Authored by: Jeffrey Ho. I spent my childhood surrounded by nature – climbing trees, swimming in lakes, and searching for animals (but never trying to catch them) – and I’ll never forget the first time I visited the western United States. When I first saw the Grand Canyon and rode along the Colorado River, it was beyond … More Nature: Is Preservation for the Privileged?
Authored by: Brandon Hull. A common criticism of DukeEngage is that some students leave without feeling like they made a large impact. And maybe that goal is a little naïve. Realistically, there is only so much we can accomplish in eight weeks. Instead of expecting to fix a complex issue, what if students came into … More Changes Within, But Not Without Changes Without
Authored by: Devin Nieusma. Last week in Portland, we were tasked with the beautification of the new property of an environmental justice organization – that is, cleaning up the litter that had collected on the previously unused land, and waging war on the murderous thorny brush that surrounded the building. Shannon suggested that we dig … More Roots and Thorns
Authored by: Shannon Thoits On the 5th of July, I traveled to Lincoln City, Oregon for a post-4th-of-July beach cleanup. As I walked down the beach, I came across a patch of sand that was completely choked with pieces of micro plastics (tiny bits of plastic that are created when larger plastic objects are broken … More A Whole Awful Lot Is Enough
Authored by: Alison Lee. Merriam-Webster defines volunteer (verb) as, “to offer to do something without being forced to or without getting paid to do it.” With the rise of corporate volunteerism, I’ve been thinking about how this definition of volunteering is beginning to change. Many companies these days have programs that pay their employees to … More Volunteerism: Sham or Sincerity?
What a short month it has been. If only Shakespeare had been wiser to write a play on 10 collegiate students who visit a new city together with the goal of serving its community; a must-read piece that would be.
This evening, the DukeEngage students had a chance to reflect on the first half of the program; what it has brought, what we foresaw and did not foresee, what we feared that did (or did not) become a reality, and what we hope the next few weeks to look like. The students were all willing … More Week 4 Updates: How We’re REALLY Doing