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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

Group of students at the Bouchet Society dinner

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

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,

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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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