When Grace Mok applied to DukeEngage as a sophomore at Duke University, she chose a program that would help her learn about the town beyond campus.
Now a junior majoring in economics, she describes those summer weeks as transformative.
“I can’t even begin to measure the impact DukeEngage has had on me,” she says. “DukeEngage expanded my idea of what responsible student power looks like, what nonprofit activism looks like, what institutional support looks like – and how that can all be used to enact meaningful change.”
At Duke University, DukeEngage gives students like Grace a chance to participate in immersive service opportunities in the United States and abroad. The program was launched in 2007 with the combined gifts of $15 million each from The Duke Endowment and The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Since then, some 4,000 undergraduates have contributed more than 1.25 million hours, working in youth services, public policy, community development, education, the arts and conservation.