Duke Office of Civic Engagement

The Duke Office of Civic Engagement strengthens, connects and amplifies the various ways that students, faculty and staff work to make a difference in the civic life of our communities. The Office supports Duke’s collaborations with communities on pressing social challenges. We hope this site helps you find your way to meaningful involvement in the community and with one another.


Strengthening Civic Engagement: The Duke Civic Action Plan outlines priorities and objectives to strengthen civic engagement at Duke.


What is civic engagement?
“Civic engagement is working to make a difference in the civic life of our communities and developing the combination of knowledge, skills, values and motivation to make that difference. It means promoting the quality of life in a community, through both political and non-political processes. In addition, civic engagement encompasses actions wherein individuals participate in activities of personal and public concern that are both individually life enriching and socially beneficial to the community.”

American Association of Colleges and Universities (Ehrlich, 2000)