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Diversity Resources for Students

Duke University and the Pratt School of Engineering offer many resources to encourage diversity and inclusion. From school-wide gatherings to professional groups for students traditionally underrepresented in engineering, you'll find dozens of opportunities to engage with fellow engineers and make friends across our diverse community.

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Inclusive Community Activities

For all students, our biggest community-building experiences are:

Pratt & Chat: Every Friday afternoon during the academic year, the Duke Engineering graduate student community gathers to socialize. It’s a great opportunity to meet many people with diverse interests and backgrounds who make up Duke Engineering.

Campout: For grad students, there’s nothing like it: the annual campout brings graduate students throughout Duke together for 36 hours with the goal being an opportunity to buy season tickets to Duke men’s basketball games.

Student Groups: Duke Engineering also offers a wide array of student groups that bring together undergraduate and graduate students together around common personal and professional interests.

Mentoring Programs

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Engineering a Community

Our "Engineering a Community" mentoring program seeks to create a more vibrant and inclusive community at Pratt by connecting undergraduate students from historically underrepresented racial/ethnic backgrounds with engineering master's and PhD student mentors. 

The program provides students with a system of support and encouragement, and as well as the opportunity to connect and network with someone who has been exactly where you are and successfully navigated the path that you are undertaking. 

All participants gather a few times a year for a social, with mentor-mentee pairs meeting regularly throughout the academic year. To learn more, contact the Director of Diversity & Inclusion in Engineering.

Duke Technology Scholars Program (DTech)

The Duke Technology Scholars Program (DTech) aims to inspire more women to choose careers in computer science and electrical and computer engineering through one-on-one mentoring from Duke alumni and industry leaders, a unique summer internship program with leading tech companies in Silicon Valley and networking events with venture capitalists and industry leaders.

DTech scholars have had internships at such leading firms as Carbon 3D, Apple and Intuit. Mentors have included the deputy director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, a vice president at Oracle, and managing counsel at Merck & Co.

Through our Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Pratt co-sponsors the program with the Department of Computer Science in the Trinity College of Arts & Sciences.

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Engineering societies for underrepresented students

National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE): The Duke Society of Black Engineers focuses on increasing the number of successful Black engineers at Duke University, and on growing a network among students, alumni and other undergraduate engineers within the Triangle area. NSBE's mission is to increase the number of culturally responsible Black engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally and positively impact the community.

oSTEM: The Duke chapter of Out in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (oSTEM) is a LGBTQ+ affirming organization that aims to provide services and support for students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics and to create a dynamic network between students and professionals in industry and academia.

Out For Undergrad (O4U): Out for Undergrad is a national professional development program to help high-performing LGBTQ undergraduate students reach their full potential. Admitted O4U students take part in professional meetings produced with industry partners. Applications to join the next O4U annual class open each March.

Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE): The Duke chapter of SHPE was formed to serve as role models in the Hispanic community. Networking was the key basis for the organization. Nationally, SHPE enjoys a strong but independent network of professional and student chapters throughout the country.

Society of Women Engineers (SWE): The Duke Chapter of the Society of Women Engineers seeks to serve as a center of information on women in engineering at Duke University; encourage women engineers to attain high levels of education and professional achievement; and inform young women, their parents, counselors, and the general public of the qualifications and achievements of women engineers and the opportunities open to them. Nationally, SWE is a not-for-profit educational and service organization promoting engineering as a highly desirable career aspiration for women.

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for graduate students 

In addition to the groups listed above, Duke is home to several organizations focused on underrepresented graduate students in engineering and the sciences. Visit our Graduate Student pages to learn more, meet some of our current grad students and learn about recruitment incentives, scholarships and fellowships available at Duke Engineering.

