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Duke has always valued active and responsible engagement in civic life among its students and applicants. We will always consider all applicants fully and individually, and every part of the application, including disciplinary sanctions, in the unique context of the applicants themselves and the values of the institution we represent, which include civic and personal responsibility. An applicant's participation in peaceful protests has never been a reason for us to deny or rescind an admission offer.
We guide our students to find their academic paths by helping them to reason, analyze, and understand in unprecedented ways. The undergraduate experience at Duke is characterized by a spirit of academic energy, exploration, and challenge. We are a research university with resources to connect undergraduate education to the processes of inquiry and discovery. Duke students explore ideas by collaborating directly with our exceptional faculty in a study that focuses on interdisciplinary exploration. A student's education doesn't end at the classroom door. We provide an incredible variety of opportunities for students to enhance and supplement in-class learning with hands-on experiences, service in the community—both locally and globally—and development of leadership skills.
Duke University is recognized as one of the premier research institutions and routinely ranks at the top of all U.S universities in research expenditures. The Office of the Vice Provost for Research has overall responsibility for facilitating Duke's research enterprise and works to encourage and support the development, marketing, and application of Duke's intellectual property and our world-renowned researchers, student facilities. Duke University was created in 1924 by James Buchanan Duke as a memorial to his father, Washington Duke. The Dukes, a Durham family that built a worldwide financial empire in the manufacture of tobacco products and developed electricity production in the Carolinas, long had been interested in Trinity College. Trinity traced its roots to 1838 in nearby Randolph County when local Methodist and Quaker communities opened Union Institute. Then named Trinity College, the school moved to Durham in 1892, where Benjamin Newton Duke served as a primary benefactor and link with the Duke family until he died in 1929. In December 1924, the provisions of indenture by Benjamin's brother, James B. Duke, created the family philanthropic foundation, The Duke Endowment, which provided for the expansion of Trinity College into Duke University.
As a result of the Duke gift, Trinity underwent both physical and academic expansion. The original Durham campus became known as East Campus when it was rebuilt in stately Georgian architecture. West Campus, Gothic in style and dominated by the soaring 210-foot tower of Duke Chapel, opened in 1930. East Campus served as the home of the Woman's College of Duke University until 1972 when the men's and women's undergraduate colleges merged. Both men and women undergraduates now enroll in either the Trinity College of Arts & Sciences or the Pratt School of Engineering. In 1995, East Campus became the home for all first-year students.
Duke is a diverse community committed to the principles of excellence, fairness, and respect for all people. As part of this commitment, we actively value diversity in our workplace and learning environments as we seek to take advantage of everyone's rich backgrounds and abilities. We believe that when we understand, celebrate, and tap into our uniqueness to solve problems and address shared goals creatively, our possibilities are limitless.
Our team of experts works with Duke leaders, managers, faculty, staff, and administrators to explore themes of diversity, inclusion, and belonging in the workplace. Our training and workshops help learners leverage the power of diversity, effectively handle conflicts, and uphold university regulations and policies related to equal opportunity, harassment, and discrimination. Through our long-range planning and strategy services, we work collaboratively with Duke leaders to craft and implement well-defined roadmaps for achieving diversity and inclusion goals.
As part of our ongoing effort to provide resources to the entire Duke community, including staff, faculty, and students across the university and health system, we have created the Diversity Toolkit, a multimedia collection of resources about diversity, inclusion, and belonging.
This curated and frequently updated list of books, articles, videos, and websites helps higher education and healthcare professionals remain current on innovative strategies and ways of knowing, to enhance equity and high performance within the educational, healthcare, and work environments of Duke.
The William R. Perkins Library, Bostock Library, and Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library comprise the main West Campus library complex, which is joined by Lilly and Music libraries on East Campus, the Pearse Memorial Library at the Duke Marine Lab, and the separately administered libraries serving the schools of Business, Divinity, Law, and Medicine. Together they form one of the nation's top ten private university library systems.
We seek to anticipate our library users' needs and provide convenient access to a broad range of digital information without losing sight of our most basic commitment to the preservation of scholarship in print form. We value the diversity of thought, perspective, experience, and background. Moreover, we strive to provide an inclusive, safe, and welcoming environment with equitable support for all people.

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