Duke University in Durham, N.C., traces its origins to 1838, when Methodist and Quaker families in rural Randolph County employed Brantley York as a permanent teacher for their subscription school. Under his leadership, the infrequently-used Brown's Schoolhouse became Union Institute. However, as Quaker support turned toward its own school in Guilford County, Braxton Craven (York's successor as principal in 1842) turned to the state for assistance. Craven sought and won from the North Carolina legislature a re-chartering of the academy as Normal College in 1851 and the privilege of granting degrees in 1853.Their Mission is to provide educational programs, services and advocacy to Duke global community on campus as well as outreach to the greater Durham area. They offer extensive cross-cultural information and training to enhance the mission of the university. Duke’s commitment to global education begins with the students, faculty and staff from more than 100 countries who live and study in Durham. The university provides extensive resources to support research, education and engagement programs around the world. They live, learn, and work in a world that is increasingly diverse, and it’s their diversity that adds depth, richness and excitement to the experience of being a part of the Duke community. As the demographic landscape continues to shift and expand on both a national and global level, so too the opportunities to expand their individual and collective knowledge, understanding and skills for working effectively with people who may have different world views, perspectives, backgrounds, values and experiences than their own. Creating a climate where everyone feels valued, respected and included is more important than ever. They partner with leaders, managers, faculty, staff and administrators across Duke University and Duke University Health System to address questions such as these in order to help create a climate where people, across all of their differences and similarities, truly feel that they have a place at the table that really matters. When they understand, respect and utilize the collection of similarities and differences available in the Duke community and tap their diversity to creatively solve complex problems and address shared goals, the possibilities are limitless. Duke’s home campus is situated on nearly 9,000 acres in Durham, N.C, a city of more than 200,000 people.
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