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Diversity and Inclusion

Duke Health Walk for Solidarity

Diversity and Inclusion Message from Surgery Leadership


Our Values

Duke Surgery strives to refine departmental culture to increase the level and quality of equity, diversity, and inclusion in each of its divisions. To achieve this, the Diversity & Inclusion Committee was created with involvement of faculty, trainees, and staff to promote best practices, facilitate data sharing and equity analyses, and support advocacy for departmental change.

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To guarantee fair treatment, access, opportunity, and advancement for all trainees, faculty, and staff in every stage of education and career development. To identify and eliminate barriers that prevent full participation of minority groups.

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To ensure our workforce comprises individuals of diverse race and ethnicity and from various backgrounds and socioeconomic environments.

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To create environments in which any individual or group feels welcomed, respected, supported, empowered, and valued.

Our Series

The Section of Surgical Disciplines hosts several ongoing series throughout the year for team members to engage in discussion regarding issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Led by trained facilitators, the Surgery Community Check-In Series, Peer-to-Peer Conversations, and Unconscious Bias Dialogues provide a safe space for colleagues to listen and learn from each other and effect positive change.

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Our Tradition

Duke Surgery holds a long tradition of advancing diversity in medicine. Learn more about the history of diversity and inclusion in the Duke Section of Surgical Disciplines.

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Our Culture and Community

Our "One Duke" culture of unity, respect, and compassion also extends to the local Durham community. The Section of Surgical Disciplines provides educational opportunities and health education and awareness workshops to community members from different socioeconomic backgrounds. Together in partnership with our local community, we can work to overcome racial, social, and health disparities.

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Duke University Institutional Statement of Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas — an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.

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Contact Us

Please email the Surgery Diversity and Inclusion Committee with any questions.

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