Engaging in a Diverse World

Campus Partners & Triangle Resources

Campus Partners

Listed below are some of the many ways in which students can enhance their experience through support services and educational spaces that:

  • Promote a richer understanding of the role race, gender, sexuality, and class has played, and plays, in our society.
  • Attend to the needs of students and their varied experiences.
  • Encourage the formation of equitable and just communities respectful of differences.

Please note that this is not a comprehensive list, but rather a starting point for exploration outside of Student Affairs.

Office of Institutional Equity
The Office for Institutional Equity provides institutional leadership in enhancing respectful, diverse and inclusive work and learning environments for the Duke Community.
     --Ombudsperson services are available to all students--undergraduate, graduate, and professional. The Ombudsperson provides a neutral, safe, and private environment to discuss concerns and evaluate options.

Office of Outreach and Access
This new office will lead programs targeting first-generation and low-income students.

Religious Life
Religious Life at Duke creates a safe place for religious expression and student support and promotes collaboration between Duke’s diverse faith groups. The link goes to a listing of all of Duke’s recognized religious life groups.
--Integrative Education: Duke Chapel extends the commitment to religious diversity and generous hospitality into the curriculum through courses that challenge students to think about lives lived in a culturally, religiously and ethically diverse world.

Asian Pacific Studies Institute
APSI is the focal point of research and teaching on the Asian/Pacific region at Duke.  APSI, in conjunction with other academic programs on campus, offers undergraduate students opportunities to travel and do research throughout the Asian/Pacific region.

African & African American Studies

AAAS is concerned with social justice and committed to a model of Black Studies that forces attention to the entire Diaspora (i.e. migration within Africa, as well as migrations of black peoples away from Africa). Courses implement interdisciplinary exploration of both historic and contemporary issues in Africa and the Americas.

Gender, Sexuality & Feminist Studies
The Program in Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies at Duke University is dedicated to exploring gender identities, relations, practices, theories and institutions.

Duke Islamic Studies Center
The Duke Islamic Studies Center is a vibrant, diverse community of scholars and students engaged in interdisciplinary teaching, interactive learning, and cutting-edge research about Islam and Muslims.

Center for Documentary Studies
Undergraduate certificate & events

Latino/a Studies

The Program in Latino/a Studies in the Global South offers courses and a new undergraduate certificate as well as financial support for research and conference attendance.  Lectures and events bring a face to Latino/a Studies at Duke and connect to the community.

John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute
The FHI is dedicated to supporting humanities, arts, and social science research and teaching at Duke. Following the example of our namesake John Hope Franklin, the Institute also promotes scholarship that enhances social equity, especially research on race and ethnicity.

Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

AMES trains students to examine contemporary national and ethnic cultures of Asia and Africa within a global context and to communicate in a region from the Atlantic east toward the Pacific.

Cultural Anthropology

Encourages an international perspective to the examination of how people create and define distinct ways of living. Topics of study range from ethnic and race relations to gender, sexuality, nationalism, law, medicine, and popular culture.

Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies

The Center creates a supportive environment for intellectual and social events focused on Latin America and the Caribbean. The Center engages undergraduates in events that share the passion for the beauty and complex history and culture of Latin America and the Caribbean.

Literature Program

The Literature Major offers an interdisciplinary approach to the study of literature, film, and cultural forms. It enables students to engage in cross-cultural analysis and develops a sophisticated appreciation of the ways questions of race, class, gender, and sexuality arise in different historical and social contexts.

Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity, and Gender in the Social Sciences

REGSS is an affiliate of the Social Science Research Institute (SSRI) at Duke University. It is an interdisciplinary center within the social sciences that studies the constructs of race, ethnicity, and gender, which are constitutive to the social and political fabric of the United States as well as many other countries.

Program in the Study of Sexualities
This program fosters an interdisciplinary community of researchers and students interested sexuality studies and queer theory, through an undergraduate certificate program, courses, and an active schedule of lectures and events.

Kenan Institute for Ethics
KIE supports the study of ethics and promotes moral reflection and commitment in personal, professional, community and civic life.

Office of Civic Engagement
Volunteer opportunities; community-based work study; connect with area nonprofits


Duke Engage
Provides funding for students who wish to pursue an intensive civic engagement experience within a community that has an identified need.

Martin Luther King Commemoration Programs
Honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Global Education Office for Undergraduates 

Formerly the Office of Study Abroad, this office facilitates and promotes study for academic credit away from the Duke campus, both in the U.S. and abroad.

Triangle Resources

The Triangle (Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill) is one of the most ethnically diverse metropolitan areas in the Southeast. Here is a list of just a few of our area's multicultural organizations. 

UNC American Indian Center: The American Indian Center is a campus-wide center that will advance the University of North Carolina's (Chapel Hill) overall mission of research, teaching and public service by creating an environment in which quality research, scholarship, and engagement related to American Indians is strengthened, nurtured and coordinated.  North Carolina is home to one of the largest Native populations in the eastern United States and the center serves as the University’s front door to American Indian communities across the state and the nation.

El Centro Hispano: A grassroots community-based organization dedicated to strengthening the Latino community and improving the quality of life of Latino residents in Durham, North Carolina, and the surrounding area.

El Pueblo: El Pueblo is a North Carolina non-profit statewide advocacy and public policy organization dedicated to strengthening the Latino Community. This mission is accomplished through leadership development, proactive and direct advocacy, education, and promotion of cross-cultural understanding in partnerships at the local, state, and national levels.

Latino Community Credit Union: The Latino Community Credit Union (LCCU) is a community-based and member-owned nonprofit financial institution that provides protection of financial assets, access to loans, financial independence and financial education. Based in North Carolina, LCCU is the first fully bilingual financial institution in the state.

Hayti Heritage Center: The mission of the St. Joseph's Historic Foundation at the Hati Heritage Center is to preserve the heritage of the old Hayti community, and to promote the understanding of and appreciation for the African American experience and African Americans’ contributions to world culture.

Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History: The Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History is part of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. As a center within the University's Academic Affairs Division, the Center has a central role in supporting the University's academic mission. The Center is committed to broadening the range of intellectual discourse about African-Americans and to encouraging a better understanding of peoples of the African diaspora and their perspectives on important social and cultural issues.

Student Action with Farmworkers: Student Action with Farmworkers is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is to bring students and farmworkers together to learn about each other’s lives, share resources and skills, improve conditions for farmworkers, and build diverse coalitions working for social change.