Student Success Center

The Student Success Center aims to promote emotional health, provide academic support, and connect students to resources at Duke and beyond. The Center is led by Dr. Bernice Alston and supported by Dr. Sean Convoy.

Dr. Alston is available for in-person or online consultations during normal business hours. Meetings may include conversations about stress management, academics, interpersonal challenges, mental health and well-being, or other aspects of student life.

To schedule a meeting, you can visit the link below to fill out the form, call (919) 660-1655 or email We look forward to hearing from you.

Request a Consultation


Visit program title to register in advance.

DateTimeProgram TitleLocation
Thursday, January 122:30 p.m.Organization & Time ManagementVirtual
Tuesday, January 172:00 p.m.Emotional & Well-being SuccessVirtual
Wednesday, January 187:00 p.m.Navigating the Night ShiftVirtual
Thursday, January 263:00 p.m.Pruitt Health Information Session (LPN/RN Class Visit and Registration not required)Virtual
Monday, January 23 - Friday, January 2711:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.Resume Blitz (Registration not required)In person Virtual


Visit virtual program titles to register in advance.

DateTimeProgram Title
Monday, January 30 - Thursday, February 25:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Career Week:

HR Chat (1/30)

Personal Branding & Networking (1/31)

Recruiter Panel (2/1)


Thursday, February 23:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Career Fair (Pre-registration strongly recommended; if didn't register, sign up at fair.)

Wednesday, February 8 &  Wednesday, February 156:00 p.m.Koru Mindfulness Course
Thursday, February 16

12-12:30 p.m.

John Hopkins Information Session (Registration not required)
Wednesday, February 222:00 - 3:00 p.m.Writing with Integrity, Writing for Publication
Tuesday, February 233:00 - 3:30 p.m.Children's Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA) Information Session (Registration not required)

* Get your resume or cover letter reviewed by Josyln Royster, career specialist, as you prepare for the career fair. No appointment necessary! Email your resume to or stop by the Student Success Center, IPE Building, 3rd Floor, between the designed times listed above. Allow up to 24 hours for feedback.

Visit virtual program titles to register in advance.

DateTimeProgram Title
Wednesday, March 1 & Wednesday, March 86:00 p.m.Koru Mindfulness Course
Wednesday, March 12:00 p.m.Team STEPPS
Thursday, March 232:00 p.m.Exercise and Nutrition on the GO


DateTimeProgram Title
Wednesday, April 122:00 p.m.Final Exam Prep/Stress Reduction




Frequently Asked Questions

The Student Success Center offers only pre-clinical consultations and does not provide formal mental health treatment. All services are offered by the School of Nursing free of charge and will not be charged to health insurance.

Faculty and staff are welcome to schedule a consultation with us to discuss students of concern and strategies in talking with students. However, all of our student consultations must be initiated by the student and we will not reach out for scheduling. We want to ensure that students see our services as entirely optional and voluntary.

We welcome all DUSON students and firmly believe that ALL people can benefit from emotional support and skill building. Our consultations cover a wide variety of wellness-related topics. Examples of consultations include challenges in adjusting to a new city or academic program, stress related to COVID-19, experiences of systematic injustice or racism in the current political environment, questions related to sexual identity, imposter syndrome and compassion fatigue, relationship issues, and managing work/life balance.

Absolutely. Our staff are very familiar with the mental health providers working at Duke and in the local community. This includes psychotherapy and psychiatry services at Duke Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), free telehealth counseling through Blue Devils Care, and a variety of community-based providers. Feel free to schedule a consultation to discuss the options available to you and how to get connected with these services or providers.

You must be a currently enrolled DUSON student to be eligible for individual consultations with the Student Success Center. DUSON faculty and staff may consult with us about student issues or concerns. For personal challenges, all DUSON faculty and staff are eligible for services from the Duke Personal Assistance Service. Dr. Sean Convoy may be available to hold WiseMind workshops outside of DUSON. If you are interested in WiseMind workshops, contact him directly.

Currently, our services are focused on supporting emotional wellness. However, we are happy to help connect you with academic resources at DUSON and at Duke. For a listing of current academic support services offered to DUSON students, visit the Academic Support page.

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