Amnesty International

Amnesty International’s mission is to undertake research and action focused on preventing and ending grave abuses of rights to physical and mental integrity; freedom of conscience and expression; and freedom from discrimination, within the context of promoting all human rights. AI is independent of any government, political ideology, or religious creed, and is concerned solely with the impartial protection of human rights. At Duke we strive to bring forward a community of students interested in changing the status quo of human rights violations happening all around the world, in which many of us are complicit through inaction. We seek to collaborate with other groups in efforts that can bring human rights issues to the forefront of conversations and dialogues on campus. More information can be found on the organization’s website.

Blue Devils United

Blue Devils United is the student group for LGBTQ undergraduate students, allies, and friends. Blue Devils United seeks to provide social opportunities for LGBTQ students and their allies, outreach to students at Duke and in the community, and to advocate for the needs of LGBTQ individuals both at Duke and beyond.

Center for Race Relations

The CRR provides a safe space that challenges all individuals to think critically about human diversity in an environment open to all perspectives. Through sustained dialogue, academic engagement, social interaction, and experiential learning, the Center facilitates meaningful exchange within the Duke community in order to connect and empower groups and individuals across all identity lines.

Dream Corps at Duke

Dream Corps International is a social benefit organization dedicated to addressing education inequity in rural China. Founded at Duke University in 2004, Dream Corps chapters have since expanded to universities throughout the United States and Canada. Dream Corps currently operates at twelve sites in six provinces of China. Programs include a summer volunteering program for undergraduate students where students help establish libraries and develop reading programs with local schools.


The American Civil Liberties Union, founded in 1920, is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that organizes support for nearly 6,000 court cases annually and has more than 500,000 members nationally. Duke’s student chapter focuses on University-specific consequences of preserving individual rights by increasing student understanding of and familiarity with such issues as the death penalty, reproductive rights, and due process. We host forums, debates, speakers, and intercollegiate conferences, and have worked in the past with on-campus groups like the Duke Political Union, College Republicans, Duke Democrats, and Duke Conservative Union.

Duke Human Rights Coalition

Duke Human Rights Coalition (DHRC) is an undergraduate student group at Duke University committed to the issues of human rights and social justice.

Duke Human Rights Law Society

The Duke Human Rights Law Society promotes student engagement with human rights at Duke Law and beyond by connecting interested students, faculty, and alumni, providing information on job, internship and other ways to get involved with human rights, and promoting discussion on current issues in human rights.

Duke Refugee Aid

Duke Refugee Aid aims to raise awareness about current issues regarding refugees on the Duke University campus and to aid refugees that are currently settled in North Carolina. By working with local refugee non-profit organizations and establishing our own events, we hope to promote hands-on and tangible undergraduate involvement in civic engagement in our campus and community.

Duke Students Against Sweatshops

Duke Students Against Sweatshops (SAS) is a campus organization that fights for labor rights in solidarity with workers on our campus, in our communities, and throughout our world. As part of an international student movement, we are a member organization of United Students Against Sweatshops that has over 200 chapters at universities, colleges, and high schools.

Duke Students for Humane Borders

Duke Students for a Humane Border is a newly formed student service organization whose purpose is to educate and spread awareness on issues concerning our nation’s border with Mexico.

Duke Students for Justice in Palestine

The mission of DSJP is to raise awareness of the current humanitarian and political situation in the Palestinian Occupied Territories. DSJP seeks to accomplish this mission by hosting lectures and educational events on the matter, holding peaceful demonstrations, hosting film screenings, and planning fundraising events to support the cause as decided on by members of the group.

Project HEAL

The mission of Project HEAL is to plan and implement service projects in Latin America to reduce global health disparities. We value sustainable development and preventative measures that aim to improve community health. Project HEAL also partners with the Durham organization, El Centro Hispano, to work with the local Latino community in health education.

Project HEAL’s most recent work in Honduras focused on building awareness of women’s health issues, especially cervical cancer and HIV/AIDS. Our health education work extended to children as well; topics discussed included nutrition, hygiene, and dental health.

Refugee Asylum Support Project

RASP is dedicated to helping refugees and asylum seekers with their legal efforts in the United States. In pursuit of our mission, we offer research assistance on human rights issues and prepare legal memoranda for representatives of asylum seekers. RASP also endeavors to build awareness of asylum-related issues in the Duke Law community by engaging in education and advocacy, sponsoring speakers on campus, and tracking and organizing political initiatives.

Students for a Democratic Society 

Duke Students for a Democratic Society is a nascent organization that seeks to create a place for politically engaged students to gather and organize direct action events centered on local and national issues of concern. As a group of students, we wish to translate some of the energies of the Occupy movement into a sustained group concerned with issues of social justice, resistance against U.S. imperialism, environmental and economic justice, holding corporations socially accountable, and protest politics.

Visions for North Korea

Our organization is dedicated to raising awareness on issues related to N. Korea and N. Korean refugees. We do this by holding documentary screenings, inviting guest lecturers (including our past invitation of Kim Hyun Sik, former tutor to the dictator himself), and engaging in projects where we work with N. Korean refugees currently residing in S. Korea.