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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.


Inclusive Community Activities

Our community-building experiences include:

Pratt Chat

Most Friday afternoons, the Duke Engineering graduate student community gathers on Herrington Engineering Quad to socialize.

Welcome Wednesdays

At 3:30 pm on the last Wednesday of each month faculty, staff, and students meet on Herrington Quad to celebrate community and de-stress.

Duke Athletics Tickets

All Duke students have the opportunity to attend home games, including Duke Men's and Women's Basketball in Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Graduate and professional students can participate in a campout for a chance to purchase a men's basketball season ticket card.

Student Groups

Duke Engineering hosts a wide range of student groups that bring people together around common interests.


Membership Organizations

For All Students

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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For Graduate Students

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.

See diversity resources for graduate students »


Diversity & Inclusion Events

[CANCELLED] The Way of Tea Demonstration

10:30 am to 12:15 pm Sarah P. Duke Gardens

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[CANCELLED] The Way of Tea Demonstration

1:00 pm to 2:30 pm Sarah P. Duke Gardens

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Geriatrics Grand Rounds: Geriatric Operational Plan for the Health System

12:00 pm to 1:00 pm Virtual

Presenter: Dr. Heidi White, et al

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Cultural Considerations when Working with the Latinx Community

12:00 pm to 1:00 pm Online

Presenter: Molly Hayes, MEd, LCMHCS; Juan Prandoni, PhD, HSP; and Andrea Diaz Stransky, MD

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