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Supporting Diversity 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.

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

NIH-funded PEER MENTORING Study - Recruiting Underrepresented Junior Faculty and Postdocs until 8/31

12:00 pm Virtual

The PROMISE Study: Peer group Research On Mentoring Scientists underrepresented in biomedical research, is a randomized controlled study comparing two peer group mentoring approaches for their positive impact on both personal gains (e.g., sense of belonging, research self-efficacy, etc.) and longer-term career outcomes (e.g., publications, grants submitted and funded, promotion etc.). (DUHS IRB #Pro00103457). Peer mentoring has been shown to support academic success. Now more than ever, peer group support is important. Enroll now! Group meetings start in August 2020! Eligibility: - Postdoc or Early-Career Faculty engaged in biomedical research (the investigation of the biological or behavioral processes that advance the diagnosis, treatment and/or prevention of disease) - Identify as belonging to a racial/ethnic group underrepresented in biomedical research careers (Black or African American, Hispanic or Latinx, South Asian, American Indian or Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, or Multiracial) - US citizenship or Permanent Residency Status (Green Card) Benefits: - Peer group meetings facilitated by senior underrepresented researchers - Professional development for personal gains and skills building to enhance academic productivity - Compensation up to $500 Study participation involves: - Enrollment session - Group meetings (currently by Zoom), 2 hours, 2x/month, for 9 months - Completion of online surveys

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Weeks of Welcome

Virtual

Why have just one first big week when you can have multiple? We're thrilled to kickoff Duke's first Weeks of Welcome for the Fall semester at Duke University! Join us from August 10 to August 28 for action-packed virtual events to welcome students into another academic year. All events are free to Duke students, staff, and faculty, with many requiring login or RSVP to access in advance. To access the live calendar of all Weeks of Welcome events, login to DukeGroups and click on 'Events' at the top, or click over to this link: https://dukegroups.com/events?topic_tags=4476594 #DukeWOW20

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Weeks of Welcome

Virtual

Why have just one first big week when you can have multiple? We're thrilled to kickoff Duke's first Weeks of Welcome for the Fall semester at Duke University! Join us from August 10 to August 28 for action-packed virtual events to welcome students into another academic year. All events are free to Duke students, staff, and faculty, with many requiring login or RSVP to access in advance. To access the live calendar of all Weeks of Welcome events, login to DukeGroups and click on 'Events' at the top, or click over to this link: https://dukegroups.com/events?topic_tags=4476594 #DukeWOW20

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Grand Rounds: "Health Beyond Healthcare: Will Health System Transformation be Enough?"

12:00 pm to 1:00 pm Join Zoom Meeting

Presenter: Gregory Sawin, MD, MPH, Vice Chair of Education and Faculty Development, Duke Dept. of Family Medicine and Community Health, Duke University Medical Center

<h3>Join Zoom Meeting</h3> <p><a href="https://duke.zoom.us/j/92338518903?pwd=N2ZFYVBKZ3B4ZGtIN1ZobDFwazJadz09">https://duke.zoom.us/j/92338518903?pwd=N2ZFYVBKZ3B4ZGtIN1ZobDFwazJadz09</a><br /> Meeting ID: 923 3851 8903</p> <h3>Learning objectives</h3> <ol> <li>Describe Why health system transformation is needed in the US and pitfalls that got us to our current state.</li> <li>Describe how Systemic Racism has fueled the &ldquo;Health Gap&rdquo; and why zip codes are more predictive of health than our genetic codes.</li> <li>Describe the limits of health system transformation and the need to focus on health, beyond healthcare.</li> </ol>

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The Man With the Compound Eyes - APSI Summer 2020 Book Club: August

3:00 pm to 4:00 pm Zoom meeting (online)

We will round out or APSI Summer Book Club with a discussion on The Man With the Compound Eyes by Taiwanese author Wu Ming-Yi. AMES faculty members Eileen Chow and Carlos Rojas will introduce the novel and moderate discussion while faculty discussant Miguel Rojas-Sotelo will get us thinking about key environmental themes. This is a conversation you won't want to miss! The discussion will take place Tuesday, August 11th at 3pm. Registration is required to participate in the online meeting (bit.ly/APSI-2020BookClub-August). About the book: When a tsunami sends a massive island made of trash crashing into the coast of Taiwan, two very different people-an outcast from a mythical country and a woman on the verge of suicide-are united in ways they never could have imagined. Intertwined with the story of their burgeoning friendship are the lives of others affected by the tsunami, from environmentalists to Taiwan's indigenous peoples-and, of course, the mysterious man with the compound eyes. A work of lyrical beauty that combines fantasy, reality, and dystopian environmental saga, here is the English-language debut of a new and exciting award-winning voice from Taiwan.

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