The Black Men’s Union is dedicated to ensuring that black men are an integral part of the Duke University community. Our essential goal is to make sure black men remain involved across campus in a wide variety of activities and organizations. Additionally, the Black Men’s Union seeks to foster camaraderie, develop intellectually-engaged professionals, and support black men on and off of Duke’s campus.
The mission of the BSA is to support and advocate on behalf of black students in order to enhance Duke academically, socially, and culturally. The Black Student Alliance serves the purpose of representing the interests of the black undergraduate students of Duke University. We are primarily an organization geared toward communicating the particular administration and student population at large by programming information relevant to the black experience. BSA works in coordination with various other organizations to develop programs in the interest of black students. BSA aims to enrich student life at the university culturally, intellectually, and socially; to ensure full ongoing administration commitment of fair, equitable policies; and to strengthen and support the bonds of community between black Duke students and the larger Duke and Durham communities. BSA has several sub-committees, including: academic affairs, history, outreach, public affairs, publicity, social, alumni and graduate affairs, BSAI, and graduation, and web team.
The Black Women’s Union aims to prepare African American Students at Duke for the professional world. Through networking, mentorship, and dialogue, BWU provides the resources necessary for black women to succeed throughout and beyond their Duke career. BWU will also serve as a primary resource for the Spelman-Duke exchange program. In addition to preparing Duke students for their time at Spelman, we will commit to hosting, welcoming, and providing a support system for Spelman students at Duke for the semester.
The Chronicle’s editorial department has a staff of over 100 student volunteers and is always looking for more. Students have the opportunity to work in any of the Chronicle’s editorial departments: University (campus news), City/State (local coverage), Features, Health and Science, Editorials, Sports, Photography, Graphics/Design, Recess (the weekly arts and entertainment magazine), or Towerview (the bi-monthly news and perspectives magazine). Information and training sessions are held at the beginning of the fall semester and then periodically over the course of the year. The only elections at The Chronicle are for editor and sports editor and take place in February.
DukeAFRICA is the African students’ association on campus. We provide a medium for students to come together to celebrate African culture, spread awareness about Africa’s history and culture to the larger Duke population, and provide community service in the Durham area, as well as aid to establishments and communities in Africa. We incorporate the element of dance to DukeAFRICA, with Nakisai, a dance group that performs a variety of styles from the continent and beyond.
The Duke Ethiopian/Eritrean Student Transnational Association (DESTA) provides a safe space where Ethiopian/Eritrean-American and Eritrean students celebrate their culture through academic, social, and service activities. We seek to cultivate – among undergraduates – an understanding of Ethiopian/Eritrean history, arts, customs, food, dress, language, literature, and society. As well, we organize annual service-learning opportunities and outreach to students in the Durham area. Don’t hesitate to come to one, two, or all of our events!
The student-led Duke University Union provides a diverse range of cultural, intellectual, educational, recreational, and social programming to complement the academic experience of Duke University students and to provide enrichment for the University faculty, staff, and employees, and the surrounding community. In cooperation with the staff of the Office of Student Activities, the University Union serves as a leadership training ground for its officers, chairs, and committee members. Through experiential learning, they develop knowledge and appreciation of professionalism and the fundamental management skills of effective motivation, organization, and communication.
Duke Student Government serves as a voice for Duke students on campus. Executive and legislative members work hard to represent their constituents in all issues, including but not limited to improving facilities management and Krzyzewskiville. Legislator packets are available in September. Students may run in the general election, where they can campaign and run or interview for the position of At-Large legislator. Officer and cabinet position packets for the following school year are available in the spring.
FIN is a mentorship program that pairs Black girls from the Durham community with Duke undergraduate women. Future Is Now allows black undergraduate women to give back to the community in the form of mentoring young girls. Members meet Saturdays on campus. Meetings combine educational and social activities to promote self-esteem, cultural awareness and good health. The Girl’s Club The Girl’s Club is a student run organization that reaches out and mentors young middle school girls in the Durham Community in an effort to gracefully guide them into womanhood. The Girl’s Club is a mentoring program that seeks to connect Duke women to Durham adolescent girls (grades 6-8). They meet once a week throughout the school year at the local community center, West End Teen Center.
Duke University’s Minority Association of Pre-medical Students (MAPS) chapter is a self-governing body of pre-medical and pre-health students. The purpose of this organization is to provide underrepresented pre-med and pre-health students with knowledge, skills, and experience that are both prerequisite and concomitant to professional participation in health care fields. Secondly, to improve minority matriculation into all professional health related programs, with an emphasis on medicine.
The Duke University Chapter of the NAACP desire to advance the political, educational, and social status of black people and other people of color; to eliminate racial prejudice; to establish a harmonious relationship between all the students of color, the administration and itself; to develop an intelligent, effective leadership to uplift the Duke and Durham communities, in alliance with the national and local chapters; to maintain awareness on campus of racial issues.
The National Pan-Hellenic Council is a governing body of nine historically Black Greek organizations, eight of which are chartered on campus: Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.
The Mission of NSBE is to increase the number of culturally responsible black engineers that will surpass all expectations in their academic and professional endeavors, and will have a strong, positive impact in their communities. The Duke Society of Black Engineers, specifically, are on a mission to not only increase the number of successful minority engineers at Duke University, but to form a growing network among ourselves, alumni, and other undergraduate engineers within the Triangle area.
The Queer People of Color Discussion Group was created to give a voice to the LGBT & questioning people of color community at Duke University. This confidential group addresses the issues of QPOC while acknowledging the importance of the intersection of culture, gender and sexual orientation. QPOC strives to foster an environment of support and awareness all the while encouraging open dialogue and a commitment to self-love and self care.
Students of the Caribbean is a cultural, social, and political organization for students of Caribbean descent. Activities include social gatherings, co-sponsorship of the charity ball, fundraisers for political causes in the Caribbean, and an annual carnival that features Caribbean cooking, music, and dance.