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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Resources for Students

Duke University and the Pratt School of Engineering offer many resources to encourage diversity, equity 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.

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

Panel - (In)visible Organ Documentary Discussion

4:00 pm to 5:30 pm Online

Join us on Thursday January 28th to discuss issues raised in The (In)visible Organ film and how interdisciplinary approaches can create new avenues for technology and healthcare with Dr. Nimmi Ramanujam, Dr. Wesley Hogan, Dr. Mercy Asiedu, and invited guests from the Calla campaign. RSVP at: https://duke.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8qB3ix7pp94KUM5 You will receive an email with the Zoom link the day prior.

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RESIST COVID / TAKE 6!

10:00 am Nasher Museum of Art

The Nasher Museum is collaborating with Duke Arts and Duke Health to present an unprecedented outdoor exhibition and public awareness campaign by nationally renowned artist Carrie Mae Weems. The project, called RESIST COVID / TAKE 6!, emphasizes the disproportionate impact of the deadly virus on the lives of communities of color, through large-scale banners and window clings, posters, street signs and more. RESIST COVID / TAKE 6! has taken shape on the exterior walls and windows of the Nasher Museum and Rubenstein Arts Center. The installation will expand along the length of the Arts Corridor, from the Sarah P. Duke Gardens gate to Campus Drive street pole banners to the Carpentry Shop (home of the MFA EDA program). Later in the fall, RESIST COVID / TAKE 6! will extend into the surrounding community.

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Practice Your Pitch With Jen Levy, M.ED.

1:00 pm to 2:00 pm Virtual

Presenter: Jen levy, M.ED.

Attendees will learn tips and tricks to improve their skills in self-promotion and will have the opportunity to practice their elevator pitches in breakout rooms with other attendees.

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Teach the Teachers | Between Truth & Reality: Promoting Media Literacy in the Documentary Age

3:00 pm to 5:00 pm Online

Now more than ever, it's vital that students be able to parse fiction from reality, whether it be what they see on the news, social media and on streaming networks. However, many students struggle to do so, even as teachers incorporate specific media literacy components into their curriculum. Part of that is because real media literacy is being able to delineate simple fact from fiction, but also the harder challenge of separating truth from reality. In this session, the facilitator will introduce the idea that documentary might just be the key to unlocking that true media literacy among students. Why? Because many of the documentaries that might be screened in a classroom combine the factual aspects of news reports with the more entertaining and colorful aspects of TV or movies. Through this convergence, teachers can have students grapple with important media literacy concepts like perspective, point of view, bias, and tone. Who is telling the story? How are they telling it? What message are they trying to send? What perspectives are they including, or not including, in order to send that message? RSVP to this and all upcoming Teach the Teachers professional development sessions here: https://airtable.com/shrlO0jWkQamNBvip A Zoom link will be shared the morning of the event.

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Diversity Reading Group - Financial Markets

5:30 pm to 6:30 pm Zoom (register to receive link)

Undergraduates: join DFE Executive Director John Caccavale for a biweekly discussion group focused on current events in the financial markets. Young Duke alumni will also join to share their insights on specific areas within finance. All majors and class years are welcome. Previous knowledge of the markets is not required. Our goal is to bring together a diverse group of students with an interest in the markets for lively, informal conversations. Click on "More Event Information" below to register and receive the Zoom link.

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