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 2021, teams have worked with 430 external partners in 40 countries on five continents in addition to many cities and towns in 20 states plus the District of Columbia.

Last year, 64% of our year-long project teams had one or more formal community partners or clients, totaling 104 external affiliates. We were also joined by 23 graduate and undergraduate students from other universities.

Partner Map.

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.

2021-2022 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: Durham's Ellerbe Creek Watershed
  • Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association, Durham
Assessing and Improving Girls' and Women's Math Identity
  • Durham Public Schools

Bioremediating Plastic Pollution to Conserve Marine Biodiversity
  • Durham Public Schools  
  • Duke University Marine Lab, Beaufort
  • 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
Bridging the Health Equity Gap for COVID-19 Vaccine Uptake in Durham
  • Durham Public Schools
  • LATIN-19, Durham
Celebrating Latinx Culture with a Spanish Reading Program
  • Artist Studio Project, Durham
  • Book Harvest, Durham
  • Coach for College NC (
  • Durham County Library
  • Iglesia Presbiteriana Emanuel, Durham
  • Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Durham
  • Lakewood Elementary, Durham
  • Latino Educational Achievement Partnership, Durham
DukeLine: Peer Mental Health Support for Graduate Students
  • Orange County Rape Crisis Center
Elections in a Pandemic: Looking Back, Looking Ahead
  • North Carolina State Board of Elections
  • You Can Vote NC
Equitable Community Research Partnerships
  • Community Engaged Research Initiative, Duke Clinical and Translational Science Institute, Durham
Justice Reform Efforts and Effects on Self-sufficiency
  • City of Durham
  • Durham County Department of Social Services
Mental Health and the Justice System in Durham County
  • Criminal Justice Resource Center, Durham
  • Durham County Detention Facility 
  • Durham Crisis Intervention Team
North Carolina Early Childhood Action Plan: Evidence-based Policy Solutions
  • Durham County Department of Social Services
  • Durham County Government
  • North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services
  • Partnership for Children, Durham
Open Design Studio: Participatory Solutions for Human Flourishing
  • Durham Public Schools
  • Easterseals UCP, Raleigh
  • Exceptional Children’s Assistance Center, Durham
  • Family Resource Center South Atlantic, Raleigh
  • Helius Foundation, Durham
  • Hinton Rural Center, Hayesville
  • IBM, Research Triangle Park, Durham
  • North Carolina Department of Public Instruction
  • North Carolina School of Science and Math, Durham
  • Oak Grove AME Zion Church, Durham
  • Recity Network, Durham
Regenerative Grazing to Mitigate Climate Change
  • Carolina Farm Stewardship Association, Pittsboro
  • Cultivating Resilience LLC, Asheville
  • Firsthand Foods, Durham
  • North Carolina Foundation on Soil and Water Conservation
  • Triangle Land Conservancy, Williamson Preserve, Durham
Social Network Dynamics & Social Development among Preschoolers
  • The Little School of Duke, Durham
  • The Little School of Hillsborough
Strengthening Partnerships between Durham Public Schools & Local Universities
  • Bull City Community Schools Partnership, Durham
  • Community Schools Support Team, Durham
  • Durham Association of Educators
  • Durham Public Schools
  • Durham Public Schools Foundation
  • North Carolina Central University, Durham