Staff Information

Eric Mlyn

Assistant Vice Provost for Civic Engagement, Peter Lange Executive Director of DukeEngage, 919.668.1724

Eric Mlyn is the Assistant Vice Provost for Civic Engagement and the Peter Lange Executive Director of DukeEngage. He is also on the faculty of the Sanford School of Public Policy. Prior to these positions, he directed the Robertson Scholars Program, a joint merit scholarship program at Duke and UNC-Chapel Hill. A firm believer in the transformative power of experiential and civic education, he has been building programs in this area for over a decade. A political scientist with a B.A. from Tufts University and a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota, Eric’s academic and administrative work over the past 25 years has concerned itself with the role that society plays in fostering and strengthening democracy.


Leslie Parkins

Assistant Director, 919.668.0249

Leslie Parkins is the Assistant Director for the Duke Office of Civic Engagement. She offers more than 15 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. Leslie studied communication at the University of South Florida and holds a masters degree from Bowling Green State University and a doctorate from North Carolina State University in higher education administration. Leslie is originally from Tarpon Springs, Florida but has called North Carolina home since 2002. She lives in Durham with her husband, Grant, and two young sons, Jack and Reid.


Lindsey Miller

Program Coordinator, 919.668.0456

Lindsey Miller is the Program Coordinator for the Duke Office of Civic Engagement. 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. As a North Carolina native and UNC Chapel Hill graduate, she is eager to continue her work strengthening civic engagement initiatives in North Carolina (and she promises to remain polite come basketball season!). She is looking forward to cultivating strong partnerships within the Duke community and highlighting the remarkable civic engagement work being done on and off campus.


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

Chair, Faculty Advisory Board, 919.684.7790

Dennis Clements is a professor in the Departments of Pediatrics, Community and Family Medicine, Nursing and Global Health at Duke University. He 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. Dennis is the Senior Advisor to the Duke Global Health Institute and the co-Director of the Consortium of Duke and UNC in Latin American Studies. He has been active in SEEDS, the Durham non-profit teaching inner-city children to garden, and many other community organizations.


Abdullah Antepli

Chief Representative of Muslim Affairs, Senior Civic Engagement Fellow, 919.684.1190

Imam Abdullah Antepli joined the DOCE in 2015 as senior civic fellow and has contributed to the work on the civic engagement and faith series. Born in Turkey, Antepli is recognized and celebrated as one of the leading American-Muslim public intellectuals who has been richly contributing to various local, national and international conversations. His bridge building and peace making work takes him to different corners of the globe at any given moment. Antepli also serves as the director of Duke-Engage Lebanon program. He served as Duke University’s first Muslim chaplain from July 2008 to 2014 and currently holds the role of Chief Representative of Muslim Affairs. In his new role, Antepli engages students, faculty, and staff to provide a Muslim voice and perspective to the discussions of faith, spirituality, social justice and more. Antepli also serves as a faculty member in the Duke Divinity School and teaches a variety of courses on Islam and Muslim cultures.