Gateway course: Border Crossing
An introduction to a leadership framework for engaging with value conflicts productively in order to mobilize groups, institutions and systems to create social change. This involves investigating the influence of personal values amidst value conflicts with discussion and case studies. The final section of the course is dedicated to training in basic research methods, learning the research protocol process for Duke’s IRB, and completing a group research project for a community partner organization.
Projects are guided not by specific instructions from the community partner, but by the creativity and curiosity in student efforts. In 2015, gateway students were tasked by local organization Durham CAN to present policy recommendations for ensuring adequate affordable housing when a new light rail system is built in the Triangle Area. Without further direction, two teams produced a broad-based survey of affordable housing challenges and opportunities in the area.