In addition to the “Turning a Moment into a Movement” event, a number of events on racial equity have been held around campus in recent months.
During the Duke Health Walk for Solidarity, Duke University President Vincent E. Price; Chancellor for Health Affairs A. Eugene Washington, MD, MPH; Dean Mary E. Klotman, BS’76, MD’80, HS’80-’85; and hundreds of Duke Health faculty and staff marched across the medical campus in support of racial justice and equality. Recently, Duke Health launched “Moments to Movement,” a collective pledge to right the injustices of systemic racism.
A number of School of Medicine departments and divisions have held their own events in support of the anti-racism movement, and many in the school participated in the national grassroots efforts called #ShutDownAcademia and #ShutDownSTEM.
In mid-June, Duke University held a day-long, campus-wide virtual symposium, “Living While Black,” which addressed COVID-19 and human rights abuses and featured Black faculty, staff, and students’ personal stories of racism and discrimination. The event led the university to add racial equity sessions to its student orientation program this year.