Bridging Communities News

For Scholars, Content and Culture on Social Justice @Sanford

Our Faculty-Student Reception, Latin Thirsty Thursday, Han Dongfang on Labor in China, and more!

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  • Bridging Communities Faculty and Student Reception, Thur. April 4th, RSVP Here
  • GPSC and LGSA Latin Thirsty Thursday, April 4
  • Admitted Students Brunch, Sat. April 5th
  • BSA/BGPSA 23rd Annual Abele Awards Flyer
  • Duke UNC-China Leadership Summit, April 5-7th
  • Han Dongfang Speaks on Labor Issues in China, Tues. April 9, 9am (RSVP details below)
  • "One Day at Duke" Call for Photos

Bridges Over Lunch continues this Wednesday 4/3, 12:30-1:30pm

Ad Hoc Discussion on Current Events. What's been on your mind, lately? Drop by and say hello!

RSVP: Bridging Communities Student and Faculty Reception! (Open House)

Thursday, April 4th 2013 at 5-6:15pm

Rhodes Conference Room, Sanford School


Bridging Communities warmly invites the members of Sanford (hey, that's you!) to join us for beverages, light fare, and light discussion. Faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to drop by (especially first year MPP and MIDP- the future of our organization lies with you) for a brief re-introduction to Bridging Communities.

We will highlight our reinvigorated mission and vision as well go over some ways to get involved in the Sanford and Durham community.

This is the perfect time to engage with each other over refreshments and for You to let us know your concerns. Please stop by for a bit before heading out to welcome the newly admitted students to Durham.

BC Will Host Admitted Students Breakfast!

Saturday, April 6th 2013 at 10:30am-12pm

2700 Guess Road

Durham, NC

Bridging Communities hosting a breakfast event for admitted students at Honey's Restaurant.

This event will allow for admitted students to chat with current students that are involved in BC. More importantly, this event will allow us to get to know the admitted students and their passions and interests.

Additionally, we will discuss current and proposed activities for engagement at Sanford. This event will be free and limited so to allow for as many admitted student attendees as we can afford.

In the event that we have additional space for current students, we would love for you to attend! If interested please email Sharita R. Thomas at to join the current student RSVP list.

Events Outside of Sanford

GPSC and LGSA Latin Thirsty Thursday

Wednesday, April 3rd 2013 at 11:30pm-1:30am

1900 West Markham Avenue

Durham, NC

GPSC and LGSA Latin Thirsty Thursday – 4/5 9:30pm-1:30am

The Duke Latino/a Graduate Student Association is teaming up with the Graduate and Professional Student Council (GPSC) to bring you a night full of Latin dancing! The Triangle's DJ Fania will be spinning the best in salsa, merengue, bachata, cumbia, vallenato, and reggaeton, among others! Come ready to dance the night away.

**Free drink tickets will be handed out at the door with a valid Duke graduate/professional student ID.*

When: THIS Thursday, April 5, from 9:30pm-1:30am

Where: The Tavern, 1900 W. Markham Avenue, Durham

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The Abele Awards

In early April, the MLWC, Black Student Alliance (BSA) and Black Graduate and Professional Student Association (BGPSA) co-sponsor the annual Julian Abele Awards, the premier Black community awards dinner. This annual event honors the significant achievements of Black community members and their supporters. They are named in honor of Julian Abele, an African-American who designed the architecture for Duke’s West Campus.
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China Leadership Summit + Labor POV

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The Duke-UNC China Leadership Summit (CLS) April 5-7th
The Duke-UNC China Leadership Summit (CLS)
is a three-day conference hosted each spring at Duke University and the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill. CLS aims to strengthen Duke-UNC collaboration by bringing together undergraduate and graduate students from Duke, UNC, and other top universities in the US and China with acute and demonstrated interests in US-China affairs. CLS aims not only to offer a series of esteemed US-China speakers to the general Duke and UNC public, but also to generate interdisciplinary interest and discussion, create opportunities for research presentation and collaboration, and present networking opportunities to explore potential careers and other China-related opportunities for delegates and attendants. The conference will create a networking platform for members of both campuses to discuss issues related to the growing US-China rivalry and present and collaborate on innovative ideas for tackling future issues.

Han Dongfang Speaks on Labor Issues in China

Tuesday, April 9th 2013 at 9am

Bay 5, Smith Warehouse

Please join us for breakfast with China labor rights advocate Han Dongfang.

Recipient of numerous international awards, including the 1993 Democracy Award from the U.S. National Endowment for Democracy, Mr. Han Dongfang is an advocate for China labor rights based in Hong Kong. He was an instrumental figure in the first non-state organized labor union in China. Han Dongfang and his team at the HK-based China Labor Bulletin, which he co-founded, have been working closely with migrant workers, labor union leaders, and various NGOs to help fight for labor rights in China--Foxconn (Apple's global partner and biggest manufacturer) being one example. The organization also focuses on legal issues and the working environment of child labor and female workers.

Han Dongfang is a keynote speaker at the 2013 Duke-UNC China Leadership Summit.

Breakfast with Han Dongfang

Tuesday, April 9

9:00 am

BorderWork(s) Lab, Bay 5, Smith Warehouse

Space is limited, so please RSVP to Emily Stewart at

Metered parking available in the Smith Warehouse visitors' lot

Sponsored by the Duke Human Rights Center at the Franklin Humanities Institute and the Duke East Asian Nexus Student Organization

"One Day at Duke" Call for Photos

The theme of Duke’s next 30-second TV commercial -- the one you see during Blue Devil football and basketball broadcasts -- is going to be “One Day at Duke.” On a single day -- Friday, April 5 -- we're inviting the entire Duke community to capture photos and video, tweets and status updates depicting a typical day in the life of our beautiful and vibrant campus as well as Duke's presence around the world.

Do you have anything cool and exciting going on in your school, department or area that day? Would you be willing to document it and send it in? Your visions will become part of a special One Day at Duke website and may have a shot at being included in the 30-second TV spot.

RAIN DATE: Friday, April 19, 2013


· Submissions must be captured between 12:01 AM and 11:59 PM on Friday, April 5, 2013 – not any other day!

· Please use geotagging on your images, if possible, to help us build an awesome interactive map.

· Submission must be an original work by you for which you grant Duke full permission to use (see agreement below under "legal")



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

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.