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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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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

The Lanthanide Series. USA. Erin Espelie & The last Nomad. China. Liu Zhuang.

7:00 am to 8:30 am Online

The Lanthanide Series. Erin Espelie. 2014, 70 minutes, Color, Sound, HD digital video & 16mm film mastered to DCP From the portals of personal computing devices to ancient obsidian mirrors, optical instruments control how people see, foresee, frame, record, and remember their lives. The Lanthanide Series meditates on how we understand the world through such material means, with a reliance on history, the Periodic Table, and the people we love. The last Nomad. Liu Zhuwang. 2019. 8' In the face of climate change and environmental degradation, the herdsmen of Sanjiangyuan at the Longge Village began to protect their land, spontaneously. They are now taking photography to document their flying way of life, through their own eyes and photo lenses.

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Aaron McDuffie Moore, MD: The Story of Durham's First Black Physician and Founder of Lincoln Hospital

12:00 pm to 1:00 pm Zoom

Presenter: C. Eileen Watts Welch, Blake Hill-Saya, Damon Tweedy, MD

Join us for a conversation about the impact of the life of Dr. Aaron McDuffie Moore (1863-1923) on the health of Durham's Black residents. Panelists will discuss his role as a pioneering physician, educator, and driving force behind the establishment of Lincoln Hospital, the first secular, freestanding African American hospital in North Carolina. They will also explore Dr. Moore's legacy for our current times. C. Eileen Watts Welch is the President & CEO of the Durham Colored Library, Inc. (DCL) one of the oldest non-profit organizations in Durham, NC. Founded by her great grandfather, Dr. Aaron McDuffie Moore, chartered in 1918. In 2014, Ms. Welch laid the foundations for beginning a new DCL initiative to research a biography of Dr. Moore's life and work, ultimately written by author Blake Hill-Saya and published in 2020 by UNC Press. Blake Hill-Saya is a biracial writer, verbal branding consultant, and classical musician living in Los Angeles. She is author of the recently published biography, Aaron McDuffie Moore: An African American Physician, Educator, and Founder of Durham's Black Wall Street. Damon Tweedy, MD is Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and a faculty member of the Trent Center for Bioethics, Humanities & History of Medicine. He is author of Black Man in a White Coat: A Doctor's Reflections on Race and Medicine.

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In Conversation: Tift Merritt & Allison Russell

12:00 pm to 1:00 pm Online

Hungry River is a performance collaboration between Tift Merritt, Allison Russell (Our Native Daughters, Birds of Chicago) and playwright and cultural worker Nina Angela Mercer, exploring the emotional history of North Carolina's segregated asylum and the prophetic importance of the people who lived their lives there. Through song and monologue, ceremony and storytelling, this community history helps us understand not only the asylum's past but also how that past informs the ways we view race relations, poverty, criminalized margins, and the stigma of mental illness today. Hungry River began as a collection of objects - a language of abandoned essential knowledge - from asylums across NC. Within were much more than the simplistic diagnoses left in medical archives - sickness, heartbreak, poverty, loss of a child, the war, pregnancy -but appropriate responses to a mad flawed world. A young woman's grave covered in pine branches, a photograph of a WWI veteran in a velvet suit, the hospital brass band, river roots from an unmarked graveyard, a moth caught for decades in an intake record - Hungry River travels lyrical presences in archived materials, buildings, collective memory and a forgotten box of photographs seeking how best to reconnect and care for lost stories.

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The Opportunities of Struggle and What We Will Keep: Faculty Reflection on Lessons Learned During Covid-19

12:00 pm to 1:00 pm Register for Zoom link

Our nonprofit and school collaborators report while this year demanded immense creativity and flexibility, new methods of effective outreach emerged and structural inequities were lifted up in public discourse. Engage in a robust conversation and reflection with colleagues to consider how challenges in community engagement led to new learning and unexpected opportunities in the time of Covid-19. As activities return to "normal," what will we keep?

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Faculty Works-in-Progress with Ranji Khanna

1:15 pm to 2:30 pm Zoom

Presenter: Ranji Khanna

Ranjana Khanna proffers the dual concept of Geschlecht-translation in order to reconsider, with Derrida and Laplanche, the role of sexual difference in psychoanalysis. She argues that culturalist notions of gender assignment and the blind spots of Freudian theorizing too often produce a hypostatized and binaristic understanding of sexual difference. Psychoanalysis tends to view sexual differentiation as the ur-difference, one that excludes, even erases other differences such as race, class, sexuality, and ethnicity. It posits the sexed body and the sexual binary as originary, neutral terrains on which gender and other cultural norms are inscribed. Khanna seeks to problematize this neutrality-the zone of indistinction imagined as the polymorphously perverse "sexual"-questioning the neuter status of the signifier itself. Registration is required; however, we encourage anyone interested in the work of English faculty members to participate. Professor Khanna will provide some opening comments at the session, followed by Q&A and open discussion.

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