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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: 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

Drop-in Advising for Graduate Students

10:00 am to 12:00 pm Brodhead Center - 241 Meeting Room

Drop-in Advising is the best way to get immediate and ongoing feedback on your resumes and other documents. If you're planning to attend Drop-in Advising for resume feedback, we strongly encourage you to view our resume guide beforehand, https://studentaffairs.duke.edu/career/resume-cv-guide. You can also use Drop-in Advising to ask any quick career questions, learn about the Career Center, and our resources. You'll spend 10 to 15 minutes with an adviser, so don't hesitate to organize your thoughts in advance to make the most of the time! Engineering Master's Students: Please note that you have a specific Career Services & Professional Development team. You can reserve a 1:1 appointment with them through CareerConnections (link CareerConnections) and visit Open Advising Studio (no appointment needed) in FCIEMAS 3rd floor Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 1-4 pm while classes are in session.

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Film & Discussion: Mercury 13 [Registration Required]

10:00 am to 12:00 pm Rubenstein Library, Rm 153 Holsti-Anderson

"After rigorous testing in 1961, a small group of skilled female pilots are asked to step aside when only men are selected for spaceflight." Pratt Master's students can register for this workshop on the Professional Development Master's Workshops at mywco.com/pratt Critical reactions to Mercury 13: "This documentary reminds us that people willing to fight for their rights are often considered dangerous at the time they launch their quests, but history usually comes down on the side of equality." -Barbara Shulgas, Common Sense Media "A soaring tribute to some aviation pioneers." - Stephen Farber, The Hollywood Reporter "An engaging blend of modern-day interviews and archival footage, Mercury 13 complicates the traditional narrative of triumph surrounding the Mercury missions of the '60s and their culmination with the moon landing."-Eric Kohn, indieWire Pratt Master's Student Feedback: 11 out of 11 responding students said it was relevant to their professional development. 11 out of 11 students said that they would recommend it. "Movie workshops hold a special place in my heart. The documentary shed just light on the importance of the 13 women that championed female involvement in extraterrestrial exploration and research back in the 1960s when this vertical of study was largely patriarchal in nature."

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Power Up: Drop-in Career Advising at the CMA

10:30 am to 12:00 pm Lower Level, Bryan Center

Join Career Advisors in the CMA La Casa and AAPI Base for drop-in career advising sessions. Bring your resume, cover letters, and any questions about navigating professional opportunities, internships, and the job search process!

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Drop-in Career Advising for Undergrads

10:00 am to 4:00 pm Smith Warehouse - Career Center

Drop-in Advising is the best way to get immediate and ongoing feedback on your resumes and other documents. You can also use Drop-in Advising to ask any quick career questions, learn about the career center, and our resources. You'll spend 10 to 15 minutes with an adviser, so don't hesitate to organize your thoughts in advance to make the most of the time!

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Drop-in Career Advising for Undergrads

10:00 am to 4:00 pm Smith Warehouse - Career Center

Drop-in Advising is the best way to get immediate and ongoing feedback on your resumes and other documents. You can also use Drop-in Advising to ask any quick career questions, learn about the career center, and our resources. You'll spend 10 to 15 minutes with an adviser, so don't hesitate to organize your thoughts in advance to make the most of the time!

Add to calendar »