Summer On-Boarding 2022

Summer On-Boarding 2022

Summer on-boarding begins in June and runs until orientation starts in August. It is designed to provide you with all the information you’ll need to prepare for the start of your DEL adventure. Summer on-boarding will be held online through a combination of asynchronous videos/activities and live information sessions. 

June: Week 2
Synchronous Sessions (hosted by Duke’s Graduate & Professional Student Services)

June 7: 9:00am (ET): Overview of NC Immunizations for Duke Students

  • Hosted by Duke Student Health

June 9: 4:00pm (ET): Staying Well as a Graduate or Professional Student

  • Hosted by DuWell, DukeReach, and Duke’s Counseling and Psychological Services

June: Week 3
Asynchronous Activities

  • As a student in the DEL-MEM program, tech preparation is essential. Students will need to use several different technologies in their classes and on special projects. Incoming students are encouraged to spend time over the summer getting familiar with these platforms and reviewing the fundamentals. The tech prep resources are separated into three sections. Over the summer, incoming students should prioritize the tutorials in Part A – this section should be reviewed as early as possible and completed before Orientation

June: Week 4

Synchronous Sessions (hosted by Duke’s Graduate & Professional Student Services)

June 23: 9:00am (ET): Leadership and Engagement at Duke and in Durham, NC

  • Hosted by the Graduate & Professional Student Government, Duke Recreation & Physical Education, the Office of Duke and Durham Community Relations and other campus groups

July: Week 1

Asynchronous Activities

  • DukeCard: Please make time this week to request your DukeCard. Instructions for making this request and submitting your photo can be found here. For more information about your DukeCard, please visit the DukeCard Office.
  • Photo and Video Consent: Please take 1 minute this week to complete the Photo and Video Consent form.
  • Please watch the Zoom Training videos and review the Zoom User Guide
  • International students only: Please review the Checklist for New and Transfer Students. You are required to submit all requested documents (preferably as one pdf file) before our first place-based session in August. We recommend submitting this information as soon as possible. Please also take some time to review the visa process you will go through for each Place-based Session.

July: Week 2

Asynchronous Activities

  • The Nicholas School’s Student Services team will provide each incoming student with a sustainable name tag, which is typically worn for interviews, networking, professional opportunities, when meeting alumni, etc. In your application for admission, you already provided your preferred name (first and last) for the sustainable name tag (e.g., John Doe). Now, you will have the opportunity to let us know whether or not you would like to include your pronouns as well, which will be located in smaller font, below your name. Please complete the name tag survey by Monday, July 11, at 11:59pm (ET).
  • We invite you to take some time to peruse the Nicholas School video library to learn more about the school and to hear from students, faculty, staff, and alumni.
  • By July 15, you must submit your final official undergraduate transcript showing that your undergraduate degree has been conferred. For students who graduated from an institution outside of the U.S., you must submit your final official undergraduate transcript and degree certificate.

July: Week 3
Asynchronous Activities

  • By July 18, please send your bio and headshot to Kelley Robbins-Thompson ( We will share your bio with both DEL cohorts, as well as with DEL faculty, guest speakers, and Dean Toddi Steelman. This is your chance to share a bit of information about your professional journey in the environmental field. You can check out the Twenty-Threes’ bios here.
  • By July 19, please complete the Orientation survey to indicate your dietary restrictions, etc.
  • Nicholas School IT: Please take 5 minutes to view the NSOE IT orientation video

Synchronous Sessions

July 18: 8:00 – 9:00pm (ET): Virtual summer session #1
Come meet your cohort, hear from the DEL team, and learn more about what to expect during your time in the DEL program.

  • Join Zoom Meeting (Meeting ID: 951 5747 0665)
  • Find your local number

July 20: 6:00pm (ET):
Duke and Durham History

  • Hosted by University Archives

July: Week 4
Asynchronous Activities

  • Nicholas School Student Groups: Nicholas School students are active and engaged in dozens of student groups and activities. Ordinarily, student group activities take place in person; however, student group leaders may be able to create opportunities to engage virtually. We invite you to find groups and organizations that appeal to your interests and build your community. Here’s a video introduction to many of these student groups. Student group leaders will be reaching out to all professional students during the first few weeks of classes with more information about how to get involved.
  • International students only: This is a gentle reminder to submit all required documentation outlined in the Checklist for New and Transfer Students if you have not already done so. Additionally, please prepare for your visit to Duke’s campus by completing all steps outlined in the Place-based Session visa process.

Synchronous Sessions

July 28: 9:00am (ET):
Understanding the Duke Student Medical Insurance Plan

  • Hosted by Duke Student Health

July 28: 7:00pm (ET): Happy Hour Hosted by the Twenty-Threes!
Come meet the Twenty-Threes and enjoy some laughs and stories before the start of the school year!

  • Join Zoom Meeting (coming soon!)
  • Find your local number

August: Week 1

Asynchronous Activities

  • Continue reading All We Can Save: Truth, Courage, and Solutions for the Climate Crisis edited by Ayana Elizabeth Johnson and Katharine K. Wilkinson.  

Synchronous Sessions
August 1:
8:00 – 9:00pm (ET): Summer Virtual Session #2
Join us for our second virtual session of the summer. Come learn a bit more about your cohort-mates and have your questions answered!

  • Join Zoom Meeting (Meeting ID: 951 5747 0665)
  • Find your local number

August: Week 2

Asynchronous Activities

  • Complete orientation pre-readings (more information to come!)

UPDATED: 8/1/22

>>View more information at the ‘Before You Arrive’ section