Our Actions

As we work to address racism, inequity, and injustice at Duke, we have sought to move decisively and in ways that engage the needs of every part of our enterprise. At the same time, we must ensure that racial equity remains a sustainable priority for Duke, woven carefully into every aspect of our institutional strategy and culture. With these two goals in mind, we make the following commitments as a community. 

If you have updates or additions to these actions, please send us a note.

Furthering the Excellence of our Faculty

Recognizing that faculty who are Black, Indigenous, and People of Color must have equitable opportunities for hiring and advancement, we have initiated programs to further the excellence of our faculty.

Strengthening our Student Community

Recognizing that the student experience must be equitable, we are strengthening our student community.

Student Ombuds Office


Supporting our Staff

Recognizing that all employees must have access to equal opportunities for growth and pay equity, we are initiating programs supporting our staff.

Advancing Training and Education for All

Recognizing that the work of anti-racism begins with education, we are advancing training and education for all.

Promoting Health Equity

Recognizing that socioeconomic and racial disparities often result in significant disparities in healthcare, we are striving to promote health equity.

Investing in Leadership

Recognizing that diversity at the senior leadership level is critical, we are investing in leadership.

Fostering Research

Recognizing our institutional mandate to generate knowledge in service of improving society, we are seeking new modes of fostering research.

Engaging our Alumni

Recognizing that many of our graduates have and will continue to encounter racism, we are engaging our alumni.

Revisiting Duke’s Institutional History

Recognizing our university’s historic connections to systems of racism and inequity, we are focused on revisiting Duke’s institutional history.

Engaging with and supporting our Durham and regional communities

Recognizing the complex socioeconomic challenges facing our city and region, we are engaging with and supporting our Durham and regional communities.