EDI Spotlight Interviews

Across the School of Medicine, faculty, staff, trainees, and students are working to improve equity, diversity, and inclusion.
Our monthly EDI Spotlight series of interviews offers a chance to highlight some of these individuals as well as their work. Subjects of our Spotlight interviews include our EDI Unit Leaders, members of Moments to Movement committees, and other individuals working alone or with their departments, centers, or units to make a difference. 
In each interview, we ask subjects about their work to make the Duke University School of Medicine a more equitable, inclusive institution, how they got into the sphere, what they do when they're not at Duke and more. Read our existing Spotlight interviews via the links below, or read more about our monthly Equity Matters newsletter.

EDI Spotlight: Leonor Corsino, MD, MHS

When Leonor Corsino, MD, MHS, came to Duke as an Endocrinology, Metabolism, and Nutrition Fellow in 2006, she had a clear vision of her future as a physician-scientist working to address care, health outcomes, and health disparities for Latino and Hispanic populations.

EDI Spotlight: Anthony Fuller, MD, MScGH

When Anthony Fuller MD, MScGH, came to Duke as a medical student nine years ago, he hit the ground running. He co-founded the first division dedicated to improving global care for neurology and neurosurgery in the United States. Since then, the Division of Global Neurosurgery and Neurology (DGNN) has provided care for thousands of patients, built infrastructure for sustainable care in multiple countries, and published more than 100 peer reviewed manuscripts.

School of Medicine Anti-Racism Strategic Plan Update

In June 2021, Duke University School of Medicine launched its anti-racism strategic plan, called “Dismantling Racism and Advancing Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in the School of Medicine.” It reflected the work of four committees — representing faculty, staff, postdoctoral fellows and graduate students, and health professions students — who were determined to create a roadmap for all of us as we strive to create a more just and equita

EDI Spotlight: Rebecca Redmond, PhD

Duke University School of Medicine is committed to creating a more equitable environment. Effectively assessing progress and sharing data are ways to help make sure leaders reach that goal. That’s where Rebecca Redmond, PhD, comes in. In this month’s EDI Spotlight, Redmond shares about her unique role as director of assessment and research in the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.

EDI Spotlight: Julius Wilder, MD, PhD

Our final EDI Spotlight of 2022 shines on Julius Wilder, MD, PhD, a gastroenterologist and  hepatologist and Chair of the Department of Medicine’s Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Antiracism committee (DEIAR). Wilder talks to us about balancing his oversight of efforts to improve equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) within his Department while still practicing clinical care.

EDI Spotlight: Taylor Abele

Like many Americans, the murder of George Floyd in 2020 was a wake-up call for Taylor Abele, a PhD student in the Department of Immunology. Not only did the horrific event motivate her to get more involved in changing systems that lead to inequalities, but it also provided her with the courage to stand up for herself and other LGBTQ+ individuals.

EDI Spotlight: Johnna Frierson, PhD

Since 2015, Johnna Frierson has worked in various roles at Duke with one main goal in mind: creating a more diverse and equitable environment for students and trainees interested in careers in STEM and the basic sciences. She will now broaden that work, reaching more areas within the School of Medicine community, as the newly appointed associate dean for equity, diversity, and inclusion in the basic sciences.

EDI Spotlight: Coral May, MPA, SHRM-SCP

In the summer of 2020 Black faculty, staff, and students came together from across Duke to discuss the impact racism has had on our country, and to share their stories of dealing with racism in their own lives for the Living While Black symposium. Listening to those stories, Coral May, MPA, SHRM-SCP, knew she had to make a difference.

EDI Spotlight: Ed Miao, PhD

Ed Miao, PhD, sees his role as Director for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) within the Department of Immunology as a natural extension of his other responsibilities. Teaching, mentoring, and maintaining a research lab allows him to see opportunities to improve equity across the Department; that same work to improve equity also makes him a better professor. For this month’s EDI Unit Leader Spotlight, Miao talks about working with members of his EDI committee to make lasting structural change within the Immunology Department.