Duke’s Office of Durham and Community Affairs seeks to apply knowledge in service of society 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 throughout the city, the office works to improve quality of life and to build strong Duke-Durham connections. Explore our stories, photos and archives to learn more about our work and our partners.
For Deborah Smalls Fowler, the decision to become a hospice volunteer was a personal one. When both her mother and brother were diagnosed with pancreatic cancer 13 years apart, they Read More
“S-y-m-m-e-t-r-i-c-a-l.” Standing calm and collected at a wooden lectern on Thursday, Triangle Day School fifth grader Jason Sorin spelled out the letters correctly to become the 2017 Duke University Regional Read More
From left to right, the four students remaining in the spelling bee are Evan Fahringer, Caroline Lazarus, Isabel LingYu Peng Murray and Jason Sorin. The Duke University Regional Spelling Bee Read More
Help capture the creativity of Durham writers in one literary mobile app. As part of a weeklong program that brings together Durham Public Schools middle school students and Osher Lifelong Read More
Duke senior Yuyi Li reads Dr. Seuss’s “I Can Read with My Eyes Shut!” with Anthony, who is in Kindergarten. Duke senior Yuyi Li pointed to a pastel yellow page Read More
Ashley Strahm poses next to the “Lending Love” library she and her husband built in front of their new Durham home. A wooden library stand at the corner of Ashley Read More