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Resources for Underrepresented 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.

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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.

Meet the Mentors

Engineering A Community - Mentors, 2016

BME

Aman Aberra

Nicole Ashpole

Bradley Barth

Muath Bishawi

Chelsea Fries

John Gilbert

Kelly Hainline

Joshua Khani

Erika Moore

Robert Morhard

Ismael Perez

Ziyi Wang

Ellen Weburg

CEE

Ahnna Beruk

Kelsey Deaton

Marielle DuToit

Samantha Hartzell

Brandon Hunter

Lauren Lowman

ECE

Ugonna Ohiri

Laura Pulido

MEMS

Corey Oses

David Raudales

Mauricio Villa

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 minority 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: Out in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics is a national student society dedicated to fostering leadership for LGBTQA communities in STEM fields. oSTEM fulfills its mission through mentorship connections, networking opportunities, strategic collaborations, and professional/leadership development.

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

Mentoring Matinée: An Interactive-Theater Performance for Faculty/Staff

12:00 pm | Bryan Research 103

Effective mentor-mentee relationships are crucial to success in graduate studies. "Mentoring Matinée" will tackle common issues that can undermine those relationships, including giving and receiving critical feedback, setting expectations, mentoring across cultural differences, and more. An interactive-theater group (Theater Delta) will perform scripted, realistic scenarios in which characters experience a series of conflicts. After each scenario the audience will have an opportunity to engage in a facilitated dialogue with the characters to further explore the themes presented. There will be two performances, one for faculty and staff and the other for graduate students. All STEM faculty and graduate students are invited. Date: Thursday, September 27 Performance for faculty and staff: 12-1:30 p.m. in Bryan Research Building, Room 103. Lunch will be served for registered attendees. Performance for graduate students: 3:30-5 p.m. in Gross 107. Light refreshments will be available. This event is eligible for Responsible Conduct of Research credit for Ph.D. students. Register at bit.ly/mentormatinee Questions? Please contact Dr. Johnna Frierson at johnna.frierson@duke.edu" Sponsored by: The Office of Diversity and Inclusion in the Pratt School of Engineering and the Duke University Center for Exemplary Mentoring

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Mentoring Matineé: An Interactive-Theater performance for graduate students

3:30 pm | Gross Hall, Ahmadieh Family Auditorium, Room 107

Sponsored by: The Office of Diversity and Inclusion in the Pratt School of Engineering and the Duke University Center for Exemplary Mentoring Effective mentor-mentee relationships are crucial to success in graduate studies. "Mentoring Matinée" will tackle common issues that can undermine those relationships, including giving and receiving critical feedback, setting expectations, mentoring across cultural differences, and more. An interactive-theater group (Theater Delta) will perform scripted, realistic scenarios in which characters experience a series of conflicts. After each scenario the audience will have an opportunity to engage in a facilitated dialogue with the characters to further explore the themes presented. There will be two performances, one for faculty and staff and the other for graduate students. All STEM faculty and graduate students are invited. Date: Thursday, September 27 ¿ Performance for faculty and staff: 12-1:30 p.m. in Bryan Research Building, Room 103. Lunch will be served for registered attendees. ¿ Performance for graduate students: 3:30-5 p.m. in Gross 107. Light refreshments will be available. This event is eligible for Responsible Conduct of Research credit for Ph.D. students. Register at bit.ly/mentormatinee Questions? Please contact Dr. Johnna Frierson at johnna.frierson@duke.edu

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MEMP Seminar: Driving Corporate Social Innovation

4:00 pm | Fitzpatrick Center Schiciano Auditorium

Speaker Bio: I-Sah Hsieh's job is to find innovative ways to use SAS Analytics for social good. Partnering with amazing non-profits to answer questions like: What health conditions are most prevalent amongst 300,000 displaced people in the Philippines? Can social media chatter predict unemployment spikes? Or why are migrants are using smugglers? How can we sift through 330 million rows of data in under 5 seconds to tell the UN where to source roofing materials for 46,000 families after the Nepal earthquake? How many people will be impacted by these 25 temporary power stations in Puerto Rico? He also helps steer SAS' corporate social innovation strategy in #DataForGood efforts, finding interesting projects for a small army of analytic volunteers to work on. SAS launched GatherIQ, a free mobile app that crowdsources answers for nonprofit organizations. Now ANYONE can come alongside an important cause to help! He believes that if everyone uses their skills and resources to help just one life at a time, we can all make a big difference.

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"Mindset Maintenance" Workshop

12:00 pm | Mary Lou Williams Center

Come discuss strategies to manage stress and anxiety and promote self care during graduate school. Session led by Duke Couseling And Psychological Services. Lunch will be provided for registrants. At this workshop we will: · Explore the complexities of navigating educational and professional spaces as students of color · Enhance resiliency and your ability to self-advocate · Identify avenues of support and affirmation that will assist you in thriving at Duke University · Create your village and build your community of support Facilitators: Marvice Marcus, PhD and Mazella Fuller, PhD of Duke CAPS

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Coffee Chat with Office of Diversity and Inclusion

9:30 am | Twinnie's

Faculty and students are invited to drop by to meet informally with the Director of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion in Engineering (ODIE) to discuss topics related to climate, culture, and community at Pratt School of Engineering.

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