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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


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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Transforming the Vote feat. Cornell William Brooks, former NAACP President and CEO

8:00 pm to 9:00 pm Virtual

Join DUU Speakers and Stage for 'Transforming the Vote feat. Cornell William Brooks' on Monday, November 2, at 8pm via Zoom webinar. From voter suppression to the Black Lives Matter movement, Cornell will be discussing a number of topics, followed by a 15-minute audience question and answer. ABOUT CORNELL WILLIAM BROOKS A fourth-generation ordained minister, civil rights attorney, social justice activist, coalition builder and writer, Cornell Brooks served as the 18th President and CEO of the NAACP. While there, he led the organization in securing 11 victories against voter suppression in 12 months. Brooks united groups as diverse as the AFL-CIO, Sierra Club and National LGBTQ Task Force. A graduate of both Head Start and Yale Law School, Brooks is a champion of the transformative power of education and considers himself "a grandson, heir and a beneficiary" of the landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision argued by NAACP litigator Thurgood Marshall. He was called to the ministry while studying political science at Jackson State University, later becoming a Martin Luther King Scholar and earning a Master of Divinity from the Boston University School of Theology. Prior to joining the NAACP, Brooks was the president of the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice and worked as a civil rights attorney, housing and social justice advocate and as a fourth-generation minister in the African Methodist Episcopal Church.

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American Society for Ethnohistory Digital Event

6:00 pm to 3:00 pm Online

COVID-19 forced the cancellation of the 2020 Ethnohistory conference. In its absence, the program committee of the American Society for Ethnohistory has designed digital plenaries and workshops to address targeted issues in the current world, and these events will take place on November 4-8. The highlight of the events will be the keynote plenary session on November 4th, which will incorporate presentations by and discussions with Indigenous leaders. Note that both students and faculty affiliated with Duke and UNC-Chapel Hill may register for free without being members of the Society.

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Community Processing: Reflection on the 2020 Election

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm Zoom Registration is required

In such times of uncertainty, we understand that you may have a lot of emotions, questions, and thoughts on your mind. We've created a supportive community space for you to process your emotions and thoughts. Each space will be facilitated by staff members from Identity and Culture Centers. This is Day 1 of the Cultivating Hope in Times of Uncertainty Series.

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What Makes Me a Scientist- Dr. Vargas-Muñiz

3:30 pm to 4:30 pm Virtual

Presenter: Dr. Vargas-Muñiz

Please join us for a virtual What Makes Me a Scientist with a Duke PhD Alum, Dr. Dr. Vargas-Muñiz . This event is being co-hosted by Duke MGM Department, Duke SACNAS and IDEALS Office. For zoom details please register using the event link by Tuesday, November 3rd. Dr. Vargas-Muñiz (He/his/him) is an Assistant Professor of Mycology at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale's Microbiology Program. He obtained his B.S. in Industrial Biotechnology from the University of Puerto Rico-Mayagüez and his Ph.D. in Molecular Genetics and Microbiology from Duke University. After completing his Ph.D., José joined the lab of Dr. Amy Gladfelter at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. At SIUC, his lab working toward a better understanding of how fungi grow and regulate their morphology, which is a key aspect of fungal pathogenesis. As a queer Puerto Rican scientist, José is also committed to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in STEM. As part of this commitment, José volunteers with the Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanic and Native American in Science (SACNAS) and serves as the chair of the Student Presentation Subcommittee.

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