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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Moments to Movement march


At the Duke Department of Pediatrics, we believe that diversity and inclusion are key drivers of institutional excellence that can accelerate our ability to innovate and solve complex problems. The department is committed to developing and implementing strategies to foster a culture of inclusion in which highly qualified students, faculty and staff from diverse talent pools experience a genuine sense of belonging, engagement and achievement.  

As a department in an academic medical center, it is our responsibility to train and mentor future clinicians and scientists who reflect, understand and appreciate diversity. We live in an increasingly diversifying nation where disparities can limit healthcare access and lead to disproportionately poor outcomes. Addressing health disparities, improving community health, and leading efforts to eliminate health inequalities are essential to the department's mission. At the Duke Department of Pediatrics, we continue to strive to attract, retain a diverse team of outstanding talent who positively impact how we teach, learn and serve in an increasingly diverse world.

Our Mission

The Duke Department of Pediatrics is committed to achieving equity in health outcomes for all children through outstanding clinical care, advances in research, and excellence in education. We strive to maximize our collective intellectual capital and assure a sense of community for all by prioritizing the recruitment, retention and promotion of faculty, staff and trainees from underrepresented populations. We emphasize strategies that promote a culture of diversity and inclusion across multiple groups, including race/ethnicity, religion, ability, life experiences, sexual orientation, and gender.

Diversity Leadership Team


Victoria Parente, MD

Deanna Adkins, MD

Katherine Bartlett, MD


Mara Becker, MD, MSCE

Naomi Duke, MD

Susan Kline, MS


Julia Marrone

Gillian Noel, MD, MSc

Sharla Rent, MD


Juanice Robinson

Allison Ross, MD

Byron Smith


Purnima Valdez, MD

Michelle White, MD, MPH

McAllister Windom, MD, MPH


Monica Ziegler, MA, PHR





Department of Pediatrics Anti-Racism Efforts

In alignment with Duke Health's commitment to Moments to Movement, the School of Medicine, and likewise, the Department of Pediatrics is committed to dismantling racism within our institution and community. To substantiate this commitment, the department has developed a strategic plan to dismantle racism in our local environment and the broader community by engaging a wide array of members of the department (faculty, staff and trainees) to assess the current state of racism within our environment and identify key priorities. Short and long-term goals were then developed with input from department leaders and stakeholders. The Diversity and Inclusion Committee, is spearheading this work with full support and collaboration from department leadership.

The Department of Pediatrics Diversity and Inclusion goals for FY20 include: 

  • Develop a confidential feedback system for microaggressions or other acts of racism/discrimination based on aspect of identity;
  • Require a two-day Racial Equity Institute training for division and department leaders;
  • Perform an audit of internal inequities in salary, promotion, recruitment, and retention by race, ethnicity and gender for faculty and staff;
  • Expect each division in the department to identify a health equity goal for fiscal year 2020-2021.

Through our planning efforts and the actions that follow, we hope to significantly enhance racial diversity, equity, and a sense of belonging across all constituents in the Department of Pediatrics and beyond.

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Moments to Movement

About Moments to Movement

The Duke University School of Medicine is committed to dismantling racism and to better understanding the root causes, harms, and strategies to reduce racial inequity.  This commitment, known as Moments to Movement (M2M), extends within our institutional walls, our surrounding community, and our nation.

Moments to Movement Strategic Plan

In June 2021, the School of Medicine began implementation of its Moments to Movement strategic plan, Dismantling Racism and Advancing Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in the School of Medicine.

This plan—the culmination of the work of hundreds of faculty, staff, postdoctoral fellows, trainees and students across the School—identifies a broad range of strategies we’ll deploy over the next five years with immediate action items we’ll hold ourselves accountable for as we advance our goals. The plan serves as a “living” document that will evolve to meet a changing landscape.

School of Medicine M2M

Duke Health M2M

ODI Announcements

ODI Announcements is a free email newsletter summarizing the latest news, events, funding opportunities, and resources relating to diversity, equity, and inclusion within the Duke University School of Medicine.

Read current and past issues


  • Anti-Racism at Duke: This website is a central repository of information about Duke's anti-racism work, including data regularly collected and publicized to monitor our progress, details of new and ongoing programs, research highlights, events, and educational and training materials for wider use across the Duke community.

