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Our Commitment to 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 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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Resources for Underrepresented Students: Learn about professional groups, mentoring and other opportunities for underrepresented students at Duke Engineering.

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Diversity & Inclusion Events

Talent From All Corners: How Immigrants Help Shape American Scientific Leadership

3:00 pm to 6:00 pm Searle Auditorium

Presenter: Dr. Robert Lefkowitz, Dr. Lynn Caporale, Dr. Nita Farahany, Dr. Amit Patel, Dr. Samira Musah, Dr. Guillermo Sapiro, Dr. Nimmi Ramanujam, Dr. Fan Wang, Dr. Linda Carmine Cendales, Dr. Ravi Bellamkonda, Dr. Larry Carin

Science and discovery thrive in environments that welcome and foster the free exchange of talent and ideas. The United States has for decades been a worldwide leader in science. Its universities and research centers, public and private, have been on the cutting edge of many discoveries that have improved lives and transformed societies. Immigrants and their descendants have played and continue to play a significant role in making the United States an unrivaled leader in research, science, and innovation. Immigrants and their descendants make impactful scientific discoveries start new ventures based on their research, and educate and mentor new generations of scientists and innovators. In this panel discussion on "Talent from all corners: how immigration helps shape American scientific leadership", a group of prominent and highly promising scientists, led by Nobel Laureate Professor Robert Lefkowitz, will share their own stories as first, second, or third-generation immigrants, their research and its significance, and their perspective on immigration and its role in shaping American scientific leadership. MORE INFO & REGISTRATION: Hosted by: Duke Interdisciplinary Studies, Duke Research, Duke Faculty Advancement and the Duke Initiative for Science & Society:

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Reception and Artist's Talk: "Limitless Africans"

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm Center for Documentary Studies

Presenter: Mikael Owunna

In his powerful new photo book "Limitless Africans," queer Nigerian-Swedish American photographer Mikael Owunna (Duke '12), a finalist in the 2019 FotoEvidence Book Award with World Press Photo, documents the compelling stories of over thirty LGBTQ African immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers in ten countries in North America, the Caribbean and Europe. Through these narratives which are presented as portraits of the subjects accompanied by excerpted interviews, Owunna explores precolonial African sexuality and contemporary LGBTQ African narratives to debunk the myth that it is 'un-African' to be LGBTQ. Mikael Chukwuma Owunna is an award-winning queer Nigerian-Swedish artist, photographer, Fulbright Scholar, and engineer born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Mikael's work center around identity while bending the medium with his engineering and multidisciplinary background (Duke '12). His projects: I am Atayal!, Limit(less) and Infinite Essence - have collectively exhibited across Asia, Europe and North America and been featured in media ranging from the New York Times, PBS, NPR, Al-Jazeera Plus, BuzzFeed and Teen Vogue to the official outlet of Taiwan's Ministry of Culture.

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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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Small Talk Can Be Awkward but You Don't Have to Be! For Graduate Students and Postdocs [Registration required]

2:00 pm to 3:30 pm Brodhead Center - 303 Tower Room

Making small talk is an essential skill that is important for your professional and personal life. Events like conferences, department gatherings, industry sessions and other social situations may require you to be adept at this. It is even important during the interview process. If small talk makes you nervous, come to this interactive workshop where you can practice topics to discuss, strategies for approaching people, entering/exiting conversations gracefully and how to follow-up with people afterwards. Sponsored by Duke University Career Center, The Graduate School, Office of Postdoctoral Services Graduate Student Career Milestones *Graduate students register by clicking More Event Information below. **Postdocs register at

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Career Center Chats for Undergraduates at the Mary Lou Williams Center

4:00 pm to 5:30 pm Mary Lou Williams Center

Come have a chat with the Career Center about your resume, cover letter, career advice, internship or job search, and more! The drop-in chats will be held every Wednesday from 10/16-11/13, 4-5:30pm. Co-sponsored by the Career Center and the Mary Lou Williams Center.

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