DukeEngage students work with migrants in Dublin
Seven undergraduates traveled to Dublin, Ireland this summer to participate in the Kenan Institute for Ethics’ DukeEngage program. For eight weeks, the students oriented themselves to problems faced by an ever-growing immigrant population in a country historically known more for emigrating citizens out than for attracting an international population. In addition to mentoring unaccompanied immigrant youth, each student worked with a community organization, NGO, or governmental office. These included New Communities Partnership, Educate Together, Refugee Access Programme, and the Dublin City Council Office for Integration. The students grappled with issues such as the ethics of empathy and what steps can be taken by governmental and community authorities to support a changing population.
For the students’ perspectives, read their reflections on their work and personal experiences as Americans of diverse backgrounds in Dublin.