Dear Students, Alumni, Faculty and Friends

Welcome to our new website. As we approach our 30th anniversary, we in the Hart Leadership Program are proud of the fact that more than 10,000 undergraduates at Duke have taken our leadership classes, or participated in our experiential learning programming around the world. Our core faculty has been here for over two decades. Why…

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Tony Brown's "36 hours at Duke" program at Rhodes conference room, Sanford School
Tony Brown

“The notion of leadership is that we have limited energy and capacity to make change. So we’d better be focusing on what we really care about . . . And it’s got to come from the inside out.”

Bob Korstad teaches a public policy class on civil rights issues
Robert Korstad

"If you are serious about being a leader, then being engaged in the society you live in requires a commitment, and your determination to honor that commitment becomes a core value."

HLP 20th anniversary symposium
Alma Blount

“I see leadership as the process of helping people confront their own most difficult challenges, so they can discover and come to trust their capacity to adapt, and learn new ways of doing business that will allow them to thrive.”

ESTD 1986

We're HLP.

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 Fellows Program

The Hart Fellows Program offers recent Duke graduates ten-month fellowships with international humanitarian organizations.


Enterprising Leadership Initiative

ELI challenges undergraduates and alumni to make positive contributions to society and to pursue innovative ideas that enhance communities.


Research Service-Learning Pathway

The RSL Pathway fuses research, service and critical reflection with core public policy courses.

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“My constant concern with what was the right thing to do kept me in the domain of applied ethics, striving often to apply the ethical theories I had so studiously examined in my theological studies to real-life issues and dilemmas.”


Saved for a Purpose

- James A. Joseph, Emeritus Professor of the Practice of Public Policy, Affiliated Faculty

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SOL Gateway Course applications due

Don't miss your chance to become a part of the program that students call “the most formative and important experience they had at Duke.” Applications to be in the SOL gateway course are due by 5 PM on Friday, October 28th.



Apply now: Politics and Leadership course

Are you a junior Public Policy major planning on completing a summer internship related to politics and policy? Apply to be in our spring 2017 course "Political Participation and Leadership." By exploring the relationship between politics, policy, and leadership, this course will prepare you for your internship by teaching you how to think deeply about how to practice politics in order to enact the policies you believe in.



Register for Spring 2017 classes

It's that most wonderful time of year again-- the time to register for spring classes! Check out the seven exciting courses the Hart Leadership Program has to offer this spring and see if any of them might be right for you.