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Duke Northern California (NorCal) works to keep over 8,100 Duke alumni in the Northern California area connected with each other and with Duke. The chapter is one of the largest and most active in the Duke Alumni network, sponsoring more than 50 events each year.
By working collaboratively with all of Duke’s schools, affinity and identity groups, and university groups, Duke NorCal creates a comprehensive Duke presence in the Bay Area. We plan and host Duke-wide signature events, educational and social programs, and networking opportunities across multiple industries. We gather to learn, to celebrate the achievements of Duke and its alumni, to participate in civic-engagement programs in our community, to welcome new Duke alumni, to interview prospective students and more.
Events in the region include:
- Major opportunity events such as programs featuring President Brodhead, engage the entire Duke community in the NorCal area.
- Regular events around key programs such as Women’s Forum and Duke Alums Engage
- Regular events organized by affinity and identity groups, schools and other Duke programs
- Forever Learning events including Faculty Fellow speakers, talks by other Duke faculty and leaders, and a book club
- Networking/professional events
- Social events including game watches, young alumni events, holiday parties
- and much more
How to get involved:
Update your contact information: Alumni automatically receive updates about Duke Alumni regional groups based on the address we have on record. If you’re not hearing about activities where you live, update your contact information in your profile.
Attend an event: Find a social, cultural or educational event on our calendar and sign up. You’ll meet interesting people with all different kinds of Duke backgrounds, but who share your desire to stay connected to Duke.
Interview prospective students: (Alumni Admissions Advisory Committees)
- Central San Joaquin Valley
- Northern California
- Peninsula Area
- San Francisco
- San Francisco North Bay
- Silicon Valley
Volunteer! We need your help to create an active and dynamic region. Nearly 10,000 Duke alumni participate in projects that support Duke’s academic mission, placing Duke’s knowledge, influence and insight in service of society and enriching their own lives in the process.
Active Duke NorCal Alumni Groups
Affinity and Identity Groups
- Duke Global Entrepreneurship Network (DukeGEN)
- LGBT Network
- Duke Women’s Forum
- Duke Black Alumni (DBA)
- Duke Law Club of Northern California (Facebook)
Schools Represented on the Duke NorCal Board
- Fuqua School of Business
- Graduate School
- School of Law
- Nicholas School of the Environment
- Pratt School of Engineering
- Sanford School of Public Policy
Duke Programs in the Region
Duke Alums Engage
DAE extends Duke’s commitment to knowledge in service to society to the alumni community. Local events service projects with a variety of different nonprofits in the Bay Area. Additionally, Duke NorCal work with students through the Duke Engage program in San Francisco.
Duke Admissions Officers make repeated visits to the area each fall and spring for admissions information sessions that are open to prospective students and their families.
Duke Development (Duke Forward)
Development hosts multiple events and activities in the region including Annual Fund events, major gifts events, Parents committee events, pre-reunion events, among others.
Young Alumni Development Council
Through regional Young Alumni Development Councils, Duke seeks to train, educate, and cultivate its next generation of university leaders. The councils are comprised of Trinity and Pratt alumni who graduated within the last fourteen years.