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Project BUILD

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Welcome to Project BUILD!

I am excited to congratulate you on the BEST decision you will make regarding your Duke experience. From the moment I stepped on campus, BUILD has offered me a fun, supportive, and trustworthy community that is incomparable to any other. In fact, it’s easy for me to say that BUILD has been the most formative experience I’ve had a Duke so far! I was not only able to engage in rewarding service projects but given the opportunity to bond and form relationships with other first-years and upperclassmen before the school year even began. In this way, Project BUILD helps students get an invaluable look ahead at what it’s like to live as a part of both the Duke and Durham communities.

BUILD stands for Building Undergraduate Involvement in the Life of Durham. Each year we construct our own community of upperclassmen crew leaders and first-year crewlettes. First-years and returning participants grow close as they visit a vast array of service sites in Durham throughout the 8-day program. The diverse group of crew leaders are involved in the full spectrum of academic and co-curricular activities and serve as mentors for first-years as they transition into their lives as Duke students and Durham residents.

Alongside our service, fun activities like costume roller skating, karaoke, bowling, and Durham Bulls games bring the BUILD community even closer together. Additionally, each night ends with late-night crew bonding. You will have the opportunity to share what makes you uniquely you with individuals who will support you throughout your time at Duke and truly become family. Although many first-years tend to get little sleep during the program, BUILDers of all ages agree that they met many of their best friends and learned more about all aspects of Duke life during such late-night chats with BUILDers as first-years themselves.

We have been planning BUILD 2019 since the beginning of the 2018-2019 school year and cannot wait for you all to join us for undoubtedly the greatest week of the year! I strongly encourage you to reach out to previous BUILDers (including me!) to hear about their BUILD experiences. If you have any questions, please contact the Office of New Student Programs at or 919-684-3511.


Aarthi Kaviyarasu

Project BUILD Director 2019

P.S. Your Blue Book will include more information about the application and program!


2019 Program Director

Aarthi Kaviyarasu

2019 Program Dates

August 12-19

Questions or Concerns?

If you have any questions, please contact the Office of New Student Programs at or 919-684-3511

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