Diversity and Inclusion at Duke Engineering
Creating a Community of Excellence
"The more diverse our community, the greater the chances of our success as individuals and together as a team in tackling the grand challenges that face our world. At Duke Engineering, we are vested in the success of each member of our community, and committed to working together to build a welcoming, inclusive culture that allows each person to express themselves, explore new ideas and take risks in pursuit of excellence."
dean ravi bellamkonda
The Pratt School of Engineering is committed to being a diverse community of people with ideas and approaches that make a difference locally, nationally and globally.
At the core of our diversity philosophy is a belief that multicultural learning is truly an integral part of our personal, social and moral growth—as individuals and as a university. This is particularly true for engineers, who are charged with developing solutions, processes and products for all people. As a result, the Pratt School of Engineering at Duke University embraces the vision that diversity in the classroom and in the laboratory generates better learning outcomes, better citizens and better engineers.
From an engineering standpoint, some of the most exciting work is being performed at the boundaries of traditional disciplines by teams of people from diverse academic, professional and social backgrounds. Read an interview with Dean Ravi Bellamkonda on why diversity and inclusion are important for the Pratt School of Engineering.
Our Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion
The Pratt School of Engineering is committed to:
- Building a secure, welcoming academic and social environment where each person can flourish
- Increasing the enrollment of underrepresented minorities and women
- Recruiting and retaining diverse faculty and staff
- Providing all students, faculty and staff with the necessary support to succeed
We also share the vision and accept the responsibility expressed in Duke's Statement of Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion. It reads:
"Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas – an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values."
The Pratt School intentionally strives to cultivate opportunities for diverse research teams comprising faculty, students and staff who represent a wide array of backgrounds and experiences. Central to building diverse teams is promoting the inclusion of persons from traditionally underrepresented groups through a number of efforts.
Those efforts include our "Engineering a Community" mentoring program, which connects undergraduate students from historically underrepresented racial/ethnic backgrounds with engineering master's and PhD student mentors.
Duke Engineering is proud to be part of the American Society of Engineering Education’s Engineering Deans Diversity Initiative, a commitment to providing education experiences that are inclusive and prevent marginalization of any groups of people because of visible or invisible differences.
Where We Rank
Our efforts have been recognized in independent rankings:
- In 2016, Duke was listed in OnlineEngineeringProgram.com's LGBTQ Community's Guide to Engineering, which recognized schools at the forefront of being inclusive.
- Duke was ranked third on the 2016 list of Best Colleges for African Americans compiled by Essence and Money magazines.
- U.S. News & World Report ranked Pratt a Top 10 Graduate Engineering Program Popular with Women.
Read more about the student resources Pratt and Duke offer to encourage greater diversity and inclusion.
Contact us for more information about our diversity and inclusion efforts or for more information about resources at Duke Engineering.