Welcome to Equity Matters, a monthly newsletter from the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. Equity Matters is distributed to faculty, staff, and students in the Duke University School of Medicine. Happy Lunar New Year! We would like to wish all members of our community health, happiness, and prosperity in the Year of the Rabbit. In this issue, Rebecca Redmond, PhD, tells us about her work to advance EDI as director of assessment and research. We also share recent EDI-related news stories, resources, and coming events.

Rebecca Redmond, PhD

EDI Spotlight: Rebecca Redmond, PhD

Duke University School of Medicine is committed to creating a more equitable environment. Effectively assessing progress and sharing data are ways to help make sure leaders reach that goal. That’s where Rebecca Redmond, PhD, comes in. In this month’s EDI Spotlight, Redmond shares about her unique role as director of assessment and research in the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. She discusses how her passion for diversity work first began and gives us a glimpse into the resources and tools that she’s helping to develop — all in an effort to enhance transparency and accountability and better show the impact of the school’s EDI efforts.

News and Resources

Kate McDaniel Named Neurosurgery Vice Chair for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Kate McDaniel, PhD, has been named vice chair for diversity, equity, and inclusion for the Department of Neurosurgery. In this position, McDaniel represents faculty, staff, and trainees to help ensure inclusiveness in all undertakings within the department. Her efforts will impact how faculty and staff advocate for patients, work together, and recruit new team members.

Building Hope for Racial Equity Work at Duke in 2023

In a day-long racial equity retreat held in January, more than 250 faculty, staff, and administrators laid out plans for the year. Among the highlights was the announcement of two university-wide initiatives in 2023 that organizers believe will be essential to addressing issues of staff pay equity and helping units identify and address equity problems.

Duke Awarded NIH Grant to Prep Students for Graduate and Medical Programs

The National Institutes of Health has awarded Duke a $1.2 million grant to develop a one-year postbaccalaureate program for students interested in pursuing a PhD or MD/PhD in the biomedical sciences and basic sciences. The grant establishes a program that will provide an immersive paid research experience for students from backgrounds historically underrepresented in science and medicine.

Always Looking Forward: Teikko Artis

In 2002, Teikko Artis was in a bind. A year after starting at Duke, Artis enjoyed his work as a patient service advocate in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. But with bills piling up, a four-year-old daughter to support, and his own long-term financial security to think of, he needed more money. Artis started to plan how to advance his career. More than 20 years later, Artis is still at Duke and still looking forward.

New Resource: EDI Data Navigator Guide

For those in need of support and resources on how best to use existing data, dashboards, and reports when developing EDI strategies, the just-released EDI Data Navigator Guide is for you.

Perspective: The 5Ws of Racial Equity in Research

Ensuring equity in research is a critical step in advancing health equity. In this perspective published in the journal Health Equity, the authors — including researchers from Duke — introduce a guiding framework for advancing racial equity in research processes, environments, and among the research workforce.

Strategies for Promoting Anti-racist Research in Medical Education

Watch this recorded webinar from the AAMC IDEAS series to learn how the academic research agenda can be used to promote equity, inclusion, and anti-racism. This webinar highlights promising practices that leaders and researchers can employ to build an anti-racist research agenda in medical education as well as the benefits of this work.

Data Trends: Diversity Increases at Medical Schools in 2022

The Association of American Medical Colleges recently released new data on diversity trends in U.S. medical schools. The new data shows that the nation’s medical schools continue to attract and enroll more diverse classes.

A More Diverse Biomedical and Healthcare Workforce Is Within Our Reach

In this opinion piece published in Modern Healthcare, Kathryn Dickerson, PhD, and Kafui Dzirasa, MD, PhD, of Duke Psychiatry and Tracie Locklear, PhD, of North Carolina Central University explain how companies and universities can partner to bring more people of color into careers in medical research.

Dr. Jamila Minga

Profiles in Brain Sciences: Jamila Minga, PhD, CCC-SLP

For as long as she can remember, Jamila Minga, PhD, CCC-SLP, has been something of a contrarian. “If most people are going left, I have a tendency to go right,” she says. So when as a graduate student she found that most research on stroke rehabilitation had ignored how damage to the right side of the brain affected language and communication, she saw an opportunity.

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Department of Medicine LEADS Series

January 31 • 12-1 p.m.

Duke North 2002

The Department of Medicine’s weekly Medicine Learning, Education, and Discussion Series (LEADS) takes place each Tuesday at 12 p.m. The series aims to keep our knowledge current and skills sharp while strengthening our commitment to being a values-driven, data-driven, and anti-racist department.

Identity & Computing Lecture Series: Self-Care is an Act of Resistance

January 31 • 5-6 p.m.


Elizabeth Joy, PhD

Join the Alliance for Identity-Inclusive Computing Education (AiiCE) for a webinar focused on mental health and self-care. This session will explore the difficulties of being a passionate social justice advocate while maintaining well-being. 

Duke Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences Annual James Carter, Sr. Lecture

Diversity, Inclusion and Equity: Our Collective Responsibility

February 2 • 12-1 p.m.


Deborah Deas, MD, MPH

Deas is the vice chancellor for health sciences, the Mark and Pam Rubin Dean of the School of Medicine, and professor of psychiatry at the University of California, Riverside.

The Samuel DuBois Cook Society 2023 Awards Dinner

February 13 • 5:30 p.m.

Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club


Join us to celebrate the life of Dr. Samuel DuBois Cook and recognize community members who follow Dr. Cook's example of social activism and leadership.

Getting Back to Basics Learning Series: Conversations with Leadership

February 15 • 9-10 a.m.


Johnna Frierson, PhD; Giselle López, MD, PhD; and Katherine Ramos, PhD

This series of sessions is tailored specifically to the needs of underrepresented racial/ethnic faculty (UREF) in basic science departments and UREF with a PhD in clinical science departments.

3C - Compassionate Care Conference

February 15 • 12-1 p.m.

Duke North 2002 and Zoom


McAllister Windom, MD, MPH; Hillary Wilson; and Cornell Watson

This 3C conference will focus on the topic of "Reimagining Medicine: Changing the Lens to Draw a New Perspective."

Social Determinants of Health Performance

February 21 • 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Pearson Building (School of Nursing), Room 1014-Auditorium

The Duke University School of Nursing Community Health Improvement Partnership Program (D-CHIPP) M-PACT grant (Mobile Prevention and Care Team) presents the first of a series of performances aimed to strengthen understanding among Duke faculty and staff of social determinants of health.

National Chats for Change

Transformational Tools Workshop #2: Identifying Levers of Change

February 22 • 12:00-1:30 p.m.

Join the Icahn School of Medicine and other colleagues for the national “Chats for Change” 2023 series. These workshops are open to anyone invested in transformational, anti-racist, and systemic change at their institutions.

Visit the Duke Events Calendar for a listing of EDI events across campus


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