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Affinity Groups at Duke Health

Duke Health is on a mission to Advance Health Together.

Helping You Belong: Connecting our People at Duke Health

The key word here is “together.” Shaping the future of health care takes the energy, talent and diverse perspectives of all our team members. We don’t want you to fit into our culture — we want you to add to it.

By gathering team members around a unifying purpose, mission, background or activity, affinity groups can help us find a sense of community in a big and complex organization. These groups are started and maintained by interested team members and their allies, and supported by executive sponsorship. The bonds that we form help us feel more connected with each other, the institution, and our community at large.

Duke Health currently has four affinity groups — serving young professionals, veterans and active military members, women leaders and LGBTQ+. Meet the groups below and click on each for more information.


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Duke MINDS
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Duke Health LGBTQ Alliance
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WeLEAD

The Duke Military Association brings together our internal veteran community. Whether you are currently on active duty, a veteran, a family member or a supporter, the Duke Military Association is here for you. DMA offers network opportunities, provides military-based educational opportunities and works to attract and retain veteran talent. The group also offers community outreach activities. Membership is open to all Duke employees. If you would like to become a Duke Military Association Member, or have questions, please reach out to Dan Bruno at dukemil@duke.edu.


Get involved

If you’re interested in starting an affinity group, contact your local human resources leader. They can explain the requirements and operating principles, and guide you through the process to start a new group, which includes completing an application, finding a small group of initial volunteers, identifying targeted members, preparing a mission statement and goals and identifying two executive sponsors. New groups often start small, with a core team of dedicated and interested employees, and grow over time through word of mouth and with help from Human Resources.

You matter

Healthcare is a people-centered profession, and at Duke Health, we find our strength in diversity. When we combine our different backgrounds, perspectives and identities, we create a powerful new energy—one that allows us to advance health together.