Moments to Movement Committees

Making sustainable, fundamental changes to mitigate systematic racism and its effects within the Duke University School of Medicine will require participation from all of its members. To set priorities, identify obstacles and opportunities, and propose solutions, the School of Medicine created and empowered four committees representing all stakeholders within the School: health professions students, graduate students and postdocs, staff, and faculty.

These groups made recommendations for School-wide change to our Oversight Committee, which synthesized and evaluated the final recommendations of the other four committees and proposed a plan based on those results.

Goals

Our anti-racism committees' goals were to:

  • Enhance racial diversity, equity, and belonging for all members of the School of Medicine
  • Train an intentionally anti-racist healthcare and biomedical research workforce
  • Foster educational and career development and satisfaction for all students, faculty, and staff.
  • Incorporate teaching racism and racial inequities through our teaching, research, and clinical missions
  • Develop and deploy solutions for our local, regional, and national communities.
  • Establish the School of Medicine as an educational and research leader and agent of change towards an anti-racist culture.
  • Advance careers in science and technology along with Duke University and our community partners

Committees


 

Oversight Anti-Racism Committee

The Oversight Anti-Racism Committee synthesized and evaluated the final recommendations of the other four committees and proposed a plan based on those results.

Co-Chairs
Assistant Dean, Graduate and Postdoctoral Diversity & Inclusion, Director , IDEALS Office
Associate Professor of Biostatistics & Bioinformatics

Members

Dean and Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs
Edwin Crowell Hamblen Distinguished Professor of Reproductive Biology and Family Planning
Assistant Professor in Family Medicine and Community Health
Nanaline Duke Distinguished Professor of Medicine
Associate Dean and Chief Communications Officer
Richard Hall Chaney, Sr. Distinguished Professor of Otolaryngology
Associate Dean and Chief Human Resources Officer
Duke Health Cardiology Professor
Professor of Anesthesiology
Director SOM HR Service Center
Professor of Biostatistics & Bioinformatics
Associate Dean for Strategic Planning and Chief of Staff
Assistant Professor in Family Medicine and Community Health
Professor of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology
Associate Dean and Chief Diversity Officer
Professor of Medicine
Associate Professor of Medicine

Graduate Students and Postdoc Anti-Racism Committee

The Graduate Students and Postdoc Anti-Racism Committee worked to enhance racial diversity, equity, and a sense of belonging among graduate students and postdoctoral candidates across the School of Medicine.

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Co-Chairs

Assistant Dean, Graduate and Postdoctoral Diversity & Inclusion, Director , IDEALS Office
Associate Professor of Biostatistics & Bioinformatics

Members

PhD Program Administrator
Associate Professor of Biochemistry
Vice Dean for Basic Science
Postdoctoral Associate
Biostatistician III

Briana Davis
PhD student, Molecular Genetics and Microbiology

Emma Dolan
PhD student, Pharmacology & Cancer Biology

Susan Gallagher
Director of Communications, Duke Department of Psychiatry

Gilberto Padilla
PhD student, Molecular Genetics and Microbiology

Melissa Segal
Senior Business Manager, Duke Neurobiology

Faculty Anti-Racism Committee

The Faculty Anti-racism Committee worked to uncover the School of Medicine's priorities and best opportunities related to enhancing racial diversity and equity amongst our faculty and enhancing the career development and satisfaction of the School's underrepresented in medicine faculty.

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Co-Chairs

Assistant Professor in Family Medicine and Community Health
Associate Professor of Medicine

Members

Associate Professor of Medicine
Nanaline Duke Distinguished Professor of Medicine
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Assistant Professor of Immunology
Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Medical Instructor in the Department of Medicine, General Internal Medicine and Nephrology
Assistant Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
W. David and Sarah W. Stedman Distinguished Professor of Nutrition in the School of Medicine
Adjunct Professor in the Department of Pediatrics
Associate Professor in Family Medicine and Community Health
Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
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Assistant Professor of Medicine
Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
Associate Professor of Dermatology

Health Professions Students Anti-Racism Committee

The Health Professions Students Steering Committee held many meetings with its 65-member task force as well as its 12-person steering committee, which included student, faculty and staff representatives from multiple health professions programs.

The Health Professions Students Committee divided into five subcommittees covering assessment and evaluation, health professions curricula, health professions faculty training, micro/macroaggression reporting and professionalism, and student affairs. 

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Co-chairs

Professor of Anesthesiology
Assistant Professor in Family Medicine and Community Health

Members

Jacqueline S. Barnett, DHSc, MSHS, PA-C
Program Director, Duke Physician Assistant Program
Associate Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health

Maureen Cullins, AM
Co-Director, Multicultural Resource Center

Vikki Grossman
Administrative Assistant
Office of Graduate Affairs

Tori Hall
Director of Communications, Duke Eye Center

Tiffany Hilton, PhD
Associate Professor, Director of Curriculum Doctor of Physical Therapy Program

Kirsten Simmons
4th-year medical student
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Marcus Taylor
Doctor of Physical Therapy Student

Kevin Thomas, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine

Edward Buckley, MD (Ex-officio member)
Vice Dean for Education
Chair, Department of Ophthalmology

Aditee Narayan, MD (Ex-officio member)
Professor of Pediatrics
 

Staff Anti-Racism Committee

The Staff Anti-Racism Committee identified the School of Medicine's priorities and best opportunities to improve and maintain racial diversity, equity, and a sense of belonging amongst its staff.

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Co-Chairs

Associate Dean and Chief Human Resources Officer
Director SOM HR Service Center

Members

Will Alexander, MA
Director of Communications, Neurology Department

Ceci Chamorro
Information Systems Manager, Duke Office of Clinical Research

Jeanine Holland, MBTA
Operations and Outreach Coordinator