Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

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.

Valerie Ashby, Duke University Dean of Trinity Arts & Sciences"Culture change happens at the speed of trust."

Valerie Ashby, Dean of Trinity College of Arts & Sciences

DEI Activites by the Duke Materials Initiative and Its Members

Formation of a Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Subcommittee – Duke Materials Initiative

Co-Leaders: Nan Jokerst (Pratt School of Engineering Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Community Engagement and Office of Instituitonal Equity Liasion; ECE) and Stefan Zauscher (DMI Director; MEMS)

Making Bonds, Breaking Bonds: Chemical Industries, Environmental Justice and the Global History of Race in the American South

Evan Hepler-Smith, Assistant Professor of History, with Heather Stapleton (DMI, Nicholas), Joel Meyer (DMI, Nicholas) and Christine Hendren

Evan Hepler-Smith, Heather Stapleton, Joel Meyer and Christine Hendren, Duke University

Confronting Injustice: A Discussion of Bryan Stevenson's SXSW Talk

Center for Synthesizing Quantum Coherence – PI, David Beratan (Chemistry)

Flyer for "Confronting Injustice: A Discussion of Bryan Stevenson's SXSW Talk"

Leading Science and Education During the Twin Crises of COVID-19 and Racial Injustice

Center for Synthesizing Quantum Coherence – PI, David Beratan (Chemistry)

Flyer for Leading Science and Education during the Twin Crises of COVID-19 and Racial Injustice

Creating and Sustaining an Anti-Racist Culture in the Duke Physics Department

Leads: Joshua Socolar (DMI, Physics) and Phil Barbeau (Physics)

Funded by a seed grant from the Duke Office for Faculty Advancement, this project seeks to improve the department’s collective ability to recognize racism within its walls and respond to it effectively through a series of events. The events will bring department members together for education and training in developing a climate promoting anti-racist principles, and will train faculty to lead future sessions.

Completed Teaching for Equity Fellowship PrograM

Stefan Zauscher (DMI Director; MEMS) and Joshua Socolar (Physics) 

Developed by the Duke Human Rights Center at the Franklin Humanities Institute, the fellowship program is a year-long series of professional development and anti-racism workshops that give faculty members tools to better engage students in the classrooms, clinic, and other learning spaces.

Diversity & Inclusion Resources