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How the Pandemic Has Magnified the Challenges of Achieving Racial Equity in a Post-Election America

The Office for Institutional Equity will hold its annual Diversity Informational Breakfast on Thursday, November 12th at 8:30 AM. This year's event will highlight diversity leadership teams and groups from both Duke Health and Duke University who will present their racial equity, diversity, or inclusion efforts. It will also include a panel of Duke experts who will discuss the magnified challenges in racial equity caused by the pandemic.


Centralized Anti-Racism Website Launches for Duke Community

On October 15, President Vincent Price announced Duke's unified effort to present the strategic plans and initiatives about Duke's anti-racism work. The new website shares educational and training videos, details about new and existing programs, and recent data that provides transparency about the progress made to date in this endeavor.


Racial Identity and the Polarizing Influences Voters Will Carry Into the Polls

Professors Adriane Lentz-Smith, Ashley Jardina and Gunther Peck
Professors Adriane Lentz-Smith, Ashley Jardina and Gunther Peck

Duke scholars discuss the protests and calls for social justice over the police killings of Black men, and the reaction some white Americans have had to those protests. They touch on the differing viewpoints of what the term racism means to different groups, the historically systemic events that have led to inequality, and the relationship between passive and overt racism. Throughout their discussion, they arrive at the importance of identity, its many facets, and its role in the upcoming election.


Duke Votes

Students getting registered to vote on Duke campus

Early voting at the Karsh Alumni Center ends on October 31. The University's non-profit and tax-exempt status limits the types of permissible political activity on campus. The student-produced Duke Votes website outlines resources for the Duke community interested in engaging in non-partisan political engagement and voter registration efforts.


Duke Health Staff Coordinate Voter Registration Resources

Some team members at Duke University Hospital are working with other national academic medical centers, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American Hospital Association in a nonpartisan, online voter initiative to help members of the Duke community register to vote.


Podcast Examines Gap Between Intention to Vote and Actual Turnout Among Young People

Duke Professor D. Sunshine Hillygus and her colleague from the University of Virginia, John Holbein, discuss findings from their study on participation between older and younger American voters. In the podcast, the scholars discuss the various personal barriers that young people face that may affect why they never make it to voting booths.


Those Before Us Wins "Why Vote" Video Challenge

Niall Schroder's video Those Before Us is the 1st Place Winner of the Hart Leadership Program's "Why Vote?" Video Challenge.


Powerful Screen Printing Inspires Local Activism

Durham Vote Early! Early Voting Starts October 15th | Bill Fick print

“This is a momentous time in our society and there is a lot of energy out there. I want to be a part of documenting and responding to the current moment ... I’ve been looking at historical American political posters and thinking about how graphic art can drive action.”

Bill Fick,
Assistant Director of Visual and Studio Arts for the Rubenstein Arts Center and Lecturing Fellow in the Department of Art, Art History and Visual Studies, quoted in a Duke Arts News story about his printmaking and designs.

Calling Staff and Faculty Artists: Create Art for Racial Justice Series

Working@Duke invites Duke faculty and staff to design a graphic to represent its new series that will highlight individuals, departments, schools, and units that are taking action to better understand and address racial inequities in the Duke community. Design submissions are due by 12 PM on October 26, 2020.


Joint Funding Awarded to Expand COVID-19 Testing in Underserved Communities

The four-year program aims to expand test access and coordinate data collection by implementing innovative and sustainable solutions to barriers that have previously hampered efforts in testing among underserved and vulnerable populations across the U.S.


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Funding Opportunities

2021-2022 Bass Connections Project Teams
Deadline for joint Bass Connections and Data+:
November 2, 2020
Deadline for Bass Connections project teams:
December 4, 2020

2021 Faculty Advancement Seed Grants Request for Proposals
Deadline: December 1, 2020

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Trainings & Workshops

Thursday, Oct 22 | 3:00 PM
Faculty Advancement and Success (FAS) Series Workshop: Your Role as Faculty in Confronting Racism and Fostering an Inclusive Environment
SPEAKER: Kimberly Hewitt, VP Institutional Equity
MODERATOR: Sherilynn Black, Assoc. Vice Provost Faculty Advancement

Mary Lou Williams Center for Black Culture Training Opportunities
Registration required for each session.

OIE Training, Workshops, and Educational Sessions
The Office for Institutional Equity offers customized training and workshops for the Duke community.

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Meetings & Events

Tuesday, Oct 20 | 12:30 PM
Duke Law: Immigration Policy in the Presidential Campaign

Wednesday, Oct 21 | 4:30 PM
Sanford School of Public Policy & Sanford Center for Strategic Philanthropy & Civil Society: Stand for Equity
SPEAKER: Elizabeth Alexander, Poet and President of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
MODERATOR: Joel Fleishman, Prof. of Law & Public Policy

Thursday, Oct 22 | 3:00 PM
DiverisfyIT and Duke Libraries: DISCUSSION: How Duke Libraries learned more about the Black student experience
STUDY INFORMATION: Understanding the experiences and needs of Black students at Duke

Coronavirus Conversations
Duke Science & Society
Previous presentations available on webpage

Diversity Lunch & Learn
Duke University Hospital
Access previous presentations on DUH Intranet
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'Stand For' Signature Virtual Speaker Series
Sanford School of Public Policy
Previous presentations available on webpage


Duke University Institutional Statement of Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas—an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.

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