Center for Multicultural Affairs

About Us

Our Mission

The Center for Multicultural Affairs (CMA) empowers students and their organizations to create a vibrant and inclusive multicultural student community. We promote community engagement, multicultural education, and leadership development through our programs and services. The Center provides a welcoming environment for individuals to explore self and social awareness, to learn how to navigate a complex cultural environment from each unique perspective, to better understand themselves and the world around them. We provide cultural education and support that promotes cultural accommodation that comes from a sense of belonging.

The CMA's peer-driven approach encourages students to ask question, find what they need, interact with others of both similar and different backgrounds, to better understanding cultural change and discover common experiences. Through these interactions, students will create connections that will benefit each of them during their time at Duke and beyond.

Our Vision Statement

The Multicultural Center: Today, Tomorrow, and Beyond

Over the past two decades, Duke has worked hard to prompt and promote opportunities for faculty and students to engage deeply and genuinely with ideas and with each other. We have affirmed diversity as fundamental to our research and educational goals and have undertaken significant efforts to transform the campus into a more vibrant and inclusive community…

We have also sought to diversify our undergraduate, graduate, and professional student bodies and provide them with depth of understanding of themselves and the world that equips them to become better scholars, leaders, and citizens…(Making a Difference: The Strategic Plan for Duke University, Sept. 29, 2006)

Helping “to transform the campus into a more vibrant and inclusive community” is the primary goal of the Center for Multicultural Affairs (Multicultural Center). This is a formidable task since the campus is made up of multiple communities with great degrees of heterogeneity within communities. It commands a multifaceted approach university-wide. What these communities all have in common, however, is that they exist within the Duke campus environment enjoying varying degrees of recognition and support. Therein lies the challenge.


The CMA offers reserveable programming space for students, faculty, and staff that offers a variety of amenities, including:

Reserving Space at the CMA

To reserve space at the Center, call us at 919-684-6756 or stop by our office on the ground floor of the Bryan Center.

The Conference Room is available for reservations as well, and holds approximately 10 people. 

The Conference Room is located on the second floor of the Bryan Center. It features a conference table for approximately 8 people with some additional mobile seating. Perfect space for a small executive board or committee meeting. 

We will need the following information:

  • Your name
  • Your group's name
  • A contact email or phone number
  • The unique id number (on the back of your Duke card) for the two people who will be given door access to the center
  • The date and time of your reservation
  • The space you would like to reserve
  • Any additional information regarding your program that will help us prepare for your reservation

You may reserve more than one space as well as make reservations for multiple days and times.

Reserve Space at the CMA.

If you need to cancel your reservation, please contact us in advance so we can remove your reservation from the calendar. Courteous cancellation also allows other groups to reserve space during the date and time you originally reserved.

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