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Student Engagement and Support


The mission of the Student Engagement & Support team is to foster student success by building community, cultivating engagement opportunities, and encouraging holistic student well-being. 

What We Do:

  • New Student Orientation planning
  • Monthly community building opportunities
  • Advise Engineering Graduate Student Council
  • Advise Student Advisory Board
  • Advise PhD Plus Student Executive Board
  • Graduation planning
  • One-on-one confidential meetings with students
  • Referrals to numerous campus resources
  • Health and Wellness Coaching
  • Oversee Pratt Peers Student Support Network
  • Wellbeing Workshops and Trainings

Who We Are:

In addition to creating opportunities for students from our various programs and departments to connect, we dedicate our time to supporting the health and well-being of the graduate and professional student population at the Pratt School of Engineering. We are all certified as mental health and suicide prevention instructors who teach others within our community how to identify, understand, and respond to individuals experiencing mental health or substance-use issues. Our goal is to help students thrive during their time at Duke, and we encourage students to connect with a member of our team if there is any support we can provide. 

Bridget Kerwin

Alison Brandeis

David Lee

PhD and Master’s Programs
Student Engagement & Support

Senior Program Coordinator
PhD Programs
Student Engagement & Support

Program Coordinator
Master’s Programs
Student Engagement & Support

Contact Student Engagement & Support at

  • Emergency Needs: If you or someone you know is experiencing a medical emergency or there is risk of harm to yourself or others, call 911.
  • Crisis Needs After Hours: If you or someone you know needs to talk to someone urgently after hours call:
    • Call 919-660-1000, option 2 for confidential mental health crisis assistance
    • 24/7 Tele-mental health services are also available to all Duke students through Timely Care
    • Student Affairs/Dean on-call: 984-287-0300