University-assisted Community Schools (2019-2020)

This project aimed to establish an equitable and sustaining partnership between Duke, North Carolina Central University and Durham Public Schools. In order to learn more about existing models, team members visited New Mexico State University, Milwaukee Public Schools Community Schools Partnership, United Community Schools in New York City, University of Central Florida and University of Pennsylvania.

Team members conducted an assets and needs assessment. They found that undergraduate students and Durham Public Schools reported a need for more tutor preparation in pedagogy. Undergraduate students with prior experience working with pre-kindergarten through 12th grade students reported feeling more competent. Undergraduates also reported building fulfilling relationships. Overall, the team found that undergraduate students are motivated to tutor Durham students because of a sense of responsibility for the community, a desire for personal relationships with the young students, and a chance to explore potential careers in education.


Fall 2019 – Spring 2020

Team Outputs

#InThisTogether: A Collective Approach to Student-Engaged Research and How Two Durham Universities Joined Forces to Defend and Transform Durham Public Schools (p. 47, Article by Jessica F. Benton, Yolanda L. Dunston, Amy L. Anderson and Alec D. Greenwald)

University Partners for Durham Public Schools (Fortin Foundation Bass Connections Virtual Showcase 2020)

University-assisted Community Schools (poster by Alec Greenwald, Yolanda Dunston, Amy Anderson, Jess Benton, Eliza Mathew, Erma Smith-King, Lindsey Miller Furiness, Chi Vo, Kevin McLeod, Kisha Daniels, Adam Hollowell, Jamie Eaton, Brie Russell, Aaron Crouse, Debra Best, Erica Phillips, Akelo Agingu, Jasmine Benner, Nicole Bonna, Alex Cho, Ce’Ondra Ellison, Milan Hamilton, Amaya Jackson, Stephanie Mayle, Bella Miller, Lillian Park, Joshua Podl, LaDearia Poulson, Michelle Qiou, Raisa Reed, Songia Wynn)

Project team Facebook group


Songia Wynn

This Team in the News

How Duke and NC Central University Are #InThisTogether to Support Durham Schools

Duke–NCCU Group Visits Orlando to Learn About Community Partnership Schools

This project team was originally part of the Education & Human Development theme of Bass Connections, which ended in 2022. See related team, Strengthening Partnerships between Durham Public Schools and Local Universities (2020-2021).


Images: Courtesy of Bull City Community Schools Partnership blog

Courtesy of Bull City Community Schools Partnership blog.

Team Leaders

  • Amy Anderson, Arts & Sciences-Program in Education
  • Yolanda Dunston, School of Education, North Carolina Central University
  • Alec Greenwald, Arts & Sciences

/graduate Team Members

  • Brianne Russell, Liberal Studies-AM
  • Aaron Crouse, Divinity-MDV

/undergraduate Team Members

  • Amaya Jackson, NCCU Student, Psychology (AB), Biology (AB2)
  • Songia Wynn, African/African Am St (AB)
  • Raisa Reed, Psychology (AB)
  • Michelle Qiou, Public Policy Studies (AB)
  • LaDearia Poulson, NCCU Student
  • Joshua Podl, Public Policy Studies (AB)
  • Lillian Park, NCCU Student, Music (AB)
  • Isabella Miller, Psychology (AB)
  • Stephanie Mayle, Political Science (AB)
  • Akelo Agingu, NCCU Student, Political Science (AB)
  • Milan Hamilton, Psychology (AB)
  • Jasmine Benner, NCCU Student
  • Nicole Bonna, Public Policy Studies (AB)
  • Alex Chao, Computer Science (AB)
  • Ce'Ondra Ellison, Psychology (AB)

/yfaculty/staff Team Members

  • Lindsey Miller, Office of Civic Engagement
  • Quynh-Chi Vo, Duke Office of Durham and Community Affairs
  • Erma Smith-King, North Carolina Central University
  • Jessica Benton, UNC-Chapel Hill–Ph.D. Student
  • Debra Best, School of Medicine-Pediatrics
  • Kevin McLeod, School of Medicine-Family Medicine and Community Health
  • Eliza Mathew, Community Affairs
  • Girija Mahajan, Duke College Advising Corps
  • Kisha Daniels, Arts & Sciences-Program in Education
  • Adam Hollowell, Sanford School of Public Policy
  • Jamie Eaton, North Carolina Central University

/zcommunity Team Members

  • Bull City Community Schools Partnership
  • Durham Public Schools
  • North Carolina Central University (NCCU) - Department of Nursing
  • North Carolina Central University (NCCU)-School of Education