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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 a… 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-… 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 learning theories, Kiely has extensively researched… read more about Transformative Learning: Perspectives on Critical Engagement: A presentation by Dr. Richard Kiely »

Four undergraduates from Jessica Sperling's community-based course Evaluating Healthcare Innovation (EHD 290) continue to pursue their collaborative research project and recently published a paper in JCO a clinical oncology journal.  Learn more about the Bass Connections course here and here. read more about Undergraduates from community-based course EHD 290 continue collaborative research and publish a paper in JCO »

Student oral history projects from the service-learning and community-based courses "Refugee Lives: Violence, Culture, and Identity" and "Documenting the Middle East: Community & Oral History" use community-based and student documentary production to record diverse voices from Palestinian-American and refugee communities. The student-produced fieldwork will now be permanently housed at Duke's Archive of Documentary Arts at the Rubenstein Library.  "I think the value of the oral history approach is endorsed by the fact… read more about Student oral history projects from "Refugee Lives" and "Documenting the Middle East" archived at Rubenstein Library. »

Language barriers slow the process of receiving critical information, which is particularly problematic during a global pandemic. Students in several service-learning courses—such as Spanish 205: Advanced Intermediate Spanish, Spanish 306: Health, Culture, and the Latinx Community, and Spanish 308: Latinx Voices in Duke, Durham and Beyond, partnered with GANO to come up with a solution: providing a virtual space for language tutoring. Their work was recently featured by WRAL in this video. Joan… read more about In a time of social distance, student leaders from GANO partner with Spanish service-learning courses to take language classes online »

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-… read more about Duke Service-Learning will follow university guidelines for off-campus activities »

From collaborative graffiti boards and interactive maps and paintings to "pajaminars" versus webinars, these online tools and strategies offer creative ideas to enhance community-building, fun, and student engagement in a virtual setting. Watch the workshop videos here: Digital Intimacy-Cultivating Belonging in Online Learning (Sarah Wilbur, Duke Dance)  Interactive Activities Using the Zoom Annotation Tool (Melissa Simmermeyer, Romance Studies) Using the NearPod app for Student Engagement (Rebecca Ewing, Romance… read more about Got Zoom fatigue? Liven it up with these creative instructional strategies from Duke faculty and Learning Innovation experts! »

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 »

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? »