Center for Multicultural Affairs

Community Engagement

The Center for Multicultural Affairs provides space for collective learning and growth that help us explore our varied experiences and common challenges. 

Down to Earth Dinner Series

Faculty and staff discuss their diverse experiences and share research during this relaxed, interactive dinner event. Students will connect with a broader support group, explore issues of identity and experience, learn about subjects beyond their major, develop relationships with potential mentors, and more.

All DTE Dinners take place in the CMA Resource room from 5:30pm – 7:00pm

Fall 2013 Guests

  • Sept. 25 – Jason Mendez
  • Oct. 23 – Mohamed Noor
  • Nov. 20 – Amy Locklear Hertel

Fall 2013 DTE Dinners

Spring 2014 Guests

  • Feb. 20 – Laurie McIntosh
  • March 26 – Ava Vinesett
  • April 23 – Leo Ching

Fall 2014 Guests

  • Sept. 10 | 12:30pm – 1:30pm | Layla Brown
  • Sept. 17 | 5:30pm – 7:00pm | Miguel Royas
  • Oct. 8 | 12:30pm – 1:30pm | Felicia Ariaga
  • Nov. 12 | 12:30pm – 1:30pm | Robert Reece
  • Nov. 19 | 5:30pm – 7:00pm |Kay Oxendine

For more information, contact J’nai Adams at

First-Year Outreach

One of the Center's main outreach efforts is to connect to first-year students at Duke. We strongly encourage first year students to visit the Center and to utilize the services and programs we offer. CMA is here to enrich the student experience at Duke. One of CMA's more notable outreach efforts is the annual Multicultural Connections Luncheon during orientation week.

The Center for Multicultural Affairs outreach efforts to first-year students includes, but is not limited, to the following:

  • Multicultural Connections Luncheon
  • Crossroads Advisory Council
  • Latino Student Orientation Reception
  • African & African American Student Reception
  • Student Affairs Departmental Resource Fair
  • Graduate Student Resource Fair

For more information, contact the Center for Multicultural Affairs at or call 919-668-5237.

Monday Motivations

Monday Motivations is a weekly meet-and-greet session for students, faculty, staff, and community members come together and start their week off with free food, friendly people, and casual dialogue on issues pertaining to multiculturalism and social justice.

Held Mondays from 11am-1pm ath the Center for Multicultural Affairs in lower level of the Bryan Center.

Fall 2014 dates
• Sept. 8
• Sept. 22
• Sept. 29
• Oct. 6
• Oct. 22
• Oct. 27
• Nov. 3
• Nov. 17
• Dec. 1

For more information, contact J'nai Adams at

Orgo and Physics Learning Communities (OLC) and (PLC)

OLC and PLC are peer learning communities for students taking Organic Chemistry and Physics. The learning community participants meet once a week during the fall and twice a week during each summer term in the relaxed atmosphere of the CMA. The Learning Community Leaders facilitate the sessions which include concept reviews, interactive problem solving by the participants followed by Q&A. Both the OLC and PLC are open to students who are committed to supporting the individual and collective success of its participants.

Check back here for the Spring schedule.

For more information, contact Linda Capers at

Unity Through Diversity forum

Unity Through Diversity (UTD)  is an annual campus-wide event highlighting distinct histories, needs and priorities shared by student cultural communities of color.  Historically,  UTD which held its first forum in 2000 has been the impetus for positive institutional change on campus and has sparked important dialogues about race, multiculturalism, and equality. The Center for Multicultural Affairs wants to ensure that this event will continue to contribute to the development of an equitable and inclusive campus climate.

The 13th Annual Unity Through Diversity Forum

Unity Through Diversity Proceedings (pdfs)

For more information, contact Linda Capers at

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