General Information

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Eric Mlyn, Executive Director

Contact Information

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  • Telephone: 919.660.3223
  • Fax: 919.660.3230
  • Address: DukeEngage • Smith Warehouse • Box 90590 • 114 S. Buchanan Blvd. • 2nd Floor • Bays 7 & 8 South • Durham, NC 27708-0590


DukeEngage empowers students to address critical human needs through immersive service, in the process transforming students, advancing the University’s educational mission, and providing meaningful assistance to communities in the U.S. and abroad. DukeEngage provides funding for Duke undergraduates who wish to pursue an immersive (minimum of eight weeks) service experience by meeting a community need locally, domestically or internationally. DukeEngage was launched in 2007 through the establishment of a $30 million endowment from The Duke Endowment and The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The program has benefited from the additional support of a growing number of generous and devoted alumni and friends.

Since the program began, more than 1,400 Duke students have participated. Students each year participate in a vast range of civic engagement activities, including environmental advocacy, community outreach, global health, education, social justice and more. In the past four years, students have:

• launched mentoring and school enrichment programs

• created community support initiatives

• designed health education and outreach programs

• improved a community’s health information infrastructure

• produced environmental education documentaries

• developed microfinance opportunities for disadvantaged women and families

These projects and others have taken place in more than 50 nations around the world. During the summer of 2011, more than 400 Duke students participated in either DukeEngage group or individual programs across the globe. For more information, visit the section of our web site detailing our current Immersion Programs.

DukeEngage offers two programs in China:

  • Beijing: Students teach in a school for migrant children who have moved from rural areas throughout China to Beijing, and work on other service projects related to migrant issues in and around Beijing.

  • Zhuhai: Students partner with a middle school to provide arts education.