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Project Citizen 2023

Project Citizen 2023

Polis: Center for Politics serves as the Campus Partner for Project Citizen, an Experiential Orientation program designed to give students the skills to be informed, active, and compassionate citizens within Duke campus and our local, national, and global communities. 

With a special focus on discourse, finding common ground, and gaining exposure to different systems of change, this project helps students answer the question, “What does it mean to be a model citizen?” 





Exploring their new home

Dining with faculty and administrators

PC 23 Faculty and Admin Dinner

Hearing from alumni

Students heard from 5 alumni on their decision to attend Duke University, their experiences on campus, and their reflections since graduation. The panelists also gave recommendations in how to get involved in politics, citizenship, and democracy on campus and beyond.


  • Sofia Girvin (PPS '22), Project Coordinator at Civitas Public Affairs
  • John Harwood ('78), Journalist
  • Jasmine Masand (MPP '21), Health Policy Advisor for Senator Maggie Hassan
  • Arturo Reyes (PPS '18), Legislative Assistant, U.S. Representative Valerie Foushee (NC-04)
  • Jaquell Sneed-Adams (MPP '23), Consultant, Rio Partners

Exercising civil discourse and debate

Students participated in an immersive and collaborative debate hosted by Braver AngelsACTA and BridgeUSA. These debates teach students to honor ideological diversity, foster civil discourse on college campuses, and cultivate student and faculty leaders to carry the movement forward. The students chose to debate whether extremist rhetoric should be regulated in the media and the implications these regulations would have on free speech.

Braver Angels Group Photo
PC Students at the White House

Exploring the United States Capital

Learning the importance of democracy

On the last day in D.C., students were able to tour the U.S. Capitol or visit one of three museums including the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the National Museum of the American Indian, or the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

PC 23 Inside the Capitol Building

Hear from our students!

Rhiannon Headshot

Project Citizen 2023 Reflection: Rhiannon Camarillo (’26)

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Angelie Quimbo at EEOB

Project Citizen 2023 Reflection: Angelie Quimbo (’26)

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