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UEU x DSG Special Edition

Blue Devils!

Coinciding with the return of sundresses and sun basking in BC Plaza, we’ve returned to your inbox with another DSG Blast. However this one’s a special edition of sorts since we are highlighting the Undergraduate Environmental Union and other climate initiatives around campus.  Enjoy the warm February sun, apply your sunscreen, and be sure to check out the events and initiatives we’ve collected (just for you!) below.

UEU Events and Opportunities

P-Earth Orientation Leader Recruitment

  • Deadline to apply is Friday, March 10th at 5:00 p
  • To any P Earthers reading this…APPLY TO BE AN OL! Previous P Earthers, Orientation Leaders, or anyone who wants to be a part of Experiential Orientation, apply here to be an Orientation Leader for the upcoming year!

Enviro Art Gallery

  • Submissions open until Sunday, March 5th 
    CALLING ALL ARTISTS! The Duke Conservation Society and the Undergraduate Environmental Union are hosting the 7th annual Enviro-Art Gallery + Exhibition. This year’s theme is Protecting Our Home. Artists of all experience levels are encouraged to submit art showcasing our home at Duke and/or what your home environment means to you! We are accepting all forms of art to be displayed in our digital gallery, as well as for our in-person exhibition to be held on April 1st in Grainger Hall. 
    Submit here by Sunday, March 5th to be considered for display, and multiple submissions are permitted. 

Energy Internship List Live

  • The Energy Internship Program connects Duke students from all majors, backgrounds, and degree programs to summer internship opportunities across the energy sector, including at start-ups, utilities, renewable energy developers, large firms, government agencies, and non-governmental organizations. Find your internship through this link! Some funding is available! Duke students can apply for supplementary $$$ after being offered an energy-related internship.

Duke’s new Climate+ Program  

  • Climate+ is a new vertical offered within Duke University’s Data+ program, a full-time, ten-week summer research experience that welcomes Duke undergraduate and masters students interested in exploring new data-driven approaches to interdisciplinary challenges. For those interested in Energy Data Analytics, check out these projects: Climate+ Project List .

DDA x UEU Movie Night

  • Thursday, March 23rd at 7:00 pm in Social Sciences 13
  • Come watch “I am Greta” with Duke Disability Alliance and UEU during Disability Pride Week, on Thursday March 23! There will be free Happy and Hale!! Event starts at 7pm in Social Sciences 139.

Spirit in the Land Student Opening Party

  • Friday, February 29th 7:00-9:00 pm at Nasher 
  • Nasher MUSE and UEU are co-hosting a student opening party for Nasher's newest exhibition, Spirit in the Land. Spirit in the Land examines today’s ecological concerns and demonstrates how intricately our identities and natural environments are intertwined. Enjoy free food and beverages from the Nasher Café, and listen to student DJs Ben Rubin and Helen Jennings. The event is free and open to all Duke Students—no registration required!

Duke Campus Farm Opportunities

This Week in DSG

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 lana.gesinsky@duke.edu if there is a location you want but don’t see! Look at the groups here!


  • 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 bit.ly/dukelotus.

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! If you have any questions, please reach out to James Liao at shuaichen.liao@duke.edu.

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.

Know Your Rights!

  • Many students don't know that Duke Student Government includes a Judiciary (just like the Supreme Court!). The Judiciary conducts investigations, settles group disputes, and has the power to subpoena evidence, discipline student groups, and adjudicate matters related to the Duke Constitution. 
    Our cases span issues as broad-ranging as missed tent checks in K-ville, settling election-related disputes, and interpreting the powers of the branches of DSG, including SOFC. 
    If you think your rights may have been violated, or if you're interested in learning more about what we do, click here or reach out to Randi Jennings (jmj67@duke.edu). 

Senate Project Presentations

  • We want your feedback!
    DSG is presenting the projects they’ve been working on for the past year the next two Wednesdays - 3/1 (Campus Life, Academic Affairs, Equity & Outreach projects) and 3/8 (Services & Sustainability, Durham & Community Affairs, Cabinet projects) - at Senate in Schichiano B at 7:30pm. We would love to see you there and hear your thoughts! Attendees will be entered into a raffle for a $20 gift card to the Duke Store.

DSG Associate Justice Application

  • Interested in applying to be a Justice on DSG Judiciary? Apply here.

In the news

Write a Letter for 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. 
    Letters should begin with “If you’re reading this” and typically offer some kind of positive support to Duke students. Learn more here!

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 your written submissions here. And visual media here.

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!

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 etx2@duke.edu 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 HEREbefore prices double!

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!

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 here!

