Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Community

Statement of Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

Duke–and the Duke Materials Initiative–aspire 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, Trinity College of Arts & Sciences


Our mission is to include and engage the rich diversity of students, staff, faculty, administrators and community partners in all facets of our work. To achieve this, we are committed to (1) building an environment where all individuals are included, supported and feel valued; (2) ensuring our community is composed of a broad spectrum of identities through recruitment, retention and ongoing professional development; 3) designing curricula and pedagogies for various constituents that promote cultural awareness and intercultural competence; 4) developing policies, resources and communication structures and processes that inform and enable a diverse, inclusive and equitable organization; and 5) understanding and tracking our performance through rigorous assessment of our short and long term goals and our overall community climate.

DMI DEIC Subcommittee Members


Nan JokerstNan Jokerst (ECE)

Pratt School of Engineering Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Community Engagement and Office of Instituitonal Equity Liasion

  Stefan ZauscherStefan Zauscher (MEMS)

DMI Director

DEIC Resources

DEIC Activities by DMI and Its Members

Research Triangle-Research Experience for Undergraduates (RT-REU)

Graphic containing images of Volker Blum, Adrienne Stiff-Roberts, Jie Liu, David Mitzi of Duke University

Four DMI faculty are joining with faculty at NC State University and UNC-Chapel Hill in conjunction with the Research Triangle Nanotechnology Network (RTNN) on a National Science Foundation grant to provide summer research opportunities for undergraduates, especially those from underrepresented groups. The program focuses on hybrid organic-inorganic perovskite materials for potential applications in energy applications. David Mitzi (MEMS), Jie Liu (Chemistry), Volker Blum (MEMS) and Adrienne Stiff-Roberts (ECE) will work with up to four students in their labs over the 10-week summer program. Participants will also gain experience using equipment in the Duke Shared Materials Instrumentation Facility (SMiF). 

Willie Padilla

New Duke Course on Race

Willie J. Padilla (ECE) is serving on a faculty steering committee to develop a new university course for undergraduates offered this fall called "The Invention and Consequences of Race." It will showcase the breadth of the extraordinary teaching and scholarship at Duke on the topic of race. A free co-curricular speaker series open to the public will also run during the 2021-22 academic year.

icon of mother with baby for lactation symbolDuke Engineering Adds Two Lactation Rooms

  • Wilkinson Building, 4th Floor
  • Fitzpatrick Building, West Wing, 3rd Floor

These join the existing lactation room in the Hudson Hall Annex and some 25 other rooms across the Duke campus. All lactation rooms are locked for privacy and are available through card access to approved users with reservations. To learn more about Duke’s lactation support facilities and services, and to request access, visit hr.duke.edu/benefits/family/lactation.

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.