DukeEngage Dublin is a collaboration between the Kenan Institute for Ethics, DukeEngage, and more than a half dozen community based organizations in Ireland grappling with migrant and refugee issues.
Each summer eight students spend eight weeks in one of the most dynamic and increasingly diverse cities in Europe. Students are placed in small organizations that work on a range of issues. Some placements are about direct service — working with unaccompanied minor refugees as they transition to a life in Ireland, designing and running a summer civic engagement program that brings together both disadvantaged Irish and migrants, or choreographing and performing a dance at a local festival. Some placements are about community organizing and creating the infrastructure necessary to support the successful integration of migrant and refugees into Irish society — designing a dental hygiene outreach program for migrant children, setting up a citizenship application clinic, or providing gender violence workshops for refugee women. And some placements are about advocacy and policy making — writing for Ireland’s leading multicultural newspaper, Metro Eireann, developing new national legislation regarding female genital mutilation, or helping design local migrant councils to create a mechanism for migrant and refugee concerns to be heard and addressed. 2013 participants Sam Marks and Gayle Powell have worked in partnership with Educate Together, an NGO focused on bringing diversity and equal opportunity to Irish schools. One of their case studies addresses changes to the Irish population and ways in which other countries have adapted educational systems to changing demographics.
But wherever they are placed, the goal for students is not simply to participate but to undertake projects that could simply not have happened without student leadership, energy and insight. Students deploy their skills in ways they never could have anticipated. They expand their sense of the possible in ways only their fellow participants will ever fully understand. For many Dublin becomes their second home. And the results are often extraordinary. In the process students come to understand both the ethical challenges of global migration and the often profound impediments to sustainable community-based change, all while having more fun than they ever could have imagined. Each of the 2012 DukeEngage students also wrote an article for Metro Eireann about their work and experiences in Dublin, which can be read on our archived journal page. You can also read Christine Delp’s continued columns throughout the year for Metro Éireann on migrant issues in the Unites States and Ireland here.
Applications for 2014
Students interested in applying to the DukeEngage Dublin program should do so through the DukeEngage website. Applications are due Tuesday, November 5 at noon.
Brandee Branche is a rising senior from Charlotte, NC. She is majoring in international comparative studies with a concentration in European studies, and minoring in Chemistry. She plans on applying to medical school.
Jeff Campbell is a rising junior and political science major from Santa Barbara, California. He is an overly active member of Duke Mock Trial, and just competed at the Mock Trial national championships.
Eugenie Dubin is a rising junior majoring in political science, with a French minor. Originally from New York City, she loves exploring the city’s different neighborhoods, meeting new people, and is always up for a new recipe to try!
Sam Marks is a rising senior majoring in economics and chemistry with a concentration in environmental chemistry. He is a native North Carolinian hailing from Chapel Hill, NC. He enjoys running and watching Duke basketball.
Cara Peterson is a public policy and women’s studies double major from Northern Virginia. Her studies focus on human rights advocacy, international development, and gender equity. She is involved in Me Too Monologues.
Gayle Powell is a sophomore at Duke University double majoring in public policy and global health. Gayle is a member of Team Kenan, Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority, MASTERY tutors, and the Baldwin scholars program.
For more information, contact faculty director Suzanne Shanahan.
For more on the program from the participants themselves, watch “What is Discover University?”