Tabula Duke: Student Affairs News, March 2013


Dear faculty and friends,

The theme of this month's newsletter is 'leadership'. To suggest that Duke students engage in leadership sounds like professing that they breathe...leadership is central to the Duke experience and seems to be in the DNA of nearly every entering student! This is true at the graduate and professional student as well as among undergraduates, at least based on my own anecdotal encounter with students across the campus.

Student Affairs is engaged in formal aspects of leadership development as indicated by the numerous links below. We've enjoyed great partnerships with faculty in the development of many of these programs and I want to single out, in particular, Dr. Sim Sitkin and his colleagues at Fuqua's Center on Leadership and Ethics (COLE) for their expertise and collaboration. This fall, we will inaugurate our own Center on Leadership and Social Action in the Bryan Center where we hope to further develop our leadership development program and link in support for civic engagement, social entrepreneurship and other aspects of social justice. Keep an eye out for further information!

Leadership opportunities abound at Duke, some visible daily on the pages of the Chronicle and others seldom recognized or acknowledged. The myriad of student self-governance roles in Duke Student Government (DSG), Duke University Union (DUU) and numerous organizations reflecting our students' cultural, racial and ethnic diversity offer wonderful 'labs' for leadership (and followership) practice. The First Year Advisory Council (FACS), Resident Assistants (RAs), and a myriad of mentorship, advising and support roles for students also enhance leadership skills. Increasingly, we partner with faculty across campus (e.g. The Hart Leadership program in the Sanford School, Women's Studies and many of our arts departments) to connect scholarship and experience in ways that further promote leadership development. And, we're always looking for more ways to collaborate (hint, hint)!

As always, I look forward to your reactions, suggestions and guidance and can be reached at I hope to hear from you and wish you well as we approach the mid-point of the semester. Things are at their liveliest point at this time of year and I appreciate your taking the time to read these materials and for your support for enhancing the lives of our students.

Happy Spring...eventually!



Leadership & Service Awards

Each spring, the Duke community is invited to nominate deserving undergraduate and graduate students, student organizations, faculty, staff, and alumni for Duke University Leadership and Service Awards. These awards are an opportunity to recognize and celebrate a select number of individuals and organizations whose influence and achievements have made a significant impact on life at Duke and beyond.

Read more or make your nominations here.


Leadership Guidebook

The Leadership at Duke Guidebook is a consolidated resource for undergraduate student leadership development opportunities on campus. your source for leadership development opportunities on campus.  how and where to engage in leadership learning on campus. All students, regardless class year or experience level, will find useful information on how and where to engage in leadership learning and experience at Duke.

Read more or submit your leadership opportunity.


Duke Partnership for Service (dPS)

The Duke Partnership for Service strives to create a university-wide community of social action. Through supporting individual student groups, advocating on their collective behalf, and empowering the campus population to become engaged, we aim to rally the Duke community to create social change.

Read more.


Alternative Spring Breaks

Several Student Affairs departments in conjunction with our academic colleagues will be leading experiential programs during Spring Break. Alternative Breaks are programs where students travel beyond Duke and Durham and participate in projects where they not only serve the community but learn about issues affecting communities with which they may not otherwise interact. These learning experiences provide an in-depth look at a number of social issues and gives participants the opportunity to learn, reflect, and identify ways that they can have an impact on issues facing society.

Following along as students blog about their experiences (starting during Spring Break)

--Lima, Peru Alternative Break

--Roots to Rights

--Arts and Activism


Student Blogs
--Challenging Questions, Expansive Knowledge and Yummy Cupcakes
--Leaning In Or Leaning Out


First-Year Advisory Counselors (FACs)

First-Year Advisory Counselors (FACs) help transition incoming students to college life. FACs help first-years maximize the Duke experience as students and community members. From move-in, orientation, True Blue, and more, FACs are a resource and friend to their first-years throughout the Fall semester and beyond.

Read more.

Follow their efforts with the Class of 2017 on Facebook.