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 summer, Duke’s Office of Durham and Regional Affairs works closely with Durham’s Partnership for Children and Durham Public Schools to support Durham’s Transition to Kindergarten initiative, which helps families Read More
Duke University made the 2014 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll in the categories of Education and Economic Opportunity. The award recognizes institutions for their commitment to community, service-learning Read More
Non-profit organizations interested in applying for a Community Care Fund grant should save the date for a webinar that will help them to complete the most competitive grant possible. The Office Read More
Spelling bees are a family affair for the Durham-based Closs family. This March, the Closs sisters—Bettie, a seventh grader at Lucas Middle, and Hanna, a sixth grader at Little River Read More