Duke’s Office of Durham and Regional 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.
In a Durham elementary school classroom, Grace Mok tutors young students, helping them sound out words in books and asking them how the stories make them feel. At a Durham Read More
Angel Peterchev and his family celebrate Orthodox Easter traditions every year. They dye and paint hardboiled eggs, then participate in “egg-cracking contests,” where one person slams their egg into the Read More
Hundreds of volunteers descended upon the Durham Convention Center on March 24, 2018 to package 100,000 bags of rice, beans and soup mixes, which were then delivered to local food Read More
Two Duke employees volunteer annually at the Durham Rescue Mission, one of the city’s oldest and largest long-term homeless shelters. One employee helps Durham Rescue Mission clients file their taxes. Read More
The East Campus lawn will soon be speckled with 2,500 plastic eggs filled with trinkets and treats. Families living in neighborhoods surrounding Duke East Campus, as well as Duke employees Read More
In the 11th round of the Duke University Regional Spelling Bee, Hanna Closs was the only speller left standing. Closs had to correctly spell the final championship word, “ornithofauna,” to Read More
It’s time to crack open the Merriam-Webster Dictionary and brush up on some new words. For the 60 young competitors at this year’s Duke University Regional Spelling Bee, dictionaries, lists Read More
Duke employees who are planning to buy their first home are invited to join the Duke Homebuyers Club this spring. The club began in 2013 as a way to connect Read More
Do you know a Duke undergraduate student or Duke employee who volunteers in the Durham community? Nominate them for a 2018 Duke service award. Nomination Form: Download the PDF Nomination Read More
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When Grace Mok applied to DukeEngage as a sophomore at Duke University, she chose a program that would help her learn about the town beyond campus.