Dear Students, Alumni, Faculty and Friends,
We are living through an extraordinary moment, one that has already changed how we see one another, our communities, and our shared commitments to each other. It is a moment that, as some commentators have observed, seems to bring out the very best and worst in us, a capacity for remarkable generosity and altruistic leadership and also fear-driven reaction and demagoguery.Read Story
Duke’s Visible Thinking is an annual event that celebrates the achievements of undergraduate researchers and explores their original scholarship in the humanities, the natural sciences and engineering, and the social sciences.
Friday, May 1st is the deadline to submit an entry to HLP's "Why Vote?" Video Competition.
Congratulations to the Class of 2020!
HLP Supports Eight-Campus N.C. Youth Voting Initiative
Across the nation, young people between the ages of 18 and 24 are the least likely to vote. At Duke, the Hart Leadership Program at the Sanford School of Public Policy is aiming to change that.
Fall events showcase array of community opportunities
This semester's Connect2Politics events tackled a variety of topics related to political leadership and community-engaged work, including local government innovation, journalism, and data analysis.
Recent Gift Creates Two New HLP Professorships of the Practice
A $3 million gift to Duke University will support two Hart Leadership Program Professors of the Practice in the Sanford School of Public Policy’s Hart Leadership Program, announced Sanford School Dean Judith Kelley.
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 domestic and international community-based 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…