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.
Equity Matters, formerly Inclusion Matters, 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.