Plus resources for students observing Ramadan, Passover, and Lent
Plus resources for students observing Ramadan, Passover, and Lent

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March 22, 2023
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Dear students,
We hope you had a chance to recharge and reflect over break. We've talked to many students gearing up for the final stretch of the semester, and we know some of you are already thinking about registration dates for the fall. While these last six weeks are going to fly by, we hope you're still finding time to be present. Making time for self-care and community is always worth it!
Speaking of community, many Muslims at Duke will begin fasting this week as we enter the month of Ramadan. The Center for Muslim Life is hosting free programming and meals throughout the month. More details can be found under the Resource Highlights section of this newsletter, along with information about other upcoming religious holidays. Ramadan Mubarak!
We're also celebrating a steep decline in COVID cases, which has led to several changes in our campus protocols. You should have received an email with all the details, but here are some of the highlights:
» Masking on buses & vans is still recommended, but no longer required.
» Symptomatic testing is still available through Student Health, and all surveillance testing sites are now closed.
» Rapid antigen tests are available through the Duke Stores service desk in the Bryan Center.
With campus in bloom, you'll probably see us walking around (or biking or standing in line for a coffee). Say hi if you spot us! It's never too late in the year to introduce yourself, and we love hearing about what you're up to.
Thank you for looking out for each other.
Go Duke,
Mary Pat McMahon, Vice Provost of Student Affairs
Candis Watts Smith, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education
QuadEx Updates

Nominate a QuadEx Faculty Fellow

The Office of the Provost will name one new QuadEx Faculty Fellow to join the current Faculty Fellows for academic year 2023-2024. Please submit the name and department of faculty nominees via this brief form by Wednesday, March 29.
The Faculty Fellows will serve as a role model, mentor, and resource to  students through both formal programming and informal interactions with Quad residents. They will also support student-driven ideas for intellectual exploration and engagement in the West Campus Quads.
We encourage you to nominate faculty who are passionate about engaging undergraduate students outside of the classroom in students' search for purpose, meaning, and intellectual growth.
Engagement Opportunities

Interested in grad school?

The Graduate School 101 Workshop Series explores what graduate school entails across all disciplines. These workshops include a timeline for all of the things that go into applying to graduate school like information on how to choose programs to apply to, the GRE, how to identify mentors, whom to ask for letters of recommendation, and getting started on a personal statement.
Find a full list of workshop offerings here. The first one is tonight (3/22). Sign up for one or all!
This series is a URS Collaboration with the Academic Deans, Academic Guides, Academic Resource Center, Directors of Academic Engagement, and the Office of Scholars and Fellows.

Celebrate Mary Lou Day on March 30!

The Mary Lou Williams Center for Black Culture invites you to celebrate our center's namesake on Thursday, March 30th! From 12pm-2pm in Penn Pavillion, there will be a short program highlighting some Mary Lou history, jazz music and light refreshments for you to enjoy. 

Be sure to register on DukeGroups and stop by for some Mary Lou cheer!
Pro Tip of the Week

Apply for Internship Funding

The application deadline for the Duke Career Center’s Internship Funding Program is approximately two weeks away: April 6. Plan to submit your application soon as late materials will not be considered for funding.
The Internship Funding Program awards summer stipends to students who are pursuing unpaid or low-paying internship opportunities. The Career Center is able to offer $4000 grants to undergrads and $5000 grants to master's students who are pursuing these types of summer experiences. Students do not need a confirmed internship offer to apply for funding.
For additional information about the Internship Funding Program including application steps, eligibility criteria, and selection process, please visit the program pages for undergraduate and master's students on Career Hub.

Didn't receive one of our newsletters?

The Student Affairs website archives all our campus-wide messages and newsletters. If you think you missed a week, you can find all the info under Recent Messages to Undergraduates.
Resource Highlights
At Duke, we're fortunate that our campus includes vibrant faith communities of different traditions. Many students will be celebrating major religious holidays over the next few weeks. No matter your religious background, we encourage all students to be mindful of their peers during this time and, as always, to respect one another.

Ramadan Mubarak!

Muslims around the world will begin fasting this week as the holy month of Ramadan begins. Here on campus, Monday to Thursday, the Center for Muslim Life (CML) will host free suhoor/sehri and iftar meals, prayer, and programming. The CML will pray Isha'a and the first Taraweeh on Wednesday (3/22) and host the first iftar on Thursday (3/23). 
Follow @dukecml on Instagram and subscribe to the CML weekly newsletter for the most updated info about Ramadan at Duke!
Quick links for students who are fasting:
– Ramadan calendar:
– Prayer map:
– Duke Dining resources:
– Campus nutritionist: 919-660-6826
The Center for Muslim Life would like to thank this year's Iftar sponsors: Pratt School of Engineering, Duke International Student Center, Mary Lou Williams Center for Black Culture, The Freeman Family Program Fund of Jewish Life at Duke, Interfaith Roundtable at Duke Chapel, Graduate and Professional Student Services, Malak and Jaffar Raza Family

Celebrating Lent, Holy Week, and Easter

Duke Chapel & Religious Life at Duke invites you to join them April 2–9, for worship services and concerts during Holy Week and Easter. You can see the full lineup – which includes a sermon by Dr. Angel Collie, director of the Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity – on Duke Chapel's website. All services and events are in Duke Chapel unless otherwise noted. Many of the services are livestreamed.
The Duke Catholic Center also has programming throughout the season of Lent. A full list of Mass times and other resources for Holy Week can be found on their website.

Passover with Jewish Life at Duke

Passover is right around the corner, April 5-13! All Duke students are invited to join Jewish Life at Duke for a free Passover Seder (ritual meal) on April 5 and/or 6. The deadline to sign up is this Sunday (3/26), so don't wait! Choose from communal seders at the Freeman Center for Jewish Life or student-hosted seders across campus.

Jewish Life at Duke will be distributing free boxes of matzah over the next two weeks for students who keep kosher for Passover so you're ready for the holiday. We've also got you covered with kosher-for-Passover food available for purchase: hot, made-to-order meals at the Freeman Center Café, and grab-and-go meals at Trinity Café, The Loop, Beyu Blue, and Devil's Krafthouse. Plus, don't miss our annual Matzah Brei Dinner on Monday, April 10. Learn more about Passover events and resources here.
Spotted on Campus

Spring Breakthrough in D.C.

Okay, technically this wasn't "on campus," but we loved it. Candis Watts Smith, Catherine Admay, and Michael S. Domeracki traveled to Washington D.C. with a group of Duke students for their Spring Breakthrough course, "The Stories We (Choose to) Tell Ourselves."
The class visited the National Museum of the American Indian and the National Museum of African American History and Culture, as they discussed the foundational stories of American history and contemporary society.
A group of Duke students and faculty pose for a group photo on their Spring Breakthrough trip to Washington D.C.
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