Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Community

More perspectives, better solutions

Solutions are like people. They come in a vast variety, each with their own unique characteristics. Embracing diversity of perspective, both within our own community and those we partner with, is a necessary ingredient to finding optimal solutions.

The Blue Devil poses with the Class of 2027 as they get ready for the annual first-year class photo on Duke’s East Campus.

What We Do

Duke Engineering is constantly working to explore, build and deepen the diversity, equity and inclusion within our school. Besides making us better engineers, it allows us to celebrate and support each member of our own community.

  • Convene our community for discussions, workshops and social events 
  • Provide leadership, especially through the Committee on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Community 
  • Advise and assist colleagues across the school as they strengthen DEIC initiatives in their departments and units 
  • Maintain vital lines of communication, especially through our Community Connections newsletter (Duke NetID required)
  • Collaborate intentionally with peers, including through the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE)
  • Steward the philanthropy of alumna Valecia Maclin, Class of 1992, dedicated to supporting our DEIC mission and improving the student experience 


To include and engage the rich diversity of students, staff, faculty, administrators and community partners in all facets of our work as a school.

We are committed to:

  • Building an environment where all individuals are included, supported and valued
  • Ensuring that our community is composed of a broad spectrum of experiences and perspectives through recruitment, retention and ongoing professional development
  • Designing curricula and pedagogies that promote cultural awareness and intercultural competence
  • Developing policies, resources and communication structures and processes that inform and enable a diverse, inclusive and equitable organization
  • Understanding and tracking our impact through rigorous assessment of our short- and long-term goals and our overall community climate
John Blackshear, dean of students, and Provost Alec Gallimore talk with first-year students after the Convocation for New Undergraduate Students at Duke Chapel.
Undergraduates and graduate students head to class and socialize with friends during FDOC (First Day of Classes) on Duke’s West Campus.
Undergraduates and graduate students head to class and socialize with friends during FDOC (First Day of Classes) on Duke’s West Campus.


To be a leader in inclusive excellence by innovating, implementing and facilitating policies, practices and programs across affinity groups, departments, the school, university partners and the greater community to ensure that all members of our community feel that they belong, are engaged and are empowered.

Maclin Endowment Fund

Created through the generosity of alumna Valecia Maclin, the fund helps ensure that no eligible Pratt School of Engineering undergraduate misses out on educational growth because of costs not covered by financial aid.

student members of NSBE pose in a Gothic breezeway at Duke University
Students write on boards during the hackathon held at the Design Pod at Duke University in March 2023.

Outreach Design Education

With support from the NSF and NIH, Duke ODE makes engineering more accessible by engaging with the community through design challenges, an annual hackathon and summer camps for high schoolers and K-12 teachers.

Celebrating Holi @ Duke Engineering

DEIC Committee

The Duke Engineering DEIC Committee is co-chaired by Karis-Boyd Sinkler, director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Community, and Quiana Tyson, Assistant Director for DEI Programs and Initiatives.

The team is focused on engaging the Pratt Community around priorities identified during the Pratt 2039 visioning exercise:

  • Building community through behaviors
  • Recruitment and retention
  • Equitable workplace and professional development
  • Mentoring


Priority Area Subcommittees

    • Philip Duhart — Staff — Dean’s Office
    • Ben Cooke — Staff — Dean’s Office
    • Jamal Michel — Staff — Dean’s Office
    • Shannuel Lamptey — Undergraduate Student — CEE
    • Steve McClelland — Faculty — Dean’s Office
    • Greg Hernandez — Graduate Student — PhD ECE
    • Josh Wu — Graduate — PhD BME
    • Deric Hardy — Staff — Dean’s Office
    • Sara Faust — Staff — Dean’s Office
    • Selena Halabi — Undergraduate — BME
    • Gregg Trahey — Faculty — BME
    • Becky Simmons — Faculty — MEMS
    • Yash Shah — Graduate — PhD BME
    • Upsana Ghosh — Graduate — PhD CEE
    • Jennifer Peters — Staff — BME
    • Angela Chanh — Staff — ECE
    • Emily Snell — Staff — Centers and Institutes
    • Rocky Rothrock — Staff — CEE
    • Jeverra Thomas — Staff — MEMS
    • Michael Humphreys — Staff — Centers and Institutes
    • Ella Veysel — Undergraduate — IDEAS
    • Amari Crittenden — Undergraduate — MEMS
    • Joshua Shields — Undergraduate — MEMS
    • Henri Gavin — Faculty — CEE
    • Guillermo Sapiro — Faculty — ECE
    • Luisa Piccolo Serafim — Graduate — PhD ECE
    • Kay Bhagabani — Graduate — MEng BME
    • Patty Carroll — Staff – GSPS
    • Hannah Chen — Undergraduate — ECE
    • Max Bazan — Undergraduate — MEMS
    • Zeqi Sun — Undergraduate — BME
    • Junjie Yao — Faculty – BME
    • Lee Ferguson — Faculty – CEE

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