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Hi Blue Devils!
We hope you are doing well and enjoying Spring approaching. We wanted to take this space to acknowledge that it has been an incredibly hard week for our country and the world. We send our love and support to those impacted at Michigan State University and in Turkey and Syria and El Paso. Please check in on loved ones and take use of Duke’s resources. DSG is hosting a vigil for MSU on Tuesday, February 21st from 6-7pm outside the Duke Chapel if you would like to attend. Our community is strongest when it comes together, so please be extra mindful during this time.

As always, please reach out to DSG at or (336)-901-0025 with anything you’d like to share!

This week in DSG!
1. Vigil for Michigan State University
Please join us outside the Duke Chapel from 6-7pm on Tuesday, February 21st to honor the victims of the shooting at MSU.
2. Are You Graduating this Year? Class of ‘23 Post Grad GroupMe’s
As requested, DSG has created GroupMe’s for various post-grad locations, so students can connect and find roommates, talk to one another, etc! If you are graduating, feel free to join your applicable group when you know, and please email if there is a location you want but don’t see! Look at the groups here!

3. LGBTQIA+ Students Mental Health Support Group

We are organizing a mental health support group for LGBTQIA+ and questioning students with the support of DSG, the CSGD, and CAPS. The group will meet in the CSGD to create space, build community, and foster stronger connections to campus resources. Confidentiality and safety will be top priorities.

To gauge interest and seek input, we have put together a short survey that will inform the structure and goals of the group. Fill it out here!

Feel free to answer as much or as little as you feel comfortable. If you have any questions, please reach out to James Liao at 


4. Lawyer Assistance Program

The Lawyer Assistance Program provides students with three essential resources: counseling, risk reduction, and mitigation of legal charges. Consultations are held remotely and at no cost to undergraduate students as it is funded by DSG. Please fill out the survey using this link if you need access to a lawyer, and you will be contacted within three business days to schedule a consultation. 
Lotus is a new, confidential, support collective for students who have experienced gender-based discrimination, harassment, violence, or sexual assault. Our mission is to cultivate a space for healing, growth, and processing through dialogue. This is a non-exclusionary space—anyone who feels this community would be of value to them is welcome. This is a space created and led by women of color, and we hold a particular focus on providing community for students with marginalized identities. In a culture where navigating the experience of gender-based violence and harassment can often feel deeply isolating, we work to combat this experience through a framework of community-based care. Join at
What's happening on campus?

1. Submit a Letter to IfYoureReadingThis at Duke

Support networks are vital to maintaining good mental health, and yet college students are often pressured to suffer in silence when they struggle with stress, grief, anxiety, depression, and more. Due to the stigma surrounding mental health and the high standards set for college students, those suffering are often hesitant to reach out to their friends and family or seek out other mental health support in times of need. By writing a letter for IfYoureReadingThis at Duke, you will be part of the network that empowers students to build or tap into their support systems. Your submission along with a photo that will be added to our website will function as an open letter to individuals who may be struggling with their mental health.
Letters should begin with “If you’re reading this” and typically offer some kind of positive support to Duke students. If you want some additional guidance about what to write, we created a document to help you brainstorm ideas. Finally, you can submit your letter through our portal or email it to  

2. A Night of Silent Film
To celebrate Valentine's Day, DIFF will be hosting a festival of all silent films! Featuring shorts from Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, Harold Lloyd, and more, this festival will showcase the wittiness and fun of 1920s romantic comedies. Come join us for comedy, love, and--a VDay necessity--chocolate sweets! Join us at the Rubenstein Arts Center on Saturday, Feb 18th at 7 PM! 
3. Flicks is Seeking for Student Art Submissions!
Flicks is a project of students in the Duke Independent Film Festival. 
We hope to create a film-centered publication that allows for the growth of the Duke film community and hope to encourage student interests in film production, criticism, analysis, and more. We are currently looking for student submissions (both written pieces and visual media) for the magazine!
Submit here!

