A Decade of Progress

A review of university efforts to foster health, well-being and creativity on campus

Part of the A Decade at Duke Series
Bryan Plaza, Brodhead Center scenics at Dusk.

Healthy Duke Initiative Launched

Bryan Plaza, Brodhead Center scenics at Dusk.

Formally launched in 2017, the Healthy Duke initiative engages students, faculty and staff across the Duke community to help all Blue Devils live healthier lives. This comprehensive campus and community wellness campaign focuses on five core areas: food & nutrition, mental & emotional wellbeing, physical activity & movement, fulfillment & purpose, and environment & culture.

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University announces new smoke-free policySmoke-Free Campus Countdown

As part of our commitment to creating a healthy living and working environment, Duke adopted a new policy to become smoke-free on all property and grounds owned and leased by the university beginning July 1, 2020.

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Technology Engagement Center Opens Opportunities

Innovation Co-Lab

The newest high-tech creative hub on campus -- The Technology Engagement Center (The TEC)  -- is a creative hub for technology innovation and experimentation available to faculty, researchers, students and staff to support their teaching and learning needs. The TEC includes the Co-Lab Studio (a makerspace), Duke Research Computing, the Innovation Co-Lab (a technology creativity incubator on campus) and new video recording and editing suites.

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Minimum Wage Moved to $15

Few Tower aerial looking toward Chapel

In 2017, Duke University and the Duke University Health System announced plans to increase the minimum wage for all eligible employees and full-time contract workers to $15 per hour by July 1, 2019. The Duke minimum wage increased 37 percent since 2015 and is now more than twice the current federal and state minimum wage of $7.25

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Lactation Pod

Duke purchased several freestanding lactation pods for use in three hospitals to supplement the lactation rooms maintained by Duke Human Resources. The lactation pods offer privacy and come equipped with two benches, occupancy-activated lighting, a fold-down table and mirror, ceiling vents and exhaust fan, power outlets and USB ports for plugging in a breast pump and charging electronic devices.

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Student Wellness Center Opens on West Campus

Student Wellness Center

The newly constructed Duke Student Wellness Center -- situated on the corner of Towerview and Union -- opened its doors in January of 2017. The Center represents the first time in Duke’s history that all student wellness units have shared the same location with Student Health, DukeReach, Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), DuWell, Nutrition Services, Campus Center Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, Campus Smiles dental office, Oasis West and the Murphy-Nimocks Meditation Garden all calling the space home.

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