From UCAE: Dear Campus Life Colleagues - Space reservations opened on October 1st for the new conference room (Bryan Center 109). The space can accommodate 18 and has integrated AV. Please visit https://eventservices.duke.edu/
Hey, nice to meet you! Didn’t quite catch your name – who are you?
Call me ASCL! Sounds like Axel. My full name is Assessment in Campus Life.
As we start a new year and the student engagement team builds a new staff, I am thinking a lot about transition. Transition is a positive thing, it means that we are bringing new energy and new ideas into our staff. It’s scary, because leaders & friends on the team have transitioned out, and new ones are coming, but when I think a little deeper about this, I get excit
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.
For this blog post, some of the interns at the Women’s Center decided to share our personal history with feminism. We have all had different experiences and there isn’t a singular theme among our stories, but we hope that our experiences encourage others in the Duke community to explore what feminism means to them.
From Colleen O’Connor (Community Building and Organizing Intern): `
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."
“You can’t hate someone whose story you know,” wrote a Duke sophomore woman writing of her experience with being exposed to recent immigrants during an Alternative Fall Break experience she had last semester. What she meant was that what she learned about these families who originated in countries other than the USA was that once you know their stories, you connect and you can longer live in the comfort of ignorance.
by Sean H. Palmer
It is on the eve of the 50th anniversary of Black Student Life that we pause to think about the principal of Ujima in our annual Kwanzaa Celebration. Since restarting this tradition in 2010, Duke’s Kwanzaa celebration has sought to lift up one principal each year in the hopes of honoring each principal in a seven-year cycle.