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Duke Student Affairs

October 22, 2020

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How's your day going? This week is flying by for us, as is the fall semester—and we're guessing many of you may be feeling the same way. We're now less than a month out from fall LDOC, and, whether you are studying in Durham or remotely, we know you are continuing to be deeply invested in your academic endeavors. Please keep taking care of yourselves and supporting each other as well, and let us know how we can help. 
As always, thanks for all you're doing to keep the Duke community, near and far, moving forward this fall as safely as possible. So close to the end of the semester... hang in there! 
Go Duke, 
Mary Pat McMahon, Vice Provost of Student Affairs
Gary Bennett, Vice Provost of Undergraduate Education 
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COVID reminders

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is warning that small indoor gatherings are driving the national uptick. As the weather gets cooler, we know you may want to move small gatherings indoors. Please limit any indoor gatherings! 

Keeping gatherings small is important (and required for all Duke students, both on and off campus, per Duke’s guidelines), but this step alone is not enough.
Make sure you also maintain 6 feet of physical distance from others at all times, especially when eating or drinking. Be sure to wear a face covering at any time you are around others you do not live with, including in hallways and common spaces. 

Tip of the week:

Stay safer this Halloween!

Wondering what to do on Halloween that will be spooky, fun, and COVID-safer? Keep an eye on the Student Affairs social media accounts for tips and event highlights. 
Plus, there is lots of fun stuff on the SA insta—if you're not following, go check it out! Follow along @dukestudentaffairs

Winter Breakaway: January 4-15, 2021

Duke's Winter Breakaway enables students to combine skills such as collaborative leadership, compelling communication across audiences and media, and complex problem solving with technical skills like digital competencies and data analysis. Some students will add a technical component to their repertoire while others will strengthen their humanistic skills; some will do both!
Winter Breakaway is free and open to all Duke students, and programs will be offered virtually, both synchronously and asynchronously. Visit to view program offerings and register.
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Stay tuned: Winter Break travel registration

Speaking of Winter Break, be on the lookout for more information coming your way soon on registering your Winter Break travel, preparing for the end of the semester, and health and wellness tips for over the break. 

Early voting continues in NC

Early voting in North Carolina is happening now through October 31. Sites in Durham County—including Karsh Alumni and Visitor Center on Duke's campus—are open from 8:00 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, and 2:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m. on Sundays. On the last day of early voting, Oct. 31, polls will be open from 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Find more information on early voting in Durham County, or find more information on voting in your home state from Duke Votes.
Already voted? Keep checking Duke Votes for featured resources and events to help you make sense of this election year.

ICYMI: An Update on Duke's Anti-Racism Efforts

Last week, President Price sent a message to Duke students, staff and faculty regarding the university's commitment to anti-racism. In the message, President Price recognized some challenging questions that our university community faces, and shared initiatives already underway or soon to be launched.
These plans can now be found at As President Price mentions, righting the wrongs of history will take time; and so our efforts will need to be focused and sustained, with clear goals and transparency as we work toward them. 
We encourage all of you to read this latest message and reach out with questions.
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Resource Highlight: People of Color (POC) Koru

Are you a student of color looking for ways to manage your stress and anxiety? Need a safe space to explore your mental and physical wellness? Join the new People of Color (POC) Koru Mindfulness series on Mondays (October 26 - November 16) from 3 - 4:15 p.m. for a POC community space with wellness resources and tools based on your needs.
Email and for questions. Registration is required. 
Student RJ Shah wearing a duke sweatshirt sitting at his desk at home where he studies

Remote student spotlight:  

We caught up with RJ Shah, Class of 2023, about his remote study space in the Houston, Texas, life at home this semester, and converting his family's guest room into a "dorm room."
From RJ:
"Remote learning from home has been the greatest example of a silver lining in my life. While it was a difficult decision to live away from Duke, I genuinely made up for losing campus experience with other gains. I've had the opportunity to strengthen my bond with friends who attend school in my hometown, enjoy time to myself and reflect, and simply enjoy being home. Most importantly, I am gaining a lot of quality time with my family, especially considering that my academic journey may take me away from home beyond just 4 years at Duke. Academically, I know Duke will do its best to make the virtual transition as seamless as possible, so course quality was never a concern for me. There's really no place like home."
Are you studying remotely? We want to hear your story! Email if you're interested in being featured. 
Four students practicing proper physical distancing and wearing masks while studying together on the Plaza

Spotted: Keeping the community safe 

Shout out to these students for finding a sunny study spot on the BC Plaza, while staying at a safe distance and wearing their masks. 
Thanks for keeping our community safe!