What we did on our Summer vacation

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Welcome back to campus for another exciting school year. If you’ve wondered what we were up to his Summer, let us fill you in. While you were interning in New York City, service-learning with Duke Engage, or studying abroad, the staff in UCAE Student Activities focused our 12 weeks of Summer on making Duke life better for student organizations and student leaders. So, we really didn’t get a summer vacation, but that’s okay: you are worth it!

Last year, we heard organizations and students tell us that student organization life and leadership development opportunities are great, but it could be better.

Here are some highlights of 5 new things that you will see this Fall in response to your feedback and needs.

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OSAF merged with Event Management and we changed our name and. That’s right: OSAF and Event Management are now UCAE; and OSAF might be better thought of as UCAE: Student Activities. What’s in a name change? UCAE strives to connect the Duke community and its many visitors exceptional and enriching services. Student Activities encompasses the many services and programs that enrich the student experience, such as student involvement and leadership development/social action opportunities. Our partners in UCAE seek to also support you: Conference and Event Services is the heart of student event planning and UCAE Business and Administration holds organization funds and accounts.

Duke Groups: it’s bigger and better. To provide a more comprehensive picture of all of your Duke life, Duke Groups has expanded to let you list all of your co-curricular activities. Event calendars on Duke Groups also enable a group to centralize its event postings.

Wondered how to engage in leadership learning on campus, but didn’t know where to start? The Leadership at Duke Guidebook is your source for leadership development opportunities on campus. Hone your practice by engaging in leadership learning throughout campus, guided by the Duke University Leadership Framework.

Create, dance, draw at the Arts Annex. The UCAE: Arts Annex houses new rehearsal, studio, and programming spaces for student artists and organizations and is also the new location for the Duke Bikes Program.  The mission of the Arts Annex is to make the arts accessible to all Duke students by providing increased resources, enhanced programming, and a welcoming environment that inspires ongoing collaborative partnership within the Duke student arts community.

Enhance Student Organization Training Series: Beyond the past once-a-year trainings and the reactive nature of problem solving, Enhance  Student Organization Support Series will literally enhance student organizations through an on-going and proactive series. Workshops, videos, and handouts around the areas of policy knowledge, financial management, organizational management, community building and many more will provide student organizations with the necessary tools to navigate through the complex and ever-changing nature of Duke University.

So, what about you? What did you learn in your summer adventures that will inform your work this year with student organizations and leadership? Did you learn a new skill? Or understand a complex student organization problem in more relatable terms? How will you practice leadership more intentionally? How is your organization going to contribute to campus life?

Our role is to help you learn and grow and have fun in the process. Come by and see us soon and tell us about it. 

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