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September 27, 2022
mary pat and gary taking a selfie with students during orientation
Dear students,
Fall is here, and the smell of midterms is in the air. We hope your classes are going well, and you’re finding time to connect with friends and explore campus and Durham. 
You've probably seen us getting lunch on the BC Plaza - feel free to say hi! We only ask that you refrain from riding your scooter inside the Bryan Center itself. 🛴We've had a few close calls turning corners recently.
Like many of you, we have been following the events unfolding across the U.S. and the globe. From Hurricane Fiona's destruction in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean to the protests in Iran and the ongoing war in Ukraine, we know that our community is affected by what happens outside Durham. We encourage you to dig in and engage with the issues surrounding these events; for example, checking out SOCA's upcoming drive. Please be mindful of your own safety by paying attention to weather alerts and signing up for the Duke Alert System.
We also know midterms can be stressful, so it's a good time to check in with yourself. If you're feeling anxious about school, missing home more than you expected, or wanting to speak with someone about mental health, please reach out to Counseling & Psychological Service (CAPS). Any student can call 919-660-1000 to speak with someone confidentially, or to request assistance with referrals in your local community.
As a reminder, the November elections are only 42 days away, and we encourage all eligible voters to exercise their right to vote. Visit Duke Votes for information about registration, early voting, absentee voting, and more.
We’re available for office hours if you’d like to meet. Otherwise, feel free to say hi if you run into us around campus!
Go Duke,
Gary Bennett, Vice Provost of Undergraduate Education
Mary Pat McMahon, Vice Provost of Student Affairs
One of the amazing things about QuadEx is that residents can that the initiative to plan intellectual and social events for their House or Quad. Below are a few quick steps to consider, and remember: there are several folks connected to your residential communities who are excited to help you bring your ideas to life!
Follow these steps, put together by Senior Associate Dean, Ali Harrison, to create a successful intellectual or social event in your Quad. You'll also find a comprehensive list of each house and quad's RC, Academic Guide, Faculty Fellow, Faculty in Residence, and House/Quad Council Advisor.
The first step is sharing your idea and using the resources around you to help turn your idea into reality!

Midterms are approaching - do you feel ready?

Academic Resource Center
Get help managing your time, view frequently asked questions about tutoring, find a study group, and more. https://arc.duke.edu/
Faculty Office Hours
The best way to connect with your faculty is through their office hours. Check the department's website or email your professor directly to find out when you can meet. 

Duke Climate Commitment Announcement

President Price sent an email to the Duke Community last week inviting us - you - to the announcement of the Duke Climate Commitment. The formal announcement and panel will take place on Thursday, September 29, and the discussion will continue on Friday, September 30 with live recordings of student climate podcasts, a moderated discussion, and a networking opportunity for current students and alumni. 
Read more about the Climate Commitment's areas of focus, and event details at 2022.climate.duke.edu

Latinx Heritage Month

Latinx Heritage Month is in full swing, and there are countless opportunities to celebrate Latinx heritage through October 15 and beyond. Search the "Latinx" and "Latinx Heritage Month" tags on DukeGroups to find events hosted by Mi Gente (who made the lovely calendar graphics you see below), the CMA, CSGD, Women's Center, SOCA, DUU, and more!

poll of the week

Now is the time to make your plan to vote!

As a Duke student, you are allowed to register to vote in either your home state or North Carolina. Voting early - by mail or in person - employwers you to vote when it works best with your schedule. As a student, you never know when a last-minute assignment will come up. Early voting lets you vote on your own time (and you still get an "I Voted" sticker)!
If you do nothing else, visit the Duke Votes website for all information about voting at Duke.

Pride: Durham NC...back and better than ever!

Students, staff, and community members enjoyed Pride: Durham this weekend on and around East Campus - the first fully IRL pride celebration since 2019.
Photo: Chris Vilorio
5 students standing under rainbow balloon arch