Student Engagement Journals

The Kenan Institute for Ethics promotes the experiences and reflection that turn undergraduates into ethical leaders and global citizens through programs such as DukeImmerse: Uprooted/Rerouted, DukeEngage: Dublin, Kenan Summer Fellows, and internships. To get a sense of their experiences, read the journals that students write as a reflection on their time involved with various programs.

Kenan Summer Fellows

Aydin Anwar, Evan Nicole Bell, Amanda Gavcovich, Rajiv Golla

Gautam Chebrolu, Jeff Feng, Snehan Sharma, Alex Zrenner

Lara Haft, Caroline Horrow

Christine Delp, Cece Mercer

Sadhna Gupta, Mark Herzog, David Mayer, John Mclean, Rosaria Nowhitney, Nyuol Tong

DukeEngage: Dublin

Kenan’s DukeEngage program takes students to Dublin, Ireland, to explore issues of migration with local immigrant and refugee communities.

Summer 2016
Summer 2015
Summer 2014
Summer 2013
Summer 2012

PathwaysofChange GraphicPathways of Change
Six Duke undergraduates will spend the summer of 2016 as interns placed with both corporate and non-profit organizations seeking to explore the best ways of effecting change in corporate human rights practices.

Read their letters home throughout the summer

Bull City Dignity Project

Former Kenan Summer Fellow Lara Haft and two other undergraduates have developed a new project out of KIE. They will work with local high school students on a documentary project capturing the experiences of a diverse array of Durham citizens. Read Lara’s project updates and learn more at the project’s website.

DukeImmerse: Uprooted/Rerouted




Twelve students in two teams spend a month doing field research with Bhutanese refugees in Nepal, Iraqi refugees in Egypt, or Syrian refugees in Jordan. These students spent the first part of the semester gaining knowledge on refugee issues and research methods, then used their time abroad to collect refugee narratives for individual reports on different themes of life in the camps.

Bass Connections team: Displacement, Resettlement, and Global Mental Health

2014 Research Blog
2015 Research Blog

This research team, comprised of undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, and a post-doctoral fellow, analyzed existing data from previous field research collected by students with the Kenan Institute for Ethics as well as traveling to Jordan for additional work with Iraqi and Syrian refugees. Read their research blog to learn more about the nature of the work and its challenges.

Kenan Internships

Summer 2014
Elizabeth Hoyler, World Food Programme in Nepal

Summer 2013
Virginia Dillon, World Food Programme Office in Patan, Nepal

Alternative Spring Break

Ten alumni of the Ethics, Leadership, and Global Citizenship FOCUS cluster travel to Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic, to explore complicated issues of nationality and citizenship.