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Diversity & Inclusion Events

NIH-funded PEER MENTORING Study - Recruiting Underrepresented Junior Faculty and Postdocs until 8/31

12:00 pm Virtual

The PROMISE Study: Peer group Research On Mentoring Scientists underrepresented in biomedical research, is a randomized controlled study comparing two peer group mentoring approaches for their positive impact on both personal gains (e.g., sense of belonging, research self-efficacy, etc.) and longer-term career outcomes (e.g., publications, grants submitted and funded, promotion etc.). (DUHS IRB #Pro00103457). Peer mentoring has been shown to support academic success. Now more than ever, peer group support is important. Enroll now! Group meetings start in August 2020! Eligibility: - Postdoc or Early-Career Faculty engaged in biomedical research (the investigation of the biological or behavioral processes that advance the diagnosis, treatment and/or prevention of disease) - Identify as belonging to a racial/ethnic group underrepresented in biomedical research careers (Black or African American, Hispanic or Latinx, South Asian, American Indian or Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, or Multiracial) - US citizenship or Permanent Residency Status (Green Card) Benefits: - Peer group meetings facilitated by senior underrepresented researchers - Professional development for personal gains and skills building to enhance academic productivity - Compensation up to $500 Study participation involves: - Enrollment session - Group meetings (currently by Zoom), 2 hours, 2x/month, for 9 months - Completion of online surveys

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Weeks of Welcome

Virtual

Why have just one first big week when you can have multiple? We're thrilled to kickoff Duke's first Weeks of Welcome for the Fall semester at Duke University! Join us from August 10 to August 28 for action-packed virtual events to welcome students into another academic year. All events are free to Duke students, staff, and faculty, with many requiring login or RSVP to access in advance. To access the live calendar of all Weeks of Welcome events, login to DukeGroups and click on 'Events' at the top, or click over to this link: https://dukegroups.com/events?topic_tags=4476594 #DukeWOW20

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Weeks of Welcome

Virtual

Why have just one first big week when you can have multiple? We're thrilled to kickoff Duke's first Weeks of Welcome for the Fall semester at Duke University! Join us from August 10 to August 28 for action-packed virtual events to welcome students into another academic year. All events are free to Duke students, staff, and faculty, with many requiring login or RSVP to access in advance. To access the live calendar of all Weeks of Welcome events, login to DukeGroups and click on 'Events' at the top, or click over to this link: https://dukegroups.com/events?topic_tags=4476594 #DukeWOW20

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Grand Rounds: "Health Beyond Healthcare: Will Health System Transformation be Enough?"

12:00 pm to 1:00 pm Join Zoom Meeting

Presenter: Gregory Sawin, MD, MPH, Vice Chair of Education and Faculty Development, Duke Dept. of Family Medicine and Community Health, Duke University Medical Center

<h3>Join Zoom Meeting</h3> <p><a href="https://duke.zoom.us/j/92338518903?pwd=N2ZFYVBKZ3B4ZGtIN1ZobDFwazJadz09">https://duke.zoom.us/j/92338518903?pwd=N2ZFYVBKZ3B4ZGtIN1ZobDFwazJadz09</a><br /> Meeting ID: 923 3851 8903</p> <h3>Learning objectives</h3> <ol> <li>Describe Why health system transformation is needed in the US and pitfalls that got us to our current state.</li> <li>Describe how Systemic Racism has fueled the &ldquo;Health Gap&rdquo; and why zip codes are more predictive of health than our genetic codes.</li> <li>Describe the limits of health system transformation and the need to focus on health, beyond healthcare.</li> </ol>

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The Man With the Compound Eyes - APSI Summer 2020 Book Club: August

3:00 pm to 4:00 pm Zoom meeting (online)

We will round out or APSI Summer Book Club with a discussion on The Man With the Compound Eyes by Taiwanese author Wu Ming-Yi. AMES faculty members Eileen Chow and Carlos Rojas will introduce the novel and moderate discussion while faculty discussant Miguel Rojas-Sotelo will get us thinking about key environmental themes. This is a conversation you won't want to miss! The discussion will take place Tuesday, August 11th at 3pm. Registration is required to participate in the online meeting (bit.ly/APSI-2020BookClub-August). About the book: When a tsunami sends a massive island made of trash crashing into the coast of Taiwan, two very different people-an outcast from a mythical country and a woman on the verge of suicide-are united in ways they never could have imagined. Intertwined with the story of their burgeoning friendship are the lives of others affected by the tsunami, from environmentalists to Taiwan's indigenous peoples-and, of course, the mysterious man with the compound eyes. A work of lyrical beauty that combines fantasy, reality, and dystopian environmental saga, here is the English-language debut of a new and exciting award-winning voice from Taiwan.

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