Help Duke Service-Learning Create a Crowd-Sourced Poem!

Monday, September 30, 2019
where i'm from

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 to your service-learning or community-engaged course’s connection to Durham. 
  • Try this prompt (with nods to NPR): Draw on all five senses. Share with us the people or places or smells that define Durham as you know it. Be original!Read examples here and here and here.
  • Share your course poems with Duke Service-Learning! 
  • These reflections will be edited into a crowd-sourced multimedia piece that will be shared at our Community Partner Breakfast in April 2020.

Thanks, as always, and stay tuned as we offer opportunities throughout the academic year to critically examine our assumptions and views of the places and spaces that we exist in and exist within us.

With gratitude,

David, Kimmie, Amy, Joan, and Ruth

The Duke Service-Learning Team