About DIYA

Our Mission

“Each diya that lights up the world

Brightens up each heart with joy.”

Diya, which is a Hindi/Urdu word meaning “light,” seeks to promote awareness and appreciation of South Asian culture and tradition through political, cultural, social, and community service events on Duke’s campus and in the greater Durham community. Throughout the year, Diya regularly hosts social and cultural programming, some in conjunction with UNC Sangam and NC State Ektaa, to give our members the opportunity to foster new, long-lasting relationships and share a strong, common collegiate experience.

Diya is committed to providing a forum for interaction through events relating to South Asian Americans and anyone interested in South Asian culture, politics or economics. Political discussions and speakers feature topics ranging from international political relations to South Asian dating and gender roles. Cultural programming includes celebrations of most major holidays observed by the South Asian community. Ample community service opportunities are organized in benefit of local nonprofits, the annual charity as part of Diya’s mission to serve those outside Duke’s walls. Social events like club mixers and semiformals, especially with other Duke cultural groups and South Asian organizations at UNC and NC State, are also an extremely enjoyable aspect of life with Diya.

Celebrating at Princeton