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A Message from Vice President Kimberly Hewitt Regarding the Recent Violence and Anti-Asian Hate Incidents

Kimberly Hewitt

We are deeply saddened and angered by the recent tragedy in Atlanta, Georgia where six Asian women, Soon Chung Park, Hyun Jung Grant, Suncha Kim, Yong Ae Yue, Xiaojie Tan, Daoyou Feng and two others, Paul Andre Michels and Delaina Ashley Yaun, were murdered. The mistreatment of Mario Gonzalez, husband of victim Delaina Ashley Yaun, represents another example of the deep and complex culture of racism that exists in our society. After surviving this horrendous event, police officers held Mr. Gonzalez as a suspect for four hours before he was released and informed about his wife’s fate. We recognize that this outcome was not unanticipated because Anti-Asian hate and racism exists throughout American history going back to the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 — the first and only major federal legislation to explicitly suspend immigration for a specific nationality, Japanese Relocation — Executive Order 9066 in 1942, to the present, where racist rhetoric targeting Asian people has been emboldened since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.


It is incumbent upon all of us to educate ourselves, to step up in support of the Asian members of our community, and to speak out against hate and violence. The mistreatment, violence and marginalization of Asian members of the community is an act of violence and mistreatment against us all. Please see our resources page where we have added some additional information related to Anti-Asian racism.
March 23, 2021


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.


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Seven Honored by Cook Society for Service to Duke and the Wider Community

Seven Honored by Cook Society for Service To Duke and the Wider Community

Each year, the Samuel DuBois Cook Society recognizes community members who follow Doctor Cook's example of social activism and leadership. This year's celebration will was held virtually on Tuesday, February 23, 2021 and honored the following: Charles Becton, De’Ja Wood, Michael Cary Jr., Nolan Smith, Tom Bonfield, Ajenai Clemmons, and Richard Powell.

Find out about this year's winners and learn more about The Cook Society

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Duke is committed to support its diverse community by providing a variety of training and workshops designed to help Duke staff comply with university regulations related to discrimination, harassment, sexual misconduct, discrimination, and equal opportunity. The Office for Institutional Equity also offers customized workshops on intercultural education and building cultural competence, anti-racism, the power of diversity, unconscious bias, applied skills in conflict avoidance and resolution, and more. In addition, we provide resources and support specific to the Duke Health community.

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Until further notice, the Duke University Health System (DUHS) Diversity Education for Staff course has been postponed. OIE is working to develop alternative tools to continue to help health care workers become aware of unconscious biases and stereotypes that may influence their ability to provide patient-centered care. We will update our pages as resources become available.

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