A Monthly Update About Inclusive Work Across Duke from OIE.

January 2021

2020, Oh What a Year!

And What a Year It Was!

As we reflect on 2020 and we welcome 2021, we want to thank you, the Duke community, for your continued support and partnership over the past year. We faced tremendous challenges in 2020 and these first weeks of 2021, specifically the attack on the Capitol, remind us of how much work there is yet to come in order to accomplish real transformation in our country. But through it all, one thing remains clear: your commitment to anti-racism, diversity, equity and inclusion have brought us closer together. Bigger and better things are in store, and we wish you a happy, healthy and prosperous new year.

The Office for Institutional Equity

Starsky Wilson to Highlight Duke's MLK Commemoration Events

Reverend Starsky Wilson

Reverend Doctor Starsky Wilson, nationally recognized children's rights and racial equity champion who, in December, succeeded Marian Wright Edelman as president of the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF), will deliver the keynote address for Duke's annual Martin Luther King Jr. commemoration on Sunday, January 17.



Registration Now Open for the Samuel DuBois Cook Society 2021 Awards Ceremony

Cook Society Logo and Image of Dr. Cook

Each year, the Samuel DuBois Cook Society recognizes community members who follow Doctor Cook's example of social activism and leadership. This year's celebration will be held virtually via Zoom on Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at 6:00 PM.



RecTalks: The Power of the Outdoors

RecTalks are informative and influential discussions with experts in their industries of sport, recreation, physical education and wellness. Hosted by Duke Recreation and Physical Education, the goal is to provide the Duke community with resources and information that promotes the physical, environmental, and mental wellbeing of our university community.

Wireless Security at Home

Working from home has its many challenges, but home Wi-Fi coverage should not be one of them. The Duke IT Security Office provides good tips and solutions to attain a safe and robust home connection.


Othered Suns Art Installation at The Rubenstein Arts Center's New Outdoors Experimental Structure

North Carolina artist Antoine Williams, creator of a wheat paste and sound installation on The Rubix, a new temporary structure for public art behind the Rubenstein Arts Center. Photo by John Kang.
While the Rubenstein Arts Center remains closed to the public, The Rubix outdoor structure serves as a canvas for artists to display their work publicly. Antoine Williams' Othered Suns "explores the physical, emotional, psychological, and temporal landscapes Black bodies have had to continuously traverse in order to find spaces of freedom."


From Homeless to Hopeful

Duke alumna and employee, Ke'Yona Barton, discusses her positive outlook during her challenging journey that led her to distributing the COVID-19 vaccine to Duke employees.



2021 Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration Programming

Sun, Jan 17 | 3:00 PM
Voices of the Movement featuring Rev. Starsky Wilson: [Online] Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration Ceremony

Mon, Jan 18 | 1:00 PM
Duke Athletics: MLK Virtual Unity Rally
With President Price, guest speakers from the University and the student-athlete cohort

Wed, Jan 20 | 9:00 AM & 2:00 PM
Duke PRMO MLK celebrations: Our Dream. Our Stories. Our Future.
Contact Rebecca Rosenbaum for more information.

Wed, Jan 20 | 3:00 PM
Virtual Panel: Activism in Athletics
Led by former NBA player and author, Etan Thomas
Moderated by Nolan Smith, with panelists Jenna Frush and Mark Anthony Neal

MLK Day 2021 Virtual Food Drive
Hosted by the Duke Office of Durham & Community Affairs

Dream Big Book Harvest's MLK Day Book Drive & Community Celebration
Visit for information about donation locations on campus.

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Trainings & Workshops

Fri, Jan 22 | 10:00 AM
Duke Faculty Advancement: Faculty & Staff Dynamics

Wed, Jan 27 | 10:00 AM
Duke Faculty Advancement: Engaging in Difficult Conversations

Wed, Feb 3 | 1:00 PM
Duke Faculty Advancement: Fostering a Positive Climate in Your Unit

Sun, Feb 7 | 12:00 PM
Duke Faculty Advancement: Book #4: Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

Meetings & Events

Fri, Jan 22 | 12:00 PM
Duke Middle East Studies Center: How Art Survives: An Illustrated Talk by Sato Moughalian

Wed, Jan 27 | 12:00 PM
LearnIT@Lunch Series: Inclusive Zoom Events and Activities: Making your meetings accessible

Thu, Jan 28 | 12:00 PM
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Grand Rounds: James H. Carter Memorial Lecture: Physician Leadership During Times of Crisis and Transition

Fri, Jan 29 | 11:30 AM
Duke on Gender Colloquium: Black Feminism Beyond the Human

Wed, Feb 3 | 12 PM
DUSON Half-Day Community Symposium: Access for Immigrants: Communal healing in action, creating pathways to health equity

Thu, Feb 4 | 12 PM
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Grand Rounds: The Role of Mental Health in Gender-Affirming Care for Trans and Nonbinary Adolescents and Adults

Tue, Feb 16 | 12 PM
SCICOMM Lunch & Learn: Communicating Human Evolution With the Public


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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