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Our programs and services are designed to support holistic well-being, foster an inclusive and dynamic community, and complement Duke's commitment to academic excellence.

Today and in the future, Student Affairs will work closely with students to enhance leadership opportunities, promote interaction and familiarity among diverse racial, ethnic, international and political perspectives, support healthy habits and lifestyles, and provide outstanding career counseling and post-graduate opportunities.

We will also encourage community and environmental involvement, whether with one of the hundreds of student organizations on campus, out in the Durham community, or anywhere in the world their passions lead.

Giving Tuesday is Coming!

Stay tuned for special campaigns from our Student Engagement team, or see below for ways you can support our initiatives year-round!

Impact Stories

Our Current Initiatives

We are grateful for your support and want giving to Duke and Student Affairs to be convenient and easy for you. You can support Duke and the initiatives that are important to you in various ways. Non-monetary gifts are possible and appreciated.

The Diversity Initiative supports educational initiatives, emergency funds, and community celebrations to advance Duke’s commitment to equity and inclusion.

Make a gift to the Diversity Initiative

The Leadership Initiative supports accessible, comprehensive leadership trainings, programs, and services for undergraduate and graduate/professional students.

Make a gift to the Leadership Initiative

The Student Involvement Initiatives supports university-wide traditions, activities, and student organization events that promote deeper belonging and inclusion for all students.

Make a gift to the Student Involvement Initiative

Israel Programming Fund: Support for Israel programs benefits events; student travel for conferences; Israel student groups; and programs related to our full-time Jewish Agency Israel Fellow. $1.5M will establish a named endowment the Israel Fellow position; $2M will also establish a named endowment for the Israel Program Fund and the Israel Fellow position.

Shabbat Dinner Funding: In order to continue to provide this essential service to students and avoid making program changes that would jeopardize the home-away-from-home community, supporting Shabbat meals and sustain Shabbat dinner experiences is essential. 

Endowing the Campus Rabbi Position: Duke’s full-time campus rabbi is the spiritual leader of the campus Jewish community and its chief Jewish educator.

Please click here if you would like to support the work of Jewish Life at Duke.

A group of seven women smiling and laughing at the CML Eid barbecue

Gifts to the Center for Muslim Life support programs and services such as:

Jumu’ah Support: The Friday prayer service (Jumu’ah) is a cornerstone of many Muslim communities. Support includes coordinating speakers, training students to give sermons, providing food and fellowship opportunities, and reserving centralized space.

Ramadan Programming: Students need extra support and accommodations to maintain their rigorous academic schedule while balancing the long days that are spiritually rich and physically grueling. Support includes providing morning & evening meals, nightly prayers, and guest speakers four days per week.

Student Internship Program: Student interns will serve 5-10 hours a week in identity centers while learning and developing essential skills such as training and facilitation, event management, communication, and social change.

Please click if you would like to support the work of Muslim Life at Duke

5 students in graduation garb pose for a photo outside of Page AuditoriumGifts to the Mary Lou Williams Center support programs and services such as:

On the Way Experiential Learning Program: A 3-day early-college retreat for incoming first-year students that employs the construct of Community Cultural Wealth to engage students in an asset-based approach to racial socialization and resilience in college.

Black History Month Keynote & Lecture Series: The Black History Month Keynote & Lecture series invites dynamic speakers to engage the Duke and Durham communities in a keynote lecture and programs.

Student Internship Program: Student interns will serve 5-10 hours a week in identity centers while learning and developing essential skills such as training and facilitation, event management, communication, and social change.

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Gifts to the Center for Sexual & Gender Diversity support programs and services such as:

Peer Mentoring Program: First-year students will be paired with upper class students who share identities with them to build a community of support. Students would attend small group dinners and training and educational programming focused on community and relationship building.

Collaborative Program Funding: Supporting collaborative programs with faculty and campus partners to broaden impact. Examples include a research program related to mental health in collaboration with the Sexual and Gender Minority Health Program; or a programmatic initiative addressing intimate partner violence in LGBTQIA+ communities in collaboration with the Wellness Center and the Women’s Center.

Transgender Transition Related Care Fund: A restricted fund through which transgender, genderqueer, non-binary students may apply to receive funding for transition-related expenses.

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students embracing at an outdoor functionGifts to the Women's Center support programs and services such as:

Women of Color Leadership Program: A 20-member cohort-based program that connects students with women of color who are alumni, civic leaders, or in an industry of interest. These women serve as mentors and help students build a
network to continue to learn how to navigate workplaces and honor their identities.

Reproductive Justice Conference: A day-long conference for Triangle area universities hosted by the Women's Center on reproductive health, rights, and access to reproductive services.

Alternative Spring Break Program: An immersive and breakthrough experience for students, through trips to locations like the Navajo Nation, where students hear from experts on the ground about gender violence, and San Diego where students get an in depth look at human trafficking.

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5 students make smores at a night time eventGifts to the Center for Multicultural Affairs support programs and services such as:

Change Agent Cohort Program: Supports a cohort of 10-15 students through a year as they learn how to build sustainable social change movements in their communities beyond graduation from Duke.

Triangle-Wide Multicultural Student Leadership Program:
Builds a community of young adults who have experience working with individuals across identities and institutions as civic, organization, and community leaders. Partnering with other local universities such as UNC, NCCU, and NC State this academy will connect students to local leaders across industries.

Difficult Dialogue Train the Trainer: This program builds skills to navigate power and discomfort to build skills for sustainable connection. Our focus is on a train the trainer model to bring about a scalable and sustainable change.

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dozens of students posing with the durham bull hand signal in downtown durhamGifts to the Duke International Student Center support programs and services such as:

Legal Fees Hardship Support: Monetary support for students applying for legal fee assistance to support their ability to legally live and thrive in the United States immediately after their graduation. 

Living Learning Community: 60-80 students live together within a Quad to exchange cultures and learn more about being a global citizen.

Explore NC/Explore the US: Supports small group trips of about 8-12 international students to local and national destinations for them to learn more about the US during school breaks when they are unable to return home.

Virtual Orientation Platform: Provide a new interactive platform to help deliver an engaging virtual summer orientation (in multiple languages) for incoming international students.

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Cultural Engagement Fund: Provides student organizations with financial support to for programs promoting the arts, co-curricular education, health and wellness, multiculturalism and social justice, community service, and/or cross-cultural collaboration.

DUU Endowment: Monetary support for university-wide programs and activities hosted by Duke University Union, including campus concerts, music and media production, and invited speakers.

DSG Endowment: Supports student accessibility to campus-wide programs and traditions, including K-Ville tenting, university celebrations, and leadership  experiences off campus.

several students lay on the quad on a sunny day laughing and picnicingRubenstein Art Center: Support for the visual art gallery exhibitions, including hardware, installation, and promotion. Grow the media equipment rental program for student artists.

Arts Annex: Upgrade and replace equipment necessary for student and community projects, including a new ceramics pugmill, replacement dance studio floors, and creation of digital prerequisite courses for equipment use.

Brodhead Center: Respond to the need for updated technologies in meeting rooms and common spaces, including LCD screen panels, Zoom bars, and furniture upgrades.