Engaging in a Diverse World

Student Groups

Duke University is home to 400+ recognized student organizations that foster student interaction and exchange, exploration of a variety of interest areas, understanding of the principles of organizational structure and management, and development of valuable collaboration, leadership, and communication skills. 

Duke Groups: Sign in to DukeGroups to explore and experience the many available opportunities. Use the topics below to explore diversity and inclusion groups. 

  • Culture
  • Faith & Religious
  • Political/Activist
  • Service

A list of just a few of Duke's diversity-related student groups are listed below.

DefMo: Founded on the pillars of service and multiculturalism, Defining Movement was created out of a need seen on Duke's campus for a diverse organization that transcends the lines of race, gender, background, beliefs, and more.

Duke Disability Alliance: The mission of Duke Disability Alliance (DDA, formerly ICAN) is to promote advocacy and awareness of issues concerning students with disabilities, physical or otherwise. DDA's goal is to eliminate the stigma the sometimes comes with the term "disablility," and to prove that disability should be considered as part of diversity.

Blue Devils United: Blue Devils United is the student group for SOGIE-diverse students, allies, and friends. Blue Devils United seeks to provide social opportunities for LGBTQ students and their allies, outreach to students at Duke and in the community, and to advocate for the needs of LGBTQ individuals both at Duke and beyond.

Bridging Communities: Bridging Communities seeks to promote a Sanford Community that is inclusive, equitable, and just; we want to attract and produce a class of culturally competent professionals who are passionate and dedicated to achieving social equity—locally, nationally, and globally.

International Association: The International Association works towards creating a social, cultural and academic environment at Duke that addresses the needs of the international community. The International Association raises international awareness on campus through social events and lecture series, and provides policy advocacy for issues affecting international students at Duke. 

Black Student Alliance (BSA): For the purposes of intellectually, socially, and culturally enriching the Duke community, the BSA promotes academic achievement and intellectual pursuit, cultivates dynamic leadership, and strives to eliminate social barriers for all.

Duke South Asian Students Association (Diya): Diya is an organization representing the South Asian student body at Duke. Diya, which is a Hindi word meaning "light,” seeks to share the culture and traditions of South Asia with the greater Duke and Durham communities.

Native American Student Alliance (NASA): Our mission is to serve as a resource for all Native American students on campus through educational, career, cultural, and social support. Furthermore, we will work to advance the awareness of Native American culture throughout campus and the state of NC.

Asian Students Association (ASA): ASA serves as a lobbying voice and support for the political, cultural and social interests of students of Asian Pacific heritage at Duke. The ASA works to transcend social borders and foster relations with other groups on campus through community interaction.

Mi Gente: Mi Gente, Duke's Latino Student Association, has two fundamental goals: to best serve the Hispanic population at Duke, and to bring the beauty of Hispanic/Latino culture to the larger Duke community. Furthermore, Mi Gente seeks to fill the needs of all Latinos.

Muslim Students Association (MSA): MSA plans religious, social, political, and cultural activities related to Islam and various Muslim cultures in order to serve the needs and interests of members of the Duke community, regardless of their faith.