Advancing Racial Equity at Duke

Racial Equity Advisory Council

Through a united effort across Duke University, the Racial Equity Advisory Council (REAC) works to address racism, inequity, and injustice at Duke.

Kim Hewitt, Chief Diversity Officer, and Abbas Benmamoun, Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement, highlight the objectives of REAC working to guide the institutional priorities of racial and social equity at Duke.

Campus Climate & Assessment

Using data to identify gaps in policy and practices, and informing educational and training opportunities that support equity at Duke.


Examining how Duke engages in racial equity work through the academic curriculum and instruction, as well as how to support units to improve climate through learning.


Working to increase transparency and engagement related to race and equity work on campus by increasing efforts to inform and involve each member of the community.

Infrastructure & Policies

Examining the capacity and structural support for strategic initiatives and reviewing institutional policies and practices that address equity.

We are committed today and throughout the future of Duke to addressing systemic racism on our campus and setting an example for our nation and the world.

Our efforts will need to be focused and sustained, with clear goals and transparency as we work toward them.  Going forward, this website will be a central repository of information about our anti-racism work, including data regularly collected and publicized to monitor our progress, details of new and ongoing programs, research highlights, and educational and training materials for wider use across the Duke community.

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Explore the results from the 2021 Duke Campus Climate Survey and learn more about the Racial Equity Advisory Council (REAC) created to increase support for efforts to address findings of the survey.

Latest Update

May 19, 2023

Thanks to generous funding from The Duke Endowment, the Office of the Provost has selected seven research proposals that engage with “Racial and Social Equity in Local Context.” These projects will be led by Duke faculty members beginning as early as July 1 and ending by June 30, 2025.

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