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 will be recognized on February 11th, 2020 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.
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.
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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Please contact Dr. Bob Crouch at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spring 2019 EDI Winners
The Nicholas School Diversity & Inclusion Actionators
The Nicholas School Diversity & Inclusion Actionators chose the name to focus on action instead of simply “checking off the boxes of diversity.” The Actionators wanted to, wholeheartedly and holistically, embrace the concept that everyone belongs and everyone is welcome. At the Nicholas School they believe that in order to solve the world’s environmental challenges, it must be part of our mission to create a safe and inclusive environment where everyone is valued.
Dr. Daniel Lew
For nearly 10 years, Dr. Daniel Lew has demonstrated his deep commitment to increasing diversity in the biomedical sciences at Duke by way of thoughtful, nuanced, and bold leadership, as well as through a constant willingness to self-examine and continually work to make himself into the best mentor and advocate of underrepresented students and faculty that he can be. He has made a personal and academic commitment as a lifelong student of effective practices of diversity and inclusion in graduate education.
See the archive of Past EDI Winners