4. Duke Initiative for Urban Studies

DIUS aims to incorporate urban studies into the curriculum at Duke and introduce research and engagement opportunities related to urbanism. The initiative is a student-founded, student-run effort. Since its inception in 2020, we have taught over fifty students in our house course  “Urban Studies 101”; established partnerships with top administrators and faculty across the Trinity, Pratt, Sanford, and Nicholas Schools; and created mentorship programs for Program II applicants and thesis writers. Learn more here!
5. Calling for Yearbook Orders and Photo Submissions
Have photos that document your favorite duke experiences? Club Group Photos, Sorority/Fraternity Photos, Candid Photos, Research Photos, Abroad Photos, Photos documenting an accomplishment, etc. Submit to yearbook for consideration by emailing with email header: YEARBOOK SUBMISSION [FIRST NAME]_[LAST NAME]_[SUBJECT] Iphone photos accepted. High resolution preferred. Attach all images at largest size in email. Order Yearbook Here Before Prices Double:

6. Me Too Monologues Spring Showcase

Me Too Monologues is an annual production about identity written, performed, and produced by Duke students. Me Too has become a platform for bringing the Duke community together through honest and open conversation about the stories that make us who we are. Get tickets here: 

7. Connection Project Mini Retreat

Are you interested in connecting with new people or strengthening your existing relationships? The Connection Project wants to invite you to a half-day retreat at the East Campus Coffeehouse on Saturday, March 4 from 10 AM to 2 PM. Come join us for student-led games and other connection-themed activities as we reflect on the year so far and look toward the future! Please RSVP on DukeGroups at (not required, but appreciated!).

8. Duke Moot Court High School Tournament Volunteering Opportunity

Duke Moot Court is hosting their in-person high school tournament from Saturday, March 4th to Sunday, March 5th on West Campus. The organization is looking for volunteers who are willing to help judge the tournament. If you’re interested in government or law, need volunteering hours, or just want an opportunity to get free breakfast and meals, we encourage you to click on this link to get more information and sign up:

9. Restorative Spring Break

Applications for DCF's Restorative Spring Break are (a)LIVE! Come hang at the farm for a mid-semester breath of fresh air. No farm skills needed to luxuriate in the sun! Activities may include but are not limited, guided breath work, a guest-led queer ecology conversation, a woodworking workshop, evening bonfires, and farming! Hope to see you there :) Sign up here: Email any questions to

10. The Cinematic Depiction of Psychopathology

Duke Independent Film Festival and Neurocare present a Q/A session event with Dr. Ahmad Hariri who will be talking about his famous "The Cinematic Depiction of Psychopathology" seminar course and talk about the ways mental illness has been depicted in film. Join us this Tuesday Feb 21st at 7:30 pm at Reuben Cooke Room 126 for this exciting Q/A session! Register here:
Special Column

DSG Project Spotlight

DSG’s Durham and Community Affairs Committee: There’s a Bus for That!' is a project that works to compile resources for the Duke and Durham communities to build student awareness of access to Durham. The project plans to include a new page on the Duke Parking and Transportation website, a social media campaign, and informational fliers around campus to encourage students to take advantage of the myriad activities to do in the community of Durham and the broader Triangle area. 

Durham Community Spotlight

This week’s Durham Community Spotlight goes to Pincho Loco, a family-owned ice cream shop on Perry Street, right off Duke’s East Campus and by Ninth Street. Pincho Loco serves delicious Latin American inspired ice cream and treats, such as popsicles cakes, paletas, and milkshakes. Some ice cream flavor highlights include banana pudding, salty caramel truffle, and cappuccino crunch. Popsicle flavors include from guava, lime and chamoy, Mexican chocolate, and Oreo. A personal favorite flavor of a DSG Durham and Community Affairs committee member is strawberry! Pincho Loco is open from 12 - 9 pm Tuesday to Sunday. Stop by and check it out!

Go Blue Devils!
Lana Gesinsky (she/her) | President

Devan Desai (he/him) | Executive Vice President

Hana Hendi (she/her) | Chief of Staff

Reima Bash (she/her) | Communications Director