On May 8-9, 2018, more than 500 students, staff, program leaders, and community partners gathered on Duke's East Campus to kickoff the 11th summer of DukeEngage with the 2018 Fortin Foundation DukeEngage Academy.
Following the plenary, DukeEngage participants spent the day rotating through four core sessions that encouraged them to think critically and carefully about the work they would be doing with their community partners: Social Identity & Partnership, Foundations of Engagement, Serving Across Cultures, and Ethics of Documenting Your DukeEngage Experience.
DukeEngagers spent the afternoon attending topical sessions led by staff, community partners, and DEALs. Topics ranged from poverty in the United States and environmental justice to budgeting your DukeEngage stipend and teaching in under-resourced classrooms.
DukeEngage Academy Leaders (DEALs) are program alumni who share their “lessons from the field” through panel discussions, storytelling, and informal conversations. They are critical to the success of the Fortin Foundation DukeEngage Academy, and many students participating in DukeEngage have attributed their success to DEALs who enriched their pre-departure experience.