New Students

Project Change

Project Change will not be running a program in 2021.


Learn More About Project Change


"To change one's life: Start immediately. Do it flamboyantly. No exceptions."
-William James

Welcome to Duke! Soon, you will think of this university as home, but Durham is your home, too. Project Change is an intensive eight-day introduction to ethical leadership and social change through the lens of Durham, sponsored by the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University.

Durham is a city with unique history and challenges, but also full of vibrant life that you can be a part of. Project Change will expose you to the city in its entirety. You will get a chance to experience some of the culture, amenities, food, arts, etc. that make it a nationally celebrated place to live, but you will also help tackle some of its challenges, working with respected community partners to make Durham more just, healthy, and equitable.

Project Change will challenge you to think about what it means to live in a community and how social change can happen. Along the way, you will form a new community of your own with about 20 other new students. Together, you will hear from experts on leadership, social change, ethics, and community engagement, and you will immediately put those lessons to use. For eight days, you will live and work in Durham, addressing a pressing need of one of our partner organizations.

Project Change is led by student alumni of the program as well as staff at the Kenan Institute for Ethics. Participating in the program will make you part of Kenan's community as well, an expansive group of students, faculty, and staff who think deeply about the issues you'll be focusing on during P-Change.

Project Change is an intensive experience that we think will reverberate across your time at Duke and beyond. The ideas you explore here will help shape the way you interact with others, the decisions you make, and the lives you change, starting with your own.

It's also really, really fun! Hope to see you there.

For more info on the Kenan Institute for Ethics, click here

Questions or Concerns?

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