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Maggie Peterson (Graduate Assistant for Parent and Family Programs) and Gary Wang (President of NAMI, Class of 2019)

Introduction: You are listening to the Duke University Parent and Family Programs Podcast.

Maggie: Hello, my name is Maggie Peterson from the Office of Parent and Family Programs at Duke University. We are here today with Gary from the National Alliance on Mental Illness, also known as NAMI, on campus at Duke University. NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness and is recognized as an official undergraduate organization here on campus. Thanks for being here today! Could you please tell us your full name, hometown, major, and class year?

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Author: Tom Szigethy
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In her new book, Dare to Lead, Brene’ Brown writes, “Wherever perfectionism is driving us, shame is riding shotgun.” She continues, “Perfectionism is self-destructive simply because perfection does not exist. It’s an unattainable goal. Perfectionism is addictive because when we invariably do experience shame, judgment, and blame, we often believe it’s because we weren’t perfect enough. Rather than question the faulty logic of perfectionism, we become even more entrenched in our quest to look and do everything just right.”

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Clay Adams, Associate Dean of Students & Director for Parent and Family Programs

During Family Weekend, the Division of Student Affairs hosted its fall semester Duke Parents Advisory Council (DPAC) meeting. This group of dedicated and diverse parents gathers twice a year to provide Student Affairs leadership with feedback and counsel on a variety of topics. This semester’s topic was Faith, Spirituality, and the Academy.

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Blog Author:
Maggie Haas and Steve Boland

The First-Year Advisory Counselor (FAC) Program is dedicated to helping incoming first-year students transition to college life in order to maximize their experience as a member of the Duke community. Here, co-chairs Maggie Haas and Steve Boland – the fearless leaders of the FAC Program – describe what makes Duke feel like to home to them personally. 

Steve Boland is a Charlotte, North Carolina native majoring in Public Policy with a minor in Sociology and Cultural Anthropology.   

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**For the latest updates on Hurricane Florence, please monitor Duke Alert and Working@Duke on Twitter for the latest and most accurate information.**

The following message was sent to parents/families of Duke students on Tuesday, September 11, around 8:40 p.m., regarding preparations for Hurricane Florence: 

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**For the latest updates on Hurricane Florence, please monitor Duke Alert and Working@Duke on Twitter for the latest and most accurate information.**

The following message was sent to parents/families of Duke students on Tuesday, September 11, around 11:20 a.m., regarding preparations for Hurricane Florence: 

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**For the latest updates on Hurricane Florence, please monitor Duke Alert and Working@Duke on Twitter for the latest and most accurate information.**

 

The following message was sent to parents and families of Duke students on Monday, September 10, around 1 p.m., regarding preparations for Hurricane Florence: 

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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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