Student Affairs provides many opportunities for faculty and staff to interact with students outside of the classroom in fun and meaningful ways. A few of the more regular opportunities are listed below. This is by no means an exhaustive list. We enourage you to look around our site, keep an eye on the calendar for events, or contact us with questions or ideas.
Intercultural Skills Development Program (ISDP)
As our international borders become bridges of globalization, intercultural skills are paramount to enhance communication and the ability to connect, support and engage those who are different from us. Inside Duke global community these skills are essential on the personal and professional level. Through experientially engaging and exciting workshops, participants will set foot on the journey of intercultural inquisitiveness, awareness, and engagement.
The program is free to all permanent Duke staff and faculty.
Faculty Outings facilitate genuine engagement between faculty members and students in comfortable, enjoyable settings in and around Durham. Each outing gives sponsoring faculty an opportunity to be an ambassador for one of their favorite aspects of the community, from theatre performances to bike trails to farmer’s markets, and much more.
Down to Earth Dinner Series
Faculty and staff discuss their diverse experiences and share research during this relaxed, interactive dinner event. Students will connect with a broader support group, explore issues of identity and experience, learn about subjects beyond their major, develop relationships with potential mentors, and more.
Come celebrate the end of your week with us! Keep your eye out for special themes for the week.
This lunchtime feminist discussion series provides an engaging space for students, faculty and staff to hear and apply feminist analysis to a variety of topics, including women's health and sexuality, women in religion, humanitarianism and equity. Campus and community partners who are experts on the weekly discussion topics will guide our lively and interesting conversations.
Global Café is a weekly informal gathering that brings together members of the Duke community - students, international scholars, exchange students, spouses, faculty and staff! Come to the International House to join old friends or make new ones over FREE coffee, tea, and pastries!
Jazz at the Mary Lou
One of the major tenets of our annual calendar includes programming and events focused on jazz. The Mary Lou Williams Center for Black Culture offers two programs, Jazz Matters and Jazz @, that highlight the genre's issues and feature opportunities to listen to live jazz music.
Shabbat Services & Dinner
Each Friday night that school is in session, JLD and members of the larger Duke community come together for services followed by a free communal Shabbat dinner. Shabbat programming begins at 6:00pm unless otherwise noted. We ask that you please register for dinner by 5:00 pm each Thursday so that we can be sure to prepare enough food and accommodate any special dietary needs.
The Ally Network provides an avenue through which allies of the LGBTQ community can actively express their affirmation of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people. Members of the Ally Network attend a three-hour session, actively commit to participating in Center and community events, and are identified by displaying the Ally card.
Duke Student Government came up with the idea of FLUNCH as a way for undergraduate students to connect with faculty. The hope is that students will use this opportunity to establish lasting relationships with faculty members they might not have developed in the classroom.
The Common Experience Summer Reading Program
This tradition brings all incoming first-year students together for one Common Experience. This year, the Class of 2019 will be spending their summer reading one of six books. We'll be announcing the winner shortly.