Erik Ludwig (1976-2015) graduated from Duke in 1998, and his legacy continues to live on at the university, through a new fund in his honor supporting the work of the Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity (CSGD).
Dear Duke Families,
As I look out my office window, I have the privilege of seeing our students walking (and rushing) by between classes, meals, meetings and study venues. So many things are apparent on the rare occasion that I get to just pause and admire the passersby. I notice that many seem either immune to the winter chill or in denial about the need to wear warmer clothes! I notice that rarely is anyone walking alone. Students travel in pairs, groups and masses! I notice that some kind of technological device is apparently welded to their ears or their palms (hopefully talking or texting with you). But, I also notice how remarkably different they are, reflecting the substantial and wonderful diversity within the Duke student body.
Collaboration & Change for a Common Good
A Reflection on Collaboration in Campus Life
India Pierce and Sean Novak
One way that we can work effectively to create change for a common good is to work collaboratively across communities. With this in mind, India Pierce from the Center for Sexual & Gender Diversity (CSGD) came together with Sean Novak from the Center for Multicultural Affairs (CMA) to create a program that explored the intersections of race and sexual orientation. As part of the CMA’s En/Countering Racism series (E/C), they created a program for students to gather and explore intersectionality. This was done in order to deepen participants’ understanding of themselves and others as a means to building stronger coalitions for social justice.
North Carolina Pride
Friday | 9.21.12 | 4:00-6:00 PM
Saturday | 9.29.12 | meet at Noon
Every year the North Carolina Pride Committee puts on North Carolina's Annual Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Festival. Duke supports their effort by hosting the festival and parade on East Campus and the LGBT Center creates a float for the parade.
Friday, September 21, 4:00 – 6:00 PM: Pride Prep Party
The Center for LGBT Life is hosting a Pride Prep Party on Friday, September 21, 2012 from 4:00 – 6:00 PM. We will have food, music, and plenty of supplies for you to make pride posters to carry in the parade. Our float’s theme this year is “Duke Pride.”
Saturday, September 29, meet at NOON: North Carolina Pride
Blue Devils United and the Center for LGBT Life invite ALL students, faculty, and staff to an ice cream social on August 30th from 6-8 PM. Please join us in Upper East, located above The Marketplace on EAST CAMPUS. We will be handing out FREE Ben & Jerry Ice Cream Sundaes and 200 FREE Rainbow Flags.
The Center for LGBT Life invites all students, faculty, and staff to our Orientation Reception. We are very excited to welcome the class of 2016. Please join us in the Center for LGBT Life from 5:00 - 7:00 PM on August 26, 2012. We are located in 02 West Union Building.
Our Annual Orientation Reception is a great place to catch up with old friends and/or meet new members of the Duke community. Snacks will be served.
As HRC’s National Field Director, I was thrilled to be in North Carolina this week participating in a number of campaign events aimed at defeating Amendment One. Nowhere was there more energy and organization that at Duke University, where student leader Jacob Tobia and others in Duke Together Against Constitutional Discrimination have set the bar incredibly high for outstanding work against Amendment One. Polls have already opened and the final day to vote is May 8. If Duke students are any indication about where this country is headed, and how this vote will go down, we can all be proud and encouraged by their depth of commitment to fairness and equality and the extraordinary organizing skills that will help us defeat this hateful amendment in North Carolina.