Alec Greenwald, M.S.
Director of Academic Engagement, Global & Civic Opportunities
I joined the Academic Advising Center after serving as a Program Coordinator with the Mary Lou Williams Center for Black Culture for nearly three years. Prior to beginning my tenure at Duke University, I have been involved with youth empowerment issues through non-profit organizations and school settings since I, too, was a youth. My career as a credentialed educator began in Philadelphia, and has provided me with opportunities to work with youth in diverse environments. I have taught in the remote rainforest of Belize, Central America, the borderlands of Southern New Mexico, and briefly at Hillside High School here in Durham, North Carolina. While living in New Mexico, I served as Adjunct Faculty at New Mexico State University, where I mentored prospective social studies teachers, helping them incorporate social movements and critical race theory into their curriculum. I hold a BA in African-American Studies and Sociology from Northeastern University, and a MS in Leadership and Organizational Management from Springfield College. In addition to my role as a Director of Academic Engagement (DAE) at Duke, I also serve as the advisor to the Duke chapter of the NAACP and am a Teaching Assistant in the Program in Education.
I am deeply interested in thinking about how universities relate to local public schools, and in particular the local work of the Durham Association of Educators (DAE), and the University-Assisted Community Schools (UACS) model led by the Netter Center at the University of Pennsylvania. I have helped to lead multiple interdisciplinary research projects with the support of Data + and Bass Connections. Most recently, I have helped to lead an inter-institutional student-engaged research project with a collective of students, staff, and faculty from Duke and North Carolina Central University. Our work is in collaboration with the Bull City Community Schools Partnership that is leading four community schools in Durham, NC.