Fall 2014 Campus Grants awarded to student and staff projects across the university

campus-grants-400The Kenan Institute for Ethics’ Campus Grants program allows members of the Duke community to incorporate ethics into their own work. Grants of up to $500 are available to all members of the Duke community—students, faculty, and staff—to support initiatives that promote ethical or moral reflection, deliberation, and dialogue at Duke and beyond. Applications for the Spring 2015 grants will be due February 15.

Announcing the Fall 2014 Campus Grant Award Winners:

Reem Alfahad | DukeEngage/Proyecto Boston-Medellín 
Undergraduate artists from the Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Sede Medellín collaborated with DukeEngage students to develop an art exhibition that will tour the United States this spring, the fourth iteration of Proyecto Boston-Medellín (PBM). The team will bring these artists to Duke to engage campus with a transnational, multilingual artistic conversation on the ethics of artistic autonomy, story telling, movement with the story, and reclaiming narratives.

Jonna McKone | MFA Program in Experimental and Documentary Arts
McKone, a second-year MFA student, is creating a site-specific sound installation in Siler City, NC, that is an extension of a multi-year film project that documents people laboring in low wage jobs after the unexpected shuttering of a region’s long-time industry. Through interweaving oral histories, historical text, lost and found sounds from the region, the experimental audio documentary explores socioeconomic isolation in rural areas and the distancing effects of globalization. 

Jenna Strucko | Center for Documentary Studies
The founders of Kao Jai Coffee—a single-origin coffee company that directly sources coffee from Thailand farmers at a farmer-satisfied price—will visit campus to discuss the implications of incorporating ethical structure into a for-profit business plan, as well as how the practical applications of an ethically driven business model function in day-to-day operations and business development.

Avery Waite, Sierra Smucker, Dr. Kristin Goss | Sanford School of Public Policy
The team’s study, “Millennial Women’s Attitudes Toward Gender-Based Organizing,” aims to understand why women’s organizations seem less appealing to younger women than to their foremothers. The team will conduct 100 in-depth interviews interested to highlight the similarities and differences in the perspectives of women from different educational backgrounds.