Apply Now to LAPI!
The application for the Leadership and Arts Policy Internship (LAPI) 2023 is now live! Students majoring in Public Policy who are planning to complete their required Policy Internship this summer are eligible to apply to LAPI. LAPI interns have the freedom to design their own summer internship at the intersection of creativity and leadership, supported…Read Story
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We're excited to announce our Spring 2023 courses are now live and ready, so add them to your bookbags now!
Announcing the 2022-23 Hart Fellows
The Hart Leadership Program is proud to announce the 2022-23 Hart Fellows. Since 1995, the Hart Fellows Program has provided recent Duke graduates with the opportunity to partner with community-based organizations for a 10-month immersive experience, where fellows conduct community based participatory research projects in collaboration with their host organizations, while simultaneously developing their own…
2020-2021 Annual Report
Our mission is to create inclusive and innovative co-curricular programs for students who seek to practice and embody leadership in their public lives. We encourage them to create leadership as a public good by exploring their own aspirations and ambitions while learning to collaborate with community partners and change makers who together make leadership inclusive, enduring, and democratic. When students engage in this practice of community-based engagement and public service, they ask questions that inform lifelong passions dedicated to making the world a better and more just place.
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.
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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 Fellowship Program
The Hart Fellowship Program offers recent Duke graduates ten-month fellowships with domestic and international community-based organizations.
“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…