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.

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Diversity and Inclusion at Duke Engineering

Creating a Community of Excellence

The Duke University 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, we embrace the vision that diversity in the classroom and in the laboratory generates better learning outcomes, better citizens, and better engineers.

Ravi V. Bellamkonda

"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."

Ravi V. Bellamkonda
VInik Dean of Engineering

Dean Bellamkonda on Diversity & Inclusion

Our Commitment

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

Duke's Statement of Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion »

Our Efforts

Duke Engineering 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 women and persons from traditionally underrepresented groups through a number of efforts.

Student resources to encourage greater diversity and inclusion »


Mentors and mentees enjoy an outing in downtown Durham.

Our Standing Committee on Diversity and Inclusion is a representative body integral to developing a collaborative, comprehensive strategy to continue building a strong, thriving community.

The committee develops the strategic priorities for diversity and inclusion, with measurable outcomes, and supports the efforts of the director of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion in Engineering. Members serve as liaisons to teams and units.


Our efforts include Engineering a Community, which connects undergraduate students from historically underrepresented racial/ethnic backgrounds with engineering master's and PhD student mentors.

The program provides a system of support and encouragement, and opportunities to connect and network.

More about Engineering a Community »

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Engineering Deans Diversity Initiative

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.

More about the Engineering Deans Diversity Initiative »