The Office of Durham and Regional Affairs seeks to apply knowledge in service of society through community engagement as highlighted in Duke’s strategic plan, “Making a Difference.” By broadening the university’s role as a partner and advocate for economic and community development, the office works to improve quality of life and public education in Durham and to build strong Duke-Durham relations. The office oversees the Duke-Durham Neighborhood Partnership and the Community Service Center.
The Duke-Durham Neighborhood Partnership works alongside residents of the 12 neighborhoods closest to campus, advancing community priorities with a focus on affordable home ownership,educational achievement, youth outreach, neighborhood safety, and quality health care.
The Community Service Center serves as a clearinghouse of volunteer opportunities to get Duke students and employees involved in Durham. Through a variety of signature engagement programs, the Community Service Center works to connect and strengthen the Duke and Durham communities.
The Office of Durham and Regional Affairs provides an annual matching grant that allows the Duke Habitat for Humanity Campus Chapter to build one home per year for a local Read More
Do you know a Duke student or employee who demonstrates an outstanding commitment to service? Consider nominating them for one of our annual service awards. The Lars Lyon Volunteer Service Read More
Everyone is invited to the 2015 Duke Regional Spelling Bee, where champion spellers representing more than 60 local elementary and middle schools will compete for the regional title. The Office Read More
This year, our MLK Day of Service was a partnership between Duke, the Durham Rotary, Durham Technical Community College and United Way of the Greater Triangle. Volunteers — including 175 Duke students — Read More