Grad Engage Fellows Announced

The Purpose Project at Duke is pleased to announce the inaugural cohort of the GradEngage Fellowship, which will provide an opportunity for Duke graduate and professional students to deepen a partnership with a North Carolina community or organization of their choosing during the winter break and spring semester.

The GradEngage fellows represent a wide range of departments and professional schools at Duke, and through their funded work, fellows will be able to explore the purpose of their graduate studies by making connections between pressing social issues and communities and organizations on the ground.

Unique Whitehurst, a Master of Science in Nursing student, said the fellowship will provide her with direct support in her mission to improve statistically projected negative health outcomes in underserved communities.

“A huge a barrier the Durham community faces in achieving optimal health is a lack of access to healthcare resources and poor health literacy,” she said. “My project addresses both of these facts, and with the help of GradEngage, I will be able to expand efforts aimed at eradicating these barriers.”

Throughout the course of the winter and spring, fellows will serve 100 hours virtually and will submit reflections about their work and experience over the course of the project.


Funded by a grant from The Duke Endowment, The Purpose Project at Duke is a multi-year, campus-wide initiative focused on integrating a focus on character, purpose, and vocation into undergraduate, graduate, and professional education. The initiative is hosted by the Kenan Institute for Ethics in collaboration with the Divinity School and the Office of Undergraduate Education.