The Office of Student Life at Duke Divinity School is dedicated to fostering a vibrant and inclusive student community that supports all residential and hybrid students as they grow into their calling to serve the church, the academy, and the world. The office coordinates a variety of events and programs, including student-led panels, guest speakers, community meals, sports events, workshops, brown-bag discussions, and community learning and service. In addition, the office enhances the educational environment through cultivating student leadership and mentoring students.

The Office of Student Life provides support to a wide range of student groups from small interest groups to the Divinity Student Council and its more than 15 official affiliate groups.

The office also provides a hospitable space for students to unwind; speak freely; discuss academic, spiritual, and personal concerns; and explore possibilities for future vocation and ministry.

About the Director

Cathy Watson joined the Divinity School in 2011. The daughter of a Tuskegee airman, she was born in Mesa, Ariz., and has lived in states from Alaska to Virginia. She earned a B.S. in early and middle childhood education from The Ohio State University and an M.Div. from Duke Divinity School. Watson enjoys her five children, travel, reading, good movies, and knitting. She is an ordained minister and lives in Raleigh, N.C.