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Supporting Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Diversity and inclusion make for better engineers—and a better experience for engineering students.

That’s why Duke’s Pratt School of Engineering embraces diversity and inclusion in the classroom and in the laboratory—whether that’s racial, ethnic, sexual or gender diversity. Learn more about our commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Duke Engineering offers many opportunities for underrepresented minorities, from student groups to fellowships, to recruiting incentives, to events and activities that celebrate the diversity of our entire community.

Duke Engineering is proud to be part of the American Society of Engineering Education’s (ASEE) Deans Diversity Initiative. We have earned the Bronze Award from the ASEE Diversity Recognition Program, and its recommendation as a national exemplar.

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If you’d like more information about diversity, equity and inclusion at Duke Engineering, please contact us.

Pratt Profiles: Meet Our Grad Students

Read about the experiences some of our students have had at Duke Engineering.


Graduate Student Recruiting Incentives

We offer aggressive packages of fellowships, scholarships, and incentives to PhD and master's students from underrepresented groups, including women and persons with disabilities. Application fee waivers are also available

These include:

  • Application fee waivers
  • Dean's Graduate Scholarship Program
  • Sloan Scholarship Program
  • Diversity Scholarships for our master's students
  • Assistance with applications for external competitive fellowships

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Diversity-Focused Groups for Grad Students

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BioCORE: BioCORE is designed to unify and enrich the bioscience community across Duke. It is committed to increasing every aspect of diversity within Duke’s bioscience community.

Bouchet Society: The Duke University Bouchet Society primarily supports underrepresented minority graduate students in the pursuit of scholarly excellence in the Natural Sciences, Engineering, and Mathematics 

Samuel Dubois Cook Society: Named in honor of the first black professor to be hired Duke University, the Samuel Dubois Cook Society is committed to translate the promise and potential of African Americans into fulfillment and actuality, and to seek to improve relations among persons of all backgrounds.

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Diversity & Inclusion Events

Panel - (In)visible Organ Documentary Discussion

4:00 pm to 5:30 pm Online

Join us on Thursday January 28th to discuss issues raised in The (In)visible Organ film and how interdisciplinary approaches can create new avenues for technology and healthcare with Dr. Nimmi Ramanujam, Dr. Wesley Hogan, Dr. Mercy Asiedu, and invited guests from the Calla campaign. RSVP at: You will receive an email with the Zoom link the day prior.

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10:00 am Nasher Museum of Art

The Nasher Museum is collaborating with Duke Arts and Duke Health to present an unprecedented outdoor exhibition and public awareness campaign by nationally renowned artist Carrie Mae Weems. The project, called RESIST COVID / TAKE 6!, emphasizes the disproportionate impact of the deadly virus on the lives of communities of color, through large-scale banners and window clings, posters, street signs and more. RESIST COVID / TAKE 6! has taken shape on the exterior walls and windows of the Nasher Museum and Rubenstein Arts Center. The installation will expand along the length of the Arts Corridor, from the Sarah P. Duke Gardens gate to Campus Drive street pole banners to the Carpentry Shop (home of the MFA EDA program). Later in the fall, RESIST COVID / TAKE 6! will extend into the surrounding community.

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Faculty Works-in-Progress with Joseph Winters

1:15 pm to 2:15 pm Zoom

Presenter: Joseph Winters

For the first installment of the Spring 2021 English Department Faculty Works-in-Progress Series! Professor Joseph Winters will lead a Zoom session on "Recovering the Irrecoverable: Blackness, Melancholy, and the Duplicities that Bind." "This article is for a special issue in the journal Religions called "Slave Religion: Histories and Horizons" in which we were invited to respond to recent work on the afterlife of slavery, including Stephen Best's 2018 book, None Like Us: Blackness, Belonging, Aesthetic Life. In this paper, I engage Best's recent work, focusing on his concern that black studies are increasingly an expression of melancholy historicism." - Joseph Winters To receive a copy of Professor Winters' paper and a link to the session, please signup. Registration is required, however, we encourage anyone interested in the work of English faculty members to participate. Professor Winters will provide some opening comments at the session, followed by Q&A and open discussion.

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ranslation as Feminist Collaboration: A Conversation with Cristina Rivera Garza, Lauren Hook, and Sarah Booker

5:00 pm to 6:30 pm Online

Presenter: Cristina Rivera Garza, Lauren Hook, and Sarah Booker

The goal of this event is to explore literary translation from a feminist perspective. How does translation illuminate diverse understandings of gender and sexuality? What are the relationships between translating, editing, and publishing and feminist activism, theory, and praxis? What challenges do translators, authors, and publishers face when trying to promote work by women, trans, and/or non-binary authors? Is translation a kind of border crossing? Cristina Rivera Garza is one of the most prominent and important Mexican authors writing today. She works in both fiction and non-fiction, as well as translation. Among numerous awards, she's a 2020 Macarthur Fellow. Lauren Hook is the interim director and publisher of The Feminist Press. Sarah Booker is a PhD Student in Romance Studies at UNC and an accomplished translator. A text that we will focus on is Grieving: Dispatches from a Wounded Country, written by Rivera Garza, edited by Hook, and translated by Booker. This event is sponsored by the Working Group on Gender and Sexuality in Latin America and the Caribbean, Duke Cultural Anthropology, Duke Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies, and the Carolina Conference on Romance Studies. It will be held virtually. We will send out a link to the zoom meeting a few days prior to the event.

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Teach the Teachers | Between Truth & Reality: Promoting Media Literacy in the Documentary Age

3:00 pm to 5:00 pm Online

Now more than ever, it's vital that students be able to parse fiction from reality, whether it be what they see on the news, social media and on streaming networks. However, many students struggle to do so, even as teachers incorporate specific media literacy components into their curriculum. Part of that is because real media literacy is being able to delineate simple fact from fiction, but also the harder challenge of separating truth from reality. In this session, the facilitator will introduce the idea that documentary might just be the key to unlocking that true media literacy among students. Why? Because many of the documentaries that might be screened in a classroom combine the factual aspects of news reports with the more entertaining and colorful aspects of TV or movies. Through this convergence, teachers can have students grapple with important media literacy concepts like perspective, point of view, bias, and tone. Who is telling the story? How are they telling it? What message are they trying to send? What perspectives are they including, or not including, in order to send that message? RSVP to this and all upcoming Teach the Teachers professional development sessions here: A Zoom link will be shared the morning of the event.

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