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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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Lindsey Miller Furiness


Senior Program Coordinator

Lindsey joined Duke Civic Engagement in 2017. Prior to arriving at Duke, Lindsey coordinated campus-community partnerships in Boston, first as an AmeriCorps member in Brandeis University’s Department of Community Service, then as a program coordinator at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay. Lindsey grew up in North Carolina and graduated from UNC Chapel Hill and is excited to work on local civic engagement initiatives with students and colleagues at Duke.

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

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Alyssa Florwick


A.J. Fletcher Civic Engagement Fellow

Alyssa is the 2022 Duke Office of Civic Engagement Fellow and supports the team in community and campus partnership projects. They recently 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.

Contact Alyssa about: general communications for events, newsletters, or the website and inquiries about Duke Civic Engagement offerings and activities.

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Sandra Martinez-Zuniga


Senior Program Coordinator

Sandra joined the Duke community in 2014, and held positions with Duke TIP and the Duke University Career Center before joining the Civic Engagement team in 2020. She holds an M.Ed. in School Counseling from UNC-Chapel Hill and an M.A. in Latin American Studies from Vanderbilt University. Prior to working for Duke, Sandra was a school counselor in Chapel Hill-Carrboro Schools, and before that was a community-school partnership coordinator in Boulder, Colorado. Sandra grew up in Peru and has a love of experiencing world cultures, foods and languages.

Contact Sandra about: the Annual Volunteer Fair, the Doing Good Community Fund, the ConnectCommunity platform, and community partner connections

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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.

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Megha Ben

Program Assistant

Megha is a graduate program assistant for Duke Civic Engagement. In this role, she provides administrative & programmatic support for DCE. Born and raised in India, she moved to Durham to pursue a Master of Engineering Management with a graduate certificate in Innovation & Entrepreneurship. Megha is a creative problem-solver with an instinct for innovation and an inherent talent for seeing possibilities for improvement.  

She has been a pro-active member of the Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers (IEEE) since 2014 and has volunteered on 10+ leadership roles at various levels. She is currently serving as Vice-Chair (Leadership & Training) for IEEE Young Professionals. 

Outside of work, Megha loves traveling and reading.