The Duke University School of Medicine has held two School-wide town halls in 2020 focusing on our plans to dismantle systemic racism and ensure a more equitable future for all members of our community. In these town halls, Chancellor A. Eugene Washington, MD, and Dean Mary Klotman, MD, held conversations with stakeholders from across the School to hear their stories, discuss progress, and share our commitment to a School that is open, welcoming, and equitable for everyone. Watch recordings of these videos below.
December 7, 2020 Town Hall
In this meeting, Washington and Klotman spoke with panelists from leaders from our committees representing faculty, staff, health professions students, and graduate students and postdoctoral associates. Read a news story about the meeting or watch the Town Hall itself below.
June 16, 2020 Town Hall
In place of her annual State of the School address, Dean Mary Klotman lead a special Town Hall that launched the Moments to Movement initiative, which committed the School to dismantling structural racism within the School and creating an equitable, welcoming environment for everyone within its walls. Medical student Kirstin Simmons, Assistant Dean for Graduate and Postdoctoral Diversity and Inclusion Johnna Frierson, PhD, Assistant Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health Kenyon Railey, MD, and Associate Professor of Neurology Andrew Spector, MD, also shared their stories and how systemic racism affected their daily lives. Watch this meeting below.