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 here 

Muser: Apply for Summer 2023 Research Opportunities 

The 2023 Duke Sports Business Conference

  • The 3rd annual Duke Sports Business Conference (DSBC) is here for the first time in-person on Friday, February 24th, 2023 (12:00-6:00pm EST)! Keynote speakers and panelists this year will feature individuals from Wasserman, Sportico, SeventySix Capital, Lucra Sports, Morgan Stanley, and more! Our panels will cover topics ranging from Careers in Sports Finance presented by Morgan Stanley to New Happenings in Sports Tech to Women Trailblazing the Sports Industry. DSBC ‘23 will also include a Sports Networking Fair once more with industry leaders, with sign-ups for the fair opening one week out from the conference! Sign up here! 

After Tyre: Another Reckoning?

  • Wesley Lowery is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, author, contributing editor at The Marshall Project, Visiting Professional at CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, and previously a national correspondent at The Washington Post. On March 2nd, join Wesley Lowery and Professor Stephen Buckley for a conversation about the Tyre Nichols case, the ongoing crisis surrounding police misconduct, and the news media’s role in covering this story. RSVP here.

The Politics of the Marvel Cinematic Universe

  • The Marvel Cinematic Universe is the most expansive and widely viewed narrative in the history of cinema. On March 8th, join experts Dr. Nicholas Carnes and Dr. Lilly Goren —co-editors of the new book The Politics of the Marvel Cinematic Universe— NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans, and former Editor-in-Chief for Marvel Comics Tom DeFalco for a conversation about the many ways that the MCU intersects with political issues. RSVP here! 

ASL Awareness Days

  • Duke ASL Awareness days Feb 27,28 & March 1st is a series of events organized by the ASL Club and Trinity Language Council to showcase and explore Sign Language and Deaf culture and their place among world languages. 
    Mon 2/27 6:00-7pm Dr. Donna Jo Napoli, a distinguished linguist and scholar of sign languages will hold an open talk via Zoom “What is sign language and why does it matter?”.  The ASL Club will hold an intro to sign language class on the Quad Mon 3:30-4:15. We will be screening 2 films with dinner and discussion“CODA” 2/28 7-9:00 and  “Signing Black in America”  Wed 3/1 6:30-7:30. Register here!

3Blue1Brown Speaker Event on Quantum Computing

  • Grant Sanderson, known as 3Blue1Brown on YouTube, is a popular content creator who produces visualizations and animations to illustrate unique and/or interesting mathematical concepts. Grant will be coming to Duke on Thursday February 23rd, 6:00-8:00 PM in Love Auditorium. In this talk, he will be expanding upon his 2019 video involving colliding blocks computing π, with connections to quantum computing (Grover’s algorithm). If you can't make it in person, join the Zoom (ID: 521 840 8122)!

TEDxDuke Conference

  • All the world's a stage, but who are the actors, audience, and crew? Which stories do we choose to elevate and which do we let slip through the cracks? 
    TEDxDuke is proud to host our 2023 conference, Platforms and Pitfalls. This year’s theme explores the ups and downs we face throughout our journeys. Attendees will hear from Duke students and faculty as well as Durham community members, all of whom will share their insights on the importance of elevating people and ideas. The diverse lineup of speakers will be discussing both intimate and inspirational themes, imparting new perspectives on how to navigate the platforms and pitfalls each of us inevitably encounter. Join us in Page Auditorium on February 25th at 11AM! Reserve your seats here!

Careers in Community Organizing

  • Interested in careers in community organizing! Join us entirely digitally on Friday February from 1PM to 2PM for the Organizing Panel, and then a Networking Event 2:30-3:30, entirely digital on 2/24, anyone is open to come! Join here: Community Organizing Employer Panel & Organizing Networking Event.

DSG Project Spotlight

DSG Academic Affairs Committee: Our House Course Reform project is seeking to eliminate hefty page requirements for house course syllabi, grant course credit to house course instructors, and allow house courses to access QuadEx funding for experiential learning opportunities. Interested in getting involved or sharing your perspective on this topic? Email jax.nalley@duke.edu ! 

Durham Community Spotlight

This week’s Durham Community Spotlight goes to The Regulator Bookshop, a local Durham business on 9th street, which is right off Duke’s East Campus. The Regulator Bookshop is a local bookstore which has a large collection of books, including the genres of fiction, non-fiction, biographies, and any book you can think of. Bestsellers can always be found on the front table, and you can browse around the back tables for a fun find. The Regulator Bookshop hosts monthly events and book clubs. A DSG Durham and Community Affairs member found a book here and finished it in a sitting! This is the member’s new go to spot for a book! The Regulator Bookshop is open from 10 - 6pm Monday to Sunday. Stop by and maybe you’ll find a new read! 

For More Information

Contact UEU at dukeueu@gmail.com or DSG at dsg@duke.edu