Don't miss Bricks to Stone next week!
Don't miss Bricks to Stone next week!

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April 4, 2023
Photo of Candis Watts Smith and Mary Pat McMahon
Hey there, undergrads!

April is finally here, and next Friday marks the return of a beloved Duke tradition: Bricks To Stone. It's an opportunity to celebrate our first-year students as they transition from East Campus to West Campus – from brick buildings to stone buildings, get it?
As part of Bricks to Stone, the first-years will parade from Karsh Alumni Center to Duke Chapel. We hope to see the whole Duke community lining Chapel Drive to cheer them on! Then stick around after President Price's remarks for free food, merch, and parties with your Quad. The day's full schedule can be found on Duke Groups.
All month long, we're honoring Asian/American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month at Duke. Yes, AAPI Heritage Month observed in May, but we'd rather celebrate when everyone is together on campus. Check out the Center for Multicultural Affairs's full list of A/API programming on Instagram. You can also reach out to if you have additional questions.
This week, many Duke students are celebrating Passover and Holy Week. Scroll down to the "Resource Highlights" section to learn more about programming from Jewish Life at DukeDuke Chapel and Religious Life at Duke, and the Duke Catholic Center. If you need to miss class due to a religious holiday, please make sure to fill out this form so your professors are aware. Chag Pesach Sameach, and Happy Easter!
Finally, as we approach the end of the year, we know it's easy to feel overwhelmed with finals, papers, and projects all wrapping up at once. Remember, you can't do those well without taking care of yourself first! Make sure you're taking breaks, getting enough sleep, and doing what you need to do to stay healthy. If you're feeling stressed or need someone to talk to, our Get Assistance hub can help you find the right campus resources. As always, if you have any questions, please reach out.
Keep up the great work!
Go Duke,
Mary Pat McMahon, Vice Provost of Student Affairs
Candis Watts Smith, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education
QuadEx Updates

Sophomores, you're Halfway There!

Sophomores, it's time to celebrate YOU as you wrap up around half of your undergraduate Duke journey! Join Spark and the Sophomore Class Council on April 12, 4-6 p.m., for food, merchandise, games, and more fun on Abele Quad! No registration required; sophomores only.

Help us line Chapel Drive for Bricks to Stone

On Friday, April 14th, we're celebrating first-year students' transition to West Campus. This tradition has something for everyone, including free food and merch!
As the first-year procession makes its way up Chapel Drive from Karsh to the Chapel, we hope to see the whole Duke community cheering for them! The procession will start around 4:00 p.m., so make sure you're there in time. After the brief pinning ceremony at Duke Chapel, each Quad will host a party for their Quad members and alumni.
Learn more about the day's schedule on Duke Groups.
Engagement Opportunities

ArtsFest 2023 is here!

Now through April 12, duARTS presents its annual celebration of the arts on campus. From Plazapalooza (tomorrow on BC Plaza) to the Electric Dance Carnival (4/11), you won't want to miss out on any of it.
Check out the full lineup on Instagram!

The 2023 Duke Powwow is this Saturday

Join the Native American/Indigenous Student Alliance at Penn Pavilion on Saturday (4/8) for the 2023 Duke Powwow! This annual gathering is an opportunity for celebration and reflection, and it will begin with the Grand Entry at 12:00 p.m. You can see the full details on Instagram. For more information, contact
Interested in volunteering? Fill out this sign-up form.

Community Cultural Wealth 101 Training

Join the Mary Lou Williams Center for Black Culture on April 10 for a Community Cultural Wealth 101 training. This Zoom training is designed for students to explore the nature of social capital, and how it reflects social inequalities and existing hierarchies. The traditional concept of "cultural capital" posits that to succeed, we must adopt the behaviors and values of those who are at the top of the hierarchy. In this training, participants will learn about the concept of Community Cultural Wealth, a theoretical approach rooted in critical race theory that emphasizes the strengths already available to communities of color, and how it applies to higher education. Learn more and RSVP.

Let's celebrate your graduation!

