What are the specific skills we need to develop in order to communicate thoughtfully, respectfully, and inclusively with the people we don't always agree with? Duke students and faculty shared their experiences, questions and strategies during a student-centered conversation entitled "Sustaining Dialogue Around Values, Beliefs, Meaning and Purpose in a Time of Polarization".
Duke junior Kalif Jeremiah is a big believer in service-learning. He's taken three service-learning classes, all with Program in Education at Duke University.
“Service-learning is paying it forward," he says. "That’s something that Big Mike, a bus driver on Duke campus, says all the time. Giving to the next person, and hoping they do the same, and just keeping the cycle going.”
A former student from Dr. Kenneth Lyle's course, "Chemistry Outreach: Sharing Chemistry with the Community" (CHEM180) got in touch with him to let him know that her passion for sharing chemistry with the community still burns strong.
Kevin Caves, biomedical engineering professor and service-learning faculty fellow, talks about a 3-D snap-on casing that turns a doorbell into a potentially life-saving alert system. Caves teaches the service-learning course Devices for People with Disabilities. Read the DukeToday article here.
Service-Learning is a signature program of the Trinity College of Arts & Sciences and is a fantastic way of fulfilling Duke’s commitment to knowledge in the service of society. Students who participate in the courses regularly report that they find the service component to be intellectually stimulating and to give them a sense of positive impact on the local community.
Joan Clifford, Duke Service-Learning Faculty Consultant and the Director of Community-Based Language Initiatives, was just published in the Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement (JHEOE). Congratulations Joan! Read the article, “Talking About Service-Learning: Product or Process? Reciprocity or Solidarity” here.
Congratulations to Professor Dominika Baran for the release of her new book "Language in Immigrant America"! Professor Baran has been teaching a service-learning course by the same name for several years now as a way of helping students connect in a deeper and more meaningful way to class material. When students began engaging and developing relationships with community partners such as Church World Service, Durham Public Schools, Durham Public Libraries, El Centro Hispano and GANO (at Duke), class concepts were deeply rooted in authentic engagement and community relationship building.