PROJECTS

See what each committee is up to by clicking on the panels below.

Registration Procedure Revamp
Registration Procedure Revamp

Students often complain about stress from a whole slew of avoidable flaws and structures in our registration system. Now DSG and Duke are fixing it.

Course Evaluations Revamp
Course Evaluations Revamp

Making course evaluations more accessible and useful to both students and faculty.

Exam Policy Revamp
Exam Policy Revamp

Duke currently does not have a formal exam policy, therefore we would like to work with university administrators to implement one that is fair for both students and professors. The first part of this is Blackout Dates, which would require professors to NOT schedule exams or paper deadlines for the day after major breaks.

Flunch Expansion
Flunch Expansion

Trying to expand FLUNCH to include quicker options such as coffee places to encourage more faculty interaction among students.

DukeEngage Engagement Wall
DukeEngage Engagement Wall

Showcase Duke’s hallmark program, DukeEngage, by creating an interactive space for the Duke community to share experiences and engage with the discussions surrounding DukeEngage.

Off Campus Flunch
Off Campus Flunch

Expand FLUNCH to allow students-initiated excursions (not just food) into Durham where both transportation’s and the actual excursion's bills are paid for by Duke.

Service Learning Program Expansion
Service Learning Program Expansion

Undergraduates have limited opportunities to combine theoretical knowledge and practical engagement through service-learning courses; adding service-learning components/creating new service-learning courses can effectively resolve this issue.

Official Mentor-Mentee Network
Official Mentor-Mentee Network

Underclassmen would benefit from having a guide throughout their journey at Duke, a person to ask questions from personal to academic to career and beyond.

First Entry Procedures
First Entry Procedures

Our goal is to simplify the entry process for incoming Duke students by revising a number of first-year resources and forms.

Pre-Bookbagging Bonanza
Pre-Bookbagging Bonanza

An annual event in which each major department would come together in a common space the night before the first registration window to assist students.

Attendance Policy
Attendance Policy

Institutionalizing a change in the attendance policy to allow more reasons for unexcused absences.

Battle of the Brains
Battle of the Brains

Created a debate series known as Battle of the Brains to increase the intellectual engagement on campus.

DukeEngage Engagement
DukeEngage Engagement

Working with DukeEngage to solve criticisms and assist in the program reaching their potential for community engagement.

DukeStudies
DukeStudies

Create a streamlined, quick, easy to use interface allowing students to form study groups for each of their classes.

Faculty Night
Faculty Night

Collab between DSG and DUU to create a night Devil’s Krafthouse where students and faculty can mingle and engage in a laid-back atmosphere,

Flipped Classroom Review
Flipped Classroom Review

Review the flipped classroom’s success and its perception by students

House Fellows
House Fellows

Proposing a “House Fellows” program to promote student-faculty engagement and interaction in a non-academic setting.

Intellectual Engagement Programs
Intellectual Engagement Programs

Expansion of intellectual engagement (IE) institutions and programming, and restructuring of existing IE institutions and programming.

Living Learning Communities
Living Learning Communities

Creating a new housing option built around an academic theme with non-selective, lottery-based admissions.

ACADEMIC AFFAIRS

 
 

DURHAM AND REGIONAL AFFAIRS

Alcohol Policy Review and Revisions
Alcohol Policy Review and Revisions

The current alcohol policy does not foster a safe environment. That needs to change.

Racial and Economic Impact Assessmen
Racial and Economic Impact Assessmen

This assessment would be a way for the university to measure the impact of Duke's expansion into Durham on low -income and largely African American communities.

Durham Listening Tour
Durham Listening Tour

A project to improve Duke's engagement with Durham by listening to the voice of Durhamites striving to change the city for the better.

Duke Day of Service
Duke Day of Service

Encourage groups across campus to engage their members in a service project in the Durham community.

Durham Focus Program
Durham Focus Program

Create a FOCUS program that uses Durham as a backdrop to study many different topics.

Student Government Consortium
Student Government Consortium

Increase collaboration between student government associations within NC and among peer institutions.

Early Voting
Early Voting

On Campus Voting Site.

TurboVote
TurboVote

Contract TurboVote to be used by political organizations and included in the Freshman Checklist.

 

EQUITY AND OUTREACH

Duke Students Against Gender Violenc
Duke Students Against Gender Violenc

Duke Students Against Gender Violence will serve as a coalition of student groups on campus whose purpose is to address gender violence in order to improve collaboration and communication between these organizations and better disseminate information to the student body.

Trans Healthcare Working Group
Trans Healthcare Working Group

A group to work on inequities faced by trans students seeking transition-related, behavioral health care, and other health care needs at Duke.

Universal Menstrual Hygiene
Universal Menstrual Hygiene

Menstrual hygiene products should be provided for all menstruating individuals in all academic, residential, and student center buildings. Because menstruation is a natural bodily process affecting over half the population, we believe that menstrual hygiene products should be regarded as fundamental necessities to the hygiene of our academic and social environment, as ubiquitous as toilet paper and soap dispensers.

