Dane Whicker, PhD, grew up as a gay person in Arkansas during a time when marriage equality was a decade away, slurs were both common and accepted, and allies or members of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) communities were hard to find or nonexistent. Those experiences taught Whicker the value of support, acceptance, and open communication while inspiring him to make a difference for other people growing up in difficult circumstances.
When Sharena Ballard-Hart took over efforts to improve equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) in the Brain Imaging and Analysis Center (BIAC) in 2016, she was the only person of color in her unit. The role allowed her the opportunity both to learn more about EDI efforts and resources that she could apply to the BIAC and to connect with other people of color within the School of Medicine.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Equity Matters Newsletter
Equity Matters, formerly Inclusion 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.
- August 2023: Spotlight on Raquel Ruiz, MBA, MAEd, Empowering Black Staff, Get Involved in Pride, and More
- July 2023: Spotlight on Mary Moya-Mendez, MS, MHS; New Committee for Latino/Hispanic Employee Resource Group; How to Help Your LGBTQI+ Colleagues; and more
- June 2023: Spotlight on Dane Whicker, PhD, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Website Updated, Mini Course on LGBTQ+ Pronoun Use for Healthcare Professionals, and more.
- May 2023: Spotlight on Sharena Ballard-Hart, 2023 Michelle Winn Awards, Naggie Named Director of CTSI, Creating Community for Asian American Students, and More
- April 2023: Spotlight on Sonali Biswas, MPHS, Groundbreaking Study on Black Patients and Defibrillators, Rethinking Race in Genetics Research, and More
- March 2023: Spotlight on Leonor Corsino, MD, MHS, Partnering to Reverse HIV Trends in the Latinx Community, Putting High School Students on the Path to Health Care, and More
- February 2023: Spotlight on Anthony Fuller, MD, MScGH, Progress and Change at DUSOM, Making Transplant Selection More Equitable
- January 2023: Spotlight on Rebecca Redmond, PhD, EDI Navigator Guide, New EDI Vice Chair for Neurosurgery, and More
- December 2023: Spotlight on Julius Wilder, MD, PhD, Celebration of Charles Johnson, MD, Mapping Duke's Racial Equity Resources
- November 2022: Spotlight on Taylor Abele, Native American Heritage Month, Inclusive 2023 Calendar, and More
- October 2022: A Message from Vice Dean Kevin Thomas, MD, Lunsford Aims to Change Conversation Around Disability, and More
- September 2022: Spotlight on Johnna Frierson; Durham Pride: Ask the OEDI: Hispanic, Latino, Latina, Latinx - Which is best?
- August 2022: Spotlight on Coral May, New Vice Chairs, New EDI Vice Chairs, and more
- July 2022: Spotlight on Ed Miao, meet our new Senior Director for Strategy and Planning Carmel Hannah, and more
- June 2022: Spotlight on Annise Weaver, Kevin Thomas looks toward an equitable future, and more