Overcoming challenges in diversity, equity and inclusion is not easy work. Nor is it quick or un-messy work. Still, we are committed to creating a Catholic community at Duke that is inclusive, diverse, and welcoming to any Duke Student. We have known the Father’s great love and we wish every Duke Student to know that same love—to know his or her inherent dignity and worth.
In this commitment, we hope to reflect a universal Church that is richly diverse yet bound together in the Body of Christ. This Catholic Center is for you. Our centers are your centers, and our space is your space.
Affinity Small Groups
Small Groups are a great way to get to know Christ in a personal way, learn to pray with Scripture, build lasting friendships, and explore the Catholic faith through a lens unique to your experience.
One of the most important parts of being a follower of Jesus is showing up in your relationships as you are. God has created us with unique backgrounds, experiences, and gifts. We welcome and celebrate your unique and unrepeatable personhood, and invite you to bring the fullness of who you are into a personal relationship with Christ.
Our cultural affinity small groups are an intentional space for you to be who you are with Jesus surrounded by peers who understand and care for you. You will meet weekly with your fellow students to discuss the Gospel and how God is working in your life.
We are thrilled to offer many small groups for people of diverse backgrounds and interests.
Need to talk? Mario Dance is here for you.
Our staff always love to hear from any student. But we also know that sometimes outside resources are helpful for some folks. That’s where Mario Dance comes in.
Serving as a virtual mentor and all-around sounding board for Duke Catholic students of color, he’s available to chat about whatever’s on your mind!
Gender & Sexuality
Gender, sexuality, and intimacy are beautiful gifts but can also be difficult to navigate, sometimes (and maybe especially) as Catholics. If you are attracted to people of your same sex or struggle with your gender identity or just have questions about any of these topics, the Duke Catholic Center is a safe space for you.
We offer a peer-led small group for students with any of these experiences, and our staff is always open to having a shame-free and honest conversation about gender, sexuality, and intimacy. It would be our joy to connect with you.