Online Resources for Prospective Und
Online Resources for Prospective Und

In partnership with Mi Gente, the DSG Equity and Outreach committee is working with administration to ensure that Duke's recent commitment to accept Undocumented/ DACA students as domestic applicants is easily visible and accessible online for prospective students.

Identity Panels
Identity Panels

A yearlong project in which DSG hosts a panel of minority group representatives to talk about social issues. The project will highlight issue intersectionality.

CAPS Reform
CAPS Reform

Various CAPS reform concepts, including online registration, appointment scheduling reform, increases of hours.

Asian American Speaker Series
Asian American Speaker Series

A speaker series that will spread awareness of the complex issues regarding the Asian American experience in the U.S., especially in higher education.

Intersectionality Panel
Intersectionality Panel

bring the conversation of intersectionality to the forefront of Duke discussions, encouraging audience participation.

Interfaith Prayer Space
Interfaith Prayer Space

Create a highly visible, highly accessible private prayer spaces to provide students with easy access to pray and gather on campus in the Marketplace and Keohane residence hall.

Gender Neutral Pronouns
Gender Neutral Pronouns

Students should have the option of choosing gender neutral pronouns or the pronouns of their choice to be used at Duke. These changes would primarily be seen on ACES, the Bursar, the Registrar’s office, and other similar offices.

Gender Inclusive Bathrooms
Gender Inclusive Bathrooms

Extending last year's E&O gender-inclusive restrooms project by converting some multi-stall bathrooms to be GI in an effort to ensure all buildings on campus are equipped with gender-inclusive restrooms.

Bettering Campus Culture
Bettering Campus Culture

While not a specific project, one of the underlying themes and discussions in E+O

Peer Advocacy and Sexual Health Cent
Peer Advocacy and Sexual Health Cent

Creation of the PASH (Peer Advocacy for Sexual Health) center run by peers as a Duke Sexual Health Resource Center.

SexFest
SexFest

Coordinate with interested student groups, including the Women’s Center, Wellness Center, and Duke Honor Council, to help those groups produce an event promoting sexual health and consent on college campuses.

 

FACILITIES, ENVIRONMENT, AND THE ARTS

Composting in East Campus Bathrooms
Composting in East Campus Bathrooms

By putting compost bins In the bathrooms on East Campus alone, we can annually eliminate thousands of pounds of paper towel waste from landfills.

Expanding Recycling Across Campus
Expanding Recycling Across Campus

A trash can with the composting symbol on it. If you Google Image "compost symbol," it looks like a loop that turns into a plant.

Motion Sensor Lighting
Motion Sensor Lighting

This project aims to install motion sensor lighting in dorms and academic buildings on campus.

Central Campus Recycling
Central Campus Recycling

There should be a map of central campus recycling of both single-stream recycling bins and cardboard recycling bins. Furthermore, these bins should be labeled.

Hammocks
Hammocks

Little collections of hammocks around campus for student leisure space.

Curriculum Manual
Curriculum Manual

Working to reduce Duke's waste of paper by reducing the volume of large curriculum manuals distributed.

Mural Wall
Mural Wall

creation of a structure in the Student Life precinct of campus that will serve as a vehicle of artistic expression on Duke’s campus, following in the example of the temporary partition on the Plaza that quickly gained traction as a mural wall.

Smoke Free Campus
Smoke Free Campus

Working to promote a smoke free campus.

Solar Night Lights
Solar Night Lights

Putting solar powered night lights on the swinging benches. Students will be able to use the night lights to study during the night on the swinging benches that aren’t close to an outside light source. The night lights would also have outlets to charge laptops and phones.

Pitch-A-Project
Pitch-A-Project

program in which any enrolled undergraduate student has the chance to propose a project that they believe would improve the undergraduate experience at Duke University, and, if chosen, has access to funding to implement their proposal

 
Dorm Water Bottle Stations
Dorm Water Bottle Stations

Each lacking dorm will receive one new water bottle station that fills water bottles conveniently and alleviates plastic bottle waste.

ePrint Evaluaiton and Expansion
ePrint Evaluaiton and Expansion

Conduct extensive research into whether or not the amount and locations of ePrint stations on East Campus and Central Campus is adequate and correct. If holes are found in the ePrint map that are causing sufficient inconvenience to students, present research to OIT and convince them to allocate the resources needed to maintain the new ePrint locations.

Accesible Housing Expansion
Accesible Housing Expansion

The aim of this project is to improve and simplify the process of applying for special accommodations housing for students who demonstrate a medical need for such housing.

Housing Website Revamp
Housing Website Revamp

In this project, we hope to create a clear guide for students looking into housing, along with adding more information about facilities in dorms and updating photos

Smart Blocking
Smart Blocking

Presents a small, easy to implement modification on the current system that significantly helps with problems.

RESIDENTIAL LIFE

 

SERVICES

Duke Umbrellas
Duke Umbrellas

uke University is currently the fifth largest campus in the United States. The city of Durham also receives 44 inches of rainfall a year (The U.S. average is 37). Thus, students often times need to travel long distances in the rain by foot or spend time outside in the pouring rain waiting to get on a crowded bus.

