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 Series

Down to Earth: Lunch Edition
Graduate Students discuss their diverse experiences and share research during this relaxed, interactive lunch event. Students will connect with a broader support group, explore issues of identity, navigating graduate school, learn about subjects beyond their field, develop relationships with potential mentors, colleagues, etc.

Fall 2014

September 10  – Layla Brown, Cultural Anthropology PhD Candidate
October 8  –Felicia Arriaga, 3rd year Sociology, PhD Student
November 12 – Robert Reece, 3rd year Sociology PhD Student

*All DTE: Lunch Edition programs will take place in the CMA Resource Room from 12:30pm – 1:30pm every 2nd Wednesday of the month. Lunch will be provided!

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.

Fall 2014
September 17 – Dr. Miguel Rojas Sotelo, Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies
November 19 – Kay Oxendine, Cultural Consultant/Writer & 2014 Duke Pow Wow Emcee 

*All DTE Dinners take place in the CMA Resource room 5:30pm – 7:00pm; Please RSVP by emailing J’nai Adams at jnai.adams@duke.edu.

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 dcma@studentaffairs.duke.edu 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 jnai.adams@duke.edu.

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 lfc@duke.edu.

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 lfc@duke.edu.

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