A Message From Duke Sanford BOV Member Chad Sarchio
Dear Sanford Alumni & Friends,
What a privilege to offer you tidings from Sanford’s Board of Visitors. We are a group of Duke alumni and friends who treasure our education. While we share common academic roots, our careers have branched out broadly. We are advisors, leaders, analysts, lawyers, entrepreneurs, and more. We work in industry, for non-profits, in government, and for ourselves. We have relatives who graduated from Duke, were the first in our family to attend college, or simply appreciate this amazing institution. We come together every few months and show this love by studying our school’s past; considering anticipated challenges and potential opportunities that students, administrators, and professors may confront; and offering whatever strategic insights or guidance our professional experiences allow. Engaging with Sanford presents an often thrilling, uniformly gratifying way to give back.
This proved true in February when I attended the recent Alumni 101 event in D.C. to discuss with recent grads the virtually limitless ways to remain meaningfully engaged with our alma mater remarks ranged widely, covering volunteerism, philanthropy, networking, and socializing around Blue Devils games, and even blazing entirely novel alumni paths. One panelist described the “transformative energy” at the heart of the best alumni work. That really caught my attention. If a chance to find and tap into your own transformative energy doesn’t inspire you to come out and dive into our deep, Duke Blue pool, I’m not sure what could.
When I was on campus in the early ‘90s, my peers’ vast array of talents, perspectives, and interests humbled me. The aspiring physician, the small family business scion, the future military leader, the ambitious master of the universe in training: every one of them thought deeply about our community and country, cared intensely about doing well (enough) while doing good, and expected fully that our university would provide once and future springboards for their journeys.
That has proved true for me. From conducting alumni interviews to revisiting campus to address Army ROTC cadets, to serving the BOV, Duke and Sanford have remained near and dear. I may not always be able to tell my “new dorms” from actual new dorms, or my Central Campus from, well, whatever that means today. But I have always tended to the lines that tether me to Duke. Those ties don’t just bind, they continue to pull me up and forward via folks like Dean Kelley, fellow BOV member Geralyn Ritter, and students/recent grads like Shrey Majmudar. Their work, their character, and their commitment to Sanford scream transformative energy. I’ll keep trying to match theirs.
We’re 100 years on now and growing stronger. But nothing and nobody is promised tomorrow. So, what will you do to help Sanford harness the unbridled promise of Duke’s next century?
Chad Sarchio PPS’92 P’25
Federal Law Enforcement Agency
A Message From Professor Deondra Rose
Dear Sanford Alumni and Friends,
I’m honored to send warm February greetings on behalf of the vibrant intellectual community at the Sanford School of Public Policy. While every year as a faculty member at Sanford is special, this year holds a particular place in my heart because it marks not only Duke University’s centennial year, but also my 10th year as a member of this wonderful community.
Over the past decade, I have had the privilege of working with thousands of Duke students as they work to acquire an interdisciplinary set of tools to solve problems and help make the world a better place. In the classroom, our students have engaged in deep conversations about concepts like policy feedback—the idea that public policies have the capacity to shape politics—that provide valuable tools for understanding the nuances of policymaking and policy outcomes. They have crafted scores of memos in response to questions posed by North Carolina policymakers and issue advocates, offering valuable insight into a broad array of issues from increasing youth voter turnout in rural communities, to recruiting and retaining excellent K-12 public school teachers, to promoting civility in government. Rather than waiting until graduation to have an impact on the world, our students actively draw on the research skills and analytical insights that they build in the classroom to have an impact on the world in real-time.
The Sanford School’s approach to public policy education is unique; and in my opinion, our amazing community of alumni and friends is the special ingredient in Sanford’s secret sauce. Like so many of my colleagues, my work as a teacher and researcher has benefited from the inspiring alumni who make time to share their expertise, professional journeys, valuable lessons, and big ideas with us. Alumni like Sanford BOV members J.J. Johnson and Caitlin Durkovich have inspired students by joining us for classroom visits and also inviting us to visit their workplaces to help students imagine where their public policy education can take them. Parents like Polis Distinguished Fellow Miriam Sapiro have enriched our classroom discussions by bringing special guests to campus to help us delve into contemporary policy issues. And alumni like Paul Braithwaite and Yelberton Watkins have made powerful contributions to our research in helping scholars like me connect with policy experts and practitioners in Washington. (I want to give a special shout-out to Paul and Yebbie for their support as I conducted research for my newest book, The Power of Black Excellence: HBCUs and the Fight for American Democracy!)
It is such a privilege to be a part of the Sanford and Duke community. As I reflect on the past ten years, I am filled with gratitude for each and every member of our community and excited about what we can achieve together in the years to come. Go Sanford, and go Duke!
All my thanks and very best wishes,
Kevin D. Gorter Associate Professor of Public Policy, Political Science, and History
2023-24 Duke University Presidential Fellow
Director, Polis: Center for Politics
Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University
A Message From Josh Bond G'08
Dear Sanford Alumni and Friends,
On behalf of the Development & Alumni Relations team, Happy New Year. Earlier this week, I attended Duke’s Centennial Celebration Kick-off. As I sat in Cameron waiting for the program to begin, I was reminded of my first impressions of Duke, formed during two days of interviews with faculty and staff from across campus in 2000. There was something special about this community of smart, hardworking people committed to moving Duke and the world forward. Duke had me at hello.
During the Centennial Kick-off, the story of Duke’s past, present and aspirations for the future was shared. The stories of alumni, faculty, students, staff and friends included powerful examples of interdisciplinary collaboration, and knowledge in service to society. These signature strengths of Duke University, which trace their origins to 1972, and Terry Sanford’s vision for applied, interdisciplinary public policy education founded on a new set of ideas. Ideas that continue to resonate and propel Duke and Sanford forward.
