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Sean Novak and India Pierce


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.

Seated in groups of three or four, about 10 Duke community members held sheets in front of them as they phonetically recited words from the pages.

"Nin hao! Jin tian nin yao zhao shen me yi fu ya?" said SangHee Jeong, program coordinator with the International House who is from South Korea and is working to improve her Chinese conversational skills. She was asking a student partner, "Hello! What clothes are you looking for today?"

"wo jiu sui bian kan kan," the student partner replied. "I'll have a look."

by Monika Jingchen Hu

I have been reading a classic Japanese manga – Slam Dunk (story of senior high school guys with basketball), and watching its animation adaptations for the past couple of weeks. The first time that I watched the animations was in 1998, 14 years ago, when I was in fourth grade. At that time, I had high expectations of my senior high school years, which would be in 6 years, hoping it to be full of youthful events, just like what all those characters in Slam Dunk, who had lived their lives to their fullest by playing basketball for fun and achievement.


Thumbnail by SangHee Jeong

For most internationals, football means a sport where players are supposed to use their feet to advance the ball to make a goal.  So when they first see an American football game and realize what the players are doing in the field – running with the ball in their hands – they go like, “Do you call that ‘football’?”  Well, yes, the reality prevails no matter what you think.