Common Ground


What is Common Ground?

Common Ground is a four day student-led retreat that explores personal identity and how it affects our daily experiences. By recognizing, examining, reclaiming the differences that exist among us, we hope to challenge each other to think about who we are, both individually and collectively, at Duke and beyond.

The retreat is sponsored by the Center for Race Relations and the Center for Multicultural Affairs and takes place about 20 minutes away from campus. Over four days, we’ll use a series of structured activities to discuss race, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression. Common Ground is a unique opportunity to meet people from all walks of Duke.

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Who is Common Ground for?

The retreat is open to anyone and we strive to bring together a variety of perspectives from across Duke’s campus. Whether you’re a first-year or a senior, a biomedical engineer or a philosophy major, a Durham native or hail from far away, we would love to have you join us!