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Meet our 2019 Service Opportunities in Leadership students

Sixteen Duke undergraduate students are working on their summer projects with community partners through Service Opportunities in Leadership (SOL), a signature component of the Hart Leadership Program.

Meet our 2017 SOL students

Every year, SOL students tackle complex social issues in communities around the world. Read about the 2017 SOL students and learn more about their research here.

Stories from the Past: Craig Cohen (RAP '95, Hart Fellow '96 '97)

"To come out of the comfort zone of doing all the things that you know how to do and that you're trained to do and instead go out into people's lives and ask real questions was terrifying. But it was also incredibly transformative."

Stories from the Past: Matt Reisman (SOL '98)

"It starts by realizing when you’re stuck, and not being afraid to recognize that—then to work with those around you and to look within yourself to try and find solutions."

PEPP student Lance Tran ('19)

Lance Tran, a student in the 2016 Political Engagement Pilot Project (PEPP), worked with Asians Americans Advancing Justice in Chicago this summer. Read more on what he learned about community organizing and how he will bring his skills back to Duke.

PEPP student Jacob Glasser ('19)

Jacob Glasser, a student in the 2016 Political Engagement Pilot Project (PEPP), spent his summer in Washington, DC, working for an environmental advocacy group that encourages political candidates to pursue pro-green agendas. Read more about his experiences and how they have affected his future career plans here.

EMS Startup Connects SOLsters Past and Present

In the summer of 2015, Jennifer Farell (SOLster '03) and Tina Chen (SOLster '15) teamed up to take on a vital challenge: providing emergency medical services for people in Dhaka, Bangladesh. For her SOL project, Tina partnered with CriticaLink, a non-profit social enterprise that Jennifer founded which trains first responders In Bangladesh on emergency life-saving techniques. Read about Tina's experiences through Jennifer's eyes, both as her supervisor and as a former SOL student.