Parents & Families



The Parent and Family Programs podcast provides a new medium for families to learn about Duke from student leaders on campus. These students provide insight into their Duke experience as well as tips on how to support your Duke student through their journey. Follow our podcast on SoundCloud here: link (


April 2019 Podcast Topic: First-Year at Duke
First-Year Student: Tatum Riley

Time: 6 minutes
In this podcast, Tatum Riley reflects on her first year as a student at Duke. From move-in day to the challenges she faced, Tatum discusses the trials and triumphs of a first-year student at Duke.

March 2019 Podcast Topic: A-Team and Duke Traditions
Student A-Team Member: 
Sanya Kochhar

Time: 8 minutes

Sanya Kochhar discusses her work with A-Team, Duke’s risk management group for large campus events. She reflects on the excitement of Duke traditions, like Duke-UNC basketball games, and supporting these traditions through promoting student safety. 

February 2019 Podcast Topic: Duke & Durham
Vice President of Durham and Regional Affairs, Duke Student Government: Uwa Ihionkhan

Time: 12 minutes

Uwa Ihionkhan, Vice President of Durham and Regional Affairs in Duke Student Government, sat down with Parent and Family Programs to discuss building relationships and fostering conversations within and outside of the community here at Duke. 

December 2018 Podcast Topic: Student Wellness
President of the National Alliance on Mental Illness at Duke: Gary Wang

Time: 14 Minutes

In this podcast, Gary Wang, president of NAMI at Duke, talks about mental health on campus. Gary explains some of his student organization's work: promoting small acts of kindness and connection among students, creating open and inclusive dialogues about mental health on campus, and collaborating with staff to give students the best mental health services at Duke. He ends with advice for parents who want to have dialogues with their students about mental health and mental wellness.  

November 2018 Podcast Topic: Faith & Spirituality on Duke's Campus
Voices for Interfaith Action Members: Usamah Chaudhary T'20 and Sarah Jacobs T'21

Time: 12 Minutes

This podcast includes an interview with Usamah Chaudhary and Sarah Jacobs, members of Duke Voices for Interfaith Action (VIA), a student organization. They share their experiences of being part of different faith communities on Duke's campus, their service and community-building work through VIA, and their views on the key tools for interfaith dialogue.


April 2018 Podcast Topic: Recreation and Physical Education
Student Involvement: Collin Leonard and Melanie Park 

Time: 23 Minutes 

Collin Leonard and Melanie Park share how their Duke experience has been shaped by their involvements in Duke Recreation and Physical Education. They provide insight on how they have created their wellness routines on campus and what wellness means to them. They also share tips on how parents and families can encourage their student's to take ownership of their health and wellness as well as the role parents and families can play in a student's well-being. 


February 2018 Podcast Topic: National Merit Scholarships
Marshall Scholar: John Lu

20 Minutes

In this Podcast, John Lu, a Marshall Scholar and Goldwater Scholar provides insight into his four years at Duke. John explains what a Marshall Scholarship is and how the application process helped him reflect and make meaning of his undergraduate experience. He also provides tips for families on how to support a student going through the application process.


January 2018 Podcast Topic: The K-Ville Tenting Experience
Head Line Monitors: Sara Constand T’18 and David Duquette T‘18

20 Minutes

This podcast includes an interview with Sara Constand and David Duquette, the 2018 K-Ville Head Line Monitors. In this podcast, they share information about K-Ville, what the tenting experience is like and what this tradition means for Duke students. We also de-bunk some of the myths around tenting.


November 2017 Podcast Topic: DuWell (Health & Wellness Education and Promotion)
Fourth Year DuWell Student Intern: Samantha Meyers T‘18

25 Minutes

In this podcast, Sam Meyers, a fourth year intern in DuWell shares her experience in DuWell and how it has influenced her time at Duke. She also provides tips on how parents can encourage their Duke students to prioritize their health and wellness and she reflects on the holistic student experience and how to best support college students.


October 2017 Podcast Topic: Duke Student Government
Student Government President: Riyanka Ganguly T‘18

Time: 15 Minutes

This podcast includes an interview with Riyanka Ganguly, Duke Student Government President. She shares her experience in student government and how it has influenced her time at Duke. She also provides tips on how she feels parents can empower their Duke students to create their own experience at Duke and the best ways to support their student's exploration.


September 2017 Podcast Topic: Duke Academic Advising Center
Student Peer Advisor: Cole Wicker T’18

Time: 20 Minutes

In this podcast, a Trinity College Senior, Cole Wicker shares his experiences with the Academic Advising Network at Duke. Previously, Cole utilized the Academic Advising Network, and now serves as a lead Peer Advisor. He provides advice and insight into the challenges of finding your path and how he feels parents can best support their Duke students through this process over their four years at Duke.