About the Program

Duke Communicators Mentorship Program

Are you interested in making connections to support your communications skills, network, and career at Duke? The Duke Communicators Mentorship Program could be the perfect fit for you.

The Duke Diversity Action Alliance Steering Committee has undertaken a number of projects to foster diversity, equity and inclusion among communications professionals. As of 2020, data indicates that approximately 90 percent of people in communications roles at Duke are white. The Duke Communicators Mentorship Program was created to foster professional growth and development for Duke communicators, especially those who identify as Asian, Black, Hispanic/Latino, Native American, or Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander.

This program was developed as a result of efforts to identify:
(1) measures to foster professional growth and development that Duke should adopt or enhance
(2) barriers that must be addressed

Duke staff, from all levels of seniority and all functional roles, are encouraged to apply to the Duke Communicators Mentorship Program to build connections, share advice and perspectives, and collaborate on projects, professional development, career goals, communications skills, trending topics, and more.

Experienced communicators will serve as mentors, supporting professional development, networking, skill-building, leadership skills, and career path navigation within Duke University and Duke University Health System.

All participants in the program will build connections, gain knowledge, and get fresh perspectives that support careers at Duke.

Important Dates:

  • Application period opens: August 14, 2023
  • Application period closes: August 25, 2023
  • Lottery and Matching: August 30, 2023
  • Notification to mentees: September 7, 2023
  • Orientation to program: September 15, 2023 @ 11:00-11:45 am (virtual)
  • End of year luncheon: May 17, 2024 @ Noon – 1:00 pm

News Articles:
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Sharing the Story of Progress: Through the Diversity Action Alliance, Duke communicators further inclusion

“This offers an opportunity to connect with other communicators across the institution.”

“It feels good to see how much you actually know, and to share that info.”

“To other senior communicators, I would say it’s a great opportunity to pay forward all you’ve learned and experienced at Duke. It also was great to build relationships with junior communicators and to have an even exchange of conversation and advice. I learned so much from my junior colleagues, as I hoped they learned from me!”

“It’s a nice chance to cross pollinate ideas with other communicators/perspectives.”

“It’s an opportunity to meet/get to know/network with other communicators, share ideas and insights, ask questions, and learn from each other.”

“It’s fun, not excessively time-consuming, and definitely worthwhile for anyone with a genuine interest in mentoring.”

“That it’s a great opportunity to network with other communicators and to get insight on how to make improvements in your approach to your career goals.”

“Great opportunity to network with communications colleagues.”

“Overall, it’s a great way to meet new people in your field and others with different expertise.”