Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Award

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The Office of Institutional Equity is committed to recognizing individuals and teams that make significant contributions toward enhancing diversity and inclusion within the Duke community. The Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI - pronounced "Eddie") Award recognizes individuals who have demonstrated behavior or led initiatives that foster equity, diversity, and inclusion. The award honors both staff and faculty who have demonstrated such a commitment by their leadership and have helped to create a more diverse and inclusive environment at Duke University and Duke Health.

 

Annual Call for Nominations

The Office for Institutional Equity is Proud to Announce a Call for Nominations for the Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Award. The award honors both staff and faculty who have demonstrated a commitment by their leadership and have helped to create a more diverse and inclusive environment at Duke University and Duke Health.

Award recipients for 2020 were recognized at the annual Samuel DuBois Cook Society Awards Dinner.

 

Nominate a Person or Group

Nominations for the Annual EDI Award are due on Friday, December 13, 2019. Award recipients must demonstrate a high regard for diversity, as outlined in the Duke Guiding Principles and Duke University Health System Core Values.

 

Nomination Criteria

 

Faculty Awards

The award may be based on any one or several of the following diversity aspects

Career Commitment to Diversity – This award will honor a faculty member who, over time, has truly excelled across teaching, service, and scholarship that fosters diversity.

Research on Diversity – This award will honor a faculty member whose scholarship has made a significant and lasting impact on diversity in their field.

Student Development – This award will honor a faculty member who has excelled in teaching and mentoring a diverse student body; has taught or is currently teaching a large number of undergraduate classes; has aided in the development of academic support or mentoring programs. This also includes a faculty member that has established pipeline programs; has created curricula enabling students to appreciate the dynamics of inter-group relations by enhancing free exchange of ideas surrounding controversial issues, or has developed teaching methods that are especially inclusive and interactive.

Community Service – This award will honor a faculty member who has built solid, lasting, and meaningful partnerships with community groups and organizations who have a significant impact on the diversity of Durham and surrounding communities. The applicant should demonstrate a sustained effort in community outreach and professional service, utilize imaginative or innovative approaches to service, and serve as a community service model for members of the Duke community, present evidence of the success of the service provided to the wider community through scholarly output, community impact, and/or student learning.

 

Staff Awards

The recipient(s) will have demonstrated a high regard for diversity, as outlined by “Duke’s Values,” and Duke University Health System Values & Behaviors by demonstrating one or more of the following diversity aspects

Demonstrated exceptional commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion through the development or involvement in tangible strategies, (i.e., projects, initiatives).

Demonstrated behavior which illustrates leadership and commitment to the inclusion of persons who are members of traditionally under-represented groups within the Duke Community.

 

Contents of Nomination
  1. One nomination letter no longer than two pages in length. The letter should describe what makes the candidate’s outstanding and distinguished leadership, innovation initiatives, and creativity in diversity. The nomination letter may come from faculty, staff, students, student organizations or administrators and it should focus on and describe the candidate's contributions to a diverse, impartial, and inclusive environment at Duke. The letter may be uploaded as part of the online application package or sent by email directly to Dr. Robert Crouch by no later than December 13, 2019.
  2. A maximum of five letters of support -- no more than two pages each. Letters of support should be addressed to the Office for Institutional Equity, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Section. The letters may be uploaded as part of the online application package or sent by email directly to Dr. Robert Crouch by no later than December 13, 2019.
  3. Submission, review, notification, and presentation process. Complete nomination packages are due by no later than December 13, 2019. Incomplete applications will not be considered. All complete applications will be reviewed by an internal committee and winners will be notified by OIE and invited to the Annual Samuel DuBois Cook Society Awards Dinner on Tuesday, February 11, 2020. After the formal recognition, OIE will publicly announce the winners on the OIE website and throughout Duke. Current and past award winners will remain eligible for future awards.

 

Submit a Nomination

 


 

Questions?

Please contact Dr. Bob Crouch at robert.crouch@duke.edu.

Spring 2020 EDI Winners

L-R: Robert Crouch, Sherilynn Black, Faculty Award, and Margaret Muir, Staff Award.
L-R: Dr. Robert Crouch, OIE Director of Diversity & Inclusion; Dr. Sherilynn Black, EDI
Faculty Award recipient, and Dr. Margaret Muir, EDI Staff Award recipient.

Sherilynn J. Black, Ph.D.

Sherilynn Black is an Assistant Professor of the Practice, Medical Education and the Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement. She is this year’s faculty recipient of the EDI award. Sherilynn has made enormous contributions in the area of diversity and inclusion to the Academy and to the Duke community. As her friends and colleagues attest, she embodies the values and goals that the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Award seeks to recognize and celebrate. She is a national authority on issues of biomedical graduate diversity and travels extensively sharing her knowledge at conferences, meetings, and other institutions.

In addition to her national travels, Sherilynn has been a collaborator with the Graduate School regarding recruitment efforts in the biomedical and biological sciences. She has also served as a recruitment team member at national conferences including the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for minority students and the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science.

Most notable, she has been the initiator of many inclusive initiatives within the Duke community; such as providing through an open-door lunch policy, a relaxed and confidential atmosphere for underrepresented graduate students (LGBTQ and minority) to discuss issues. Sherilynn also worked with faculty regarding strategies to improve the climate for underrepresented Ph.D. students. She created the first joint short course on the role of faculty and institutional leaders on diversity issues for three of the national labs (Cold Spring Harbor, Jackson Labs, and Marine Biological Labs).

Sherilynn is truly an example of a trailblazer who continuously supports equity, diversity and inclusion. She is also a 2015 recipient of a Samuel DuBois Cook Society award.

Margaret R. Muir, DNP, RN, CNML

Margaret (Margie) Muir is a Strategic Services Associate, Patient Experience, at Duke Regional Hospital. She is the recipient of this year’s EDI staff award. Margie has been an integral part of labor and delivery, supporting the care of transgender patients. She understands the plight of the transgender population and the need to support and understand. She has much experience with same sex couples and advocates to ensure the same levels of kindness, respect, and care are given to the transgender community.

In addition to her national travels, Sherilynn has been a collaborator with the Graduate School regarding recruitment efforts in the biomedical and biological sciences. She has also served as a recruitment team member at national conferences including the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for minority students and the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science.

Margie is not afraid to tackle tough issues. She believes that beyond a belief system or calling, a commitment to impact inequity requires courage for difficult conversations. A colleague states, “At times when there are awkward conversations from those who were not yet in the same place of understanding, Margie understands this dynamic, that equity can only grow when judgment is tempered. Her patience and resilience fuel her impact. She helps others who lack knowledge to see things through a different lens. She deftly, respectfully and compassionately moves the needle forward.”

She invests her time and service to underrepresented and underprivileged populations within the Durham community. Margie volunteered for Habitat for Humanity, multiple Durham Pride events, supported Hispanic Heritage initiatives, blood drives, etc. Within these efforts, the best part of her emanates. Margie is not afraid to discuss white privilege or fragility. She holds a sincere desire to affirm and honor difference to ensure other voices are heard.

A friend states, “I have seen her impact poverty seeking out donations for a giving closet at Duke, address unfairness facing immigrants, support a family facing deportation, impact the school climate of Durham’s high school L.G.B.T.Q. population and lead the charge to grow attendance at local cultural celebrations.”

Margie is an advocate of “be the match,” and several years ago served as a bone marrow donor, saving the life of a child who is now a thriving adult. Dr. Margaret Muir is a champion of many diverse issues and embodies the very qualities the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Awards seek to recognize.

 

See the archive of Past EDI Winners