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 comprised of faculty  and another of graduate students—both committed to addressing these issues within our departmental community.

The primary goal of the Diversity Committee 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.

On this webpage, you can find information regarding peopleplacesorganizationsevents, and ideas that might be helpful to members of our community. 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!