Voices from Duke

It is critical for our work to be relevant to and informed by the experiences, needs, and expertise of Duke faculty, staff, and students. At Duke and beyond, a wealth of expertise regarding racial equity and related topics is continuously growing and evolving. We are building a catalog of resources created by members of communities across Duke. If you are interested in contributing to our list of content, please send us a note.

2024 MLK Commemoration

January 14, 2024

Duke alumnus and trustee Grant Hill was the keynote speaker for Duke’s Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration. A two-time men’s basketball national champion at Duke, Hill will spoke in Duke Chapel on Sunday, January 14, at 4 p.m.

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Transforming Research on Racial Equity into Action

October 25, 2023

Duke student Ezra Belgrave, left, helps Durham high school students refine the circuitry of their high-tech handbags as part of the “Inspiring the Next Generation of STEM Learners” research project. Photo by Stephen Schramm.

A grant funds Duke faculty’s creative projects exploring how race shapes life.

Sharing the Story of Progress

May 16, 2023

Sheriece Smith

Through the Diversity Action Alliance, Duke communicators further inclusion.

A Fair Process: Lisa McElroy Strives to Make Transplant Selection More Equitable

February 21, 2023

Lisa McElroy portrait with surgical light in the background

Lisa McElroy, MD, encountered skepticism when she made the choice to pursue a research career focused on eliminating health disparities in organ transplantation. But she stuck to what she believed was a worthwhile pursuit, and today as assistant professor of surgery at Duke University School of Medicine, she is a leader in improving the understanding of why inequities exist in accessing organ transplant.

Three Years Post-George Floyd, Police Training, Cultural Reform Is Sluggish, Experts Say

February 9, 2023

Duke experts discuss what the police killing of Tyre Nichols means for public safety and the police reform movement in the U.S.

2023 MLK Commemoration

January 15, 2023

This year’s commemoration featured keynote speaker Mikki Kendall, author of the 2020 bestseller “Hood Feminism.”

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Fighting for Social Justice in Healthcare, with NY State Commissioner of Health Dr. Mary Basset

October 1, 2022

2022 MLK Commemoration

January 16, 2022

Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, a professor of African American Studies at Princeton University who is among 2021 MacArthur “genius grant” winners, delivered the keynote address for Duke University’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. commemoration.

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