Community Engagement in Durham and Around the World

Bass Connections teams and community partners.

Most Bass Connections teams work with partners beyond Duke, including nonprofits, universities, school systems, hospitals, government agencies and private companies. From Fall 2013 through Spring 2022, teams have worked with 523 external partners in 43 countries on six continents in addition to many cities and towns in 20 states plus the District of Columbia.

Last year, 74% of our year-long project teams had one or more formal community partners or clients, totaling 139 external affiliates. We were also joined by 37 graduate and undergraduate students from other universities, including 13 from Duke Kunshan University.

Map showing locations in which Bass Connections teams have worked.

Please click on the map to enlarge. Dark green shading indicates locations where one or more teams have engaged intensively through fieldwork and/or strong local partnerships. Light green shading indicates locations where teams have had less intensive, but still significant, engagement, including in-depth comparative analyses or brief visits not grounded through local partnerships.

2022-2023 Project Teams with North Carolina Partners

Each year, about a quarter of our project teams engage in research and outreach with community partners here in Durham and across the state.

A City and Its River: Contaminant Risk in Durham’s Ellerbe Creek Watershed
  • Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association, Durham
  • North Carolina Museum of Life and Science, Durham
Assessing and Improving Girls’ and Women’s Math Identity
  • Durham Public Schools
  • Bioremediation of Plastic Pollution to Conserve Marine Biodiversity
  • Durham Public Schools
  • East Durham Children’s Initiative
  • Environmental Science Summer Program at Duke, Durham
  • North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, Raleigh
  • RTI International, Durham
  • STEM in the Park, Research Triangle Park, Durham
Celebrating Latinx Culture with a Spanish Reading Program
  • Book Harvest, Durham
  • Durham County Libraries
  • Iglesia Presbiteriana Emanuel, Durham
  • Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Durham
  • Lakewood Elementary School, Durham
  • Latino Educational Achievement Partnership, Durham
Closing the Gap on Health Disparity and Outcomes in Hypertension
  • American Heart Association (Triangle), Durham
  • American Stroke Association (Triangle), Durham
  • Lincoln Community Health Center, Durham
  • North Carolina Central University, Durham
Enhancing Diversity in STEM Careers Through Mentored Training
  • BOOST (Building Opportunities and Overtures in Science and Technology) at Duke School of Medicine, Durham
  • Durham Public Schools
  • Environmental Science Summer Program at Duke, Durham
  • North Carolina School of Science and Math, Durham
Equitable University-Community Research Partnerships
  • Community Engaged Research Initiative, Duke Clinical and Translational Science Institute, Durham
  • Examining Racial Inequality and Reform Through Driver’s License Access
  • City of Durham
  • Durham County Department of Social Services
Exploring Links Among Ecological, Social and Personal Resilience
  • North Carolina Coastal Federation, Newport
  • North Carolina State University, Raleigh
Improving Access to Behavioral and Mental Health Services for Latinx Children in NC
  • Child Care Services Association, Durham
  • LATIN-19 (Latinx Advocacy Team & Interdisciplinary Network for COVID-19), Durham
Life After Stroke: A Sensory Health Initiative
  • Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, UNC-Chapel Hill
  • UNC Health, Chapel Hill
Mental Health and the Justice System in Durham County
  • Criminal Justice Resource Center, Durham
  • Durham County Detention Facility 
Open Design Studio: Participatory Solutions for Human Flourishing
  • Helius Foundation, Durham
  • Durham County Sustainability Office
Strengthening Partnerships Between Durham Public Schools and Local Universities
  • Bull City Community Schools Partnership, Durham
  • Durham Association of Educators
  • Durham Public Schools
  • Durham Public Schools Foundation
  • North Carolina Central University, Durham
Trauma-Informed Courts: A Public Health Approach to Juvenile Justice
  • NC Administrative Office of the Courts
  • NC Chief Justice’s Task Force on ACEs-Informed Courts