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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

Community Connections: Resilience During Covid

9:00 am to 11:00 am Zoom

Presenter: Bridget Fletcher and Sue Mathis

The year 2020 caused many of us to rethink much about life in general. Not only were we globally dealing with a pandemic, but the murder of George Floyd and the protests that followed exposed structural inequalities and the need for social justice for all. Some questions for many at this moment were "What can I do to make a difference? How do I get started?" Learning more about others by listening to their stories can be instrumental in moving one foot forward in this direction. If you are looking for a way to get started in making this difference, we invite you to take part in our Community Conversations event where we will use Story Circles to build community within Pratt. You will get to know others whose stories may be quite different from yours and get a chance to share yours.

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Global Conversations in the Student Wellness Center

1:00 pm to 2:00 pm Student Wellness Center Room 144

Come join us for English conversations on cultural perspectives, world news, local events, and more. This group meets Tuesdays from 1:00-1:50PM in the Student Wellness Center Room 144. 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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Communities Learning Together

1:30 pm to 3:00 pm Register

Presenter: with Joan Clifford and Liliana Paredes

How do we build ethical and sustainable local and global partnerships? What are strategies to co-construct pathways that transform how we learn together? Join us for a conversation that will provide principles and on-the-ground realities of university-community partnerships. Joan Clifford, Director of the Community-Based Language Initiative with Duke Service-Learning, will summarize her recent research on university-community partnerships. Liliana Paredes, Professor of the Practice of Romance Studies, will provide an international model by describing her partnership with Universidad de las Américas in Mexico. Participants will reflect together on how we can teach and learn in ways that put communities first. Please join us on Zoom - all are welcome.

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Pratt Community Trivia Night

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm Virtual - Information sent upon registration

Presenter: Arturo Sanchez

Welcome back to Duke, we are happy that you are part of the Pratt community! Our Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Community (DEIC) is hosting a virtual trivia event for the entire community to play, bond and win prizes! This event launched last year is not only fun but it benefits the entire Durham community.

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Name Pronunciation Class

12:00 pm to 1:00 pm Virtual

Presenter: Angus Bowers

Come and engage with a trained linguist on learning how to say the names of people from various countries. In this workshop, you will learn some of the patternings of name pronunciation from cultures that are less familiar in mainstream US culture and have the opportunity to practice and engage with others.

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