The Education & Human Development theme (EHD), which was one of the five original themes of Bass Connections, was sunset in 2022 and replaced by the Race & Society theme.
EHD was led by the Social Science Research Institute and supported 121 project teams over nine years. Learn more about this theme by reading the description below and exploring its impact on the Duke community and beyond.
Achieving positive life outcomes depends on a complex, interconnected set of experiences and circumstances including the resources of the community, social and family supports, health and education as well as cultural and historical factors. Bass Connections in Education & Human Development engages students and faculty in interdisciplinary research that explores that full range of factors contributing to valued life outcomes across the lifespan, including health, social and familial connections, happiness, income and employment.
Being situated in the American South, we also recognize that history continues to impact the life experiences of children born here, particularly those living in rural areas, minority households and low socioeconomic status households. We encourage a broad exploration of the factors that contribute to human development, with a focus on our local community but also extending beyond and engaging with our interconnected world.