M2M Town Halls and Conversations

The Duke University School of Medicine 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.

Since then, Dean Mary Klotman, MD, has held a series of video conversations with the leaders of the four Moments to Movement stakeholder committees, detailing the progress that those groups have made as well as some of their recommendations for the future. Watch recordings of these videos below.

Conversations with the Dean: M2M Graduate Students and Postdoc Anti-Racism Committee

In this continuing series, Duke University School of Medicine Dean Mary Klotman, MD, talks with committee members Johnna Frierson, PhD, and Laine Thomas, PhD, chairs of the Moments to Movement Graduate Students and Postdoc Anti-Racism Committee, about their committee's efforts and recommendations to dismantle racism.

Conversations with the Dean: M2M Health Professions Education Steering Committee

Dean Mary Klotman, MD, recently spoke with Nancy Knudsen, MD, and Kenyon Railey, MD, co-chairs of the Moments to Movement Health Professions Education Steering Committee. The co-chairs share some of the committee’s recommendations on how the school can create an anti-racist and more inclusive environment for students.

Conversations with the Dean: M2M Faculty Anti-Racism Committee

In the latest edition of a recurring video series video series, Dean Mary Klotman, MD, chats with Nadine Barrett, PhD, and Kevin Thomas, MD, co-chairs of the Moments to Movement Faculty Anti-Racism Committee. The co-chairs discuss the committee’s work, which began in July, and reveal some of their recommendations for dismantling racism and promoting equity for faculty across the school.

Conversations with the Dean: M2M Staff Committee

On April 9, Dean Mary Klotman, MD, spoke with the  co-chairs of the Moments to Movement Staff Committee, Betsy Hames and Coral May, about the challenges staff face at the School of Medicine and in academic medicine. They also discussed the Staff Committee's recommendations to improve diversity, equity, and inclusion, and how the Committee will work with School leadership to implement these plans. Watch the video here.

Turning a Moment into a Movement

The Moments to Movement initiative is bringing together voices from across Duke University School of Medicine to break down systemic racism and make the School safe, welcoming, and open to all members of our community. Members of our Moments to Movement committees representing our health professions students, graduate students and postdoctoral associates, faculty members, and staff shared their thoughts about why this initiative is needed and what they hope to see in an anti-racist, equitable future. Watch a short video featuring their thoughts below.

Health Professions Education Anti-Racism Town Halls

The Health Professions Education Steering Committee is working to support Dean Klotman’s commitment to equity and change through the Moments to Movement initiative, with the goal of attaining equity, anti-racism, and inclusion for all medical and health professions students within the Duke University School of Medicine. This committee has held many meetings with our 65 member task force as well as our smaller 8 person steering committee which includes student, faculty and staff representatives from multiple health professions programs. This committee will be holding two town halls in March and April 2021 to provide updates on progress, respond to feedback, and share preliminary recommendations. Check your inboxes for an invitation, login information and a form to submit questions.

FARE Faculty Committee Town Hall

This February, members of the School of Medicine's Faculty for Anti-Racism and Equity (FARE) committee met over two virtual town hall meetings to discuss updates, progress, and the continuing efforts of the School's in the Moments to Movement campaign. Recordings of both Town Halls are now available online (while both recordings feature similar content in their first half, they also cover different topics during the Q&A later in the recordings).

December 7, 2020 M2M 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 M2M 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.