Civic Engagement Team

Lindsey Miller Furiness

Program Coordinator, 919.668.0456

Lindsey Miller Furiness is the Program Coordinator for Civic Engagement in the Office of Durham and Community Affairs. Prior to arriving at Duke, Lindsey coordinated campus-community partnerships in Boston, first as an AmeriCorps member in Brandeis University’s Department of Community Service, then as a program coordinator at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay. Lindsey grew up in North Carolina and graduated from UNC Chapel Hill and is excited to work on local civic engagement initiatives. Lindsey is responsible for organizing and convening campus networks, advising student civic engagement efforts, and coordinating and facilitating Foundations of Engagement workshops.

Leslie Parkins

Assistant Vice President and Director for Civic Engagement, 919.668.0249

Leslie offers more than 18 years of experience in community partnerships, faculty development and civic engagement work focused on expanding and strengthening efforts to connect the campus with communities through meaningful and reciprocal partnerships. Before arriving at Duke in 2016, Leslie worked for 13 years at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the Carolina Center for Public Service with most of her efforts concentrated in the APPLES Service-Learning Program. Leslie led the Duke Office of Civic Engagement from 2016-2019, during which time she established the Duke Civic Action Plan through a collaborative process consulting both members of the campus and community to identify strategic priorities in civic engagement for Duke University. Leslie is responsible for strategic planning in civic engagement, advancing engaged scholarship and building connections and capacities to cultivate and support community-based practices across Duke.

Sandra Martinez-Zuniga

Senior Program Coordinator, 919.684.6296

Sandra joined the Duke community in 2014, serving as the Project Launch Program Coordinator at Duke TIP where she advocated for gifted students with financial need. She most recently served as an Assistant Director at the Duke University Career Center where she provided career advice to undergraduate students, served as the primary expert on education, government, law, and non-profit careers, and supervised the Career Ambassador Team. She advises Define American and serves in the Central Park School for Children’s Board of Trustees. She holds an M.Ed. in School Counseling from UNC-Chapel Hill and an M.A. in Latin American Studies from Vanderbilt University.

Prior to working for Duke, Sandra was a school counselor in Chapel Hill-Carrboro Schools. Before moving to beautiful North Carolina she worked as a community-school partnership coordinator in Boulder, Colorado and as the Coordinator of International Programs at the CEDEI Language Institute in Cuenca, Ecuador. Sandra grew up and studied food industrial engineering as an undergraduate student in Arequipa, Peru. She has a love of experiencing world cultures, foods and languages and is fluent in Portuguese, Spanish, and English. Outside of work, Sandra loves exploring Durham and the world with her family.

Elizabeth Shapiro-Garza

Faculty Director for Engaged Scholarship

Elizabeth joined the Office of Civic Engagement as the Faculty Director for Engaged Scholarship in fall 2020. In her role, Elizabeth builds intentional efforts to cultivate and strengthen engaged scholarship at Duke. Her work includes organizing and contributing to offerings that support faculty engaged in community partnerships. She has over twenty-five years of experience and expertise in community engagement and engaged scholarship in Latin American and the southeastern United States, partnering with communities impacted by environmental degradation and injustice. Elizabeth is an Associate Professor of the Practice of Environmental Policy and Management at the Nicholas School of the Environment. She also serves as the Director for Community Engagement for the Duke University Superfund Research Center and the Director of the Certificate in Community-Based Environmental Management. She has been on the Office of Civic Engagement Faculty Advisory Board since 2016.

Dennis Clements, M.D., Ph.D.

Chair, Faculty Advisory Board, 919.684.7790

Dennis Clements is the interim Director of the Duke Global Health Institute. He is a retired professor in the Departments of Pediatrics, Community and Family Medicine, Nursing and Global Health at Duke University. Dennis received his M.D. degree from the University of Rochester in New York and completed his pediatric residency at Duke University. Dr. Clements took a research year in Uganda during his medical school training where he worked for the Uganda Cancer Institute. He also completed an MPH and PhD in epidemiology from the School of Public Health at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill.  He has served as the co-Director of the Consortium of Duke and UNC -Chapel Hill in Latin American Studies. Dennis has been active in SEEDS, the Durham non-profit teaching inner-city children to garden, and many other community organizations.