The latest news and resources from Duke Government Relations.


The DC Digest - November 20, 2020

  • The CDC Published a Peer-Reviewed Paper on Duke's COVID-19 Surveillance Testing Program
  • White House Releases Guidance For Federal Agencies on Regulating Artificial Intelligence
  • The National Science and Technology Council Releases Strategic Plan for the Future Advanced Computing Ecosystem
  • Tweet of the Week!

The Duke Digest - November 19, 2020

  • CDC Highlights Duke's Aggressive COVID-19 Surveillance Testing Program 
  • Former FDA Commissioner on Holiday Gatherings and COVID-19 Safety 
  • Duke's Secret Weapon: Volunteers Encouraging COVID Compliance
  • And Much More...

The DC Digest - November 17, 2020

  • Two Duke Faculty Members Appointed As Team Leads to Biden-Harris Agency Review Teams
  • House Returns to Washington, Anticipates FY21 Budget Negotiations
  • Higher Education Community Joins Letter on Department of Labor's Wage Level Interim Rule
  • Tweet of the Week!

How Duke Supports Its Student Veteran Community

by Lizzie Devitt

As our nation commemorates Veterans Day this month, we want to give special recognition to Duke’s military-affiliated students and alumni.

Over the years, Duke’s student veteran community has continued to grow, becoming one of the fastest-growing student population on campus and prompting Student Affairs to create an office specifically for them. The Duke Student Affairs Office of Veterans works collaboratively with students, faculty and staff to provide resources, support and community to current and former student veterans.

Duke’s military-affiliated community now totals 444, which includes 259 veterans, and the remaining members are comprised of those on active duty, guard, reserves, as well as part-time duty. Vice Dean of Students Clay Adams, among other responsibilities, directs all student veteran initiatives.

“The office is still relatively new and so there has been a constant effort to focus on "rightsizing" our support of the community,” Adams explained. They have also aimed to provide better support “through resource allocation from a standing budget, to staffing, and space allocation.”

The student veteran community at Duke has representation in nearly all schools on campus, from the Divinity School to the Pratt School of Engineering and everything else in between. Postgraduate opportunities for members of the community are equally as wide-ranging. “You name it they've done it,” said Adams, “From business, to public service, continued leadership within the Department of Defense, faculty members, and more.”

Adapting to life and school is not without its difficulties for the military-affiliated community. “The transition-related adjustments associated with leaving a highly structured environment to higher education, which has a very distinct and different approach,” can be difficult for student veterans and the military-affiliated community as a whole.

In the midst of such new challenges, having a community of people for support and advice is critical. From admission to post-grad, Duke’s military-affiliated community maintains close-knit relationships. Three years ago, the Office of Student Veterans also partnered with the Duke Alumni Association to build a military-affiliated alumni network.

As an extension of the Duke Student Veterans and the Office of Student Veterans, the Duke Military Alumni Network creates community for military affiliated Duke alumni. As such, the Duke Military Alumni Network primarily serves to connect military affiliated Duke alumni and their families with peers around the globe to offer support, resources, and connection – no matter where our alumni are.

Adams also said that Duke’s “cross-institutional approach to supporting our graduate and professional school students, which serve as home to 98% of student military-affiliated community,” is one of several factors that sets Duke apart and helps foster a strong community for veterans. “Building a centralized support network and community to serve students collectively allows us to streamline and efficiently tailor our efforts.”

The DC Digest - November 13, 2020

  • Biden-Harris Announce Transition Team Members 
  • Duke Signs on In Support of National AI Initiative
  • Federal Appeals Court Rules In Favor of Harvard's Affirmative Action Case
  • Tweet of the Week!

The Duke Digest - November 12, 2020

  • Investigating Safety & Efficacy of a Potential COVID-19 Vaccine
  • Researchers Discover a Wound-Healing Hydrogel
  • Science & Technology's Role in American Prosperity
  • And More...

The DC Digest - November 10, 2020

  • Interested in an Election Recap? RSVP for This Week's Federal Forum
  • Biden Administration's Position on Higher Ed; COVID-19 Task Force Announcement
  • Senate Appropriations Committee Releases the Text of a Dozen Fiscal 2021 Spending Bills Today
  • Trump Selects New Acting Secretary of Defense, Christopher Miller

The DC Digest - November 6, 2020

  • Election Update
  • Sen. Mitch McConnell Open To Passing FY21 Budget & Appropriations Package Before Dec. 11th
  • Major Higher Education Associations Comment on U.S. Department of Commerce Bureau of Industry Proposed Rule to Review of Foundational Technology Controls
  • Tweet of the Week!

The Duke Digest - November 5, 2020

  • President Price's Message to Duke After Election Day
  • So What Now? Duke Experts Unpack Election Day
  • Record-Breaking Early Voting On Duke's Campus
  • And More...



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