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

Lucy Dong, Ema Klugman, Onuoha Odim, Bigyan Babu Regmi, Lola Sanchez-Carrion, Angeli Sharma

Learn more about the Fellows and their projects and read about their experiences.

Previous 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 Dublin program takes students to Ireland, to explore issues of migration with local immigrant and refugee communities. Meet this year’s team and read their letters home.

PathwaysofChange GraphicPathways of Change

12 Duke undergraduates spend the summer as interns placed with both corporate and non-profit organizations seeking to explore the best ways of effecting change in corporate human rights practices. Learn more about their internships and read their letters home throughout the summer.

Previous Pathways Interns


Kenan Purpose Program Summer Fellows

After completing the Pursuit of Purpose gateway course, students are placed with fellowships to further explore what purpose means to them through internships. Participants document their experiences through regular reflective writing, which can be found here.

DukeImmerse: Uprooted/Rerouted

A unique blend of classroom work and field research, DukeImmerse sends students abroad to learn more about the struggles and hops of refugees. Students spend the first part of a semester gaining knowledge on refugee issues and research methods, then use time abroad to collect narratives for individual reports on different themes of life in the camps. Meet this year’s team and read about their research.

Previous DukeImmerse Research

DukeImmerse Magazine

Student reflections told through written word and photography. Past issues include:

Refugee Life Stories

Participants with the DukeImmerse recite personal narratives of refugees collected during their field work, including themes of despair and isolation to the strength of family.





Previous Engagement Opportunities

Bass-blogBass Connections: Displacement, Resettlement, and Global Mental Health

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.

Haft-Poetry-400Bull 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.

EngagementCover400Alternative 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.


Kenan Internships

Summer 2014
Elizabeth Hoyler, World Food Programme in Nepal

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