Diversity in the DSCB Program

A hallmark of Duke’s Developmental and Stem Cell Biology (DSCB) Program is diversity. Our doctoral candidates come from diverse backgrounds and bring unique perspectives which enrich our Program enormously.Duke University Medical Center and DSCB are committed to maintaining and promoting an environment of inclusion. We welcome all students inclusive of race, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, nationality, age and disability.

Duke University Institutional Statement of Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas—an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.  The Duke Center for Multicultural Affairs is committed to creating a more equitable and inclusive campus environment. 

The Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Advancement, and Leadership in the Sciences​ (IDEALS) Office contributes to the diverse scientific climate within the Biomedical Graduate Programs in the School of Medicine. The office works to bring talented underrepresented graduate students and postdoctoral scholars to the Duke University School of Medicine and to enrich their experiences over the course of their training and studies.

The Duke BioCoRE Scholars Program provides enhanced opportunities that complement the bioscience undergraduate and graduate programs. The goals of BioCoRE are to increase the diversity of scientists in the biosciences, and to promote student development with research experiences, engagement with faculty, and career development activities. All incoming graduate students are invited to apply, and incoming scholars are eligible for an early-start summer program as well as other community-building activities throughout the academic year.

The DSCB Program has an active Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee composed of students and faculty. The committee meets about once per semester to develop anti-racism initiatives with goals to promote a diverse and inclusive student body and faculty.