DukeEngage 2020 Winter Newsletter
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A Message from Director Suzanne Shanahan
Dear <<Nick Name>>,

There is no good way to sum up 2020. It's been heartbreaking and horrible, yet strangely hopeful. I've seen the new and significant challenges facing our partners around the world, but I've also seen the resiliency of our students and faculty. I've seen DukeEngage alumni rally to support communities they once served, and I've seen DukeEngage projects in locations we never predicted (Milwaukee, anyone?).

As we turn the calendar to 2021, I know that DukeEngage is facing unprecedented changes: a second summer of remote work and a significant reduction in resources. But I'm confident that our students, faculty, partners, and you--our alumni--will continue to rise to the challenge.

Wishing you happy, healthy, and safe holiday season!

Alumni Making News: Rhodes, Schwarzman Scholars
Jamal Burns (DukeEngage-Dublin, 2018) and Kendall Jefferys (DukeEngage-Costa Rica, 2018) were among 32 recipients of the prestigious Rhodes Scholarships. Yuexuan Chen (independent project in South Africa, 2019) was selected from 3,600+ applicants as a 2021 Schwarman Scholar.
A Year Like No Other: DukeEngage 2020
DukeEngage went fully virtual for 2020, but that doesn't mean our work was any less impactful. Read how programs pivoted and students rose the occasion to help support communities near and far (remotely, of course) in our 2020 Impact Report.
In Your Words: The New DukeEngage Video!
We weren't sure what to expect when we decided to crowdsource content for our new overview video. But, of course, you exceeded our expectations! Listen to fellow alumni, partners, and program directors share what their DukeEngage experience meant to them.
DukeEngage for Grad Students
For the first time, DukeEngage is offering an opportunity for graduate students. Sponsored by The Purpose Project at Duke, GradEngage gives 12 graduate students the chance to develop a deeper partnership with a North Carolina community during winter break and spring semester. 
Save the Date for Good Reason (Jan 14-15, 2021)
Duke's Sanford School of Public Policy and Kenan Institute for Ethics are bringing together artists, activists, academics, and practitioners to re-imagine how public policy can build a better world. Good Reason, a two-day virtual event, features inspiring keynotes by author and commentator Van Jones and newly nominated US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy. Learn more and register here.
Volunteer with Duke Reader Project
Want to support current Duke students by giving feedback on their class writing assignments? Volunteer with the Duke Reader Project, part of the Thompson Writing Program. It's a relatively small commitment--only about 5 hours during the spring semester. Learn more or take the new reader survey.

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