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.

Get Involved

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.

Click through to learn more about our affinity groups or about starting a group of your own!

National Hispanic Heritage Month

We will be celebrating Hispanic Heritage month September 15 through October 15. From student spotlights to Rosaries in Spanish to Spanish Mass, we are looking forward to celebrating our students and their diverse Hispanic/Latino backgrounds.

If you have any ideas and would like to plan or participate in these events, email MyLan Metzger.

Multicultural Events

We are so blessed that our Catholic community at Duke has students from many different backgrounds. From the music at Mass to our Lunar New Year Celebrations to our annual ofrenda, we love to come together as a community. If you have an idea of a traditional or celebration you want to share, email our student director of multicultural initiatives, Alejandra Mella-Velazquez.

Need to Talk?

Mario Dance

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! Sign up for a conversation with Mario here.

Gender and 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-lead 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. If you’re interested in any of these opportunities, email MyLan Metzger.