Announcing Community-Engaged Scholarship Collaborative Launch

Inaugural Class of Fellows & Small Grant Recipients

Duke Civic Engagement is delighted to announce the launch of the Community-Engaged Scholarship Collaborative. The Collaborative provides funding and learning opportunities to build a community of practice and advance engaged scholarship at Duke. The program is coordinated by Liz Shapiro-Garza, Faculty Director for Engaged Scholarship, and Leslie Parkins, Director for Civic Engagement in the Office of Durham and Community Affairs.

The Community-Engaged Scholarship Collaborative aims to continue cultivating a community of practice among faculty, students, staff and community partners by bringing together, working with and building on many existing initiatives and sources of support for engagement at Duke University. There are two main components of the Collaborative, launching in Fall 2021: grant funded community-engaged projects and a fellowship program for Duke faculty, staff and local community partners.


The inaugural class of Fellows includes 13 bold thinkers committed to community-engaged scholarship and practice from across Duke and the local community. Throughout the year, fellows will attend a series of seminars and lunches with scholars and community partners sharing insights about their collaborative efforts. In bringing together this talented cohort of fellows, the Collaborative strives to facilitate networking and strengthen ties across the region.

2021-2022 Fellows:

  • Margaret Louise Brown (Duke’s Forum for Scholars and Publics)
  • Scott “Esko” Brummel (Duke University Initiative for Science & Society)
  • Xavier Cason (Durham Public Schools Foundation)
  • Yolanda Dunston (North Carolina Central University)
  • Alec Greenwald (Duke Academic Advising Center)
  • Caitlin Margaret Kelly (Duke Rubenstein Library)
  • Shannon Mallery (Durham Parks and Recreation, City of Durham, NC)
  • Kusum Knapczyk (Duke’s Asian and Middle Eastern Studies)
  • Susie Post-Rust (Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University)
  • Justin Ridge (Duke University Marine Lab/Nicholas School of the Environment)
  • Miguel Rubiera (La Iglesia Emanuel)
  • Mara Shurgot (Duke’s Pratt School of Engineering’s Center for Water, Sanitation, Hygiene and Infectious Disease (WaSH-AID), Parks and Recreation Department, City of Durham)
  • Jeff Ward (Duke School of Law)


The program has also funded nine innovative community-engaged projects. From mental health to environmental justice to economic development, the selected projects engage with a diverse array of topics. Learn more about each of the project teams here.

  • Arraigados Juntos – Rooted Together
  • Art in the Parks
  • Bass Connections University-Assisted Community Schools (BCUACS) Team: Participant Engaged Research
  • The Black Economic Development Zone and Brightwood Community Garden
  • Co-Created Knowledge to Inform Housing Stability and Food
  • Creating a Community of Practice for Data Collection and Analysis in Sampson County, North Carolina
  • Exploring Services for the Formerly-Incarcerated Population with Mental Health and Substance Use Diagnoses
  • NC Flies to MaRRS
  • Training for Resiliency and Race-Equity Sensitivity for Authentic Social-Emotional Mentoring

Visit our website to learn more about the Community-Engaged Scholarship Collaborative and associated programming. To receive updates about the Collaborative and other civic engagement news, subscribe to the Duke Civic Engagement newsletter.