Laidlaw Foundation Gift Expands Research and Leadership for Duke Students
Laidlaw Foundation Gift Expands Research and Leadership for Duke Students
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Hart Leadership Program
Hart Fellow 2010-11 Karmel Wong sits with a group of four women wearing richly colored saris and bindis.
Hart Fellow 2021-22 Kemunto Okindo smiles at the camera. Behind her, a sunset over the hills of Rwanda is visible.

Hart Leadership Program

The Hart Leadership Program challenges students to practice the art of leadership in public life. Through academic courses, experiential learning programs, community-based research, and co-curricular initiatives, students develop their own frameworks for leadership and work alongside others toward a common purpose.


2016 SOL/PEP student Lance Tran sits with a crowd at a Black Lives Matter protest, holding up signs with Black Lives Matter slogans including #API4BlackLives.
Hart Leadership Program
2019 SOL fellow Allison Bunker protests with a large group of other members of the Sunrise Movement.

Our Experiential Learning Programs

A collage of photos of SOL students over the years

Service Opportunities in Leadership (SOL)

SOL is an intensive 12-month leadership program for Duke undergraduates that combines academic study, research service learning, mentoring, and leadership training.

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A collage of photos of Hart Fellows over the years

Hart Fellowship

The Hart Fellowship is a 10-month postgraduate fellowship for recent graduates of Duke.

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A peaceful protest in a park in front of an arc made of pillars. Protestors sit and hold up signs that are mostly illegible from glare. Those that can be read have Black Lives Matter messages on them.

Patman Political Engagement Project (PEP)

The Patman program is open to students in their junior year, regardless of major, who are interested in political leadership, broadly defined.

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A photo of the Durham Civil Rights Mural, a vibrant artwork depicting Durham's rich history of civil rights activism

Leadership in Arts Policy Internship (LAPI)

LAPI provides funding for sophomores and juniors of any major to complete an internship at the intersection of leadership and creativity.

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