Bridging Communities News

For Scholars, Content and Culture on Social Justice @Sanford

What does Spring Bring?!

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In the final Spring stretch, we have great news to share with you! Details below.
  • Bridging Communities Open House, Thur. April 4th
  • Admitted Students Brunch, Sat. April 5th
  • @Sanford: "Save Our State: Scholars Speak Out on North Carolina’s New Direction," Mar. 28
  • "One Day at Duke" Call for Photos

Bridges Over Lunch

Wednesday, March 27th 2013 at 12:30-2:30pm

Sanford Commons

Ad Hoc Discussion on Current Events

Drop-Ins Welcome:
A new BC task force of 1rst, 2nd year and dual degree students is taking on the challenge of embedding social justice and diversity in the Sanford
School experience. Learn more about how you can make a difference on Wednesday at Lunch.

RSVP by email for Task Force meetings Thursdays at 6pm:

SAVE THE DATE: Bridging Communities Open House!

Thursday, April 4th 2013 at 5pm

100 Fuqua Drive

Durham, NC

Bridging Communities welcomes you to mingle with us, Sanford faculty, and other students at our introductory mixer. At the mixer, Bridging Communities will re-introduce ourselves to the Sanford community. Guests will be introduced to the members of Bridging Communities, the mission and goals, and our faculty adviser, Dr. Jay Pearson.

This is also an opportunity for YOU to voice your vision of Sanford. Refreshments, including wine and snacks, will be provided. Look for an official invitation later this week.

Contact Sharita R. Thomas at with any questions.

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.

Save Our State: Scholars Speak Out on North Carolina’s New Direction

Thursday, March 28th 2013 at 5pm

The Sanford School of Public Policy, Room 04

SPNC will host an emergency forum on March 28th at 5 p.m. at The Sanford School of Public Policy, Room 04. Please RSVP by clicking here.

The forum will sound a scholarly alarm about the policy direction being pursued by the new North Carolina General Assembly, in the face of overwhelming evidence of the dangers it poses to North Carolina’s progressive legacy and current economic recovery, and to the prospects for shared prosperity and inclusive democracy. From different disciplinary perspectives, scholars will alert students and the general public to the ways current policy proposals will damage North Carolina for decades to come. The state stands at a crossroads and its new direction needs better scrutiny and more public discussion, which the forum aims to foster.

"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.