Career Closet
Career Closet

The creation of a closet that would hold professional clothing that could be rented by Duke students who do not have the financial means to purchase their own professional clothing for interviews/events.

Illness Prevention Plan
Illness Prevention Plan

Create preemptive precautionary programming to promote student health.

Freshman Equivalency Expansion
Freshman Equivalency Expansion

Working to get lunch equivalency at the Skillet.

Guest Swipes for Durhamites
Guest Swipes for Durhamites

Program to donate leftover Freshman guest swipes to food-insecure Durham residents

Revamping Vending Plan
Revamping Vending Plan

Because student health is at the forefront of Duke’s mission, Duke should expand nutritious dining to all facets of campus, particularly vending machines.

Food Point Drive
Food Point Drive

Creation of a formal, DSG-sponsored food point drive at the end of the year.

Alternative Learning Spaces
Alternative Learning Spaces

Currently in the libraries, we use conventional study spaces. However, universities such as NCSU and Wake Tech have been implementing alternative learning spaces to enhance study options. Therefore, we seek to implement alternative learning options on campus through the library system.

Subsidized Test Prep
Subsidized Test Prep

The goal of the project is to get the university to subsidize test prep for the MCAT, LSAT, and GMAT.

C3 Bus Schedule Reform
C3 Bus Schedule Reform

We plan to work with the Registar's Office and PTS to match class sizes and timings on Science Drive with an efficient C3 schedule

Buss Wireless Internet
Buss Wireless Internet

Extend campus wireless internet access to Duke Transit buses to allow students to stay connected while in transit.

CAPS Online Registration
CAPS Online Registration

increase use and ease of students accessing CAPS services and to reduce stigma regarding using CAPS.

O-Week Services
O-Week Services

Ensure that CAPS, the Career Center, and the Student Health center are highlighted during O-Week tours and info sessions.

Perkins Wellness Room
Perkins Wellness Room

Convert the Tower Reading Room on the 4th floor of Perkins Library into a Wellness Room - an enclave within the depths of the library devoted to physical and mental well-being.

Coffee Chats
Coffee Chats

Expand the FLUNCH Program to include locations on campus that serve coffee like Saladelia at Perkins, Saladelia at Sanford, and Twinnies Cafe. Adding these locations allow students to engage with professors in a low-stress environment outside of the classroom.

Food Truck Fair
Food Truck Fair

DSG in collaboration with DUSDAC has hosted two Food Truck Fairs in the springs of 2015 and 2016 - continuation of this project is ongiong.

First-Year Career Service
First-Year Career Service

Encourage first-year interaction with the Career Center in order to prepare for future needs such as resumes, interviews, job applications, etc.

Gym Headphone Loaning
Gym Headphone Loaning

Offer headphones as a service for those who forget their headphones at Brodie or Wilson Gyms.

West Union Food Delivery
West Union Food Delivery

use Campus Enterprises’ online ordering platform, BringIt, and the broader restaurants division to partner with the new West Union vendors to help expand the reach of Duke Dining and make the food more readily available for students at all points across campus.

LiveSafe App
LiveSafe App

Test, gather feedback for, and work with administration to plan for the rollout of the LiveSafe campus security app in the Fall of 2016.

 

SOCIAL CULTURE

Bryan Center
Bryan Center

Bring life and students back to the Bryan Center by turning it into a center for the arts

Bartender Policy
Bartender Policy

The goal of this policy change is to expand the network of bartenders that are available for students to use at on-campus events. Branching out from the current “university bartenders only” policy will reduce the cost of hiring a bartender and allow more accessibility for groups.

Club of the Week
Club of the Week

A club that is highlighted each week in the DSG blast and granted a small sum to use to welcome new attendees.

Spring Activities Fair
Spring Activities Fair

The Spring Activities Fair would allow organizations another opportunity to recruit members looking for engagement outside of greek life while capturing the contingent of students who went abroad that are looking for campus activities.

Inferno Night in K-Ville
Inferno Night in K-Ville

Have a basketball game where those with the most points from Inferno get priority into the game. This encourages people to go to other sports games to get points.

International Student Greek Life
International Student Greek Life

I'm coordinating with IFC and Panhellenic leaders to form a IFC/Panhel info session for international students who may not know much about Greek life, but are interested in rushing.

Gatekeepers
Gatekeepers

oversee all DevilsGate and Football Gameday operations from a student perspective to ensure the Duke experience is welcoming, and enjoyable for all involved.

DevilsGate
DevilsGate

The purpose of DevilsGate Tailgate is to support the Duke Football Program through an inclusive community building event. The DevilsGate program involves creating a safe and open space on the Main West Quadrangle that will enhance the gameday experience for students.

Staff Appreciation
Staff Appreciation

Each year, the Committee puts on a Staff Appreciation day whereby students are encouraged to sign posters thanking staff for all that they do. Cookout milkshakes are bought and handed out to staff, faculty, and others who sign and write a note to staff.