Community Engagement in Durham and Around the World

External partners map.

Most Bass Connections teams work with partners beyond Duke, including nonprofits, universities, school systems, hospitals, government agencies and private companies. Teams have worked with 249 external partners in 33 countries on five continents in addition to many cities and towns around the U.S., the Carolinas and here in Durham.

In the 2018-2019 academic year:

  • 71% of our year-long project teams had one or more formal community partners or clients, totaling 99 external affiliates.
  • Each Data+, Story+ and Global Health Student Research Training team had a partner, sponsor or client.
  • Eight graduate students and ten undergraduates from other colleges and universities joined our teams.

2019-2020 Project Teams with North Carolina Partners

Big Data for Reproductive Health

  • Carolina Population Center, Chapel Hill
  • FHI 360, Durham
  • IntraHealth International, Chapel Hill
  • Ipas, Chapel Hill
  • MEASURE Evaluation, Chapel Hill
  • RTI International, Research Triangle Park

Bioremediation of Plastic Pollution to Conserve Marine Biodiversity

  • City of Medicine Academy, Durham
  • East Durham Children’s Initiative
  • North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, Raleigh
  • STEM in the Park, Research Triangle Park

Deep Learning and Remote Sensing for Coastal Resilience

  • The Nature Conservancy, Kill Devil Hills
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Beaufort
  • North Carolina Division of Coastal Management, Morehead City
  • North Carolina Sentinel Site Cooperative, Carteret, Craven and Onslow Counties

Developing Data Tools for Natural Disasters

  • North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, Raleigh
  • University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Developing the Political Citizen

  • Wake County Public School System

Ecological and Social Time Scales in Hurricane Response and Recovery

  • Carteret County Schools
  • Core Sound Waterfowl Museum & Heritage Center, Harkers Island

Help Desk: A Student Initiative to Help Address the Social Determinants of Health

  • Lincoln Community Health Center, Durham

Integration of Technology and Storytelling to Create a Visual Art Exhibit on Women’s Health

  • The Monti, Chapel Hill

Mapping Legacy Lead in Urban Soils to Help Improve Children’s Health

  • North Carolina Lead and Safe Homes Task Force
  • UNC Institute for the Environment, Chapel Hill

Mindfulness in Human Development  

  • University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • Y.O.G.A. for Youth, Durham

NC Early Childhood Action Plan

  • Durham County Department of Social Services
  • North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, Raleigh
  • Partnership for Children, Durham

Oculomotor Response as an Objective Assessment for Mild TBI in the Pediatric Population

  • Cardinal Gibbons High School, Raleigh
  • Durham Eagles Pop Warner Youth Football
  • Raleigh Revolution Middle School Youth Football


  • Citizen Schools, Durham
  • CSbyUs, Durham
  • Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club of Durham
  • Student U, Durham

Regenerative Grazing to Mitigate Climate Change

  • Amazing Grazing, Raleigh
  • Carolina Farm Stewardship Association, Pittsboro
  • Firsthand Foods, Durham
  • NC Choices, Raleigh
  • North Carolina State University
  • Phyta, Chapel Hill

Scholar Academy for Latinxs United for Diversity (SALUD)

  • El Futuro, Durham
  • Latinos in the Deep South, Durham
  • SHIFT NC (Sexual Health Initiatives for Teens), Durham

Spatial Reasoning and Problem-based Learning to Improve Girls’ Math Identity

  • Durham Public Schools

Understanding Men’s Involvement in Family Planning Care in the Philippines

  • RTI International, Research Triangle Park

University-assisted Community Schools

  • Bull City Community Schools Partnership, Durham
  • Durham Public Schools
  • North Carolina Central University, Durham
  • University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Using Behavioral Science to Understand Why Some Durham Families Choose Non-public School Options

  • Durham Public Schools Foundation

The Value of Love

  • University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Virtual Avatar Coaches

  • Orange County Rape Crisis Center, Chapel Hill

Youth, Music and Social Change

  • El Sistema USA, Durham
  • Kidznotes, Durham