There are a multitude of ways to get involved in the local community, including through the following opportunities and organizations:
Duke Center for Civic Engagement
The DCCE at the Smith Warehouse offers numerous avenues for Duke students and employees to find ways to get involved in the Durham community. Their website also offers interesting bits of information and links to Durham history and news. Take a look:
The DukeEngage Program provides funding for undergraduate students who wish to pursue an intensive civic engagement experience anywhere in the world. Through DukeEngage students apply what they have learned in the classroom to address societal issues at home or abroad. Program descriptions are available online, including for "Encuentros de la Frontera: US-Mexico Border Civic Engagement" (based in AZ, and supported by Latino/a Studies for three summers running) and several additional programs in Latin America. See http://dukeengage.duke.edu/
The local Latino school-age population is growing at a tremendous rate, and many of the Durham public schools continually seek student tutors and mentors for their daytime and after school programs. Schools such as E.K. Powe Elementary, within walking distance of Duke, and others nearby count on time commitments from Duke students, faculty, and/or staff. Visit the Durham Public Schools site at http://www.dpsnc.net/ and/or contact Latino/a Studies Coordinator, Jenny Snead Williams () to put you in touch with these schools.
El Centro Hispano
Located in downtown Durham, El Centro Hispano is a grassroots community based organization dedicated to strengthening the Latino community and improving the quality of lifeof Latino residents in Durham and the surrounding area. It supports education, community development and organizing, leadership development, and alliance formation with other communities and organizations. The Executive Director is a Duke alumni and the organization is open to Duke student involvement. See www.elcentronc.org
El Kilombo is a Durham non-profit community center and bookstore focused primarily on the concerns of communities of color and issues related to globalization. El Kilombo offers free computer classes, child literacy classes, daily Internet use, and a monthly neighborhood assembly. As an entirely volunteer project, the organization is always looking for volunteers who are committed to the ideals of the center and help in maintaining the community space and offered services. Please contact .
El Pueblo, Inc.
Located in Raleigh, El Pueblo is a non-profit statewide advocacy and public policy organization dedicated to strengthening the Latino Community. They have programs in leadership development, proactive and direct advocacy, education, and promotion of cross-cultural understanding in partnerships at the local, state, and national levels. El Pueblo also hosts the cultural festival “La Fiesta del Pueblo” each September, drawing tens of thousands of attendees and “El Foro Latino” Latino Issues Forum in the spring/summer. Visit www.elpueblo.org.
Latino Health Project
The Latino Health Project at Duke University Hospital is responsible for planning, developing, coordinating, and evaluating cost effective and culturally sensitive programs and processes to serve the Latino/Hispanic patient population at Duke University Hospital. Please see http://socialwork.duhs.duke.edu/modules/sw_latin/index.php?id=1 or contact Program Coordinator, , for more information.
Spanish Service Learning
Within the Spanish Language Program in the Department of Romance Studies, Spanish Service Learning has formed a unique partnership with the Durham community in an effort to support Duke’s mission to enhance the integration of civic engagement into the undergraduate experience. Through this program, Duke faculty and students, along with Durham service agencies and their clients, work together to develop meaningful exchanges while fostering mutual understanding between students and the greater Durham community. See http://spanish.aas.duke.edu/courses/service.php.