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Lunch Discussion on Wednesday at 12:30 in the Sanford Commons: What role should public policy students and social justice activists play in educating our peers on culturally sensitive issues, in light of the recent Kappa Sigma 'Asia Prime' party at Duke?

Wednesday, Feb. 13th 2013 at 12:30pm

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In light of the recent scandal surrounding Duke University's Kappa Sigma fraternity, Bridging Communities would like to address our role as peers and educators, as well as discuss the significance behind anti-racism and cultural sensitivity training. Kappa Sigma, a traditionally white fraternity, was recently suspended for hosting an "Asia Prime" party.

Recap: Food for Thought with Lynn Holmes

Bridging Communities is thankful to the Sanford School of Public Policy for allowing us to co-sponsor the first Food for Thought lunch discussion on Thursday February 7. Lynn Holmes served as a US Senate staffer for former Republican Senate Majority Leader Howard Baker of Tennessee before serving for over twenty years as an executive for Bell South. As the first African American to be named as one of North Carolina's Fifty Most Influential Lobbyists, Ms. Holmes spoke openly about her personal experiences and the need for cultural sensitivity and diversity training in the public sector.

Black History Month: Fighting Oppression, Collective Movements

Thursday, Feb. 14th 2013 at 7pm

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This Thursday we will be showing Favela Rising, winner of 36 International Film Festival Awards including the Tribeca Film Festival. Please come join us for a great film and light food and beverages!

FAVELA RISING documents a man and a movement, a city divided and a favela (Brazilian squatter settlement) united. Haunted by the murders of his family and many of his friends, Anderson Sá is a former drug-trafficker who turns social revolutionary in Rio de Janeiro’s most feared slum. Through hip-hop music, the rhythms of the street, and Afro-Brazilian dance he rallies his community to counteract the violent oppression enforced by teenage drug armies and sustained by corrupt police.

At the dawn of liberation, just as collective mobility is overcoming all odds and Anderson’s grassroots Afro Reggae movement is at the height of its success, a tragic accident threatens to silence the movement forever.


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What is Bridging Communities?

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.