Diversity Initiatives

The Biology Department supports Duke University’s actions and policies implemented at the institutional level regarding diversity and inclusion. In addition, we believe that working toward these goals within the department strengthens that effort by building upon the intimacy, trust, and honesty fostered among a smaller community of people that know, respect, and feel safe around one another. To that end, the Biology Department has two Diversity Committees — one departmental committee comprised of faculty, staff, postdocs, graduate and undergraduate students (AJED) and another led entirely by graduate students (IDEA).

The primary goal of both Diversity Committees is to enrich and support the community in the Biology Department by promoting equity and reducing bias; embracing and increasing diversity; and building respect, inclusion, and cultural competency among all members of the department.

We particularly seek to support and serve those community members who are underrepresented or feel marginalized. In addition to supporting this community, we strive to promote diversity by cultivating future communities comprised of exceptional individuals from all backgrounds and identities.

The IDEA committee (graduate student led) has compiled a wealth of resources that might be helpful to members of our community. On this webpage, you can find information regarding peopleplacesorganizationsevents, and ideas related to our goals of Diversity and Inclusion. Have a great idea that is not represented on this website? Drop us a line – we are here to serve YOU, and are always open to feedback!

Trinity College also has an official Statement on Diversity & Inclusion, available here: http://trinity.duke.edu/diversity-inclusion.