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Blog Author:
Tom Szigethy - Associate Dean/Director, DuWell

 

These are some unprecedented times. In the past month, our students have experienced a lot to be grieving about, from a worldwide pandemic changing their everyday experience to the postponing of so many traditions and expectations on campus in an attempt to keep everyone safe. We continue to make choices on a systems level, which impact the day-to-day experiences that make the Duke community special. Our students are left to navigate the final month of the semester away from community and often feeling very alone. Students are home and surrounded by the love of family, but this is not the college experience for which they prepared. As a result, we are all grieving and longing for our world to return to some bit of normalcy.

Blog Author:
Ivan Robles & Grace Sullivan

Listen to the Parent and Family Programs podcast or read the transcript below.

 

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

Grace: Hello. This is Grace Sullivan from the Office of Parent and Family Programs at Duke University. We’re here today with Duke Student, Ivan Robles. Thank you for joining us today, Ivan. Could you tell us a little about yourself? 

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Blog Author:
Tommy Lin

Tommy Lin is from Shanghai, China and is pursuing majors in Chemistry and Computer Science .   

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Blog Author:
Sue Wasiolek

This year, it is estimated that over 46 million turkeys will be consumed in this country on November 28, Thanksgiving Day.  With mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, stuffing and pumpkin pie, Thanksgiving not only provides Duke students with a chance to visit with family and friends and take a well-deserved break from campus life, but it also gives all of us an opportunity to acknowledge and express our gratitude for the many things that make our lives meaningful and fun. 

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Parent and Family Programs

Families can play a critical role in the health and well-being of their college students. Your wisdom, guidance, and relationships help inform students’ decisions throughout college. We believe that parental conversations about alcohol, in particular, contribute to increased student safety, student ownership of their actions, and healthier and more positive experiences in college. 

Parent and Family Programs and DuWell (Duke’s health promotion and wellness unit) developed the following video to spark conversations about alcohol use and social decision-making before your student arrives to Duke: https://youtu.be/kPd3vfKpzjM

We suggest addressing the following in your conversations with your student:

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Blog Author:
John Dailey & Kyle Cavanaugh

Dear Duke Class of 2023 Parent,

We are excited to welcome you and your student to Duke. While you may feel both excited and anxious, we want to share some information that may help put your mind at ease. 

  • The safety of students involves many people working together: parents, students, the campus police, Student Affairs, Office of Institutional Equity, Transportation, faculty and staff, etc.  We all have a role.
  • Duke has a low level of crime and serious crime is rare.  Theft of unattended items is the most common crime on campus.         

Messages to share with your student:

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Blog Author:
Samuel Clay Adams

Duke Families,

Welcome to the Duke community! We are incredibly excited for the incoming Class of 2023 and having you as part of our community! Each year we are thrilled to welcome your sons and daughters to Duke University; their energy and passion inspires our community. Much of our newsletter information will be shared on our social media platforms; however, we do encourage you to read each edition for additional insights, context, and official University response.

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Blog Author:
Samuel Clay Adams

During the final weekend of March, the Division of Student Affairs hosted their spring semester Duke Parents Advisory Council (DPAC) meeting.  Friday evening approximately 25 families and their students joined us at the Washington-Duke Inn for an opening reception, highlighted by welcoming remarks by the Pratt School of Engineering's, Dean Bellamkonda. He shared his appreciation for the volunteer role our parents and families play in providing feedback on critical student issues.

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Blog Author:
Tatum Riley

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

Maggie: Hello, this is Maggie Peterson from the Office of Parent and Family Programs at Duke University. We are here today with Tatum Riley. Thank you for being here to chat with us today, Tatum! Could you please start by telling us your hometown, major, and class year at Duke? 

Tatum: Hi! I’m from Phoenix, Arizona. Currently I’m decided that I am probably going to major in public policy and psychology. I’m going to do an interdepartmental major, and I am a freshman at Duke—class of 2022.

Maggie: Great, thanks! So today I’d love to chat about your reflections on your first year at Duke. Let’s start by talking about move-in day. So when you moved into your dorm in August, what emotions did you experience?

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