The Office of Biomedical Graduate Diversity partners with several offices across the campus community that maintain a strong commitment to promoting and sustaining diversity within the biomedical sciences. We also partner with foundations and institutions across the nation that share in these goals.

Duke University Graduate Student Affairs

The central mission of the Office of Graduate Student Affairs (GSA) is to enhance the quality of graduate student life by working closely with individual students, student organizations, faculty, and other campus offices.  The aim is to provide a broad array of programs on issues related to graduate student life, such as health, safety, housing, mentoring, and professional development.  GSA also has a particular role in establishing support services that address the specific needs of students from different ethnic backgrounds, international students, gay and lesbian students, students with disabilities, women, and other groups.  This office is committed to helping students become more active participants in the Duke University community.

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Duke University Bouchet Society

The Office of Biomedical Graduate Diversity works closely with the members of the student-led Duke University Bouchet Society. The Bouchet Society primarily supports underrepresented minority graduate students in the pursuit of scholarly excellence in the Natural Sciences, Engineering, and Mathematics. Its goals are to:

Provide a forum for technological and scientific presentations and discussions.
Enable networking with students, faculty, alumni and administrators at Duke and neighboring universities as well as across the country.
Address ways of promoting diversity and inclusion in the scientific community.
Provide information on resources for career development in education and research.
Assist in the recruitment of exceptional graduate students to Duke University.

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Duke University INSPIRE

Inspiring New Scientific Perspectives In Research and Ethics (INSPIRE) is a student-led forum for young scientists to discuss the impact of recent technological advances in biomedical research while deconstructing relevant ethical and moral intricacies that accompany these methodologies. With over 50 members from 13 departments, INSPIRE complements PhD training with discussions and activities aimed towards: 1) expanding the breadth of students' scientific perspectives and 2) honing students' abilities to communicate these perspectives to peers with varying scientific backgrounds. We believe the diverse expertise within INSPIRE’s membership consistently offers us a broad array of strategies towards approaching scientific problems in and out of the laboratory. This ultimately helps students make better-informed decisions throughout their professional development in research and medicine.

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Duke University SACNAS Chapter

The Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanic and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) Duke Chapter is a student-led academic and social support group for Hispanic, Chicanos, Native Americans, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and other underrepresented minorities pursuing doctoral degrees in STEM fields. They provide a forum for students and professionals from different science disciplines to come 
together for professional development, academic, community service and social activities at Duke University and work to promote student and professional recruitment and retention of Hispanics, Chicanos, Native 
Americans, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and other underrepresented minorities in science at Duke University.

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Duke University MIND the GAPS

MIND the GAPS is a graduate student led group that aims to foster a more open and nurturing environment. In order for students to be successful as individuals—and as an institution—students need to be healthy and happy. MIND the GAPS aims to do this by encouraging a stronger sense of community and empowering one another.

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Office of Diversity and Inclusion

At the Duke University School of Medicine, we believe that diversity and inclusion are key drivers of institutional excellence that can accelerate our ability to innovate and solve complex problems.

The Office of Diversity & Inclusion in the Duke University School of Medicine is committed to developing and implementing strategies to foster a culture of inclusion in which highly qualified students, faculty and staff from diverse talent pools experience a genuine sense of belonging, engagement and achievement.

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Office of Institutional Equity

Under the auspices of the President, the Office for Institutional Equity provides institutional leadership in enhancing respectful, diverse and inclusive work and learning environments for the Duke Community. We provide a range of services that uphold values of equity and diversity, as well as support compliance efforts in the areas of equal opportunity, affirmative action and harassment prevention.

In alignment with our mission, the Office for Institutional Equity is committed to respectful dialogue and the fostering of a diverse and inclusive community. Although recent campus, local, national, and international issues may prove challenging, sharing different perspectives can foster a more dynamic and inclusive community. However, to truly promote understanding and education, this sharing of different perspectives must respect the dignity and worth of each human being and reflect the wide range of human experiences, beliefs, and practices.

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Duke Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS) 

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) helps Duke students enhance strengths and develop abilities to successfully live, grow, and learn in their personal and academic lives.  We offer many services to Duke undergraduate, graduate, and professional students, including brief individual counseling/psychotherapy, consultation, couples and group counseling, assistance with referrals, and more. CAPS staff also provide outreach education programs to student groups, particularly programs supportive of at-risk populations, on a wide range of issues impacting them in various aspects of campus life. 

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Corporate Sponsors

Burroughs Wellcome
Bayer USA
Merck Foundation

Partner Institutions

Fayetteville State Univeristy St. Augustine University
Florida International University University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Harvard University University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Hunter College University of North Carolina, Pembroke

 Johnson C. Smith University

University of Puerto Rico

Medical University of South Carolina

University of Texas Health Science Center
North Carolina A&T University of Texas at San Antonio
North Carolina State University Virginia Commonwealth University
Shaw University Virginia Tech