Fall 2018 End-of-Semester Highlights

Friday, January 18, 2019
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Service-Learning connects academic curriculum to communities to foster enriched learning and engagement in ethical collaborations. Here are a few community-engaged projects that students produced in the Fall 2018 semester: 

  • Students from Charlie Thompson's service-learning course Farmworkers in North Carolina: Roots of Poverty, Roots of Change (DOCST 332S) worked with Durham artist Cornelio Campus to create a mural honoring farmworkers past, present, and future. Read Ilona Stanback's article about the project.  
  • Students from Deb Reisinger's service-learning course Global Displacement: Voix Francophones (FRENCH 325S) developed Duke Hello, a multimedia website designed to help acclimate newly resettled refugees. Read this article about the project from DGHI.
  • Students from Susie Post Rust's service-learning course Digital Documentary Photography: Education, Childhood, and Growth (DOCST 209S) worked with students from Hillside High School to produce this multimedia storytelling website.
  • Service-Learning Assistant Talise Redmond reflects on Keval Khalsa's unique service-learning course Performing Sexual Health (DANCE 215S) in this compelling photo essay.
  • Service-Learning Assistant Axel Herrera Ramos reflects on Bridging Cultures: Latino Lives & Experiences in North Carolina (SPANISH 313), taught this semester by Bethzaida Fernandez, in this beautiful photo essay.
  • Students from the service-learning course Children, Schools, and Society (EDUC243) taught by Kisha Daniels, broke into teams to pitch proposals ("Smart Tank" style) for innovative projects designed to positively impact education. Wiser Advisor, for example, explored the benefits of peer mentorship for high school students applying to colleges.
  • Students from Nancy Kalow's course Documentary and the Middle East (AMES 204FS) interviewed and recorded individuals from Palestine communities using best practices of oral history, audio recording, transcribing and editing. 

VIDEO: Henry Kohn, Esmeralda Figueras, Julia Kemper, Sam Ditesheim and Raines Shamburger partnered with Duke Dining and Duke Farm to produce a video (below) for Theory & Practice of Sustainability (ENVIRON 245). The video uses humor combined with facts and resources to educate viewers about composting at Duke:


VIDEO:  Students from Duke Chemistry Outreach: Sharing Chemistry with the Community (CHEM 180) joined forces with Trinity College, local schools and organizations such as the Lemur Center, NC Museum of Natural Sciences, and the Nasher Museum of Art to produce their signature community event "Science Under the Stars":


Rafaela Rivero's multimedia project for Medical Ethics: Aging and End-of-Life Care in the U.S. (
EDUC 112 FS) features quotes from seven interviewees from Brazil, the US, and South Korea in response to the question, “What do you think of death?

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ABOVE: Students from Health, Culture and the Latinx Community (SPANISH 306) partnered with the Durham County Health Department to conduct research for Durham's SugarSmart campaign. Students learned to facilitate Story Circles with the Latinx community in order to listen, learn and gather data on habits related to sugary drinks. 

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ABOVE: Students from Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education  (EDUC 101) ventured into Durham on the Bull City Connector for a scavenger hunt that included stops to the Pauli Murray Mural, Black Wall Street, the Civil Rights History mural at DAC, the vault at 21c Museum Hotel, and of course Major, the bull! 


Thanks to all who made it possible to connect academic programming with communities to promote social equity and change!