Duke University offers numerous opportunities for interested students to partake in intentionally designed Living Learning communities (LLCs) that incorporate the residential component of the college experience along with other academic and social pursuits. While membership in these groups may be limited, activities offered are often open to the general student population. LLCs are sponsored, resourced, and facilitated by an office, often in conjunction with faculty partners. Students apply to join these communities and are selected by the sponsoring office.
Baldwin Scholars - located in Few, House FF 1/2
The Alice M. Baldwin Scholars Program inspires and supports undergraduate women to become engaged, confident and connected leaders in the Duke community and beyond. Each year 18 first-year women are selected to join the four year program which includes living together, an internship, two academic seminars, community service, and a retreat among other things. If you would like to discuss your potential fit with Baldwin Scholars, please contact Colleen Scott (Director) at 919.684.6579 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Eruditio et Religio - located in Blue Ridge House, Keohane 4B 4, 5, 6
Duke University Chapel, Residence Life, and the Interreligious Scholars Program have partnered to form Eruditio et Religio, Duke's newest living-learning community. The program is built around fostering relationships with people of diverse religious traditions and preparing students to work together for the common good. To learn more, check out the group's website.
Kenan Global Citizenship and Ethics - located in Khaya House, Edens 2A
The Ethics LLC provides a unique space on-campus, in which students ethically engage the world locally and globally. The LLC offers students the opportunity to explore the meaning of living as a global citizenship off-campus through funded house trips and on-campus through dinners, social events, and discussions with faculty and guests. The house discussions provide an exciting opportunity for students interested in a variety of ethical questions, related to human rights, global migration, public health, gender and sexuality, regulatory governance, human behavior and decision-making, or religion's role in public life. In the LLC’s first year, students traveled to Puerto Rico to engage with themes of resilience after Hurricane Maria. This year, the LLC ventured to New Orleans to look at how public spaces play a role in determining racial legacy and environmental justice. Stay up to date with events and information about the LLC on our website and Facebook page.
SPIRE - located in Narnia, Hollows A 5, 6
SPIRE is a deeply responsive mentoring and academic support program for high-achieving undergraduates from diverse backgrounds with interests in pursuing majors and/or careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. Duke SPIRE—which stands for STEM Pathways for Inclusion, Readiness, and Excellence—seeks to create a sense of academic belonging among students who have historically been marginalized in scientific communities. The LLC is a group of sophomores, juniors and seniors who are dedicated to making Duke a more inclusive and friendly place for students who are pursuing their degrees in the sciences through study groups, wellness activities, academic enrichment funding, tutoring and mentoring.
Visions of Freedom - located in BelAir House, Edens 1A
The Visions of Freedom LLC is community of upperclassmen based in Edens 1A with a common passion for politics, philosophy, and economics. Last fall, the group's house course focused on international conceptions of justice and political legitimacy and the LLC takes a Fall trip to Washington D.C. The LLC holds optional events like weekly group dinners focused on a controversial topic and a book club with the PPE department. The LLC members are bipartisan and have also hosted numerous watch parties for political events and coffee chats with public officials like Congressman Lipinski (D-IL). To learn more, check out the group’s website and promotional video.
Mitchell-White House - located in Craven, House Y/Z2
A small group of Black student leaders organized and founded the Mitchell-White House, a Black Cultural Living and Learning Community at Duke University. It opened in the fall of 2020, in a modified form due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The House is named after Mary Mitchell-Harris and Nathaniel White, two of the first five Black students who integrated Duke University in 1963. Mary Mitchell-Harris and Nathaniel White are both Durham natives who graduated valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively, from Hillside High School. Mary Mitchell-Harris and Nathaniel White are trailblazers at Duke and in Durham and epitomize our vision for Black student leaders in the Mitchell-White House. Before Mary Mitchell-Harris’s death in 2002, she maintained a steadfast relationship with her alma mater and hometown. Mr. Nathaniel White continues an intimate relationship with the University and Durham, as he routinely visits campus and upholds a prominent reputation in Durham.
As a Black Cultural Living and Learning Community, our mission is to learn about the people of the African diaspora and cultivate community amongst its members and allies. The Living and Learning Community seeks to facilitate an exchange of culture and history between its members. In addition to experiential learning, students will engage with texts, archival materials and off campus enrichment opportunities that address the topics of leadership, identity, and culture across the African diaspora at Duke and in Durham. The House will provide a unique space to connect with fellow students, faculty, administrators, alumni, and community leaders and cultivate Black change agents in our communities.
Be sure to check out the Mitchell-White House website.