Our Actions

Fostering Research

Support for Scholarly Work

The Provost will soon announce a new funding mechanism to provide support for scholarly work on slavery and the history of the South, on social and racial equity, and racism.  

Update, June 2022: Supported by The Duke Endowment, the Office of the Provost will fund 18 faculty research projects on racial equity during Academic Year 2022-2023.


Foregrounding Research

We will be seeking ways of foregrounding research on slavery and the history of the South, on social and racial equity, and racism through university communications and leveraging it in our own institutional planning and decision-making.

Update, June 2022: The Strategy Team 2030 report identified racial equity as an area for potential scholarly synthesis at Duke, and recent faculty hiring has expanded Duke's expertise in social and racial equity.


Institutional Research

We are committing to a dedicated program of ongoing institutional research, including regular surveys of Duke students, faculty and staff, to better understand and monitor our organizational culture and climate.  Results of this research will be made public and used to assess both overall institutional progress and to evaluate leadership across the university and health system. 


Institutes, Initiatives, and Centers

Duke’s University-Wide Interdisciplinary Institutes, Initiatives & Centers (UICs) have developed comprehensive proposals to expand education and research that engages with the multi-faceted dimensions of structural racism and anti-racism.

Update, June 2022: The Offices of Institutional Equity and Institutional Research conducted the first campus-wide climate survey in April 2021, with nearly 13,000 responses. Results were released in November 2021, and the data are guiding the work of REAC.