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. In this issue, Jeanine C. Holland, administrative coordinator, discusses her passion for service. We also share recent EDI-related news stories, resources, and coming events.

EDI Spotlight: Jeanine Holland

Over the 26 years she has been at Duke, Jeanine Holland has been driven by a desire to serve others and make a lasting difference on local communities. In this month’s Spotlight, Holland discusses her passion for service, which was instilled in her as a child and remains part of who she is. She continues to serve even today in her role as administrative coordinator in the School of Medicine’s Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.

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We also get a look at how she and other leaders of the school’s Black Employee Resource Group, ME2, are helping the greater Durham community. And she shares her passions outside of Duke, which includes riding motorcycles.

News and Resources

Request for Proposals: EDI Catalyst Fund

The Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion recently launched the EDI Catalyst Fund, which will provide resources for implementing innovative projects, interventions, and programs in EDI. Staff and faculty in the Duke University School of Medicine are invited to submit requests for proposal for the award. Selected catalyst proposals will be awarded up to $25,000. Proposals are due March 8.

Call for Nominations: Michelle Winn Inclusive Excellence Award

Any member of the School of Medicine may submit a nomination for the Michelle Winn Inclusive Excellence Award, which recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion. Nominations must be received by February 19.

Join ¡DALHE! in Celebrating Mentorship Month

January is Mentorship Month and employee resource group ¡DALHE! (Duke Advancing Latiné/Hispanic Excellence) invites you to join them in recognizing the supportive influence of mentorship on both professional and personal growth. Check out the group’s take-action list and resources to help you on your mentor/mentee journey.

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Leadership Comes Naturally to Kevin Saunders

Kevin Saunders, PhD, professor of surgery, microbiology, and immunology, has been an integral part of the Duke Human Vaccine Institute since 2014. In his many roles, which include chairing the DHVI committee on equity, diversity, and inclusion, Saunders is committed to pioneering new discoveries and championing diversity at Duke.

Centennial Trailblazer: Sherilynn Black

Sherilynn Black is a Duke neuroscientist and administrator whose new project will touch the lives of scores of scholars. She is co-chair of a new initiative focused on helping scholars grow by considering their well-being, professional development, and mentoring holistically.

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Iris McMillan: Psychology Intern, Scientist, Practitioner, Advocate & Cat Mom

Duke clinical psychology intern Iris McMillan, MA, is driven by a passion for promoting health equity and inclusive, whole-person care, not only in her research and clinical work, but also in her advocacy efforts.

2023 Clinical & Translational Science Institute Impact Report

Read how the Duke Clinical & Translational Science Institute spent 2023 creating a deeper connection between groundbreaking medical research and the communities it serves. Through partnerships and collaborative community initiatives, CTSI is working to ensure that clinical research is representative and benefits everyone.

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New Summer Program SURE to Inspire

The Precision Genomics Collaboratory will offer a new 10-week summer program starting in May. The Duke Supporting Undergraduate Research Experiences (SURE) Program is designed for underrepresented undergraduate students entering their sophomore, junior, or senior years who are interested in exploring careers in STEM and medicine. Application deadline: February 15.

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Our History, Our Voice: Latiné at Duke

January 25 • 5-6:30 p.m.

Franklin Gallery, 2nd Floor Classroom Building, East Campus

Celebrate the launch of the exhibit “Nuestra historia, Nuestra voz: Latinas/os/es/x en Duke.” This exhibit documents and celebrates the history of Latiné students at Duke. Open to students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the public.

Pronoun Primer: A Pathway to Inclusion

January 31 • Noon-1 p.m.

Duke’s Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity will provide an overview of gender pronouns, discuss their importance in creating inclusive spaces for transgender and non-binary students, and provide an overview of trans-inclusive pedagogical practices for implementing pronouns in and out of the classroom.

National Chats for Change: Civil Discourse Starts with You

February 7 • Noon-1 p.m.


Join colleagues from Mt. Sinai’s Icahn School of Medicine as we reflect on how we approach and respond to others about sensitive topics, and what we need to build the skills for practicing civil discourse.

Duke Divinity Pride Ally Panel

February 7 • 12:30-1:30 p.m.

Westbrook 0014 and Zoom

Join Duke Divinity Pride for a panel discussion to talk about what it means to be an ally to the LGBTQ+ community in our local settings.

MaryAnn Black Distinguished Health Equity Symposium

February 9 • 3-6:30 p.m.

Durham Convention Center

Mary T. Bassett, MD, MPH


In honor of the late MaryAnn Black, former state representative and associate vice president for community relations for Duke University Health System. This symposium honors her extraordinary leadership, enduring impact, and powerful advocacy across our community.

2024 Samuel DuBois Cook Awards Ceremony

February 15 • 5:30 p.m.

Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club


Each year, the Samuel DuBois Cook Society recognizes community members who follow Dr. Cook's example of social activism and leadership.

Pediatrics Professional Development Seminar

Historical Medical Trauma & Cultural Mistrust

February 21 • Noon-1 p.m.

Syeachia Dennis, MD, MPH, FAAFP


Join Duke Children’s and Duke Pediatrics for a professional development seminar, “Historical Medical Trauma & Cultural Mistrust,” featuring Syeachia Dennis, MD, MPH, FAAFP, Regional VP Health Services, Humana Healthy Horizons of Oklahoma.

Leveraging Conflict for Constructive Change

February 26 • 4-5:30 p.m.

Duke North 2002

Sonoo Thadaney Israni, MBA


This talk will weave together themes from restorative justice and design thinking; and how they can be applied to artificial intelligence and JEDI (justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion), offering a case for new ways of leveraging conflict to advance a culture of connectedness and belonging. Open to all.

Gender Equity in Research Workshop

March 1 • Noon-1:30 p.m.

Dane R. Whicker, PhD; Keisha Bentley-Edwards, PhD

Join the Duke Clinical & Translational Science Institute for a transformative workshop focused on the core principles of gender equity in research. For faculty, research staff, trainees, students, and community researchers who seek to develop more equitable research. RCR-200 level and CE credits available.

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


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