The Duke Office of Civic Engagement is proud to launch the newest version of Duke’s Civic Engagement website, which we hope will be a resource to anyone hoping to learn more about civic engagement at Duke. Over the past two years, the DOCE has worked hard to:
- Create an inventory of graduate and undergraduate courses, co-curricular activities, and university programs through which our students can engage through community service, advocacy, social innovation, and engaged research
- Document individual stories of how students, faculty, staff, and alumni engage through Duke
- Amplify existing and emerging civic engagement opportunities
- Inspire collaborations, conversations and collegiality around civic engagement at Duke
Our intention is to build and steward an effective online resource to educate, aggregate, and amplify the abundant and dynamic ways our various campus communities engage with the world through Duke.
In addition to the DOCE, which serves as a central resource and communications hub to incubate, coordinate and amplify emerging and existing opportunities for the campus at large, we are fortunate to also have several other campus-wide resources that may help Duke engage in different ways:
- Duke Office of Durham and Regional Affairs (DARA) supports local community engagement. DARA oversees several programs, including the Duke-Durham Neighborhood Partnership and the Community Service Center, that foster relationships between Duke, local governments, and nonprofit organizations.
- Innovation and Entrepreneurship Initiative, through its Social Entrepreneurship Pillar, offers opportunities for students to develop or expand new ideas to address global concerns.
- Office of Undergraduate Education oversees all facets of undergraduate education and runs several programs to enhance undergraduates’ curricular and extracurricular experiences.
- Office of Global Strategies and Programs oversees Duke’s global programs, working across the university on planning and coordination.
- Interdisciplinary Studies promotes collaborative research between disciplines at all levels of the university. Duke’s interdisciplinary offerings include seven centers and institutes, multiple faculty research projects, and the campus-wide Bass Connections program.
There are more changes coming soon to the Civic Engagement website. We are continuing to work on the Civic Lives video series; more interviews with students, faculty, staff, and, soon, alumni will be posted on our homepage. We are also working to collect data on the landscape of civic engagement at Duke. In the next academic year, this website will provide data on civic engagement programs and initiatives at Duke; engaged faculty research, teaching, and scholarship; and Duke programs that engage with Durham community partners. It is our hope that this data will provide a more complete picture of the ways Duke engages, and that this picture will help us to fulfill our goal of starting nuanced and thoughtful conversations about the state of civic engagement at Duke.
This new online resource belongs to you. We invite you to send us feedback, information, updates and announcements as often as you can so that we can keep this site current, accurate and useful.