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For Scholars, Content and Culture on Social Justice @Sanford

Happy Spring 2013--Updates from Bridging Communities

Colleagues and Friends,

The Bridging Communities crew is excited to welcome 2013 with some great news and events!

This semester, our top priority is to get to know many more of our fellow Sanford students and faculty who are passionate about social justice in their work, life, creativity, and scholarship.

Our goal is to provide forums for multicultural exchange and networking across MIDP and MPP students, where we can share our challenges, thoughts, and experiences related social movements, justice, and community empowerment.

So, we invite you all to join us, and stay tuned for more in the near future...

Bridging Communities Board,

Lekisha Gunn

Candace Hewitt

Tameeka Norton

Sharita Thomas

Bridges Over Lunch: Django Unchained, the movie

Wednesday, Jan. 16th 2013 at 12-1:30pm

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

Every Wednesday 12:00 – 1:00pm

Sanford Commons

MIDP and MPP students are invited to join us for desserts/light fare and conversations on culture, news, and topics of interest. Desserts will be homemade when possible. If you’d like to bring something to share, you’re more than welcome!

Jan. 16, This week’s conversation starter: Django Unchained, the movie. Django has sparked a range of controversies and renewed conversations about the US history of slavery, creative license in an era of rampant gun violence, and corporate social responsibility. How and why? Let’s discuss!

Save the date! Bridges over Lunch: Anti-Racism at Sanford

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

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

Jan. 23
Rubenstein 202

Anti-Racism @ Sanford: Open Discussion and Strategy Session

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

All Sanford students and faculty are invited to listen and openly discuss whether/how anti-racism education and strategies can be applied at Sanford and beyond.

RSVP to with subject “Anti-Racism Strategy”

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.