Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Duke Engineering

Creating a community of excellence

The Duke University Pratt School of Engineering is committed to being a diverse community of people with ideas and approaches that make a difference locally, nationally and globally.

At the core of our diversity philosophy is a belief that multicultural learning is truly an integral part of our personal, social and moral growth—as individuals and as a university.

This is particularly true for engineers, who are charged with developing solutions, processes and products for all people. As a result, we embrace the vision that diversity in the classroom and in the laboratory generates better learning outcomes, better citizens, and better engineers.

Duke Engineering is proud to be part of the American Society for 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.


The Pratt School of Engineering is committed to:

  • Building a secure, welcoming academic and social environment where each person can flourish
  • Increasing the enrollment of individuals from groups traditionally underrepresented in STEM
  • Recruiting and retaining diverse faculty and staff
  • Providing all students, faculty and staff with the necessary support to succeed

Duke’s Statement of Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion »


Duke Engineering intentionally strives to cultivate opportunities for diverse research teams comprising faculty, students and staff who represent a wide array of backgrounds and experiences. Central to building diverse teams is promoting the inclusion of women and persons from traditionally underrepresented groups through a number of efforts.

Student resources to encourage greater diversity and inclusion »


Our standing Committee on Diversity, Equity Inclusion and Community is a representative developing and implementing a collaborative, comprehensive strategy to continue building a strong, thriving community.

The committee develops the strategic priorities for diversity and inclusion with measurable outcomes.

Members serve as liaisons to teams and units.


Our efforts include Engineering a Community, which connects undergraduate students from historically underrepresented racial/ethnic backgrounds with engineering master’s and PhD student mentors.

The program provides a system of support and encouragement, and opportunities to connect and network.

More about Engineering a Community »

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion at Duke

Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas—an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.

Resources for Underrepresented Students

Reporting an Incident of Discrimination or Harassment

The Duke Office of Student Conduct makes available an online form for reporting incidents involving students and/or student organizations. Anyone with a Duke NetID may use this form to report an incident.

Upon receiving a report, the Office of Student Conduct staff will respond as appropriate. You will be asked to authenticate your identity before being directed to the online incident report form. If you have any problems accessing the form or authenticating your identity, please contact the Office of Student Conduct.

If you wish to file a report anonymously, you may do so through DukeReach here. Please note that Duke encourages individuals who are reporting an incident to provide identifying information. To continue to the online incident report form, click here.

Duke Resources

Center for Multicultural Affairs
The Center for Multicultural Affairs (CMA) promotes community engagement, multicultural education, leadership development, and social justice education among the student population. Their programs and services aim to empower students and to create a vibrant and inclusive community.  https://studentaffairs.duke.edu/cma/contact-us.

International House
IHouse provides educational programs, services, and advocacy to Duke global community on campus as well as outreach to the greater Durham area.  They offer extensive cross-cultural information and training to enhance the mission of the university. https://studentaffairs.duke.edu/ihouse/about-us.

Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity (CSGD)
CSGD strives to achieve an inclusive campus climate for students, staff, faculty, and alumni with marginalized sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions through education, advocacy, support, mentoring, academic engagement, and providing space.  https://studentaffairs.duke.edu/csgd/contact-us.

Jewish Life
Jewish Life at Duke is comprised of the Freeman Center and the Rubenstein-Silvers Hillel.  The Freeman Center provides a home for Jewish life on campus while the Rubenstein-Silvers Hillel provides exciting and innovative programming throughout the Duke community.  The combination works to foster and enrich Jewish life through social, educational, religious and cultural activities.  https://studentaffairs.duke.edu/jewishlife.

Mary Lou Williams Center
The Mary Lou Williams Center for Black Culture strives to promote racial understanding, build community, and foster an appreciation for and increase knowledge of Black people, Black history, Black culture, and the vast contributions of people of the African Diaspora. https://studentaffairs.duke.edu/mlw.

Muslim Life
Muslim Life at Duke is committed to enriching the lives of Muslim students and the whole campus through organizing events and activities that cater to the spiritual, social and intellectual needs of Duke students.  https://studentaffairs.duke.edu/muslimlife.

Women’s Center
The Duke University Women’s Center is dedicated to helping every woman at Duke become self-assured with a streetwise savvy that comes from actively engaging with the world. We welcome men and women alike who are committed to gender equity and social change.  https://studentaffairs.duke.edu/wc/contact-us.

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
CAPs provide a wide range of services, all covered through the Student Health Fee, that meet the mental health and student development needs of Duke students.  At CAPS, they address a wide range of life issues concerning a student’s mental health, not just mental health emergencies. Call 919.684.3737 or visit this link to make an appointment. 

Duke Police
The Duke University Campus Police Department provides 24-hour police and security services to Duke’s academic campus and hospital.