space in the many different dimensions they experience it, and to dig into their own experience to think more critically about Durham and about Duke’s role in Durham,” said Tim Stallmann, who co-led the workshop with Tia Hall.
Read the event recap here. read more about Faculty and staff examine how space, time, and our bodies intersect with community-engaged learning in Durham »
The Betsy Alden Outstanding Service-Learning Awards recognize one graduating senior, one faculty member, and one community partner for their commitment to the ideals of service‐learning. Each Alden award recipient receives $250 to further develop their community-building and leadership skills. Deadline for nominations is March 23rd. Learn more about eligibility and the nomination process guidelines here. read more about Nominations are open for the Betsy Alden Service-Learning Awards! »
The goal of Hindi 101 and Hindi 203 is to help connect students to the local Indian community and Hindi speakers, enhance their understanding of art and culture, and improve their ability to use Hindi for creating bonds with culture and community. My students suggested that it would be nice to chat in Hindi with somebody outside the class. So I looked around and thought about several people who could be a good fit to come to my class and chat in the language. This semester I invited Nileena Pani Dash a local artist in… read more about Language learners explore art, culture and community in Hindi 101 & 203 »
Students in HLP Associate Director Lalita Kaligotla’s PPS270 Lead the Way Durham service-learning course created a digital timeline about the history of Duke’s Silent Vigil. After Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination in 1968, Duke students launched a protest and vigil to commemorate his legacy and demand change to University policies.
The students—sophomores Jaliwa Albright, and Jeremy Carballo Piñeda and first-years Robby Phillips, Kalylee Rodriguez, and Pei Yi Zhou—worked with materials at the University Archives to… read more about LEAD THE WAY DURHAM students create interactive timeline on history of Duke Silent Vigil »
"During my time in high school, and as an undergraduate at Duke, I built my own philosophy: Why be useful elsewhere when there are useful things for me to do here? I view my college degree as a way to bring what I’ve learned home." --Frances Beroset (Trinity '19, Psychology & Literature Major / Education Minor).
Francis is now working for College Advising Corps in Sanford NC and discusses the value of working locally in this Higher Education Works article.
read more about Frances Beroset featured in Higher Ed Works »
To commemorate the 30th Anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall on November 9, 1989, a reflection “wall” was erected in the entrance way of the Department of Germanic Languages and Literature in the Old Chem Building. The wall, which will be up for the month of November, is meant to be an interactive space, where individuals can reflect and comment on what walls mean to them—whether within the context of the Berlin Wall, or walls in general. During the month, members of the community—students, teachers, staff,… read more about Duke German Department Commemorates 30th Anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall »
Latina Voices/Voces de mujeres latinas is the final project for the service-learning course SPANISH 308S: Latino/a Voices in Duke, Durham and Beyond. The goal of this bilingual project is to shed light on the life and work of significant Latina women in the United States.
"We want to celebrate women who fight for human rights and equality and against discrimination and poverty, as well as those who have made an impact in their local communities and nationwide. We hope their stories, and their… read more about Latina Voices/Voces de Mujeres Latinas »
As a professor, I have the power to help shape student experiences. So it’s good to ask: What kinds of doors do I want to open for them? For decades now people have talked about theory versus practice. That’s boring and it’s wrong. We sometimes do a disservice when we present students with a binary — the classroom versus community engagement. I’m more interested in how you make sure both spaces are influenced by each other. How can the classroom and the community work in conversation? -Prof. Adam Rosenblatt
Death, Burial… read more about New Course! Death, Burial, and Justice (ICS 283), taught by Prof. Adam Rosenblatt »
Joan Clifford, Duke Service-Learning Faculty Consultant and Director of Community-Based Language Initiatives and Kimmie Garner, Assistant Director of Duke Service-Learning, pose by their poster, displayed at this year’s IARSLCE (International Association for Research in Service-Learning) in Albuquerque, NM.
This poster highlights how the Indiana Campus Compact virtual course, “Best Practices in Assessing Community Engagement: Assessing Student Learning Outcomes” created a platform for a Duke staff and… read more about Best Practices in Assessing Community Engagement: Assessing Student Learning Outcomes »
What’s the question that you never tire of asking and that has, over time, continued to animate your curiosity? On October 24th, Amy Anderson, David Malone, and Matt Serra helped IARSLCE participants navigate this question in a session called “Service-learning in the Life and Career Course: Tugging on Ariadne’s Thread”.
The undergraduate experience is often a fragmented landscape of general education, concentration, electives, co-curricular activities, and experiences in “the real world” beyond campus. “What’s Your… read more about What's Your Question? »
Each Fall, Duke Service-Learning hosts Context and Connections, an "engaged" bus tour of Durham for new Duke faculty and those interested in deepening their own knowledge of and connections to the Durham community and in exploring connections with their teaching, research, and service.
In this photo, tour participants gather around Mayme Webb-Bledsoe (Duke-Durham Neighborhood Partnership) as she shares the stories behind the documentary photo exhibit “Meet Me at Lyon Park: Snapshots of our History”. For Webb-Bledsoe, these… read more about Mayme Webb-Bledsoe shares stories about Lyon Park at Context & Connections »