Student Support

One of the CMA’s core values is being student-centered.

We believe that it is both academics and the co-curricular experiences that make up a student’s overall college experience. We offer a variety of services and initiatives that we believe will foster a positive holistic experience for undergraduate students beginning their first year through graduation.  Below you will find resources regarding academic support, one-on-one advising, first year outreach, and financial support for student organizations to name a few. 

For additional questions or info please contact one of the professional staff


Support focused on your needs.

Orgo Learning Community

OLC is a peer learning community for students taking Organic Chemistry. The learning community participants meet once a week during the fall and spring semesters and twice a week during each summer term in the relaxed atmosphere of the CMA, located on the lower level of the Bryan Center. The Learning Community Leaders, generally former participants,  facilitate the sessions which include concept reviews and interactive problem-solving followed by Q&A. OLC is open to students who are enrolled in Orgo 202 in the Fall and Orgo 201 in the Spring who are committed to supporting the individual and collective success of its participants.

For more information, contact Linda Capers at lfc@duke.edu.

CMA Professional Staff maintain an open door policy for 1:1 meetings with students to discuss issues pertaining to their cultural, social, and personal development and acclimation to Duke University and the broader spheres of their lives. Whether you are encountering new cross-cultural experiences and would like to talk with someone about them or you have a desire to start up a new organization with a mission that parallels the CMA in some way, we are here for your support. Please stop by or contact a staff member to set up an appointment.

CMA serves as a primary home for many cultural and social justice organizations. Not only do we provide a reservable space for meeting and programming, our professional staff serve in advising roles for various student groups. Whether you belong to an existing organization that needs assistance or would like to start a new organization, feel free to contact us and we can assist you and/or connect you with other offices and centers that can assist. Additionally, if you are interested in connecting with a student organization that serves a particular cultural community or social justice cause, we can assist you with these inquiries as well.

Student Organizations advised by the CMA include: 

  • Asian Student Association (ASA)
  • Defining Movement (DefMo)
  • Diya (South Asian Student Association)
  • Duke Africa

One of the Center's main outreach efforts is to connect to first-year students at Duke. We strongly encourage first-year students to visit the Center and to utilize the services and programs we offer, as well as drop by to meet the staff and other students. CMA is here to enrich the student experience at Duke. One of CMA's more notable first-year outreach efforts is the annual Multicultural Connections Program during orientation week. 

 

The Center for Multicultural Affairs outreach efforts to first-year students includes, but is not limited, to the following:

  • African & African American Student Reception
  • Multicultural Connections Program
  • Latinx, Latin American, and Allies Welcome Reception
  • Student Affairs Departmental Resource Fair
  • Graduate Student Resource Fair

For more information, contact the Center for Multicultural Affairs at dcma@studentaffairs.duke.edu or call 919-684-6756.

The Center for Multicultural Affairs provides opportunities for students to develop as leaders who advocate for themselves and their communities. Leadership development opportunities offer ways for students to develop their interpersonal skills, engage more reflectively with the campus community, and build upon their talents and interests.

For more information, email dcma@studentaffairs.duke.edu.

CMA serves as a primary home for many cultural and social justice organizations. Not only do we provide a reservable space for meeting and programming, our professional staff serve in advising roles for various student groups. Whether you belong to an existing organization that needs assistance or would like to start a new organization, feel free to contact us and we can assist you and/or connect you with other offices and centers that can assist. Additionally, if you are interested in connecting with a student organization that serves a particular cultural community or social justice cause, we can assist you with these inquiries as well.

For a list of cultural student organizations, visit: https://dukegroups.com/organization/dukegroups and click on "cultural" under the "Categories" section on the left side of the page.

Who to Know and Where to Go (formerly called Mosaic), was created in the summer of 2015 is a cultural guidebook to support the critical efforts to acclimate first-year undergraduate and graduate & professional students to the University campus as well as to key locations in and around the Durham community.

In conjunction with the CMA’s goal of empowering students and their organizations to create a vibrant and inclusive community, we celebrate your various identities that contribute to the "authentic" you and create programs which encourage cross-cultural engagement. This guidebook is another medium of empowerment connecting you to people and resources to help you navigate the Duke and Durham landscapes with confidence. 

 

Click here to download the printable Who to Know and Where to Go Guide.