There is a quickening as the program comes to its final week! It's hared to believe so many experiences can happen in such a short time.
Duke past and present joined to break bread and play ~ visit to Detroit Hives a non-profit dedicated to including honey bee's in the cities regenerative plan~ Service work with Gleaners Food bank ~ Women showing up for themselves in amazing and courageous ways~ Contemplation at the Detroit Institute of Art~ And Milestones.
The students are working hard and participating in so many of the opportuntiies this great city has to offer. From Community Gardens, Dinner invitations, to a Living Motown Legend! Enjoy some Highlight from the week.....
As we are approaching the end of the 3rd work week, the synergy between the group is deepening. Here are some highlights of shared moments at enrichments, group meals, and lunch breaks!
Tigers game~Motown Museum~Detroit Public Television~Mexican Town and Downdown~
It has been a full orientation week and transformation is in the air here in Detroit. And the Jounrey Begins....
A few highlights
~ Detroit Soup ~
~ Eastern Market ~ Henry Ford Museum ~ Scavenger Hunt ~ River Walk ~
It's been an incredible, life-changing eight weeks for the students in DukeEngage Detroit. This week they gave their final presentations and enjoyed one last group meal with ice cream before heading home to Duke. Each student had a chance to share the work they have been doing over the summer and discuss the impact it had on themselves, their agencies, and the Detroit community at large. Each student contributed their unique perspective to their work and left with new knowledge, tools, and experiences that will help them in their educational and professional development. Yet perhaps the biggest impact the program had was the relationships the students developed with one another.
This week some of our students took a tour of Detroit and learned about the eight mile wall. As a group, we also learned more about this history and future of General Motors, who discussed their Zero Zero Zero policy. We practiced embodying GMs values of "being bold" by asking questions about the exciting, innovative work that this company is doing in Detroit! We also attended a sushi dinner in which students got a chance to talk more to current interns and employees about their work in the company and city.
This week we enjoyed a group reflection led by our very own Blake McCann, who is working with ProsperUS this summer. Blake led us in a discussion on food choices and how these contribute to privilege, connection, and at times, discrimination or exclusion. We enjoyed a delicious meal from Guadalajara, a local restaurant. We also visited the Museum of African American History, were we came face to face with the rich, complex, and difficult history of African American individuals in the United States.
Last week we enjoyed learning about some of Detroit's staple destinations- Lafayette Coney Island and the Motown museum. Many of us enjoyed our first Coney Island experience and learned more about the music that has defined and uplifted this incredible city.
This week we enjoyed a variety of activities that included a group meal and reflection activity at Shangri-LA, a dinner with the Wade family and introduction to Mr. and Mrs. Wagoner, and a tour with the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy (DRFC). We all enjoyed experiencing local institutions and getting more familiar with some of the local families that enhance and contribute towards the revitalization of this incredible city. We would like to issue a special thanks to Mr. and Mrs. Wade for hosting our group!
During our tour of the DRFC, we learned that the DRFC is a nonprofit organization responsible for the establishment, improvement, operation, maintenance, security, programming and expansion of the Detroit RiverWalk and associated green spaces. Through its public/private partnerships, the DRFC has and will continue to support the development of the riverfront district and facilitate community access to the waterfront.