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Passing of Duke graduate student

The message below was shared with Duke graduate faculty on Tuesday, October 3, 2023. 


Dear Graduate Faculty,

We learned today of the sudden passing on Monday of graduate student Angela Risi. Originally from California, Angela was in her second year of study in the Master of Fine Arts in Dance program at Duke. 

We have been in touch with Angela's family to express condolences on behalf of the Duke community. And we are thinking of our colleagues in the close-knit Duke Dance community who shared today: “Her kindness and deep intelligence were evident to all who were fortunate enough to work with her.”

The Personal Assistance Service (PAS) and Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) are ready to assist any faculty, staff or students who wish to seek support. Additional support resources can be found below our signatures.  



Suzanne Barbour
Dean of The Graduate School
Vice Provost for Graduate Education 

Gary Bennett
Dean of Trinity College of Arts & Sciences

Mary Pat McMahon
Vice President/Vice Provost of Student Affairs

CAPS: Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) offers many services to Duke students, including telemental-health appointments. Any student can call 919-660-1000 to speak with someone, or for assistance with referrals in your local community. You can also visit the team in person on Monday, 9:00am - 6:00pm, and Tuesday - Friday, 9:00am - 4:00pm. No appointment is needed to get started with CAPS.

CAPS AFTER-HOURS CARE: 24/7 telemental-health support to all students at no cost, through immediate and scheduled appointments. Visit

DUKEREACH: DukeReach will help you identify support services from among the variety of resources across campus or in your local community. You can contact DukeReach at 919-681-2455 or by emailing

IDENTITY AND CULTURAL CENTERS: The Student Affairs Identity and Cultural Centers also serve as important resources and places of connection and support for many of our students. The centers are offering programming and support throughout the year, including summer. Our ICCs include: Center for Multicultural Affairs, Center for Muslim Life, Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity, Duke International Student Center, Jewish Life at Duke, Mary Lou Williams Center for Black Culture, and the Women’s Center.

DUKE CHAPEL AND RELIGIOUS LIFE AT DUKE: Duke Chapel and Religious Life at Duke offers a wide range of student support, whether or not you are connected to a religious tradition at all. Visit their website to connect with leaders from any of Duke's diverse faith groups, all of whom are experienced in offering emotional and spiritual care, and a non-anxious presence with a humanistic listening ear, to college-age students.

THE OFFICE OF GRADUATE STUDENT AFFAIRS ( is standing by to help graduate students and connect them with campus resources to provide the support they need. 

Personal Assistance Service is the faculty and employee assistance program that offers assessment, short-term counseling and referrals to help resolve a range of personal, work and family problems. PAS services are available free of charge to Duke faculty and staff, and their immediate family members.