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.
Join us on Duke’s campus for School Days, the annual program that encourages hundreds of local 8th-graders to set their sights on college. The students, mostly from families with no Read More
Duke University’s Durham Student of the Month is Jasmine Cousar of J.D. Clement Early College High School. Congratulations, Jasmine! Every month, the Office of Durham and Regional Affairs partners with Durham Public Read More
A percentage of all sales at any Barnes & Noble store or online will support literacy initiatives in Durham through the Doing Good in the Neighborhood campaign. If you make Read More
The Community Family Life and Recreation Center at Lyon Park opened in 2003 in the historic Lyon Park Elementary School building. It was a moment for celebration, following years of Read More