The Sanford School of Public Policy recognized 298 graduates from three different degree programs during ceremonies May 12. During the morning ceremony, the Sanford School awarded diplomas to 64 Master of Public Policy graduates, 40 Master of International Development graduates from 22 countries, and seven PhD graduates. During the afternoon, 187 undergraduates received their degrees.
When her best friend in high school committed suicide, Jacqueline Monetta PPS’18 decided she had to do something to help other teens who might be thinking about doing the same thing. “As a high school student, I naturally looked to social media to help me understand this. But nothing out there connected with me,” she said.
If you voted on Duke’s campus during the 2016 election, you have Adam Beyer to thank. And, if you have read the Duke Chronicle any time over the past four years, chances are good you read one of his dozens of stories, on everything from inchworms to sexual assault policies. Beyer is one of two Terry Sanford Leadership Award winners this spring. He doesn’t fit the usual mold of a student leader at Duke. Reserved and soft-spoken, he listens first, then offers his take on the task and issue at hand.
As a Food System Finance Fellow, Kharmika Alston MPP’12 splits her time between the Self-Help Credit Union in downtown Durham and the World Food Policy Center at the Sanford School. Alston’s job is to work with food entrepreneurs of color from across North Carolina, providing technical assistance for securing financing and helping create networks for sharing best practices.
Two Sanford professors were appointed to named chairs this spring.
Researchers, policymakers and practitioners gathered at Duke May 1 to discuss how to strengthen working relationships and share evidence-based programs addressing the U.S. opioid crisis.
Martine Aurélien MPP’18 received the 2018 Abele Student of the Year Award from the Mary Lou Williams Cultural Center in a ceremony on April 14.
Damjan Denoble PPS’07 is an immigration attorney, but he’s an immigration attorney who has had a diverse and circuitous career path. While at Sanford, Denoble’s involvement in Professor Tony Brown’s courses and service-based activities, both of which contributed to his being awarded the William J. Griffith University Service Award as a senior, inspired him to enter the field of social entrepreneurship.
In 2020, between 3 and 4 million 18- to 21-year-olds will cast their first votes for president of the United States. These young people will have grown up largely knowing two chief executives—arguably our nation’s most diametrically opposite, back-to-back presidents ever. So what does this coming-of-age generation value in a leader? How do they define “presidential greatness”? Over spring break we aimed to find out, modeling a five-day Duke course after the annual NCAA Tournament bracket. The “Presidential March Madness” class featured all 44 chief executives grouped in four regions. Each was seeded 1-thru-11 based primarily on how historians rate their presidencies.
The rise of social media and fake news challenge long-held assumptions about the First Amendment and are undermining the functioning of the “the marketplace of ideas,” a Duke professor argues in a new article.
Two public policy students—juniors Kushal Kadakia and Mumbi Kanyogo—have been named Duke Faculty Scholars.
Duke University juniors Kushal Kadakia, a public policy major, and Claire Wang are among 59 students selected nationally as 2018 Truman Scholars.