The Duke Office of Durham and Community Affairs forges purposeful partnerships with its neighbors in the region, with a particular focus on Duke’s home—Durham, NC. DCA is a link between Duke University, Duke Health, the community and local governments by connecting our partners with campus efforts, research, and institutional resources. Duke also supports community partnerships through financial contributions, grants, and sponsorships; service and volunteerism; and Duke charitable activities and employee giving. DCA focuses on housing, health, education, employment, and community with priorities in affordable housing and infrastructure, food security and nutrition, early childhood and K-12 school readiness, college and career-readiness, and nonprofit capacity-building. Throughout this work, Duke has made institutional commitments to antiracism, health equity and engaged scholarship.
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
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
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
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
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.