Personal & Professional Life Resources

Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity and belonging. To achieve this, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard.

The Duke Office of Institutional Equity (OIE) has an ombudsperson that will offer neutral and confidential guidance on a variety of issues for all students and faculty at Duke. Contact an ombudsperson.

Duke prohibits discrimination based on race, color, gender or sex, religion, age, disability, national origin, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender expression, veteran status, or gender identity in its employment practices or educational programs and activities. If you believe you are being discriminated against, please go to this site

Harassment is unwelcome conduct that is serious enough to significantly interfere with an individual’s work, education, living conditions, or participating in university programs and activities. If you need more information or believe you are being harassed by a professor or staff member, please go to this Duke University site. For information about sexual harassment or sexual violence, please go to this Duke University Student Affairs site.

If you are concerned about a fellow student’s health or behavior, you can share those concerns with the Dean of Students Office through a DukeReach Report. Please go to this site for information.

Stress is a fact of life. But when you have too much of it or it lasts too long, stress can take a physical and psychological toll on your health and well-being. The Graduate School and Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) are partnering to offer opportunities for graduate students to have informal conversations with a CAPS staff member. Please go to this site for more information.

Duke Student Health is the primary source for a wide range of healthcare services for all Duke students. Please go to this site for more information about making an appointment, health insurance, physical therapy, etc. The Duke Student Wellness Center provides individual services, does group outreach, and acts as consultants as well as a hub of information on wellness.

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

The Graduate and Professional Student Council (GPSC) is the umbrella student government organization for Duke’s nine graduate and professional schools. The GPSC serves as a resource for incoming and returning students in the areas of academic and administrative concerns, as well as social networking. They organize a community pantry open to all graduate and professional students (located in the GPSC House, 306 Alexander Ave). The pantry is currently stocked with nonperishable foods, childcare items, school supplies, and gently used professional clothing. It is open from 5:00 – 8:00 pm every Wednesday and Saturday. More information can be found here.

GPSC also offers a Lawyer Assistance Program, Student Group Funding, Emergency Travel Fund, and more. Go to the main GPSC website for all of this information and more.

Personal Finance @ Duke is a program designed to empower Duke Students and Alumni to make informed financial decisions by providing them with financial management knowledge and skills. The Office of Personal Finance offers seminars and one-on-one counseling sessions.

Learn more about Diversity & Inclusion strategies at Duke.

The larger Graduate School student resource page can be found here.