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Students in Literacy Through Photography (DOCST 224S) collaborate with Durham Public Schools to teach a curriculum that cultivates critical thinking skills, self-expression, creativity, and equity. Read the Article!   read more about Literacy Through Photography (DOCST 224S) uses mask-making to think critically, cultivate empathy, and bridge cultural divides »

 Lead the Way Durham is an experiential learning class focused on civic engagement and democratic participation in Durham. “One thing that resonated deeply with me was the service-learning theme of making places matter. It is important for us to make places matter and we are obligated to do that as citizens in democracies in a variety of ways. As a new citizen of Durham, making my place matter in Durham was important to me. I wanted to make that part of my pedagogy for this class and enable students who… read more about Hart Leadership Program Associate Director Lalita Kaligotla focuses on civic engagement and democratic participation in "Lead The Way Durham" (PUBPOL 270S) »

Our director, David Malone, talks about what's he's learned from leading DukeEngage in Boston and how he's never felt more engaged and socially connected than he does right now, in this moment. Read why in this DukeEngage faculty profile. read more about David Malone: "I've never felt more engaged and socially connected than I do right now, in this moment." »

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 apprenticeships with a 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 designation for 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 »

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 the… read more about 2020 Betsy Alden Outstanding Service-Learning Award Winners »

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 »

Students from "Critical Pedagogy of Hip Hop" (EDUC 290S) went on a field study trip to the Smithsonian African-American Museum in Washington, DC. They went with their community partners, 30 students from Lakewood Montessori Middle School.  EDUC 290S explores the historical and socio-cultural aspects of education initiatives, teaching and learning strategies, and educational policy issues that contribute to marginalization. read more about Students from the Critical Pedagogy of Hip-Hop visit the National Museum of African-American History and Culture »

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 »

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? »

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 »

Service-learning courses provide opportunities to get to know Durham (Beyond Downtown), make a positive difference in the community, apply what you're learning in the classroom to contemporary issues, and develop cross-cultural awareness, critical thinking, problem solving, and leadership skills. read more about Get to Know Durham: Take a Service-Learning Course in Spring 2020 »

Durham is a preservation town. Our favorite places have age, patina, and authenticity. They tell our story – one of scrappy entrepreneurs, creative reinvention, and stubborn optimism.  -Excerpt from the Durham Preservation website. Visit our Context & Connections website to see resources such the History of Civic Engagement at Duke, Getting to Know Duke & Durham, and Articles, Guides & Resources for Service-Learning.   read more about Deepen your knowledge of Durham and explore connections to your teaching, research, and service »

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 »

In celebration of our annual theme, #MakingPlaceMatter, Duke Service-Learning wants to hear your reflections on Durham developed through community-engaged experiences — through poetry! Inspired by a partnership between Kwame Alexander and NPR, who were in turn inspired by George Ella Lyon’s poem of the same name, we are hoping that you and your students will join us in creating our own crowd-sourced Where I’m From poem. Here's how you can help: Invite a class reflection on Where I’m From as it relates… read more about Help Duke Service-Learning Create a Crowd-Sourced Poem! »

Duke Service-Learning facilitates the official labeling of service-learning courses in DukeHub, working with the Registrar's Office and the Trinity College office of Curriculum & Course Development. All those who teach academic undergraduate courses at Duke are eligible to apply. You may request the service-learning label as early as you like, but to ensure that your request is processed before book bagging opens, please submit requests for fall courses by spring break, and requests for spring courses by fall break. … read more about Request the Service-Learning label! »

As part of the current exhibition, Southbound: Photographs of and about the New South, Durham-based photographer Titus Brooks Heagins, MFA, visited Durham School of the Arts to conduct a series of workshops with Amber Santibañez’s visual art high school students. Heagins, a Duke alumnus (T ’89), is among the more than 50 photographers featured in Southbound, now on view at Duke’s Power Plant Gallery in Durham and the Gregg Museum of Art & Design at NC State. Heagins’ three photos selected for… read more about Southbound: Titus Brooks Heagins Visits DSA »

Be sure and visit the Durham Museum of History for “Nuevo Espíritu de Durham: New Spirit of Durham”! This exhibit will examine Durham’s rapidly growing Latino population, its diversity, challenges and triumphs, and its future as a well-established part of the Durham community. Key topics to be explored will be immigration, building a community support system, developing resources, and activism which will be depicted primarily through the personal perspectives of individual community members. This exhibit will be presented… read more about Nuevo Espíritu de Durham: New Spirit of Durham »

Invite your students to join you on one of the Preservation Durham Walking Tours, leaving from the Durham Farmer’s Market Saturday mornings from April – November. Ask students to co-create a Community Asset Map with current or potential community partners, giving students tools to identify strengths and resources in our Durham communities. Check out the virtual resources of the Durham County Library’s North Carolina Collection. Find A Short History of Durham presentation on their website, or the archives of The… read more about Ideas for #MakingPlaceMatter​​​​​​​ in S-L/C-E Courses »

If you ever stop to think about it, there seems to be an unlimited number of phrases and expressions that include the words place or space. My place or your place, all over the place, out of place, no place like home. Cyberspace, headspace, accessible space, safe space, brave space, personal space. Place and space are essential to knowing who we are. They are directional in the sense that they serve as points along pathways determining where we are at any given moment. But places and spaces are much more than directional,… read more about 2019-20: Making Place Matter »