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Blog Author:
Isabella Wang
Flags of Fall 2020

This fall, we wrote 12 Flag of the Week articles with countries from the Americas, the Middle East, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Oceania.

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Blog Author:
Evan Heisman

What started as a whisper in February, quickly became our new reality by March. 

Now, with only finals left in the fall semester, we can all reflect on the decisions and actions of students, faculty, staff, and the entire Duke community and know that we came together and made it work. It was not easy, and it certainly wasn’t without issue. Will everything go back to normal this spring? No. However, with impossible odds and improbable measures, we completed an in-person semester during a Global pandemic.

It would be irresponsible of me to not acknowledge the loss and heavy burden that has befallen so many because of COVID-19, and this reflection is by no means suggesting that this fight is over or that we have somehow succeeded.  

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Blog Author:
MJ Larrazabal & Olivia Liu

Listen to the podcast here: https://soundcloud.com/user-887687518/pfp-podcast-peer-for-you.

 

Narrator: You are listening to the Duke University Parent and Family Programs podcast.

MJ: Hello, this is MJ Larrazabal from the Office of Parent and Family Programs at Duke University. Today, we have the pleasure of hearing from Olivia from the student-run organization, Peer for You. Thank you so much for taking the time to chat with us today, Olivia! Could you please tell us your class year, major, and a little bit about yourself?

Blog Author:
Isabella Wang
Ghana Flag

This week, we’re taking a deep dive into another African country, Ghana! Ghana is located in West Africa, and the name Ghana translates to “warrior king” in the Soninke language. Its flag has three equal horizontal bands of red, yellow, and green from top to bottom. There is a black five-point star in the center of the yellow band. The red represents the people’s fight for independence, the yellow represents the gold and mineral wealth of the earth, and the green represents the vegetation.

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Office of Student Veterans

This year, we asked the military-affiliated community at Duke to share the meaning of service. The following are reflections from Duke students, staff, and faculty.

 

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Blog Author:
Rebecca Melaku
Eritrea Flag

Selam! This week, we’re taking you back to the Red Sea, but this time, to the African shores of Eritrea.

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Blog Author:
Isabella Wang
El Salvador Flag

This week we travel to El Salvador! With a population of almost 7 million people, El Salvador is the most densely populated country in the Central Americas. It shares borders with Honduras and Guatemala and has a beautiful Pacific Ocean coastline. The country’s capital and largest city is San Salvador, and the country is divided into 14 departments, which are then divided into 262 municipalities.

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Blog Author:
Clay Adams

 

As families know, Parent and Family Programs hosted our first-ever virtual Family Weekend October 16-18 complete with 25 synchronous and 3 asynchronous events for guests to join. Overall, Family Weekend was a great success with over 2,300 attendees across these programs which focused on institutional priorities, signature programs, and current happenings. Also as part of Family Weekend, the Division of Student Affairs hosted its annual Duke Parents Advisory Council (DPAC) fall meeting.  

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Blog Author:
Rebecca Melaku
Yemen Flag

For this week’s flag of the week, let’s turn back the clock and dive into Yemen’s rich historical past.

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Blog Author:
MJ Larrazabal & Ananya Vohra

Listen to the podcast here.

 

Transcript

Narrator: You are listening to the Duke University Parent and Family Programs podcast.

MJ: Hello, this is MJ Larrazabal from the Office of Parent and Family Programs at Duke University. Today, we have the pleasure of hearing from Ananya Vohra, a student currently completing her last year at Duke from her home in India. Thank you so much for taking the time to chat with us today, Ananya! Tell us a little about yourself.