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Identity, Culture and Religion

Empowering a rich and diverse student community.

Our students connect to university identity & cultural centers through interest and/or identity. It is our intention in Student Affairs to deliver an array of international programs and services. We are committed to promoting student growth through exposure to and promotion of skills and experiences in Cultural Competency, meaning:

SELF-AWARENESS: Having the consciousness of one's social identities, cultures, biases, and perspectives, and the ability to understand what we bring to relationships and situations.

UNDERSTANDING AND VALUING OTHERS: Knowledge and appreciation of the social identities, cultures, and worldviews of other people.

KNOWLEDGE OF SOCIETAL INEQUALITIES: Understanding of the different forms of privilege and oppression that one is part of and how these affect others’ experiences, opportunities, and access to social power, and how different forms of inequality interlock and intersect in our lives

SKILLS TO INTERACT EFFECTIVELY WITH DIVERSE PEOPLE IN DIFFERENT CONTEXTS: Ability to adapt to and work collaboratively with diverse people in a range of situations

SKILLS TO FOSTER EQUITY AND INCLUSION: Ability to identify and address inequities and choose appropriate interventions to create environments, policies, and practices to ensure diversity and fairness

Identity & Cultural Centers

Centers within Student Affairs providing education, advocacy, and support for Duke students

Additional Campus Resources

Office for Institutional Equity

The Office for Institutional Equity (OIE) provides education and support for the Duke University and Duke Health community to advance Duke's shared values of respect, trust, inclusion, discovery, and excellence.

Duke Chapel & Religious Life at Duke

Duke Chapel acts as a moderator for the various faith groups at Duke. In partnership with the Division of Student Affairs, the Chapel convenes, supports, and advocates for all of the officially recognized Religious Life groups on campus that serve students, including Buddhist, Catholic, Hindu, Jewish, Latter-Day Saints, Muslim, Orthodox, and Protestant organizations and groups.


DukeLIFE promotes the academic excellence of students who are among the first in their families to attain 4-year degrees as well as those with high financial need.

Student Accessibility Services

The Student Disability Access Office recognizes disability as an aspect of diversity that is integral to society and to our campus community. Accessibility is an essential feature of the Duke campus, and we strive to create an inclusive community for our students.