Marine science and conservation challenges in the next century will require global perspective and local engagement. That is, the issues we face in the ocean are not limited to any one country, culture, ethnicity, religion, community, political ideology, sexual orientation, gender identity or socioeconomic background.


As leaders and trainers of leaders in marine science and in work to discover solutions to environmental challenges, we must be inclusive if we are to succeed. We must find voices to speak and lead in marine science across this diversity of humankind, and we want these voices to join us at the Marine Laboratory.

Invitation to Study

All students in good standing from US and international universities and post-baccalaureate students are welcome to enroll in our academic courses for a semester or summer session. Throughout the academic year we welcome speakers, students, and researchers from all over the world and from every kind of background.


The Marine Laboratory community strives to be inclusive in its faculty, staff, and student composition and is proactive in developing opportunities and programs that promote diverse ways of learning and knowing. 


The administrative leadership of the Marine Laboratory and members of the Pivers Island community work together to identify further ways to build inclusiveness and diversity. We have the resources and the will – the desire – to ensure we do the most we can and we will act on every idea or need that comes to us.

Invitation to Share Ideas

Whether you are browsing our webpages to learn more about us and our programs, or are a staff, faculty, or student member of the Pivers Island community, we are interested in your ideas of how to bring diversity to environmental science and how to improve the community sensibility of inclusiveness on the Island.  Please contact Andy Read ( with your thoughts and ideas. 

If you have questions about LGBT on Pivers Island and want a student perspective, contact


Carteret County: Families and Allies

PFLAG Carteret-Craven NC ( is a community of parents, family & friends of gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and transgenders in eastern North Carolina with monthly meetings in New Bern.

Faith Community: Unitarian Coastal Fellowship ( UCF sponsors monthly PFLAG meetings.

oSTEM Out in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics:

National Organization for Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals (NOGLSTP)

Support from Durham

The Marine Laboratory has easy access to professionals in Durham who can coach us in developing conversations within our community about diversity and awareness and issues regarding our sense of inclusiveness. We draw on these professionals throughout the year and celebrate the expertise they share with us. If you have ideas of issues you would like to see discussed, please find a way to let one of the Marine Lab administrative staff know. We want to create a culture of support and be proactive rather than reactive.

The Duke Durham professionals are also available to provide confidential support to members of our community, and we provide contact information below. Members of our Island community also find ways to offer support to others who may feel alone. For those of you who seize these opportunities, your inclusiveness is valued and we all learn important lessons from you.

Office for Institutional Equity

Mission Statement
The Office of Institutional Equity provides institutional leadership in enhancing respectful, diverse and inclusive work and learning environments for the Duke Community. We provide a range of services that uphold values of equity and diversity, as well as support compliance efforts in the areas of equal opportunity, affirmative action and harassment prevention.

Areas of Expertise:
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Equal Opportunity & Affirmative Action
Harassment Prevention, Nondiscrimination & Title IX

Webpage & Contacts

Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity

Mission Statement
The Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity 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.

Webpage & Contacts

Center for Multicultural Affairs

Mission Statement
The Center for Multicultural Affairs (CMA) empowers students and their organizations to create a vibrant and inclusive multicultural student community. We promote community engagement, multicultural education, and leadership development through our programs and services.

Webpage & Contacts

International House

Mission Statement
The mission of the International House is to provide educational services and advocacy to the international population at Duke as well as outreach to the Durham community. We offer extensive cross-cultural programming and information to enhance the global mission of the university.

Webpage & Contacts

Jewish Life at Duke

Mission Statement
Jewish Life at Duke is comprised of the Freeman Center for Jewish Life and the Rubenstein-Silvers Hillel. The Freeman Center provides a home for Jewish life on campus while the Rubenstein-Silvers Hillel provides exciting and innovative programming throughout the Duke community. The combination works to foster and enrich Jewish life through social, educational, religious and cultural activities.

Webpage & Contacts

Eastern North Carolina:
Temple B’nai Sholem, New Bern

Mary Lou Williams Center for Black Culture

Mission Statement
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.

Webpage & Contacts

Muslim Life

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

Webpage & Contacts

Eastern North Carolina
Islamic Association of Eastern North Carolina, Greenville

Women’s Center

Mission Statement
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. We welcome men and women alike who are committed to gender equity and social change.

Webpage & Contacts