Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Community

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, Trinity College of Arts & Sciences

DEIC Activities by the Duke Materials Initiative and Its Members

Formation of a Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Community 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)

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

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).

Duke Engineering Adds 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.

Diversity & Inclusion Resources