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.
Equity: To guarantee fair treatment, access, opportunity, and advancement for all trainees, faculty, and staff in every stage of education and career development and to simultaneously identify and eliminate barriers that prevent full participation of minority groups.
Diversity: To ensure our workforce comprises individuals of diverse race and ethnicity and from various backgrounds and socioeconomic environments.
Inclusion: To create environments in which any individual or group feels welcomed, respected, supported, empowered, and valued.
The Department of Surgery has partnered with the Durham Nativity School to provide surgical skills workshops as part of the Academic Success Through Surgical Education and Training (ASSET) program. This program aims to foster high achievement in science through surgical education for financially disadvantaged students at the school.
Diversity and Inclusion at Duke
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.