Keep Exploring: Keep Being/Keep Connecting Workshop Series


Dear students,

Are you looking for ways to build skills and make meaning from your summer experience?

If so, consider creating a Keep Being, Keep Connecting workshop series of your own design and join other students, faculty, and staff for learning and dialogue.


Last week, you received an email announcement regarding Keep Being, Keep Connecting, an innovative conversation and workshop series designed for students engaged in experiential learning during summer 2020. The series has three primary focus areas: well-being, career readiness, and community engagement. Workshops are designed to provide skill-building, grounding, and support for undergraduate students who seek learning and reflection opportunities to complement their summer learning experiences. Discussions will challenge students to think more deeply about how their curricular, co-curricular, and experiential learning experiences can be connected and integrated into a coherent self-authored pathway. Facilitated by Duke faculty and staff, the series begins Wednesday, June 17, and will run through the end of July.


Earn a Transcript Designation

Students who are engaged in an internship, special project through Keep Exploring, volunteer placement, mentoring, shadowing, or work experience this summer and who complete the requirements outlined below are eligible to receive a practice-oriented education (POE) designation on their Duke transcript.*


Keep Being, Keep Connecting POE requirements include:

  1. Complete an experiential learning activity such as an internship, special project, volunteer placement, mentoring, shadowing, or work experience that involves substantial engagement over multiple weeks this summer.
  2. Attend and participate proactively in one Human Beings, Human Doings Conversation. These initial orientation and reflection workshops are designed to elicit goals, purposes, and deeper thinking about summer contexts and activities. You can register for these conversations on CareerConnections; they will take place via Zoom from June 15-22.
  3. Select at least four workshops of your choice from the over 30 workshops available on CareerConnections. The workshops focus on topics related to well-being, career/professional development, and community engagement. Students are encouraged to select workshops from different categories (well-being, career readiness, community engagement) to expand learning and enhance perspective taking.
  4. Participate thoughtfully and intentionally in a final reflection session the week of July 27-31 and submit a final reflection paper of 5-7 pages that demonstrates critical thinking about the workshops attended, new learning, and connections to personal, academic, and professional goals. These final reflection sessions will be added to CareerConnections by mid-July.

Explore the workshops currently available and register through CareerConnections. Registration is now open. You will be prompted to log in with your Duke NetID. Once you are logged in, you can then search for events by series name: “Keep Exploring—Keep Being, Keep Connecting.” Please email with any questions.

To sign up for the POE designation, you will first need to decide if you can meet the four requirements outlined above. To register for the POE, send an email expressing your interest to

We invite you to get involved and keep exploring this summer.

The Keep Exploring—Keep Being, Keep Connecting Team


* Note: The practice-oriented education transcript designation (POE) is similar to that of Spring Breakthrough, Winter Forum, and DukeEngage. The Summer 2020 Keep Being, Keep Connecting POE designation is not designed for students enrolled full-time in summer school or students who will be receiving a POE transcript designation for another summer program. All students, however, are welcome to participate in Keep Being, Keep Connecting workshops!