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Student Interest Form

If you’re a Duke undergraduate or graduate student interested in community engagement, our office is here to help. Complete this form and we’ll be in touch soon!

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Alyssa Florwick


Senior Program Coordinator – Campus Engagement

Alyssa joined Duke Office of Civic Engagement as a Fellow in 2022 supporting the team in community and campus partnership projects. They earned their Master of Science in Biochemistry from Duke University. During their graduate tenure, Alyssa served as President of the Graduate and Professional Student Government and worked with the Duke-Durham Neighborhood Partnerships team of Durham Community Affairs. Since the beginning of 2023, Alyssa has served as Senior Program Coordinator for Campus Engagement.

Contact Alyssa about: workshops and resources for community engagement, the University Coalition for Civic Engagement, the Racial Equity Learning Arc, and student advising and consultations

Leslie Parkins


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, Leslie 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.

Contact Leslie about: institutional priorities, strategic planning and partnerships, the Community-Engaged Scholarship Collaborative, and the Faculty Advisory Board

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Elizabeth Shapiro-Garza

Faculty Director for Engaged Scholarship

Elizabeth joined the Office of Civic Engagement as the Faculty Director for Engaged Scholarship in fall 2020. She has over twenty-five years of experience and expertise in community engagement and engaged scholarship in Latin American and the southeastern United States, partnering with communities impacted by environmental degradation and injustice. Elizabeth is an Associate Professor of the Practice of Environmental Policy and Management at the Nicholas School of the Environment. She also serves as the Director for Community Engagement for the Duke University Superfund Research Center and the Director of the Certificate in Community-Based Environmental Management. She has been on the Office of Civic Engagement Faculty Advisory Board since 2016.

Contact Liz about: the Community-Engaged Scholarship Collaborative and faculty engagement

Graduate Students

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Ana Gargollo García Rendón

Program Assistant for the Community-Engaged Scholarship Collaborative

Ana is a second year Masters of Environmental Management student at Duke, specializing in Environmental Economics and Policy. She holds a BSc. in Global Resources from The University of British Columbia and worked in Pronatura México as project manager of the largest forestry carbon project in the country. She also worked as a Summer Fellow in the American Cities Climate Challenge at Natural Resources Defense Council, supporting the implementation of climate mitigation initiatives in cities around the country. She is excited to support the team as the graduate assistant for the Community-Engaged Scholarship Collaborative 2022-2023.