Bridging Communities News

For Scholars, Content and Culture on Social Justice @Sanford

Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service!

Great turnout from Sanford's BC members and friends today at the Million Meals Event! Volunteers from Duke, North Carolina Central University, and the Durham community gathered at Duke's Intramural Building to package thousands of meals, which will be distributed worldwide to areas in need by Stop Hunger Now.

Keep reading for this week's news--Bridges over Lunch & the Sanford Inaugural Ball!

Bridges Over Lunch: "Dr. King's Dream in the Age of Obama"

Wednesday, Jan. 23rd 2013 at 12-1:30pm

Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University, Durham, NC

Every Wednesday 12:00 – 1:30pm

Sanford Commons

MIDP and MPP students are invited to join us for desserts/light fare and conversations on culture, news, and topics of interest (all students welcome to submit conversation ideas). Desserts/snacks for your lunch box! If you’d like to bring something to share, you’re more than welcome!

Jan. 23, This week’s conversation starter: "Dr. King's Dream in the Age of Obama"

As we celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the second inauguration of President Obama, we remain confronted with myriad issues, such as racial and economic inequality, high rates of unemployment, and loss of faith in both the government and corporate America. Bridging Communities recently attended the Racial Equity Institute's Anti-Racism Training in Chapel Hill to gain strategies on addressing power and privilege in a racial context within our graduate studies and beyond.

Our lunch discussion will center around key questions critical to us as engaged public policy students at Sanford, and our careers as policy professionals within corporate and governmental institutions. Consider...

  • What is the value of anti-racism training at the Sanford School of Policy during the Obama presidency?
  • Has Dr. King's dream of a multi-racial coalition to fight racial and economic injustice been realized today?
  • How is Dr. King's movement relevant to our lives and our careers beyond Sanford?

Sanford students who attended the Racial Equity Institute’s Anti-Racism Workshop (held Jan 10-11 in Chapel Hill) will also discuss their key takeaways from the training. (Description and info for future trainings below at the end of this newsletter.)


If you would like to submit a conversation topic related to social justice or cultural dialogue for the “Bridge over Lunch” Series every Wednesday, email

Sanford School Inaugural Ball

Saturday, Jan. 26th 2013 at 8-11pm

2001 Campus Drive

Durham, NC

What: Inaugural Ball/Sanford Prom (evening of dancing, drinks/hors d'oeuvres)

Who: All MPP, MIDP and PhD students and guests are welcome

The Sanford Social Committee has finalized the logistics for a once in a lifetime event. The 2013 Spring Inaugural Ball will be held at the Nasher Museum of Art on Saturday, 1/26 from 8-11pm. Tickets will be sold in advance for $20/person or $25/person at the door. Ticket price includes two drink tickets (beer/wine/non-alcoholic beverages) and access to the art exhibition. No food is permitted but there will be a cash bar. Dress to impress. All guests are welcome.

Address: 2001 Campus Drive, Durham, NC 27705



Mim Williams, Tayeba Maktabi, Blair Trame, Laura Morrison and Jenn Rimbach will be selling tickets next week (1/22-1/25) between classes. We will also set up a table in Sanford Commons at the following times:

Tuesday 12-3pm

Wednesday 3-5pm

Thursday 12-3:30pm

Friday 11am-1pm

Register for Anti-Racism Workshop

(Invitation courtesy of Bay Love, MPP/MBA ’13 and Anti-Racism Trainer):

The Racial Equity Institute’s Anti-Racism Workshop incorporates the work of the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond, dRworks, Crossroads and the many people and institutions who have sought to understand and teach about racism in its individual, institutional and cultural forms. It brings clarity to our muddled thinking on this issue and an analysis that provides guidance in recognizing and beginning to “undoracism.

Next Training:

When: March 22 and 23th - 8:30am - 5:15pm each day

Price:$175 for students, $225 for groups of 3 or more, or $275 for individuals (sliding scale available)

Participants are asked to attend the entire workshop, both days - Light breakfast, lunch, and snacks are provided

Register by clicking HERE!

(and shoot Bay a quick email if/when you do)

Here's what Bay says. "You are either someone who wanted to come in January but the workshop was full, or someone who is committed to social change in one way or another. None of you are people that I think are particularly "racist," prejudiced, or in need of help. On the contrary, you are all people I hope to collaborate with in the future, people I think are committed to being as effective as you can in addressing structural inequity based on race, class, gender, or sexuality, and people I deeply respect. I think this workshop would strengthen your work or become an unbelievably effective tool to add to what you already have. That is why I'm inviting you to attend."

What is BC all about?

Our Mission

Bridging Communities is a graduate student interest group that strives to ensure a welcoming, inclusive community for diverse students and advance the interests of social justice at the Sanford School of Public Policy. We aim to build stronger relationships within the Sanford School of Policy’s professional programs: Master of Public Policy, Master of International Development Policy and PhD, along with Duke’s professional programs.