Our Actions


Furthering the Excellence of our Faculty

Expanded Diversity Hiring Program

The Provost has expanded the diversity hiring program initiated over the past two years, with the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement offering workshops for unit leaders and for search committees to promote inclusive and equitable hiring and incentive funding for hiring diverse faculty.

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Faculty Diversity Dashboard

Our diversity hiring efforts, expanded initially with a $16 million grant from the Duke Endowment, will be tracked through a new dashboard of faculty diversity data, which will be available to the entire Duke community. The effort will be multifaceted and will include both individual hires and cluster hires focused on specific themes to build critical mass and expertise.

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Faculty Development and Community Building

The Office for Faculty Advancement will devote additional resources to faculty development and community building programs and resources to support faculty success and retention.

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Promotion and Tenure Policy Revision

The Provost will continue to review and update our policies and guidelines on promotion and tenure to ensure that they are equitable and attentive to the biases that disadvantage underrepresented faculty and research on underrepresented communities.

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Strengthening our Student Community

Support for First Generation and Low Income Students

We will continue our efforts to recruit and support first-generation students and those from low-income backgrounds. 

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Continuing Efforts to Diversify the Student Body

We are continuing efforts to further diversify our campus, with renewed focus on recruiting students who are Black, Indigenous, and People of Color.

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Fundraising for the Diversification Effort

Student diversification efforts have been designated a key priority for university fundraising.

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LIFE Steering Committee

A new Low-Income First-Generation Engagement (LIFE) Steering Committee has been established to coordinate programmatic efforts to improve the university experience of these students.

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Student Ombuds Office

Based on recommendations of the Hate and Bias Working Group, a dedicated Student Ombuds office is being created to help undergraduate and graduate/professional students to navigate resources starting in the Spring 2021 semester.

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Implementing Hate and Bias Working Group Recommendations

The Office of Student Affairs and Office of Undergraduate Education have begun implementing newly revised recommendations of an undergraduate Hate and Bias Working Group to make that work more transparent, concrete, and responsive; graduate and professional students are undertaking similar work.

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“Foundations of Equity” Orientation Program

This fall, we offered a new “Foundations of Equity” orientation program for incoming undergraduate students, which will be a part of first-year orientation in all future years.

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Supporting our Staff

Making Duke Career Pathways More Accessible

Duke will significantly expand internship, training, and apprenticeship programs to make Duke career pathways more accessible.

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New Professional Development Opportunities

Duke is launching new professional-development opportunities for our staff at all levels, with a focus on reaching historically underserved populations.

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Human Resources Data and Analyses

Human Resources will track promotions and new hires and offer pay-equity analyses on a regular, ongoing basis. These data will be available to any member of the Duke community beginning in January.

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Comprehensive Climate Assessment

Duke will launch a comprehensive climate assessment in the spring of 2021, and we will build on these research efforts to address longstanding concerns about faculty and staff relations.

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Annual Review Process

Equity and anti-racism will be included in the ongoing annual review process for direct reports to the president in order to ensure that university leadership continues to consider this a priority for the future.

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Advancing Training and Education for All

Educational Resource Library

To ensure every unit on campus has the resources required for education and training, a library of anti-racist educational assets is being made available through anti-racism.duke.edu, including a video series that can serve as a primer on anti-racism as we work to develop more comprehensive resources.

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“Foundations of Equity” Orientation Program

This fall, we offered a new “Foundations of Equity” orientation program for incoming undergraduate students, which will be a part of first-year orientation in all future years.

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New Anti-Racist Curricula

The Office of the Provost and the Office for Institutional Equity are collaborating with faculty on designing new curricula for faculty, students and staff that will be informed by history and empower them to promote anti-racism, equity and inclusion on campus and in the academy. Implementation, which will also be supported by the Duke Endowment grant, will be underway by the spring semester.

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Annual Senior Leadership Training

In September, President Price, along with the Board of Trustees, deans, officers, vice presidents, and vice provosts, engaged in an anti-racism and equity workshop. Duke’s senior university leadership is committed to continuing this training on an annual basis in the years ahead.

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Promoting Health Equity

Duke Health’s Anti-Racism Plan

Duke Health’s comprehensive anti-racism plan, Moments to Movement, commits to health equity as a mission-critical element of clinical care, with systems to define and measure access, treatments, clinical outcomes and the patient experience through the lens of health equity to eradicate identified inequities.

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Population Health Management

Duke Health will also aggressively address socioeconomic determinants of health for patients through population health management. 

