Dear Students, Colleagues, & Friends of the Hart Leadership Program,

As we continue to navigate a global pandemic that feels like a marathon with occasional sprints to an elusive finish line, I want to share with you some very good and exciting news from the Hart Leadership Program. First, we are delighted to welcome Associate Professor of the Practice Alexandra Zagbayou to the Hart Leadership Program!  The former executive director of Student U in Durham, NC, Alexandra brings a wealth of pedagogical insight and community-based expertise and know how to her classes at Hart.  This spring, Alexandra is teaching Women in Leadership, a course we can now offer every semester, and Border Crossing, the gateway class for our Service in Leadership (SOL) program.  She will be guiding our new SOL cohort through their summer projects and sharing them with Andrew Nurkin who is teaching the SOL capstone in the fall. HLP’s signature leadership development program is in very good hands!

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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.

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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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HLP students receive Duke leadership awards

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…