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Public Policy Alumni Named to Duke Board of Trustees

Two of three new members who joined the Duke University Board of Trustees on July 1 are public policy alumni.


New Dean Selects Sanford Faculty Leadership Team

Judith Kelley, the Sanford School’s senior associate dean since 2014 and a member of the faculty since 2002, officially steps into the school’s top leadership role on July 1. The new appointments to the Sanford leadership team will begin their new positions at the same time. 


Life After Loss for Orphans in Africa (Podcast)

The majority of the world’s population lives in low-income countries with extremely limited access to mental health care. This gap is largest in African nations, which have the world’s lowest ratio of mental health professionals: just 1.4 per 100,000 people. For more than a decade, a multinational team of researchers has been exploring ways to close that gap for nearly 50 million orphans in Africa. With a new, five-year $3.4 million grant from the National Institute of Mental Health, the team led by professor Kathryn Whetten is testing how to help orphans in the Bungoma, Kenya, region.


"What You Do Here Matters" - First Gen Native American Ashley Claw's (PPS'18) Story

Ashley Claw's parents and grandparents grew up on the Navajo reservation in Arizona. Ashley remembers visiting Duke for the first time as a part of a program designed to introduce native students to Duke. "I was thinking this school is way beyond what I thought I could ever achieve," Ashley remembers. But she found success at Duke. She majored in public policy and was instrumental in growing Duke's Native American Student Alliance.


Sanford Alum '09 Jin Soo Huh: Don't Ignore the Road Less Traveled

Sanford Alum '09 Jin Soo Huh talks about his unfolding career path in Education.


Bond to Join Sanford School in Lead Fundraising Role

Joshua Bond, an experienced higher education development professional, will join the Duke Sanford School of Public Policy as associate dean for development and alumni relations, incoming Dean Judith Kelley announced today.


Growing Wealth Gap Between Families with Children and Seniors

The wealth gap between households of seniors and those with children has ballooned since 1989, a new study finds. Also, wealth is now spread very differently within each group: The gap between the richest and poorest seniors has remained stable, but a vast economic divide now exists among families with children.


New Report: The Nutrition and Food Security Contributions of Capture Fisheries

Capture (wild caught) fisheries are one of the world’s important food systems, providing nearly one-fifth of the average per capita animal protein intake for more than 3.1 billion people as well as essential micronutrients—vitamins and minerals—and omega-3 fatty acids that are needed to end malnutrition and reduce the burden of disease around the world. Yet the contributions of these fisheries to food and nutrition security remain relatively absent from a range of policy dialogues, say the authors of a new report.


Sanford School Honors Nearly 300 Graduates

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.


‘Not Alone’ Director Jacqueline Monetta PPS’18 Receives Terry Sanford Leadership Award

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.


A Quiet Leader: Adam Beyer PPS’18 Receives Sanford Leadership Award

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.


Alumna Leads Sanford, Self-Help Partnership for Food Equity

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.