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Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Community

Duke Electrical and Computer Engineering is dedicated to inclusive excellence.

Working hand in hand with DEIC representatives from across the School of Engineering, Duke ECE offers many resources and opportunities to students from underrepresented groups—from dedicated student organizations to recruiting incentives and fellowships, and events and activities that celebrate the diversity of our entire community. Duke ECE regularly hosts action forums to discuss department policies and practices, in order to ensure that these areas continue to evolve with input from the engineering community.


We offer aggressive packages of fellowships, scholarships and incentives to PhD and master's students from underrepresented groups, including women and persons with disabilities. 

These include:

  • Application fee waivers
  • Dean's Graduate Scholarship Program
  • Sloan Scholarship Program
  • Diversity Scholarships for our master's students
  • Assistance with applications for external competitive fellowships


Duke ECE Committee Members

Committee members support equity and inclusion efforts of the departments including Phd fellowships for underrepresented groups and recruiting incentives.

Nan Jokerst

Nan Jokerst (Co-Chair)

(919) 660-5503

Shani Daily

Shani Daily (Co-Chair)

(202) 922-7339

Richard Fair

Richard Fair

(919) 660-5277

Michael Gustafson

Michael Gustafson

(919) 660-5354

Dan Sorin

Dan Sorin

(919) 660-5439

Have a Question, Concern, or IDea?

Liaisons serve as a voice for undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty, and staff about challenges and opportunities in our community. Feel free to reach out to any members who will relay to the Pratt DEIC committee.

Student Organizations

Association for Women in Science (AWIS)

Duke is an institutional member of the Association for Women in Science and individual memberships are free for Duke students, staff and faculty. AWIS advocates for gender equity and the advancement of women in STEM fields, and offers professional development, networking, mentorship, and leadership opportunities.

Bouchet Society

The Duke University Bouchet Society primarily supports underrepresented minority graduate students in the pursuit of scholarly excellence in the Natural Sciences, Engineering, and Mathematics

Duke Technology Scholars Program

The Duke Technology Scholars Program is a comprehensive effort to empower the next generation of diverse leaders who will bring increased innovation to the tech industry.

The DTech program centers around the idea that community, mentorship and hands-on experience make the difference in recruiting and retaining under-represented people in technology fields.

Program Coordinator: Kelly Perri
Faculty Director: Dr. Shani Daily

ECE Advocacy for Student Engagement 

EASE is a graduate student-led organization that aims to build a community within the ECE department through hosting social, academic, wellbeing, and outreach events.

Females and Allies Excelling More in Math, Engineering & Science (FEMMES+)

Femmes+ focuses on enrichment and mentoring to high school-aged students. Duke students lead camps, workshops and social and professional events. 

Out For Undergrad (O4U)

Out for Undergrad is a national professional development program to help high-performing LGBTQ undergraduate students reach their full potential. Admitted O4U students take part in professional meetings produced with industry partners. Applications to join the next O4U annual class open each March.

National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)

Its mission is to increase the number of culturally responsible Black Engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally, and positively impact the community.

NSBE national organization
NSBE Duke chapter
President: Akylah Cox
Advisor: Dr. Adrienne Stiff-Roberts

Samuel Dubois Cook Society

Named in honor of the first black professor to be hired at Duke University, the Samuel Dubois Cook Society is committed to translate the promise and potential of African Americans into fulfillment and actuality, and to seek to improve relations among persons of all backgrounds.

Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)

The mission of SHPE is to change lives by empowering the Hispanic community to realize its fullest potential and to impact the world through STEM awareness, access, support and development.

President: Javier Franco

Society of Women Engineers (SWE)

The mission of SWE is to empower women to achieve full potential in careers as engineers and leaders, expand the image of the engineering and technology professions as a positive force in improving the quality of life, and demonstrate the value of diversity and inclusion.

Duke Facebook page
Annika Hsu, Alexa Tannebaum
Advisor: Dr. Rebecca Simmons




Nuestra América: 30 Inspiring Latinas/Latinos Who Have Shaped the United States

icon of an open bookNuestra América is a fully illustrated anthology from the Smithsonian Latino Center, featuring the stories of thirty Latina/o/xs and celebrating their contributions to the nation’s cultural, social, and political character. Many of the stories in this book will be included in the Molina Family Latino Gallery, the first national gallery dedicated to Latina/o/xs at the Smithsonian. For accompanying online resources featuring Smithsonian collections, visit the Nuestra América Learning Lab.

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