Student Affairs & Campus Life

Student Affairs

The Division of Student Affairs is critically engaged in all aspects of undergraduate and graduate students’ lives and collaborates with students, faculty, staff, alumni, parents, and many others to deliver key services and support to students and all whom the division serves.

Student Affairs provides programs and services that support the optimal growth of Duke students; enhance their intellectual, social, cultural, and physical development; and complement Duke’s academic excellence by providing opportunities for students to experience education and explore interests beyond the classroom. For more information, visit studentaffairs.duke.edu.

Campus Life

Campus Life (studentaffairs.duke.edu/campuslife) provides education, advocacy, and support for Duke students through advising, leadership development, and experiential education. Campus Life consists of departments that work with the campus community to promote intellectual understanding, acknowledgement, and appreciation of their differences and similarities; advocate for equal access for students and student groups to participate in campus activities, including an equitable distribution of support resources for those activities; and promote a seamless integration of the academic and cocurricular sides of the university to promote a holistic, educational experience for students.

Outreach programs and services are designed to foster an equitable and engaged university community as well as a culture of broad social and civic understanding.

Campus Life Departments

Find more information about all Campus Life departments at studentaffairs.duke.edu/campuslife/campus-life-departments.

The Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity (CSGD) provides education, advocacy, support, mentoring, academic engagement, and space for lesbian, gay, bisexual, pansexual, transgender, transsexual, intersex, questioning, queer and allied students, staff, and faculty at Duke. The Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity also serves and supports Duke alumni/ae and the greater LGBTQ community.

The Center for Multicultural Affairs (CMA) offers educationally based cross-cultural programs and providing technical support on multicultural issues for the university community.

International House provides educational services, advocacy, and outreach to the international population and the Duke/Durham community.

Jewish Life at Duke works to foster and enrich Jewish life through social, educational, religious and cultural activities.

The Mary Lou Williams Center for Black Culture strives to promote racial understanding, build community, and foster an appreciation for and increase knowledge of Black people, Black history, Black culture, and the vast contributions of people of the African Diaspora.

Muslim Life at Duke is committed to enriching the lives of Muslim students and the whole campus through organizing events and activities that cater to the spiritual, social and intellectual needs of Duke students.

The University Center Activities and Events (UCAE) provides services, support, and opportunities for students to create and engage in co-curricular experiences that result in personal development, transferable skills, and meaningful connections. UCAE also provide event management expertise for groups of all sizes interested in holding events at Duke.

Women’s Center is dedicated to helping every woman at Duke become self-assured with a kind of streetwise savvy that comes from actively engaging with the world. It welcomes men and women alike who are committed to gender equity and social change.

Graduate and Professional Student Government

The Graduate and Professional Student Government of Duke University (GPSG) is the umbrella student government organization for Duke’s nine graduate and professional schools. Their purpose is to: represent and advocate on behalf of graduate and professional students at Duke University; serve as a liaison among the student governments of the graduate and professional schools of the University; serve as a liaison between graduate and professional students and the University Administration; nominate graduate and professional student representatives to University committees; program events of interest to the graduate and professional student community; and financially support the programming of graduate and professional student groups.

Visit the GPSG website at gpsg.duke.edu to find out more about graduate and professional student organizations at Duke and for information on upcoming events. Contact GPSG (gpsgexec@duke.edu) for additional details on how students can become involved.

The Black Graduate and Professional Student Association

The Black Graduate and Professional Student Association (BGPSA) represents all minority graduate and professional students on the Duke University campus. The association’s primary mission is to enhance the Duke experience for its members through community service, social, and academically based programming events. As an umbrella organization, the association welcomes students from groups including the Black & Latino MBA Organization, Black Law Students Association, Black Seminarians Union, Bouchet Society, Hurston-James Society, and Student National Medical Association. Through its academic forums, luncheons, community service initiatives, social events, and recognition ceremony the group hopes to assist in the development of future minority leadership in the Duke community and in the world.

Religious Life

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. There are about two dozen Religious Life groups at Duke; find a listing of them at chapel.duke.edu/religiouslife.

With a mission of “bridging faith and learning,” the Chapel holds ceremonies, concerts, Christian worship services, and more. It is a sanctuary open to all people for important personal moments of prayer, reflection, grief, and gratitude. The Chapel’s Student Ministries provides opportunities for undergraduate students to hear and respond to God’s call for their lives on campus, in Durham, and beyond through study, artistic expression, counsel, service, and community. Learn more at chapel.duke.edu.

Intercollegiate Athletics

The Athletic Department fosters intercollegiate athletics by striving for excellence and by providing the best possible framework within which highly accomplished student-athletes can compete. The department has a dual responsibility to provide a high-quality athletic program and environment so that all students have the opportunity to compete to the fullest extent of their abilities. Duke is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC).

First-year students may participate on all varsity teams. The director of athletics provides departmental leadership and coordinates all athletic policies with the University Athletic Council. The council consists of representatives from the undergraduate student body, the faculty, the administrative staff, the trustees, and the alumni. The council meets with the director of athletics periodically during the school year.