Who We Are

As a private research university and healthcare provider, employer, corporate partner, and neighbor, Duke is committed to forging and sustaining purposeful partnerships that offer mutual benefit and the greatest positive impact to communities. Through its engagement with communities via scholarship, service, and collaboration, Duke will build on going connections with reciprocity and equity that reflect the values of respect, trust, inclusion, discovery, and excellence.

Our work and our teams

Our teams support our five focus areas and the infrastructure needed to serve partners strategically. Please visit our Teams page to learn about our leadership and staff.

Duke-Durham Neighborhood Partnership and Community Development

Building on Duke’s long-standing support of surrounding neighborhoods through the Duke-Durham Neighborhood Partnerships, the DDNP and Community Development team addresses housing and infrastructure efforts across Durham. Learn about Housing and Neighborhoods

Community Health

Aligning Duke’s mission for purposeful partnerships across the university and health system, the Community Health unit addresses access to healthcare, population health and community health disparities, with a special emphasis on food security and nutrition. Learn about Community Health.

Educational and Workforce Collaborations

The Educational and Workforce Collaborations unit oversees all programming, partnerships and funding opportunities for preschool, K-12 education and college and career readiness efforts. Learn about Education and Workforce Collaborations

Duke Civic Engagement

Duke’s Civic Engagement team assists with nonprofit capacity and strengthens, connects and amplifies the various ways that students, faculty and staff work to make a difference in the civic life of our communities. The Office supports Duke’s collaborations with community organizations on pressing social challenges. Learn about Duke Civic Engagement.

Research and Advancement

The Research and Advancement team assists in collecting engagement activity and outcome data, corporate partnerships and all giving and grantmaking activities. Learn about Research and Advancement.

Business Services

Business Services supports the work of Durham and Community Affairs units through strategic resource management, collaboration and partnerships with staff and other key stakeholders.

Business Services focuses on:

· Budgeting, financial operations and payroll

· Information technology services

· Human resources management

· Evidence-based practices


Contact Business Services.


DCA’s communications team assists in keeping our partners informed of our work, including sharing partner successes and impacts, giving and funding opportunities and ways to get involved. Contact Communications.

Visit our programs and initiatives to explore unit work or to explore all programs.

Our History

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