Opportunities in diversity and inclusion

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

The Department of Medicine is actively working to embed diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) into everything we do.

"This means incorporating DEI values right from the start of each and every project and initiative, and empowering each and every faculty member, trainee, and staff employee to seek out opportunities to become a more equitable department and better individuals," says Laura Svetkey, MD, MHS, vice chair for faculty development and diversity.
There are many existing and soon-to-launch activities in the Department of Medicine for faculty and trainees to participate in.

"My hope is that you will find an opportunity to help make our department a place in which each person feels included, respected, and valued," says Dr. Svetkey.


1. Become one of our Civility Champions who gives colleagues informal support in response to incidents of bias, harassment, or other unprofessional behaviors. Learn more and apply here.
2. Serve in a new leadership role within the Minority Recruitment and Retention Committee. Nominate yourself to lead our efforts to intensify our focus on recruitment and retention of black faculty. Learn more and apply here.
3. Be an inaugural member of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee, which will advocate for structural changes and serve as a communication hub and clearinghouse to help us all efficiently keep track of the many DEI/anti-racism activities across Duke. Learn more and apply here.

Your ideas needed

In addition, we need your ideas. Your suggestions on these and other DEI activities will help make each activity relevant and effective.

1. We are planning to launch a new monthly Medicine and Society conversation. Please suggest DEI/anti-racism topics for this series. Use this form.

2. We are making plans for the annual Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial Grand Rounds. Please suggest individuals who we should consider for this talk. Use this form.

3. We are expanding our DEI training and support for DOM leaders. Please suggest activities, skills, and resources. Use this form.