Students hammering on a Habitat for Humanity house


Duke’s engagement with communities via scholarship, service, and collaboration has taken many forms since the university was founded in 1924. As a research university, healthcare provider, employer, partner, and neighbor, Duke is committed to prioritizing the needs of our neighbors and improving the quality of life in our region. Through our Strategic Community Impact Plan, which was developed in partnership with community members, we have identified five priority areas—health, housing, education, employment, and community—that guide our efforts to forge and sustain partnerships that offer mutual benefit and the greatest positive impact to communities.

As we look ahead to our second century, the university’s strategic vision sets forth five visionary goals, one of which is to forge purposeful partnerships with our neighbors in the region. Duke Community Affairs will offer Duke’s faculty, staff, students, and alumni opportunities to honor the centennial by engaging with our neighbors and advancing priorities aimed at improving health and well-being in Durham and beyond.