In March 2016, Campus Compact challenged its member institutions to renew the promise of the public purposes of higher education by creating a Civic Action Plan. Along with the leaders of more than 400 higher education institutions, former President Brodhead committed Duke to this worthy endeavor. To formulate the Civic Action Plan, the Duke Office of Civic Engagement convened more than 130 faculty, staff, students and community members to discuss how to strengthen civic engagement at Duke.
The priorities for the Duke Civic Action Plan coalesced around five clear themes:
- COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS: How might we strengthen the relationship between the campus and community?
- COORDINATION: How might we connect a diffuse campus in terms of civic engagement?
- ETHICS IN CIVIC ENGAGEMENT: How might we better prepare all students, faculty and staff for ethical work with communities?
- FACULTY AND STAFF: How might we encourage faculty and staff involved in civic engagement?
- EQUITY AND JUSTICE: How might we examine and invigorate Duke’s commitment to equity and justice?