History of EDI in the School of Medicine

  • 2011

    Judy Seidenstein
    School of Medicine’s first Chief Diversity Officer Named

    Judy Seidenstein is named the School of Medicine’s first Chief Diversity Officer and Associate Dean of Diversity and Inclusion and the School of Medicine’s Office of Diversity & Inclusion is created. 

  • 2014

    First School-wide Inclusion Council

    School of Medicine forms the first school-wide Inclusion Council with representatives from across the school to help promote a sense of belonging. 

  • 2014

    Rainbow flag behind the Duke Health U. We take PRIDE in each other.
    Sexual and Gender Diversity Advisory Council (SAGDAC)

    The Sexual and Gender Diversity Advisory Council (SAGDAC) is created. SAGDAC is a multidisciplinary, cross-institution gathering of LGBTQ+ stakeholders who serve as a think tank and hub for LGBTQ+ initiatives at Duke.

  • 2015

    Conversation About Race

    The School of Medicine hosts Conversation about Race with stakeholders from across the School of Medicine. More than 250 members of the school attend. 

  • 2016

    Michelle Winn
    Michelle Winn Inclusive Excellence Awards

    The Duke University School of Medicine’s Office of Diversity & Inclusion establishes the Michelle Winn Inclusive Excellence Awards to recognize individuals who have made significant contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion within the School of Medicine community. 

      

  • 2016

    Black Men in White Coats

    In partnership with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Duke physicians are featured in “Black Men in White Coats” video series.  

  • 2017

    Rebecca Redmond, PhD
    Rebecca Redmond, PhD, joins the Office of Diversity & Inclusion

    Rebecca Redmond, PhD, joins the Office of Diversity & Inclusion as our first Diversity and Inclusion Metrics Analyst.  

  • 2017

    Teaching for Equity Fellowship

    The first School of Medicine cohorts of the Teaching for Equity Fellowship program, a year-long series of professional development workshops that give faculty tools to better engage all students in classrooms, clinics, and other learning spaces, begins. 

  • 2018

    AAMC Diversity Engagement Survey

    In February, nearly 4,000 faculty, staff, and learners participated in the AAMC Diversity Engagement Survey, which explores perceptions of inclusion and engagement across the school. That March the school shares strengths, areas for improvement, and next steps. 

  • 2018

    ADVANCE-UP Founded

    ADVANCE-UP (Academic DeVelopment, Advocacy, Networking, Coaching and Education for Underrepresented Populations) program was started to provide unique enrichment activities designed to focus on experiences underrepresented racial and ethnic faculty (UREF) encounter in academic medical centers. 

  • 2018

    Reach Equity Logo
    Duke Center for REsearch to AdvanCe Healthcare Equity (REACH Equity) Launched

    With an award of more than $7.2 million from NIMHD, part of the National Institutes of Health, the Duke Center for REsearch to AdvanCe Healthcare Equity (REACH Equity) is launched to address racial and ethnic disparities in health.  

  • 2018

    Group of Black male healthcare professionals and students
    Black Men in Medicine (BMIM) initiative

    The Black Men in Medicine (BMIM) initiative aims to develop and support the needs of black male faculty, students, trainees and learners in the School of Medicine and to cultivate future healthcare and biomedical science professionals to address the historical underrepresentation of black men in medicine.  

  • 2019

    Inclusive Holiday Calendar

    The ODI launches its Inclusive Holiday Calendar featuring the dates and brief descriptions of holidays and celebrations from cultures and religions from around the world. 

  • 2020

    ODI's Response to the COVID -19 Pandemic

    In response to the COVID-19 Crisis, the Office of Diversity & Inclusion publishes a series of more than 50 vetted and curated resources and articles detailing the intersections between diversity, equity and inclusion and COVID-19, as well as ways that the pandemic is disproportionately harming marginalized populations.  

  • 2020

    Development of Teaching for Equity Now

    ODI partners with Drs. Tema Okun and Krista Robinson-Lyles to develop Teaching for Equity Now, a cohort-based racial equity seminar series (over 400 people have participated). 

  • 2020

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    Dean Mary Klotman, MD, launches the Moments to Movement Initiative

    On June 16, 2020, in place of her annual State of the School address, Dean Mary Klotman, MD, led a special town hall that launched the Moments to Movement initiative, committing the School of Medicine to dismantling structural racism within the school and creating an equitable, welcoming environment for everyone within its walls. 

  • 2021

    Duke SOM Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, Equity Matters
    Inclusion Matters Newsletter Renamed Equity Matters

    Equity Matters, is a free email newsletter summarizing the latest news, events, funding opportunities, and resources relating to diversity, equity, and inclusion within the Duke University School of Medicine.

  • 2021

    COST for Black Faculty Letter

    In January, a cadre of Black faculty members from across the School of Medicine write the COST for Black Faculty—Communication to Operationalize Sustainability, Solidarity, Sponsorship, and Trust—letter to their colleagues detailing their experiences dealing with the effects of systemic racism and the COVID-19 pandemic. The narratives and recommendations shared in the letter were used to inform and advance the Moments to Movement initiative across the School of Medicine.  

  • 2021

    Equity Research Center and Core Established in the CTSI

    The Center for Equity in Research and the Equity in Research (EIR) Core are established in the Duke Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) to improve equity and mitigate bias and racism in research. 

  • 2021

    Dismantling racism and advancing equity, diversity and inclusion in the school of Medicine.
    School Launches Anti-Racism Strategic Plan

    In June 2021, after a year and a half of intensive work by nearly 100 members of the School of Medicine who participated on four different stakeholder committees, 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.” 

     

  • 2021

    Moments to Movement

    Moments to Movement Town Halls and Conversations are held to discuss updates, progress, and the school’s continuing efforts toward diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism.  

  • 2021

    Kevin Thomas, MD
    Kevin Thomas, MD, First Vice Dean for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

    Kevin Thomas, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine, is named Duke University School of Medicine’s first Vice Dean for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. 

  • 2022

    Johnna Frierson, PhD
    Johnna Frierson, PhD, Appointed Associate Dean of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion for the Basic Sciences

    Johnna Frierson, PhD, appointed Associate Dean of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion for the Basic Sciences. 

  • 2022

    The Office of Diversity & Inclusion Renamed

    The Office of Diversity & Inclusion is renamed the Office of Equity, Diversity & Inclusion.