Duke’s Centennial is an opportunity to celebrate the people, programs and impact this bold interdisciplinary initiative, known today as the Sanford School of Public Policy, has had on Duke, the nation and the world.
And we are just getting started. Duke’s future will be shaped in part by alumni. Read on to learn about ways you can engage. Be sure to join us on social media. Here’s to Duke at 200!
Josh Bond G'08
Associate Dean for Development & Alumni Relations
A Message From Jessica On, PPS'24
Dear Sanford Alumni and Friends,
With November ushering in new endeavors as the year comes closer to an end, I extend a warm welcome on behalf of the undergraduate public policy students. As a senior immersed in the study of public policy and education, and actively engaged with the Development and Alumni team, I am continuously invigorated by Sanford’s commitment to nurturing democracy and fostering leadership in policy.
As a first-generation student, it is profoundly heartening to know that a compassionate community of Sanford alumni exists. From engaging with the Sanford Board of Visitors to hearing the remarkable Dudley Flood G‘80 share his experiences desegregating schools in North Carolina, these encounters have left an unforgettable mark on my journey through public policy. This community’s commitment to nurturing and supporting the next generation of leaders underscores the enduring spirit of mentorship that will continue long after I walk across the graduation stage in Cameron Indoor Stadium this May.
Reflecting on when I applied to Duke four years ago, I wrote in my essays about how I dreamed of learning from Professor Deondra Rose. When I got to campus, those dreams became an enriching reality. I learned and worked alongside Professor Rose in her courses and as an undergraduate fellow for Polis, Sanford’s Center for Politics. Our team of fellows worked tirelessly through the 2020 election season to host the Polis Innovation Accelerator, a virtual panel series where we heard from alumni like Susan Gordon T‘80 on leadership and politics. This fellowship underscored the pivotal role that alumni contributions play in fostering student engagement and real-world application.
My involvement in the Hart Leadership Program (HLP) as a Service Opportunity in Leadership (SOL) fellow was particularly enlightening in my understanding of leadership in the public sphere. Guided by Professor Alexandra Zagbayou and HLP Director Andrew Nurkin T‘03, we delved into the ethics of community engagement, drew from the wisdom of Duke alumni actively involved in community initiatives, and conducted a community-based project that summer that cultivated into a capstone research portfolio.
After graduation, I am dedicated to shaping education policy, both in and out of the classroom. Sanford courses from ‘Children, Schools, and Societies’ with Dr. Molly Goldwasser PPS ‘07 to ‘Economics of the Public Sector’ with Dr. Vicki Bogan have equipped me with a profound comprehension of, and motivation to challenge, the systemic social inequities that perpetuate disparities in educational attainment.
Working within the Development and Alumni Relations office at Sanford, I am consistently inspired by the remarkable journeys and contributions of our distinguished alumni. Witnessing the philanthropic contributions that power fellowships like Polis and SOL, scholarships, and invaluable opportunities for students like me reaffirms the transformative potential of investing in the future of public policy.
With heartfelt gratitude and renewed inspiration, I look forward to carrying forth the legacy of excellence that defines the Sanford community.
Jessica On PPS’24
A Message From Professor David Hoffman
Dear Sanford Alumni and Friends,
On behalf of the faculty at Sanford, I bring you our Fall Semester greetings as we have turn our energy to teaching, research and making an impact in support of democracy. It is the privilege of my professional life to work with the tremendously talented undergraduate and graduate students at Sanford, both in the classroom and in the Technology Policy Lab that Prof. Ken Rogerson and I founded. In the lab we are excited to have over twenty students exploring cybersecurity capacity building, health data privacy, platform accountability, digital equity, Internet of Things device labeling, and social media verification and identity mechanisms.
In addition to being a faculty member at Duke, I am a Duke alum. As an alum I have seen my connection to Duke grow each year as I gather with other Duke alumni in friendship and to collaborate professionally. Hosting fellow alumni as they come back to campus is a special pleasure, as many have agreed to participate in our research and mentor students. Having alumni participate in our research has reinforced to me how important it is for alumni to share what they have learned with our students and in so doing also gain from the perspective of the next generation of future leaders.
Also, as a Duke parent the past four years I was able to observe through a different lens the selfless efforts of my colleagues including Ken Rogerson, Dirk Phillipsen, Suzanne Katzenstein and Nick Carnes to mentor and develop my son and his friends. It is difficult to describe the selfless service the faculty provides to inspire and support the students at Duke. Those efforts foster a culture that supports and pushes itself to constantly improve, adapt and to maximize the impact that was the foundation for Terry Sanford’s vision for the school. At Sanford the most valued element of the community is the relationships between its members. I encourage you all to come back and interface with the students and the faculty and be part of that community. I promise that you will have the same humbling and inspiring experience that I have.
David Hoffman L'93 P'23
Steed Family Professor of the Practice of Public Policy
Duke Sanford School of Public Policy
Associate of the Duke Initiative for Science & Society
Affiliate Faculty Member, Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy
2023 has been a banner year for Sanford Tech Policy, view Professor Hoffman and others' work by clicking here.
Summer 2023 Duke Sanford Alumni #DogDaysOfSummer
The sun has set on Dog Days of Summer and there can be only one canine champion, one supreme Duke Sanford Pup. The winner is Gotham and her human Nicole Kyle PPS'13!
This summer we reached out to Sanford Alumni and invited them to take part in our #DogDaysOfSummer #PublicPAWlicy photo competition.
We sent out Duke Sanford bandanas across the country and had alumni send us pictures of their furry friends along with a message about what they are doing this summer. We have been sharing pictures across our social media platforms and through our photo gallery.
Thank you to our alumni who have reached out for #DogDaysOfSummer and participated. To view the full collection of Duke Sanford Pups from this summer, click the link below.