Community Engagement Report 20‑21

The past academic year has been an exercise in resilience. Durham is Duke’s home and it forms the nucleus of Duke’s commitment to community engagement throughout the region and state. Like a Tapestry, when interwoven, our values and strengths allow us to honor the needs of communities. The following report highlights Duke’s key community engagement initiatives, but it is not an exhaustive list of all of Duke’s many partnerships and engagements.

Strategic Focus

Community - Nonprofit Capacity - Corporate Partner, Housing - Housing Affordability & Infrastructure - Durham is Home, Education - Early Childhood & School Readiness - Research University, Employment - College & Career Readiness - Key Employer, Health - Food Security & Nutrition - Health System

Purposeful Partnerships

Purposeful partnerships with neighbors are an institutional priority outlined in President Price’s Strategic Framework.

As a private research university and healthcare provider, employer, corporate partner, and neighbor, Duke is committed to forging and sustaining purposeful partnerships that offer mutual benefit and the greatest positive impact to communities.

Through its engagement with communities via scholarship, service, and collaboration, Duke will build ongoing connections with reciprocity and equity that reflect the values of respect, trust, inclusion, discovery, and excellence.

Read Duke’s shared values


Community Engagement Awards

Each year, Duke Civic Engagement recognizes one Duke student and one Duke employee for outstanding commitment to community engage.

“Anytime you are engaging in conversations that will ultimately impact people or organizations, it is really important to have them represented at the table.”

Jason Peace headshotJason Peace, Executive Director, Meals on Wheels of Durham


Duke Doing Good

Unified employee giving allows Duke to Do Good together. That along with institutional contributions can lead to the greatest positive impact.

Looking Forward

The past year has highlighted the value of listening, planning and flexibility. As we begin implementing Duke’s plans and goals, we move toward measuring progress. Learn more about the path forward.