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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 Duke's Pratt 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.

CONSIDERING ECE at DUKE?

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

LEARN MORE

Duke ECE Committee Members

Committee members support equity and inclusion efforts of the department, including doctoral (PhD) fellowships for underrepresented groups and recruiting incentives

Nan Jokerst

Nan Jokerst (Co-Chair)

(919) 660-5503

nan.jokerst@duke.edu

Shani Daily

Shani Daily (Co-Chair)

(202) 922-7339

shani.b@duke.edu

Richard Fair

Richard Fair

(919) 660-5277

rfair@ee.duke.edu

Michael Gustafson

Michael Gustafson

(919) 660-5354

mrg@duke.edu

Dan Sorin

Dan Sorin

(919) 660-5439

sorin@ee.duke.edu

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.


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.


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.

 

 

WHAT WE'RE READING...

Assata: An Autobiography

by Assata Shakur

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This intensely personal and political autobiography belies the fearsome image of JoAnne Chesimard long projected by the media and the state. With wit and candor, Assata Shakur recounts the experiences that led her to a life of activism and portrays the strengths, weaknesses, and eventual demise of Black and white revolutionary groups at the hand of government officials. The result is a signal contribution to the literature about growing up Black in America that has already taken its place alongside The Autobiography of Malcolm X and the works of Maya Angelou.

Would you like to recommend a resource that raises awareness and/or supports inclusive excellence in our community? Let us know!