There are numerous examples of Duke students putting their classroom learning to use for the benefit of others. Below are some facts that reflect institutional commitment to service, as well as estimated levels of participation. Also included here is a sampling of Duke service programs. It is by no means comprehensive.
- DukeEngage will provide full funding and faculty support to every undergraduate who wants to apply what he or she learns in the classroom to help address societal issues at home and abroad, and, in turn, to learn from real-world experiences. The program launches in summer 2008, with a summer 2007 pilot program.
- Currently, more than 80 percent of Duke students volunteer. Each year, about 500 undergraduates participate in some form of service learning, combining classroom work with public service, and an estimated 100 devise their own summer service projects.
- In 2006, more than 30 Duke courses included a service component.
- Teach for America is one of the largest employers at Duke. Duke is one of the nonprofit's top schools in terms of applicants and current graduates who are teaching low-income rural or inner-city children. Currently there are a total of 53 Duke '05 and '06 graduates who are Teach For America corps members. Last year, 122 Duke graduates applied to Teach For America. See "Dukies flock to 'Teach for America' program" in the Feb. 8, 2007, issue of the Duke Chronicle.
- Duke's past three five-year strategic plans have increasingly called for greater emphasis on combining research, service and learning. Duke's latest plan "Making a Difference" puts still greater emphasis on nurturing in students a life-long passion for contributing in the world by increasing opportunities for experiential learning.
- More than 40 administrative offices or departments have some form of community outreach, from the Duke Credit Union to the Facilities Management Department. The Office of Community Affairs facilitates the Duke-Durham Neighborhood Partnership, which was formed in 1996 to work with Durham residents to identify Duke resources to improve the quality of life in 12 neighborhoods closest to campus and to boost student achievement in eight public schools that serve those neighborhoods.
- The Hart Leadership Program is the first endowed undergraduate leadership program in the country and a pioneer in academic service-learning programs.
- Community Service Center
- Program in Education
- Kenan Institute for Ethics
On Feb. 2 , 2007, The Kenan Institute for Ethics held a seminar entitled "What IS Knowledge in the Service of Society?" President Brodhead, Duke administrators, faculty, and students assessed questions and explored best practices, opportunities, and challenges for advancing civic engagement and translational research. To view videos, click here.
- Undergraduate Research Support Office
- Learning to Make a Difference
- Learning through Experience, Action, Partnership, and Service (LEAPS)
- Duke-Durham Neighborhood Partnership
Pratt School of Engineering
- Engineers Without Borders
Duke's Engineers Without Borders chapter enables Duke students to design and implement sustainable engineering projects to improve the quality of life for developing communities. The program's goal is to train internationally responsible engineers.
- Engineering World Health Summer Institute
The Engineering World Health Summer Institute is a summer abroad program for engineering and science majors wanting to use their technical knowledge to improve healthcare for some of the world's poorest. The eight-week summer institute is a cultural, linguistic and technical immersion for about 50 students each year.
- Engineering World Health
Pratt is host to the Engineering World Health (EWH) non-profit program. EWH gives students a chance to repair donated medical equipment for use in hospitals and clinics in the developing world.
- Engineering Teaching Fellows
Pratt students assist in creating and implementing engineering-based lessons and activities in class and in after-school programs both during the academic year and the summer.
Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences
- Duke Environmental Leadership Community Outreach Program
Nicolas School students volunteer with local partner schools and community organizations to provide classroom support and environmental lessons to local students.
- Stanback Internship Program
Up to 70 students are placed with non-profits and non-government organizations at the local to federal level that are engaged in environmental improvement.
Fuqua School of Business
- Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship (CASE)
Since 2002, the CASE has developed a variety of programs to engage Fuqua MBA students in bringing their business skills to organizations that are tackling complex social problems. CASE helped the FUQUA obtain a #2 ranking overall, and #1 ranking in social enterprise, in the first edition of Business as Unusual: The 2006 Net Impact Student Guide to Graduate Business Programs, a report that focused on students' perceptions of how well their MBA program addressed social and environmental issues.
Duke Law School
- Duke Law Community Enterprise Clinic
The Duke Law School Community Enterprise Clinic is a resource for non-profit organizations and low-wealth entrepreneurs working to improve the quality of life in low-wealth communities through community economic development ("CED") strategies.
- Duke Law Clinics: Duke Law Clinics
provide students excellent opportunities through which to provide much-needed legal services to real clients.
- Pro Bono group projects
The Innocence Project
School of Nursing
- Genesis Home, "Raising Health, Raising Hope"
- Durham Council for Senior Citizens, Vial of Life Program
- DUSON in collaboration with Child Family Health International
- Exploring Medicine in Other Cultures
Organized by Dr. Dennis Clements, in March 2007 a multidisciplinary team of students along with medical school faculty and staff will travel to Intibuca and Copan, Honduras.