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.
Every Fall, the Community Service Center and the Volunteer Center of Durham organize a Volunteer Fair on West Campus to allow local non-profits to recruit Duke student and staff volunteers. If Read More
Triangle non-profits have until August 31 to apply for a grant of up to $5,000 from the 2014 Community Care Fund. Grants are made possible by the generosity of Duke Read More
The Courier-Times of Roxboro published an article about the network of support available this year to Person High School students who need help realizing their post-secondary aspirations. Duke graduate and Read More
Every year, Duke first-year students learn about Durham through themed excursions — historic, recreational, culinary and more — during an outing known as Duke, Durham and Beyond. The event facilitates genuine engagement between Read More