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Investing in Leadership

Presidential Fellowship Program

A Presidential Fellowship program to provide diverse leadership opportunities for mid-career faculty has been launched, with the first appointment soon to be announced.

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Faculty Leadership Program

The Provost’s faculty-leadership program will incorporate approaches that are more consistently equitable and effective in addressing racism, expand current workshops to support units in producing systemic change, and work with partners inside and outside of Duke to offer programs and resources for leaders on topics related to diversity and equity.

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Leadership Opportunities for Staff

The Executive Vice President and Chancellor for Health Affairs will also expand and monitor diverse leadership opportunities and ensure that systems, policies and procedures are in place to promote racial equity at all organizational levels.  

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Fostering Research

Support for Scholarly Work

The Provost will soon announce a new funding mechanism to provide support for scholarly work on slavery and the history of the South, on social and racial equity, and racism.  

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Foregrounding Research

We will be seeking ways of foregrounding research on slavery and the history of the South, on social and racial equity, and racism through university communications and leveraging it in our own institutional planning and decision-making.

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Institutional Research

We are committing to a dedicated program of ongoing institutional research, including regular surveys of Duke students, faculty and staff, to better understand and monitor our organizational culture and climate.  Results of this research will be made public and used to assess both overall institutional progress and to evaluate leadership across the university and health system. 

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Institutes, Initiatives, and Centers

Duke’s University-Wide Interdisciplinary Institutes, Initiatives & Centers (UICs) have developed comprehensive proposals to expand education and research that engages with the multi-faceted dimensions of structural racism and anti-racism.

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Engaging our Alumni

Gathering Feedback from Black Alumni

The Duke Alumni Association (DAA) is currently conducting a survey of Black alumni to gather feedback on their experiences at Duke and to help chart a course toward a more inclusive community. The results of this survey will be shared publicly on this website.

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Alumni Education and Programming

DAA is also designing ongoing programming to address systemic racism, including the Black in 2020 lecture series—co-facilitated by Duke Black Alumni and the Department of African and African-American Studies—and further opportunities for continuing education and networking. 

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Revisiting Duke’s Institutional History

Renaming Jarvis Residence Hall

The Board of Trustees, on President Price's recommendation and with the support of the President’s Advisory Committee on Institutional History, has approved the removal of the name of Thomas Jordan Jarvis—a North Carolina Governor and Trinity College trustee who was an avowed white supremacist implicated in the Wilmington Insurrection of 1898—from the dormitory on East Campus bearing his name. A plaque describing this decision will be installed at the entrance of the building, which will again be known by its original name, West Residence Hall.

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Naming the Reuben-Cooke Building

Last month, Duke named the Reuben-Cooke Building on West Campus in honor of Wilhelmina Reuben-Cooke, a member of Duke’s first integrated class of undergraduates, and we honored a more inclusive group of university founders. A permanent exhibit honoring the first five Black undergraduates will be installed in the Reuben-Cooke Building, and we will seek opportunities for additional exhibits and recognitions per the recommendations of the Committee on Institutional History.

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Engaging our Community in Duke’s Complex Institutional History

Trustee task forces on our forthcoming 2024 centennial and on Duke and Durham will explore ways of better engaging our community in Duke’s complex institutional history with respect to racial and social equity, in collaboration with the President’s Advisory Committee on Institutional History.

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Engaging with and supporting our Durham and regional communities

Support for Students in Durham

We are deepening support for educational equity through a lead contribution to the Durham Public Schools Foundation campaign for digital equity for Durham students, partnerships on internet connectivity with the city, and broadening connections between Durham students and Duke students.

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Supporting Community Health and Economic Vitality in Durham

We are collaborating with community-based organizations and local government to address community health disparities as measured by social indicators such as housing, early childhood development, and nutrition. We have also committed $5 million to the community for COVID-19 relief and sustained engagement through our Duke-Durham Fund.

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Expanding Internship and Education Programs

We will coordinate and expand work-based learning opportunities for high school and college students through programs such as Summer Internship Program with North Carolina Central University, the Summer Enrichment Program for the National Institute for Diversity and Health Equity, and the Made in Durham internship program, and other partnerships with the city and local nonprofits.

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Expand Recruiting

We will significantly expand efforts to recruit from HBCUs and community colleges for our undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs, as well as for staff positions at Duke.

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Apprenticeship Programs and Vendor Diversity

We will offer new apprenticeship programs in partnership with community colleges including Durham Tech, as well as expanding Duke’s supplier diversity program and providing training for departments to encourage diverse sourcing.

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