Our Office of Diversity and Inclusion works to build a climate where all members of our faculty, students and staff experience a true sense of belonging and feel that they matter, can thrive and contribute their best work. Working and learning in environments where people experience these qualities help us attract and retain a diverse cadre of outstanding talent who are fully engaged and positively impact how we teach, work, learn and serve in an increasingly diverse world.

​The Office of Diversity and Inclusion efforts include:

  • Fostering inclusion, so that students, faculty, and staff from diverse talent pools experience belonging, engagement, and achievement.
  • Providing leadership, guidance, and support across the School of Medicine to conceptualize, define, assess, and nurture the climate required for diversity, inclusion, and excellence to thrive.
  • Addressing issues of faculty, staff, and student diversity and work closely with department chairs, institute/center directors, and senior administration to develop robust school-wide and departmental diversity strategic plans to align diversity and inclusion with the school’s missions of education, research, and patient care.



Diversity & Inclusion at Duke University School of Medicine

The Duke University School of Medicine has been nationally recognized for its commitment to diversity and inclusion. Watch this short video to learn more about this commitment.

Black Men in White Coats

Duke University School of Medicine partnered with DiverseMedicine Inc., to produce videos featuring black physicians, in a series entitled “Black Men in White Coats.”  Physician-Scientist Kafui Dzirasa is the latest physician to be featured in these videos.

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Disabilities Statement
Duke University is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for individuals who are disabled, in accordance with Section 504 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008, as well as applicable state regulations, and federal and state privacy laws. To that end, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion works closely with Duke’s Disability Management System (DMS), which supports our efforts to ensure an accessible, hospitable working and learning environment for people with disabilities. DMS provides consistent processes for requesting accommodations, evaluating needs, and determining appropriate response, and it serves as a clearinghouse for disability-related information, procedures, and services available at Duke, in Durham, and in North Carolina. Knowledgeable staff members at DMS serve Duke’s undergraduate, graduate, and professional students, trainees, employees, and faculty, as well as the public.