EDI News

EDI Spotlight: Michael Boyce, PhD

Michael Boyce, PhD, Associate Professor of Biochemistry and co-director of the Maximizing Opportunities for Scientific and Academic Independent Careers (MOSAIC) program, a national program to enhance faculty diversity at research universities, organized by the American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB) and funded by National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Traveling Mural Symbolizes Connection within Duke’s Asian American and Pacific Islander Community

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. The Duke Asian American and Pacific Islander Affinity Group will kick off a month of celebrations with the unveiling of a unique traveling mural at Duke Regional Hospital on May 3. The unveiling is the culmination of several events that brought together employees from across Duke, symbolizing the sense of belonging and inclusiveness that the affinity group strives to create.

EDI Spotlight: Tammara Watts, MD, PhD

Tammara Watts, MD, PhD, is the associate director of the Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at the Duke Cancer Institute. She is charged with strategic planning and implementation of the DCI’s Plan to Enhance Diversity (PED).

EDI Spotlight: Debra Ragland, PhD

For Debra Ragland, PhD, who works closely with PhD students in the School of Medicine, addressing issues related to equity, diversity, and inclusion in the biosciences is simple. She says it’s a matter of creating a supportive environment where the students feel heard.

EDI Spotlight: Madhav Swaminathan, MD

In this month’s EDI Spotlight, Madhav Swaminathan, MD shares how he became involved with a group focused on increasing inclusion of neurodiversity, a disability that he says is often hidden yet deserves more attention in EDI work.

Duke-NCCU Partnership Honored with NIH Prize for Excellence in Diversity and Research

Duke University and North Carolina Central University recently received the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Institutional Excellence in Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA) in Biomedical and Behavioral Research Prize. The two schools were jointly awarded a $100,000 prize for demonstrating exceptional dedication and innovation in fostering DEIA within research environments. 

EDI Spotlight: Jeanine C. Holland, MBTA

Over the 26 years she has been at Duke, Jeanine Holland has been driven by a desire to serve others and make a lasting difference on local communities. In this month’s Spotlight, Holland discusses her passion for service, which was instilled in her as a child and remains part of who she is.

EDI Spotlight: Oke Anakwenze, MD

In this month’s EDI Spotlight, Anakwenze shares how he’s trying to make the experience of finding mentors a bit easier for today’s underrepresented in medicine students, both in his role as shoulder section head in the Duke Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and as diversity committee chair for the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons.