Mission & Vision

Our Mission

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.

Our Vision

Unleashing and catalyzing the civic energy of our university to nurture a community of engaged students, scholars, staff and alumni.

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)

Carnegie Community Engagement Classification

Duke is recognized as a “community engaged institution” by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching for “excellent alignment among campus mission, culture, leadership, resources and practices that support dynamic and noteworthy community engagement.”