Dear Students, Alumni, Faculty and Friends,
Welcome to the Hart Leadership website, a portal into a unique and dynamic teaching community that has transformed the lives of generations of Duke students and Duke professors alike. As the new Director of this storied leadership program, I am delighted to hold up the pedagogical values and aspirations that have not only made the Hart Leadership Program one of the jewels at Duke but also an incubator for lifelong practices of social and political change, innovation, and leadership among our students and alumni.Read Story
A record number of women ran for office in 2018 and many more are expected to do so in 2020. But what is it really like to be a candidate and then govern as a woman?
Brianna Nofil, a history graduate student at Columbia University, shares her research on the history of immigrant detention.
Join the Hart Leadership Program and DeWitt Wallace Center for Media & Democracy for an engaging conversation with Lyndsey Gilpin, founder of Southerly.
Meet our 2019 Service Opportunities in Leadership students
Sixteen Duke undergraduate students are working on their summer projects with community partners through Service Opportunities in Leadership (SOL), a signature component of the Hart Leadership Program.
Hart Leadership Program announces inaugural North American fellows
The Hart Leadership Program is excited to announce the selection of two graduates who will pilot a new Hart Fellowship designed for community engagement in North America.
Hart Leadership Program announces 2019-2020 Fellows
Since 1995, the Hart Fellows Program has provided recent Duke graduates with the opportunity to partner with community-based organizations around the world for intensive, 10-month fellowships.
The Hart Leadership Program challenges students to practice the art of leadership in public life. What is the art? Lao-Tzu said it with minimal words: “With the best of leaders, when the work is done, the project completed, the people all say, ‘Amazing. We did it ourselves.'” It’s taking on challenging work in groups, organizations, institutions and social systems–the kind of work that usually takes people beyond their comfort zones. It requires courage, but it also builds it. It tests us and forms us. It helps us discover who we really are, and what we are capable of doing together, when we locate common purpose. It’s about learning to ask big questions, and then hard questions. It’s an art where groups become the unit of transformation, and where the right questions have the power to generate far more engagement and endurance than easy answers ever would.
Explore our core programs
Service Opportunities In Leadership
SOL is an intensive 12-month leadership program for Duke undergraduates that combines academic study, research service learning, mentoring, and leadership training.
The Hart Fellows Program
The Hart Fellows Program offers recent Duke graduates ten-month fellowships with international humanitarian organizations.
Research Service-Learning Pathway
The RSL Pathway fuses research, service and critical reflection with core public policy courses.
“Tony Brown came from the corporate world to become a Professor of the Practice at Sanford School of Public Policy in 1993. Tony’s approach centers on action-oriented learning that produces real results and challenges students to define their own moral fiber and values.”From
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News & Events
Several current and former Hart Leadership Program-affiliated students won awards recognizing their achievements in leadership and service. Duke's annual "In The Spotlight" ceremony showcases individuals and organizations, nominated by members of the Duke community, whose influence has made a significant impact on University life and beyond. The students were honored at a ceremony on April…