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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.

Membership Organizations

Association for Women in Science (AWIS): Duke is an institutional member of the Association for Women in Science and individual memberships are free for Duke students, staff and faculty. AWIS advocates for gender equity and the advancement of women in STEM fields, and offers professional development, networking, mentorship, and leadership opportunities. Become a member of AWIS »

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 an 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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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

Polis Art Competition Info Session

6:00 pm to 7:00 pm Sanford 04

Presenter: Polis

Polis is having an information session about their upcoming art competition.

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"...Waiting to Be Discovered...": A Conversation Between Historian Adriane Lentz-Smith and Poet Crystal Simone Smith

12:00 pm to 1:00 pm Online

Presenter: Adriane Lentz-Smith and Crystal Simone Smith

This event is part of a series accompanying the exhibition "'To stand by the side of Freedom': Abraham Lincoln and 19th Century America," on view at the Rubenstein Library through May 14, 2022. Join us for an exploration of the role of art in creating knowledge and narratives about slavery, the Civil War, and freedom struggles in the United States. Professor Adriane Lentz-Smith will bring her insights as a historian to bear as she guides this conversation with professor and poet Crystal Simone Smith. This discussion coincides with the anniversary of the ratification of the Thirteenth Amendment on December 6, 1865. Please register to attend.

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Mary Lou Celebrates Kwanzaa

3:00 pm to 4:00 pm Mary Lou Williams Center

Join us for an educational experience and learn about the history and traditions of Kwanzaa. *Hot Cocoa & cookies served at the end*

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Global Conversations in the Student Wellness Center

1:00 pm to 2:00 pm Student Wellness Center Room 123

Come join us for English conversations on cultural perspectives, world news, local events, and more. This group meets Tuesdays from 1:00-1:50PM. This session will be in the Student Wellness Center, Room 123, 1st Floor, DuWell/DukeReach Suite. International and domestic students, scholars, and staff are all welcome! No registration is necessary. Questions? Contact Rene Caputo, r.caputo@duke.edu.

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The IDEALS Office Mentoring Up Workshop Series - Agency in the Graduate School Socialization Process

11:30 am to 12:30 pm Virtual

Presenter: Joel Dalton & Rosie Jones

Join Joel Dalton and Rosie Jones from the Roy and Diana Vagelos Division of Biology and Biomedical Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis as they lead a session on agency in the graduate school socialization process. In this session, participants will be exposed to the process of socialization, determine intentional ways to claim your socialization process in graduate school and academia, identify important socialization pieces to meet your goals, and compare what you are able to contribute to community socialization and what you need from community socialization. This session is open to all trainees and will take an active-learning approach, so please be prepared to have video and audio capability in Zoom.

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