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Kyle Cavanaugh & John Dailey

Dear Duke Class of 2021 Parent,

Welcome to Duke! Your student’s safety is our highest priority. We understand you may feel both excited and anxious, so we want to share some information that may help put you at ease.  

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Dana Williams Dudley – Mother of Taela Dudley, Trinity ’17 Class of 2017 Representative and Emeritus Member, Duke Parents Advisory Council

It seems hard to believe that over four years have passed since our daughter, Taela, received an invitation in the mail to the Black Student Alliance Weekend.  What did this mean?  Why would she be invited to campus?  Could she have possibly gotten accepted at Duke?  At 7:00 pm the next evening, that magical moment came when she logged into her Duke account.  What followed were tears – no – sobs of joy!  All of our child’s hard work had been recognized and appreciated - by Duke!  This was the start of an incredible undergraduate journey that we cannot believe is about to culminate in a couple of weeks with Commencement 2017.

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Uzoma Ayogu

As we close out Black History Month - I reflect on my four years at Duke and the incredible Black leaders that have inspired me along the way.

I remember running to serve on Duke Student Government (DSG) as a senator of equity and outreach my freshman year and being devastated after losing. I thought that my tenure in student leadership had clearly come to an end because of this failure. Especially as a freshman you are typically used to coming first and being humbled by coming to Duke where you are no longer the smartest or brightest in the room is difficult.

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Blog Author:
Katie Colleran

Character. Collaboration. Citizenship. 3 C’s of Leadership

These are the words that the Center for Leadership Development and Social Action (LDSA) uses to discuss leadership learning with Duke students. We start with their values, move to how they work with and through others, and then look at the bigger picture of how they see themselves in the world. These three aspects come together to create change for the common good. We want our student leaders to be change makers. Leadership skills developed at Duke will also serve them well as leaders within their communities upon graduation. Whether large or small, LDSA wants students to recognize that their leadership is a contribution.

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Jack O. Bovender, Jr. T’67, G’69 Vice Chair, Duke University Board of Trustees

Duke Parents Newsletter- December 2016
Statement from Jack Bovender, Chair of the Presidential Search Committee

I have been a loyal Blue Devil since I first came to Duke as a freshman in the fall of 1963.  One of the great honors of my life has been being invited to serve on the university’s Board of Trustees, and to play a small part in Duke’s continuing ascent.

The most important job a board performs is the selection of a president, so when David Rubenstein, chair of the Board of Trustees, asked me to lead the search for Dick Brodhead’s successor, I was deeply honored, of course, but also very aware that it had to be done right in order to achieve the best outcome. For me, doing it right involved several key steps.

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Parents & Family Programs

465 miles away. 9 hours and 30 minutes away by bus. 7 hours and 45 minutes away by car. 1 hour and 30 minutes away by plane. 

As we waved goodbye to our son on his first day of college, these numbers consumed our thoughts. They imposed a physical boundary on our relationship with our son, transforming months of excitement into miles of separation. Whereas these numbers had simply troubled our minds, however, the unfamiliar emptiness of our home had truly crushed our hearts. With our son at Duke, the dinner table now had one less plate, the study table one less book, and his bedroom one less snore. 

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Blog Author:
Jack O. Bovender, Jr. T’67, G’69, Vice Chair, Duke University Board of Trustees

I have been a loyal Blue Devil since I first came to Duke as a freshman in the fall of 1963.  One of the great honors of my life has been being invited to serve on the university’s Board of Trustees, and to play a small part in Duke’s continuing ascent.

The most important job a board performs is the selection of a president, so when David Rubenstein, chair of the Board of Trustees, asked me to lead the search for Dick Brodhead’s successor, I was deeply honored, of course, but also very aware that it had to be done right in order to achieve the best outcome. For me, doing it right involved several key steps.

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Seema Sanjeev Podar, mother of Duke student Akshat Pordar

465 miles away. 9 hours and 30 minutes away by bus. 7 hours and 45 minutes away by car. 1 hour and 30 minutes away by plane.

As we waved goodbye to our son on his first day of college, these numbers consumed our thoughts. They imposed a physical boundary on our relationship with our son, transforming months of excitement into miles of separation. Whereas these numbers had simply troubled our minds, however, the unfamiliar emptiness of our home had truly crushed our hearts. With our son at Duke, the dinner table now had one less plate, the study table one less book, and his bedroom one less snore.

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Parents & Family Programs

The Duke Student Government Equity and Outreach Committee is committed to fostering a campus culture in which all students can feel that they are given equitable treatment and that they are a part of an inclusive academic and social environment. Given that greater societal systems of inequality are already in place that prevent all students from being treated equally, we are specifically focused on outreach to traditionally marginalized student voices. 

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DAA

One of the most enduring benefits of a Duke education is the opportunity to network with successful alumni around the world. Connecting with alumni can help students enhance their studies, explore career options, make new contacts and identify potential jobs and internships.

Now, the Duke Alumni Association is making it far easier for students to tap into that network. This fall, DAA created a student portal into its redesigned alumni directory, for the first time giving students the ability to search for and contact more than 100,000 alumni. Students can access the directory through DAA’s website (alumni.duke.edu), where they can search for alumni in specific industries or locations. Students use their NetIDs to sign in to the directory; there is no additional registration necessary.