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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

Best of Biddle virtual series presents Ciompi Quartet: "Spiritual Voices"

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm Online

Online at https://sites.duke.edu/bestofbiddle/. Watch the video trailer: https://youtu.be/oyoYEvFDgXE. The complete program is online at https://music.duke.edu/sites/music.duke.edu/files/Spiritual_Voices_program.pdf. In celebration of Juneteenth 2021, the Ciompi Quartet and Electric Earth Concerts will present a major work of Olly Wilson (1937-2018): "A City Called Heaven" for large ensemble. Also on the program is "Grist for the Mill," a work by Duke composer Anthony Kelley, who earned his Ph.D. studying with Wilson; Mark Kuss's arrangement of "7 Spirituals and Work Songs of the United States"; and Ben Johnston's "Amazing Grace" quartet, which takes the archetypal hymn as the basis for a wild and deeply moving journey. Professor Kelley will introduce the program. In addition to the Ciompi Quartet (Eric Pritchard, violin; Hsiao-mei Ku, violin; Jonathan Bagg, viola; Caroline Stinson, cello) performers include Benjamin Fingland, clarinet; Laura Gilbert, flute; Michael Williams, percussion; Chris Leonard, percussion; Ieva Jokubaviciute, piano; and Verena Mösenbichler-Bryant, conducting "A City Called Heaven."

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CMA: Milkshakes Summer Social

12:00 pm to 2:00 pm Bryan Center - Multicultural Center

Stop by the Center for Multicultural Affairs Patio and enjoy a tasty milkshake to kick-off summer solstice!

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Inclusion of Diverse Participants in Pragmatic Clinical Trials: Meeting Participants Where They Are – Outreach, Trust, and Consent to Maximize Diversity

1:00 pm to 2:00 pm Webcast

Guest Moderator: Emily O'Brien, PhD Associate Professor, Department of Population Health Sciences Duke Clinical Research Institute Duke University School of Medicine Panel: Jonathan Jackson, PhD Executive Director Community Access, Recruitment, and Engagement (CARE) Research Center Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School Judith Schlaeger, PhD, CNM, LAc, FAAN Associate Professor, Department of Human Development Nursing Science University of Illinois Chicago Stacy Sterling, DrPH, MSW, MPH Research Scientist Kaiser Permanente Division of Research, Northern California Topic: Inclusion of Diverse Participants in Pragmatic Clinical Trials: Meeting Participants Where They Are - Outreach, Trust, and Consent to Maximize Diversity To join the online meeting: Go to https://dukemed.webex.com/dukemed/j.php?MTID=m228b52a4666c1e24046e11c01ae7bd0d

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CMA Game Day Social

4:00 pm to 5:00 pm Bryan Center - Multicultural Center

Are you game? Join us for a fun day of outdoor games in our CMA: Patio!

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Inclusion of Diverse Participants in Pragmatic Clinical Trials: Maximizing Diversity in PCTs – What Can We Learn From Implementation Trials?

1:00 pm to 2:00 pm Webcast

Guest Moderator: David Chambers, DPhil Deputy Director for Implementation Science Office of the Director in the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS) National Cancer Institute (NCI) National Institutes of Health (NIH) Panel: Amanda Midboe, PhD Center for Innovation to Implementation U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Chair of the Implementation Science Work Group for the NIH-DOD-VA Pain Management Collaboratory Anne Trontell, MD, MPS Associate Director Clinical Effectiveness and Decision Science Program Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) To join the online meeting: Go to https://dukemed.webex.com/dukemed/j.php?MTID=m228b52a4666c1e24046e11c01ae7bd0d

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