DukeEngage 2020 Spring Newsletter
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A Message from Suzanne Shanahan
Dear <<First Name>>,

It's been just over a month, but everything has changed. Things that were routine--going to work or class, hanging out with friends, grabbing a coffee at the corner cafe--have been replaced with stay-at-home orders and social distancing. It is frustrating and disappointing and scary.

And now one more thing is changing. For the first time in 13 summers, DukeEngage will not run as usual. This was not an easy decision for the university, but it was the right decision. The health and safety of our students, faculty, staff, and partners has always been DukeEngage's top priority, and that is especially true given the current global situation.

But what does that mean for DukeEngage?
  • We're offering virtual opportunities for students who were accepted for summer 2020 when and where possible.
  • We're thinking creatively about how we can continue supporting our partners and communities around the world.
  • We're optimistic about the future and believe that the need for civic engagement and 'doing good' is going to be more important and more relevant than ever.
  • We're counting on you, our 4,800 DukeEngage alumni, to carry the torch this summer in the absence of on-the-ground programs: share a #TBT on social media (and be sure to tag #DukeEngage); reach out to your cohort and see how they're doing; or send a message to your community partner, letting them know you're thinking about them and the work you did together.
Thank you for being part of the DukeEngage family!


Alumni Making News
The Road Home
DukeEngage-Peru alum Shandiin Herrera '19 shares how her journey to Duke and D.C. helped point her back to the Navajo Nation. "I would sit in my classes daydreaming and longing for the day when I would return home to Monument Valley," she writes. "What if I could use my skill set to improve policies that continue to hinder the progress and health of our community?" Through Lead for America, Herrera is doing just that as a policy analyst and project consultant for the Olijato Chapter of the Navajo Nation. She is also the call center coordinator and Utah team lead for the Navajo & Hopi Families Covid-19 Relief Fund.
Staying Engaged During COVID-19
Share Your Story: How are you Staying Civically Engaged while Social Distancing?
As civically engaged, socially minded DukeEngage alumni, we know your first impulse is to help. So, tell us how you're staying civically engaged during COVID-19. Share something inspirational that's happening in your community. We'd love to highlight stories of support, hope, and optimism during this strange and difficult time. Tell us about it and we'll share it!
Help Navigating a New Normal
Stay Informed and In Touch
The Kenan Institute for Ethics, of which DukeEngage is now an affiliated program, has launched a new weekly newsletter, Humming Along. It includes everything from faculty talking about ethical issues related to COVID-19 and student profiles to Ethics in Action and a comic strip (seriously). If you want to subscribe, please sign up here.

Responding Purposefully
Privacy vs. Public Health in a Pandemic
Ethics of Now with Adriane Lentz-Smith continues from home with a series of brief, thoughtful, and timely conversations about the ethical dilemmas of this historic moment. This week, join Lentz-Smith and Washington and Lee law and cyber ethics expert Margaret Hu for a discussion about the ethical challenges of privacy during a pandemic: Thursday, April 23 at 7 pm EST. Zoom registration.
Duke During COVID-19
How Blue Devils are Making a Difference
Duke University and Duke Health are on the front-lines in the fight against coronavirus. Here are just a few examples:
Share Your Story
Post Your #TBT
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