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Next Gen 2.0

This year, the Office of Undergraduate Education and Division of Student Affairs are collaborating on the next phase of implementation to reinvigorate residential living and learning at Duke. 

As recommended by the NGLLE Task Force, we now charge a diverse committee of students, faculty, staff, alumni, parents, and trustees–people who, like you, are committed to making this community the best Duke it can be–to help us facilitate the process by which we will determine the path forward. Over the course of the next several months, the Next Gen Living and Learning 2.0 Committee will work to make recommendations on how to answer the following question:

How will we build a joyful and intentional 4-year residential experience that promotes growth, meaningful inclusion, and health, and that is distinctly Duke?

The 2.0 committee’s work will focus on several interconnected areas of campus life and will be guided by the following goals:
  • We will retain and enhance aspects of our residential system that are distinctly Duke, while developing rich traditions that connect us all; 
  • We will build positive, strong, and joyful community for all undergraduates;
  • We will extend and reinforce first-year students’ opportunity to explore and engage with the broader Duke community;  
  • We will embed more consistent and accessible avenues for support, connection and intellectual exploration throughout all four years of the residential experience.

Please read the full committee charge here.

Chaired by Dean of Students John Blackshear and Linda Zhang T‘20, the members of the 2.0 Committee have each been chosen for their thoughtfulness and willingness to respectfully grapple with new ideas and opposing viewpoints.  While this committee intentionally includes many perspectives, it is not designed to be fully representative of all voices and identities at Duke. This will be an intentionally transparent and participatory process, and the 2.0 Committee will strive to ensure that a wide range of voices and ideas are welcomed, carefully considered, and included in any recommendations. 

January 2021 Update: The 2.0 Committee has three subcommittees, which have held preliminary meetings and submitted a first list of ideas and suggestions to 2.0 Committee Co-Chairs. The three subcommittees are East-West Connection (Chaired by Deb LoBiondo), Inclusion and Belonging (Chaired by Rebecca Vidra), and Intellectual Engagement (Chaired by Ian MacMullen).

The 2.0 Committee will present their options for implementation with Vice Provost for Student Affairs Mary Pat McMahon and Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education Gary Bennett and other members of university leadership.

Next Gen Living & Learning 2.0 Committee
John Blackshear, Associate Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students, Co-Chair
Linda Zhang T’20, Business Analyst at McKinsey & Company, Co-Chair
Troy Austin T’00, Senior Associate Director of Athletics/Internal Affairs
Debbie LoBiondo, Senior Associate Dean for West Campus
Kate Chen T’21
Shani Daily, Associate Professor of the Practice in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Jennifer Ganely, Director of Undergraduate Student Affairs, Pratt School of Engineering
Michael Gustafson E’93, G’99, Associate Professor of the Practice of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Lisa Huettel E’96, G’99, Professor of the Practice in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Jake Jeffries T’22
Amy Kramer T’18, Former Young Trustee and John. S. McCain Strategic Defense Fellow
Catherine McMillan T’22
Michael O’Leary T’91, Member of the Duke Parents Advisory Council, Professor and Senior Associate Dean for Executive Custom Programs at Georgetown University
Cody Perry T’23
Gerardo Parraga T’18, JD’21
Lucas Shores G’23
Ysanne Spence T’22
Jordan Viars, Residence Coordinator
Rebecca Vidra, Senior Lecturer in the Division of Environmental Sciences and Policy
Trey Walk T’19, Young Trustee and Justice Fellow with the Equal Justice Initiative
Christina Wang T’22
Jenny Wood-Crowley G’11, Trinity Academic Dean and co-Director of the SPIRE Program
Ian MacMullen, Assistant Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, Ex-officio
Sue Wasiolek T’76, MHA’78, LLM’93, Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Senior Advisor, Ex-officio

Lauren Babineau, Administrative Coordinator for Student Affairs
Landy Elliott T’04, Assistant Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education