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2020 Graduation Stories: Linda Zhang

As a freshman, Linda Zhang PPS’20 conducted a research project that helps Duke faculty members understand the mindset of Chinese undergraduates at Duke Kunshan University. She also runs an ambassador program that fosters connections between students at Duke Kunshan and Duke.


Spotlight on Class of 2020

Sanford students, both undergraduate and graduate, are always amazing. They come from all over the world, and from nearby neighborhoods in Durham. They start organizations, volunteer in the community, earn awards and develop friendships that have the potential to last a lifetime.


'It's Helped Me Feel at Home' - Former Peace Corps Volunteers at Sanford

On March 15, 2020, the Peace Corps officially announced to all volunteers that they would be evacuated due to risks associated with the international COVID-19 pandemic. Over 7,000 volunteers would soon be flown back to the U.S. Two first-year MPP candidates shared their thoughts about their decisions to come to Sanford and on what’s happening with the Peace Corps program now.


2020 Duke Sanford Graduates: Share Your Memories!

Dear Class of 2020: We celebrate you! Duke and the Sanford School are “Marking the Moment” to recognize your unique class through an online project to share your memories. We will be bringing your memories all together to share online on May 10. We invite you and your families to submit photos and videos to contribute to the celebration.


Becca's Vlog - A Week in the Life of a College Student During COVID-19

Becca DiLuzio is a junior studying public policy at the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University. Like many universities, Duke transitioned to online learning in response to the COVID-19 crisis. Rebecca kept this video blog for a week to give us a sense of what her life is like.


Student Voices: Quarantine Reflections

I try to see the good in most situations instead of lingering on the negatives, the things out of my control. And naturally, that’s what I tried to do as the COVID-19 situation escalated. When Duke announced an extended spring break, I saw that as an opportunity to continue to decompress and forget about school for another week.


Alumni Honor Faculty Member for Undergraduate Teaching

Bruce Jentleson, William Preston Few Distinguished professor of public policy and professor of political science, is being honored with the 2020 Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Award (ADUTA). The annual student-selected award sponsored by the Alumni Association recognizes a Duke professor who has excelled as a teacher, advisor and leader of undergraduate students.


Sanford Announces Director of Digital Learning

Mark Hart will join the Duke University Sanford School of Public Policy on May 18 as director of digital learning, Dean Judith Kelley announced today.


Student Voices: Paul Farmer, An Engineer’s Catalyst into Global Health

As a chemical and biological engineer who subspecialized in process engineering and sustainable systems development, I entered into the global health and international development spaces from an unusual path.


Working From Home, Aiding COVID-19 Response Abroad: An Interview with Parviz Ahmadov MIDP ’18

Parviz Ahmadov MIDP ’18 is working as an Economic Consultant at the World Bank. Recently the World Bank launched COVID-19 emergency support for countries that are struggling with the impact of coronavirus on the poor and vulnerable. So, Ahmadov is working with the Global Health Practice team to prepare and help implement a lending project for the country of Georgia for their coronavirus response.


Sanford's Approach to Academic Disruptions from COVID-19

Because the COVID-19 pandemic has severely disrupted the lives of students around the world, the Sanford School of Public Policy is adopting the following approach in considering applicants to its graduate and professional programs so that we take into account the effects of the disruption.


He Predicted a Pandemic [Podcast]

On January 30, 2020 the World Health Organization declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern in response to the rapid spread of COVID-19. The pandemic has grown rapidly, and the United States has quickly become the epicenter.