February 1, 2021

Team SSRI,

Week 46.

This Wednesday we welcome the team of TRHT (The Center for Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation at Duke University) to lead our SSRI Lunch-n-Learn. They will be hosting a facilitated dialogue on the TRHT framework which guides the local work happening at Duke and the national movement that spans 14 TRHT Communities and 25 additional TRHT Campus Centers.

“We look forward to creating and sharing an imaginative space with our SSRI colleagues so we can collectively think through how we can embody truth (narrative change), racial healing (relationship building), and transformation (multi-level change) within our lives and networks.”

These discussions are so important and work best when we have a lot of participation, so please try and participate if you can. It’s super informal so bring your lunch and hop on the call! The chat will begin at 12:30 pm and you can join us on Zoom. Hope to see your faces soon. Ok, guilt trip over…

Did everyone enjoy the snow we got last week before it all melted oh so quickly? St. Louis Zoo penguins also enjoyed the fluffy stuff and got to take a trip through the snow to visit polar bears.



Duke faculty are always writing papers and books but I didn’t realize so many also dabbled in fiction.




Spring is right around the corner, but with this pandemic still impacting our social lives, you may welcome some ideas on what to do virtually.

Continue wearing those masks, take breaks during the workday (a short walk can do wonders for your mental state), and stay connected to friends and family as safely as possible.


Newsy Stuff

Duke Faculty Fight for Latinx Communities Hit Hard by COVID-19.
Veteran Duke scientist and executive R. Sanders “Sandy” Williams has been named interim Vice President for Research and Innovation. He will succeed Lawrence Carin, who is leaving Duke to become the provost of King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia.

Research from Duke University and UNC-Chapel Hill suggests that schools can consider returning to in-class instruction if they mitigate COVID-19 transmission on campuses, despite the level of COVID-19 cases occurring in the community, especially when students, teachers and staff consistently wear masks, wash their hands, and practice physical distancing as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

President Vincent Price and other Duke leaders let faculty and staff know, during a virtual conversation last week, that Duke remains in a comparatively stable position both financially and in protecting campus health during the pandemic.

Duke experts share tips to prevent voice problems due to more virtual calls.

As part of the university’s anti-racism efforts, Provost Sally Kornbluth is offering a new funding opportunity to support faculty scholarship on “Reckoning with Race, Racism, and the History of the American South.”

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