DukeEngage 2020 Winter Newsletter
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Alumni News
Transforming Teaching and Learning
Wendy Xiao '14 (DukeEngage-Seattle) got a taste for teaching in 2012 when she co-led cooking classes at Lettuce Link, which ran a giving garden at Marra Farm. Since graduating from Duke, she’s taught literacy and dance at a school for children with learning differences in Washington, DC. Now Wendy’s a senior program manager at Digital Promise, where she works with educators and product developers to infuse learning sciences research into their practice and products. Read more.
DukeEngage Alumni Named Schwarzman Scholars
Three DukeEngage alumni--Max Labaton '20 (DukeEngage-Jordan), Yunjie Lai '19 (DukeEngage-Detroit) and Steven Soto '17 (DukeEngage-Cape Town)--are members of the Schwarzman Class of 2021. They, along with fellow Dukies Charles Berman '20 and Kevin Zheng '19, were selected from 4,700+ applicants worldwide. The Schwarzman Scholarship funds one year of study in Beijing, China. Read more.
Detroit Alums Bring "SOUP" to Durham
Inspired by a program they saw during DukeEngage-Detroit in 2018, Ajay Menon '21 and Sofia Nieto '21 founded Durham SOUP, a community dinner and competition that provides micro-grants to local entrepreneurs. Through SOUP, participants pitch their ideas to community members, who donate $5 for a dinner and a chance to vote for their favorite project. Menon said, "The real value we found in the Detroit program that we want to bring here is we want to empower the community, we want everyone to share their collective networks and resources, so everyone can benefit." Read more.
News from HQ
By the Numbers
A total of 828 students applied to DukeEngage for summer 2020. Applicants were able to choose from group programs in 11 U.S. cities and 24 countries, create their own independent projects, or apply to the new Pathways Projects, which offers DukeEngage placements in Charlotte, New York, and Seattle.
New Faces, New Places for 2020
DukeEngage welcomes six new faculty directors and six new locations for summer 2020:
  • addressing climate change in Beaufort, North Carolina
  • supporting hurricane recovery in the Bahamas, led by Angel Harris (sociology)
  • researching sustainable development in Brazil and Paraguay, led by Christine Folch (cultural anthropology) and Luana Lima (environmental sciences & policy)
  • addressing food security in Colombia, led by Dalia Patino-Echeverri (environmental sciences & policy)
  • improving health education in Ghana, led by Fred Boadu (civil & environmental engineering)
  • engineering global health interventions in Indonesia
In addition, Anne-Maria Makhulu (cultural anthropology) is new leader for the long-standing DukeEngage-Cape Town program.
Faculty Profile: Christine Folch
Christine Folch, co-director of the new DukeEngage-Brazil/Paraguay program, shares what she hopes students will take from their experience this summer: "What we really want is for students to form relationships. We think that it's in those relationships that substantive change can happen in Paraguay and for the students themselves." Read the full profile here.
Stay Engaged
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Want to learn about Duke and Duke Alums Engage events in your area? Want to catch up or connect with fellow DukeEngage alumni? Check out the DukeEngage Alumni Affinity webpage. If you did DukeEngage, you're already a member! And stay tuned for info on a DukeEngage event at Reunions 2020!
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