“At Duke there is a lot of this idea that disability is something you need to have an accommodation for and that’s all,” Maddie said. “Disability is so much more than that — different and unique challenges that we need support for.”
Maddie currently serves as an executive board member for the Duke Disability Alliance, the organization responsible for pitching the center to Duke’s administration + seeing the project through to fruition.
The cultural center will offer meetings spaces for disability-related organizations, a study room, and a disability studies library. Social events will also be held in the center throughout the year.
It will be located in the Bryan Center — which is essentially Duke’s student union and also houses the Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity + The Center for Multicultural Affairs.
According to Maddie, the purpose of the Center is to show that disabilities are experienced every day, not on an on-and-off basis — they influence a person’s culture, experiences + overall identity. You can learn more about the Duke Disability Alliance’s work here.
If you know anyone who could benefit from the services at the new center, use the links below to share this information with them.
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WaterCooler ○ Yesterday, UNC announced its new head coach for the men’s basketball team. Hubert Davis played for the Tar Heels from 1988–1992 and has been assistant coach for the team since 2012. 🏀 (The Herald Sun)
Civic ○ Raleigh wants your feedback on plans for the new and improved Fisher Street Park. The existing park is being relocated approximately one block south. Take the survey to share your thoughts on the park design + public art before Fri., Apr. 16 at 5 p.m. 🌳
Jobs ○ Looking for a part-time summer job? Raleigh Parks hires 500+ employees every summer + they’re hiring now. Plus, there’s a virtual job fairtoday at 2:30 p.m.. 🛶 ○ The WRAL news team is looking to hire a multi-skilled video journalist. The candidate will need to be able to shoot and edit news stories + special projects in the Raleigh, Durham, and Fayetteville areas. 🎥
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April is #RaleighHistoryMonth, and Dorothea Dix Park is celebrating in style with brand new historical signs around the park. You can now learn about history surrounding Indigenous land, plantations, the former mental health hospital, and more.
Find sign locations here + check out more ways to celebrate Raleigh History Month on the City of Raleigh’s website.
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Health ○ LGBTQ+ Mental Health Support Group | Tues., Apr. 6 | 6–7:30 p.m. | Virtual | Free | The LGBT Center of Raleigh and the National Alliance on Mental Illness NC are facilitating a mental health support group for LGBT+ adults 18+. 🌈
ForParents ○ One-day Learn & Play | Tues., Apr. 6 | 8 a.m.–3 p.m. | Marbles Kids Museum, 201 East Hargett St. | $50+ | The museum is offering a day camp on school holidays for children K–5 to explore exhibits + have enriching playtime. 🚸
Disclaimer: It is up to readers’ discretion to determine whether they feel comfortable participating in any mentioned events based on COVID-19 protocols and precautions. If you have questions, please contact the event’s organizers directly.
River Rat Brewery in Columbia, SC offers a family-friendly environment with ample outdoor space and games, locally-brewed beer, and a rooftop patio with 360-degree views | Photo by Sean Rayford for Experience Columbia SC
A short 3.5-hr. drive away, Columbia, SC has that ideal mix of city sights + outdoor adventures, and now’s the best time of year (read: not too cold, not too hot, not too humid) to see it all:
• Sip locally-brewed pints on the family-friendly greenspace at River Rat Brewery 🍺 • Shop local artisans along bustling Main Street at Soda City Market every Saturday 🛍️ • See 2,000+ critters and explore expansive botanicalgardens at Riverbanks Zoo 🦒Ⓟ