Welcome to Equity Matters, a monthly newsletter from the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. In this issue, we talk to Professor of Immunology Ed Miao, PhD, about his work to improve equity, diversity, and inclusion as well as Carmel Hannah, MHA, the office's new senior director of strategy & planning. We also share recent EDI-related news stories and relevant events from across the School of Medicine.

Ed Miao, PhD

The Office of EDI's Delegate Spotlight: Ed Miao, PhD

Ed Miao, PhD, sees his role as Director for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) within the Department of Immunology as a natural extension of his other responsibilities. Teaching, mentoring, and maintaining a research lab allows him to see opportunities to improve equity across the Department; that same work to improve equity also makes him a better professor. For this month’s EDI unit Leader Spotlight, Miao talks about working with members of his EDI committee to make lasting structural change within the Immunology Department. He shares how intentionally listening to his constituents can profoundly make an environment more welcoming and outside of work professes his love of playing board games with his wife and children.

Carmel Hannah, MHA

Meet Carmel J. Hannah, MHA, Senior Director of Strategy & Planning for the Office of EDI

Meet the newest team member in the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, Carmel Hannah, senior director of strategy & planning.

News and Resources

Onyekwere E Akwari MD and Lisa McElroy MD MS

School of Medicine Establishes Onyekwere E. Akwari Endowed Professorship

Lisa McElroy, MD, MS, assistant professor of surgery and population health sciences, has been named the inaugural recipient of the Onyekwere E. Akwari, MD, Endowed Professorship. The professorship was created to honor the legacy of Akwari, the first African American surgeon on the faculty of Duke University.

Pathology Appoints Range as EDI Vice Chair

The Duke Department of Pathology has appointed Associate Professor Danielle Elliott Range, MD, as their new Vice Chair for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. Dr. Range has spent almost 20 years in the education, research, and practice of pathology.  As a member of the Durham and Duke communities, she sees this role as an opportunity to enhance relationships across diverse communities as it relates to pathology workforce, research, education, and clinical practice. 

Advancing Cancer Care Equity for LGBTQ+ Individuals

This month the DCI Community Outreach, Engagement, and Equity program and the National LGBT Cancer Network co-hosted a community conversation on "Equitable Spaces: Advancing Equity for LGBTQ+ Individuals in Cancer Care & Treatment."

Postdoctoral Researchers Named MOSAIC Scholars

Asiya Gusa, PhD, and Ian Williamson, PhD, postdoctoral researchers in the Duke University School of Medicine, have received Postdoctoral Career Transition Awards under the Maximizing Opportunities for Scientific and Academic Independent Careers (MOSAIC) program. MOSAIC works to enhance diversity in the academic biomedical research workforce and further the careers of promising postdoctoral researchers.

Understanding the Experiences of LGBTQ+ Birthing People

The AAMC Center for Health Justice recently conducted a poll of a nationally representative sample of people in the United States who had given birth in the last 5 years to explore pregnancy, birth, and postpartum experiences. Read more about the findings, which significantly differed from responses of the cisgender, heterosexual population.

Pathology DEI Committee Hosts Book Club

Duke Pathology hosted an inaugural Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee Book Club on June 8. A total of 15 committee members met in person in the Davison Building to discuss Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man by Emmanuel Acho.

Upcoming Events

National Chats for Change: Allyship, led by the Ichan School of Medicine

August 3 • 12-1 p.m.

To be an ally is to be in an active state of partnership. Are we using our power, position, or privilege to disrupt the status quo or is it just talk? Let’s unpack what it means to be an ally.

Beyond Zero-Sum: Heather McGhee on White People's Shared Interest in Racial and Economic Justice

August 4 • 8-9:30 p.m.

Join Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) to explore the history of strategic racism and how white people can organize their own communities away from a “zero sum” mentality.

Inclusion and Diversity in Clinical Trials: Actionable Steps to Drive Lasting Change

August 19 • 1-2:00 p.m.

(NetID access only)

NIH Pragmatic Trials Collaboratory Grand Rounds, featuring Gerald Bloomfield, MD, MPH, and Michelle Kelsey, MD

Pushing Cool: Big Tobacco, Racial Marketing, and the Untold Story of the Menthol Cigarette

September 20 • 5:45-7:15 p.m.

Trent Center for Bioethics Lecture presented by Keith Wailoo, PhD (Professor of History, Princeton)

In Honor of Reverend Dr. James Brown: From Neurons to Nations: The Road to Health Equity in Aging and Alzheimer’s Disease

September 22 • 12-1 p.m.

Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Grand Rounds, featuring Luis Medina, PhD

Ophthalmology Annual Diversity and Inclusion Lecture

September 22 • 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Presented by Eve J. Higginbotham SM, MD, ML, Vice Dean for Penn Medicine Office of Inclusion and Diversity, Perelman School of Medicine

Visit the Duke Events Calendar for a listing of D&I events across campus  


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