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Duke's Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

Excellence, Diversity and Inclusion
A statement by the faculty, the Provost and the President of Duke University
May 2016

To achieve our mission and meet the needs of a rapidly changing world, Duke strives to create a climate of collaboration, creativity, and innovation within and across disciplines. Our success depends upon the robust exchange of ideas – an exchange that flourishes best when the rich diversity of human knowledge, perspectives and experiences is heard.  We nonetheless acknowledge that our policies and practices have often failed to ensure equality of participation within our community.  Our renewed commitment and responsibility to one another is articulated in the following statement.

Duke University Community Commitment

Because diversity is essential to fulfilling the university’s mission, Duke is committed to building an inclusive and diverse university community.  Every student, faculty, and staff member — whatever their race, gender, age, ethnicity, cultural heritage or nationality; religious or political beliefs; sexual orientation or gender identity; or socioeconomic, veteran or ability status — has the right to inclusion, respect, agency and voice in the Duke community.  Further, all members of the University community have a responsibility to uphold these values and actively foster full participation in university life. 

Approved unanimously by the Academic Council on May 12, 2016.

April 16, 2015:  Academic Council’s Ombuds Review Committee Report – Professors Kathleen Smith, Tom Metzloff & Rich Burton (Ombuds Review Committee Report)  (appendix)

May 7, 2015: Report to the Academic Council by the Diversity Task Force

June 30, 2016Faculty Diversity Task Force Implementation Committee report

If you are searching for the subcommittee reports that accompany the final report from the Diversity Task Force, please click on the link for NetID-Secured Documents under the Resources tab on the left.