Assistant Vice President and Director for Civic Engagement
Leslie offers more than 18 years of experience in community partnerships, faculty development and civic engagement work focused on expanding and strengthening efforts to connect the campus with communities through meaningful and reciprocal partnerships. Before arriving at Duke in 2016, she worked for 13 years at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the Carolina Center for Public Service with most of her efforts concentrated in the APPLES Service-Learning Program. Leslie led the Duke Office of Civic Engagement from 2016-2019, during which time she established the Duke Civic Action Plan through a collaborative process consulting both members of the campus and community to identify strategic priorities in civic engagement for Duke University. Leslie is responsible for strategic planning in civic engagement, advancing engaged scholarship and building connections and capacities to cultivate and support community-based practices across Duke.