  • Duke Office of Institutional Equity: Duke is a diverse community committed to the principles of excellence, fairness, and respect for all people. As part of this commitment, we actively value diversity in our workplace and learning environments as we seek to take advantage of the rich backgrounds and abilities of everyone. The Office for Institutional Equity helps advance Duke’s culture of diversity, inclusion, equality, and belonging through educational opportunities and resources.

  • Resources for Understanding and Confronting Racism and Its Impact: Comprises a collection of resources including books, articles, events and programs about a range of topics addressing different facets and dimensions of structural racism and inequities, and how each one of us can help build the transformed university and community we need to address them. 

  • Duke University's Diversity Toolkit, the university's one-stop resource for diversity education that provides dozens of resources to develop strategies and plans to improve inclusion and engagement on campus.

  • DukeMed Pride: DukeMed Pride is a student-led group consisting of LGBTQ and allied students within the Duke University School of Medicine. DukeMed Pride works to address the healthcare issues of sexual and gender diverse peoples with a cohesive and holistic approach. 
  • Center for Muslim Life:  Muslim Life at Duke is committed to enriching the lives of Muslim students and the whole campus through events and activities that cater to the spiritual, social and intellectual needs of Duke students.

  • Blue Devils United:  Blue Devils United is the student group for LGBTQ undergraduate students, allies, and friends. Blue Devils United seeks to provide social opportunities for LGBTQ students and their allies, outreach to students at Duke and in the community, and to advocate for the needs of LGBTQ individuals both at Duke and beyond.

  • Center for Sexual & Gender Diversity: This office strives to achieve an inclusive campus climate for students, staff, faculty, and alumni with marginalized sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions through education, advocacy, support, mentoring, academic engagement, and providing space.

  • Freeman Center for Jewish Life: The Freeman Center has been the hub of all things Jewish on campus since its opening in 1999. Students study, hold meetings, and hang out in classrooms, the Sassower library, Tabak Family Commons area, or in the Paresky lounge, which includes an e-print station and many games. Shabbat and Holiday services are held upstairs in the Levenson-Lerner Sanctuary, which also doubles as an event space.

  • Mary Lou Williams Center for Black Culture: The Mary Lou Williams Center for Black Culture is critically concerned with issues of race and the impact of social difference at the individual, interpersonal and institutional levels. Through lectures, performances, exhibits, and informal gatherings, the Mary Lou Williams Center strives to foster an appreciation for and increase knowledge of the peoples, histories, and cultures of the African diaspora and its many contributions to the world.

Professional Development


  • Explore current Duke Health careers and discover where your talents fit with the expanding team of professionals in the Private Diagnostic Clinic (PDC), the Duke physicians’ practice. PDC is currently hiring academic and community-based clinicians in a variety of specialties and clinical settings across the region.
  • Duke physicians and investigators, as well as trainees and staff, participate in many community events and services throughout Durham and the Triangle. 


  • Duke’s CTSA-sponsored Career Development Award (KL2) provides a 3-year mentored career development award to junior faculty pursuing research across the spectrum of translational science (from laboratory based to health services), with a particular focus on applicants from underrepresented backgrounds. Fellows transitioning to faculty are eligible to apply. The CTSA sponsors a similar program for medical students (TL1). 
  • All NIH research grants are eligible for supplemental funds to support mentored research of individuals from underrepresented groups. Diversity supplement applicants can be high school students, undergrads, medical students, residents, fellows, and faculty.
  • The Duke Center for Research to Advance Healthcare Equity (REACH Equity) is one of 12 centers of excellence funded by the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities to improve minority health and reduce health disparities. REACH Equity conducts multidisciplinary research, provides research training, supports career development, fosters community engagement activities, and creates an umbrella of collaboration and fellowship for Duke’s disparities investigators. 


  • The CTSA sponsors a health disparities research curriculum, currently open to KL2 scholars and other early-stage faculty. 
  • The School of Medicine Multicultural Resource Center coordinates programs to help medical students, house staff, and faculty work and learn together in an increasingly diverse environment. 
  • The Visiting Clinical Scholars Program welcomes underrepresented medical students from other schools for an elective rotation at Duke. This experience helps students see first-hand if Duke is a good fit for their house staff training.


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The School of Medicine and DiverseMedicine Inc. have partnered to produce videos featuring black physicians, Dr. Kevin Thomas, Dr. Kwadwo Adu Owusu-Akyaw, and most recently, Physician-Scientist Kafui Dzirasa as part of a video series designed to inspire more underrepresented minority students to consider the field of medicine. 

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