Personal Development programs at Duke are aimed to help student-athletes adjust socially and mentally to Duke University. Upper class mentors, group discussion, and guest speakers are offered and accessible to male and female athletes during programming to develop balanced productive members of the Duke Community and beyond.
Below are examples of the resources and program topics that the student-athletes have access to during their careers:
Alcohol Awareness The Duke student-athlete development staff works with the Duke Wellness Center to create an awareness of the pitfalls of alcohol and the effects it has on one’s athletic performance. There is an interactive open discussion to educate and help with decision making as it pertains to alcohol.
Sexual Assault & Relationship Violence In conjunction with the Duke Wellness Center, we offer timely information to male and female student-athletes.
Sex Education The Duke student-athlete development staff partners with the Duke Wellness Center to offer programs to Duke student-athletes on education on sexual health.
One Love Foundation Our Department, as well as the ACC, has partnered with the One Love Foundation to help prevent relationship violence and inspire student-athletes to be part of a movement for social change. Student-athletes volunteer to go through training to serve as discussion leaders for a group of peers relating to the film “Escalation”. The goal is to help students recognize signs of relationship violence and understand how action can help diffuse the situation.
Stress Management We offer programs on occasion to help students handle the stresses of being a Duke student-athlete.
Paws for Exams Each semester Duke student-athletes take a pause from studying and exams to interact with local registered therapy dogs. This program is designed to give student-athletes a mental break from the stresses and pressure of exams.
Dropping Off & Letting Go This program is designed for parents of incoming freshman to interact with upperclassmen Duke student-athletes and during orientation to gain an understanding of the journey the freshman are about to embark on.
First Year Supplemental Orientation The first year supplemental program is offered to all incoming student-athletes to help them recognize and identify the resources available to them as Duke Students and Athletes on campus.