Affinity graduation ceremonies are an opportunity to honor graduating students and celebrate shared community.
April 11: Multicultural Graduation
The Center for Multicultural Affairs is hosting the 2023 Multicultural Graduation Ceremony next Tuesday. It is a time where community members can come together to honor the accomplishments of each graduating class, especially as marginalized community members who have navigated and surmounted countless systemic barriers, expectations, and narratives that seek to contain and define them.
Please note that RSVPs have officially closed, but you can reach out to Assistant Director Maij Vu Mai ( if you have questions about the event.
April 13: Lavender Graduation
The Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity invites you to celebrate our queer and trans graduates at our annual Lavender Graduation event. Dinner will be provided, and the program includes a performance from graduating senior and Small Town Record's Ila Amiri. Graduating seniors, register here!
May 5: Final Honors
Join the Mary Lou Williams Center for Black Culture as we celebrate the 2023 graduates of the African and African American Diaspora. Come support either friends, family and/or colleagues as well as hear from our 2023 Final Honors Keynote Speaker. Following the ceremony we will enjoy a champagne toast and reception. RSVP on Duke Groups.

Nominate community members for the Spotlight Awards

Student Leadership invites students, faculty, and staff to nominate outstanding members of the Duke community for the annual In The Spotlight Awards. Nominate by 9:00 am, Wednesday, April 12, 2023 at
Nominations are now open for three awards:
– The William J. Griffith University Service Award for graduating students whose service and contributions to the community have significantly impacted University life
– The Distinguished Leadership and Service Awards for students whose leadership and contributions are grounded in community, diversity, integrity, learning, or alliance-building
– The Duke Cornerstone Award for students, faculty, and staff who impact the Duke community from behind the scenes without seeking recognition or titles

Be in Demand: Entertainment, Arts, and Media Networking Event

Are you interested in a career in entertainment, media, or arts? Attend the Be in Demand virtual event on April 12! The purpose of this event is to help Duke students who are interested in careers in the arts, entertainment and media connect with companies and employers in this space. You will learn tips for breaking into the business, make connections to build your network, and gain a sense of how you can best prepare and position yourself. Learn more and RSVP.
Be in Demand 2023 is a collaboration between the Duke Career Center, the Duke Entertainment, Media, and Arts Network (DEMAN), and Duke Alumni Engagement and Development. Please reach out to for any questions or special accommodations.
Pro Tip of the Week

Apply for Internship Funding

The application deadline for the Duke Career Center’s Internship Funding Program is Thursday, April 6. 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. Late materials will not be considered for funding.

Bookmark our Get Assistance page

We’re committed to supporting all students and providing the resources they need to feel safe and welcome. The Get Assistance page on our website is a hub where you can find our health and wellness resources – including our mental health resources, gender violence resources, and more – making it easier for you to get the help you need. We recommend bookmarking it, and you'll find a link to this page at the bottom of every newsletter.
Resource Highlights

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 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 almost here – April 5-13! Jewish Life at Duke will be distributing free boxes of matzah 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.
Lastly, need a last-minute place to go for a Passover Seder tomorrow or Thursday? Email by the end of today (4/4) to join our first night (4/5) or second night (4/6) communal Passover seders at the Freeman Center for Jewish Life. Learn more about Passover events and resources here.

Ramadan Mubarak!

Here on campus, Monday to Thursday, the Center for Muslim Life (CML) will host free suhoor/sehri and iftar meals, prayer, and programming throughout the month of Ramadan. 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:
– Ramadan Nutrition Plate:
– Campus nutritionist: 919-660-6826
The Center for Muslim Life would like to thank this year's Ramadan sponsors: Office of the Vice Provost/Vice President- Mary Pat McMahon, Academic Guides, 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, and the Malak and Jaffar Raza Family, and Haci Hamza Akinci.

Spotted on Campus

Iftar at the Brodhead Center

Monday to Thursday, through the month of Ramadan, the Center for Muslim Life is hosting iftar meals at Skillet. Come break your fast with fellow Duke students and staff members! Photos by Samara Brogan (Class of 2026).
Photo of students enjoying an iftar meal at the Brodhead Center Photo of students enjoying an iftar meal at the Brodhead Center
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