DukeEngage Dublin

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.

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.

Publications and Output

  • Read 2012 DukeEngage Dublin students’ articles for Metro Eireann about their work and experiences in Dublin.
  • Christine Delp continued to write columns throughout the 2012-2013 academic year for Metro Éireann as well.
  • 2013 participants Sam Marks and Gayle Powell created a case study in partnership with Educate Together, an NGO focused on bringing diversity and equal opportunity to Irish schools, on changes to the Irish population and ways in which other countries have adapted educational systems to changing demographics.
  • Read 2014 DukeEngage Dublin students’ articles for Metro Eireann.
  • Check in for the 2015 students’ letters home!

Applications for 2016
Students interested in applying to the DukeEngage Dublin program should do so through the DukeEngage website. Applications for international programs are due Tuesday, November 3 at noon.


Farmer-100Catherine Farmer is a rising sophomore majoring in Mechanical Engineering with a certificate in Ethics from Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Her interests include dance and photography.

McLaurin-100Reed McLaurin is a sophomore Public Policy major with a minor in Cultural Anthropology and a certificate in Ethics. He hails from Lufkin, Texas and enjoys playing both tennis and squash.

Price-100Arianna Price is a rising senior majoring in Public Policy, minoring in Biology, and following a pre-medical track. She enjoys spending time hiking and swimming in her hometown of Tucson, AZ.

Ross-100Kelsey Ross is a rising junior from Vienna, Virginia studying Computer Science with Creative Writing and Psychology minors. In her free time, she enjoys playing club softball and basketball.

Sarkar-100Priya Sarkar is a rising sophomore interested in Neuroscience, Computer Science, and Global Health (undecided major). She plays violin and enjoys watching The Office or Parks and Recreation in her free time.

Thomas-100John Patrick Thomas is a rising junior from Boston planning to major in Political Science and Asian and Middle Eastern Studies with a focus in the Chinese language. He has always been interested in working with young people.

Trombley-100Tory Trombley is a rising junior majoring in Public Policy with a minor in French. Originally from western Massachusetts, she enjoys travelling, exploring old bookstores, and practicing yoga.

Yu-100Ethan Yu is a rising junior from South Burlington, Vermont majoring in Psychology with a minor in Economics and a certificate in Markets and Management. He is involved with the Varsity Fencing team.

For more information, contact faculty director Suzanne Shanahan.
For more on the program from the participants themselves, watch “What is Discover University?