Current Student Groups

Bridging Communities: seeks to promote a Sanford community that is inclusive, equitable, and just; we want to attract and produce a class of culturally competent professionals who are passionate and dedicated to achieving social equity | Contact

Duke Interdisciplinary Social Innovators (DISI)is a dynamic interdisciplinary graduate and professional student group at Duke that contributes its talents at the intersection of business principles, technological innovation, and effective policy to serve social organizations | Website Background | Facebook Contact

Duke Sanford Africa Policy Group: Duke SAPG’s mission is to fully bring Africa to life at Sanford by leading and supporting diverse policy discourse, academic enquiry, career development, knowledge exchange, cultural exhibition, and networking related to Africa within the Sanford community and across Duke. | Website | Contact

Duke Technology Policy Club: The Tech Policy Club’s mission is to bring together graduate and professional students from across Duke to explore their common interests in technology policy. The Tech Policy Club provides opportunities for graduate students across Duke to hear from guest speakers working in the tech space, engage in policy discourse with professors and students on current tech policy issues, and participate in career development events. | Website | Contact

Partners in Policyconnects and engages significant others and family of the Sanford community, focusing on helping them better navigate the transition to a new place. This group organizes several events and activities throughout the year. | Contact

Policy for the People: aim to garner more exposure for political and economic ideologies on the left side of the spectrum with targeted educational and conversational activities. | Contact

Sanford Board Leadership Initiative (SBLI): places MPP students on Durham nonprofit boards, applying policy skills outside of the classroom and developing valuable experiences in nonprofit governance and strategy while giving back to the Durham community.

Sanford Energy & Environment Club (SEEC): represents students interested in environmental policy, energy policy, water and oceans policy, and agriculture and food policy. SEEC facilitates faculty discussions and career panels, promotes attendance at local and national conferences, and sponsors outdoor adventures and eco-outings. | Contact

Sanford Journal of Public Policy (SJPP): publishes a bi-annual journal of public policy issues and maintains a blog with current policy issues. | Website | Contact

Sanford Latin American and Caribbean Group (S-LAC): leads and supports academic, career, outreach, cultural, and social efforts of the Sanford community focused on Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) in order to strengthen collaboration and engagement between LAC and Sanford. | Twitter | Facebook | Contact

Sanford Pride: aims to make the LGBT community more visible and active to help Sanford recruit top-notch students regardless of sexual orientation. It provides support, community and visibility to LGBT students and allies to create a supportive and inclusive environment. | Contact

Sanford Urban Policy Club: The Sanford Urban Policy Club (SUP) is a graduate student organization at the Sanford School of Public Policy that provides a forum for students to discuss and engage with urban issues within our local community of Durham and across the world. We provide opportunities for formal and informal engagement with students, faculty, and guest experts to understand best practices and current challenges for local policy decisions. The Sanford Urban Policy Club creates space for dialogue around how policy areas intersect in urban spheres. We strive to better understand a range of issues, from sustainable urban growth to equitable housing policy to transportation innovation. | Website | Contact

Sanford Veteran’s Association: The Sanford Veterans Association (SVA) is a student-veteran led organization that fosters a supportive community for active duty, national guard, reserve, retired, and separated service members at the Sanford School of Public Policy.  The SVA supports prospective, current, and alumni members in admissions, academics, career development, and life in Durham.  Culture, growth, and service guide our actions within our organization, the institutions of Sanford and Duke, and greater society. | Website

Sanford Women in Policy (SWP): provides a forum to discuss and address challenges and opportunities for women in the policy world. SWP also serves as a space to cultivate, empower, and promote unity and fellowship for those who identify as women and their allies. SWP hosts discussions with speakers, networking events, skills workshops, and participates in service within the Duke and Durham community. SWP invites all graduate students to join in its activities. | Facebook Contact

Social Committeecoordinates MPP social gatherings, such as a student mentor/mentee networking event in September, a formal holiday party, international potluck dinners and a graduation party. The committee’s objective is to bring the MPP and MIDP students, faculty and staff together. | Contact

Social Entrepreneurship and Policy Initiative (SEPI): SEPI’s mission is to provide opportunities for and leverage the skills of our members through ventures, leadership, and education in social entrepreneurship and policy. SEPI hosts or co-sponsors social entrepreneurship panel discussions, professional development opportunities and networking events.