Diversity, Equity & Inclusion


We are committed to addressing the effects of systematic racism within our professional and academic activities. We value the contributions of all members of our community, including those who have been historically marginalized within our student body, faculty, and staff as essential to establishing equity in and access to scientific training and research.


Anti-Racism Community (ARC)

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All graduate students, faculty, and staff in our department are encouraged to participate in the department's Anti-Racism Community (ARC), which was established in July 2020.  The ARC mobilizes department resources in order to:

  • Establish an anti-racist culture in all activities conducted by students, faculty, and staff
  • Acknowledge the impact of centuries of systemic and individual racism at the national, statewide, and university levels, and
  • Take all possible corrective action to eliminate these effects on our program

Our community is organized under pillars, whose work in three specific domains sustain this mission. If you are not yet a part of the ARC and would like to provide your ideas and support to change how our department can support equity and inclusion, please email pnarc@duke.edu 

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Actions taken by the ARC since its inception in July 2020 include:

  • Hosted a professional development panel on careers outside of academia featuring Duke P&N doctoral alumni.
  • Launch of Diversity Days, an in-person event inviting distinguished prospective scholars from historically underrepresented identities to meet our faculty and graduate students as well as engage in application materials review, mock interview preparation, and exploration of Durham, NC.
  • Departmental Syllabus Review, which included the creation of a rubric for the evaluation of undergraduate course syllabi in ten important areas of inclusivity: 1) acknowledgement of historical harms, 2) instructor pronouns, 3) positionality statement, 3) diversity statement, 4) encouragement of diverse perspectives, 5) mental health resources, 6) resource/technology assistance, 7) accessible communication with the instructor, 8) ground rules for discussion, and 9) lack of gender bias.
  • Creation of the Clinical Science Anti-Racism Series, a set of presentations and discussions on the ways clinical practice, research, and professional issues are informed by anti-racist approaches.
  • Launch of Virtual Office Hours, an opportunity for individuals underrepresented in psychology across the nation to receive individualized feedback on their applications to any PhD program in psychology.
  • Dissemination of a climate survey to gain insight into the experience of past and current students in the program in relation to diversity, inclusion, and equity, which will inform future program developments.

For more information on our efforts and programing, please email us or check-out our outcome reports here.


Anti-Racism at Duke

Duke University is committed to addressing systemic racism on its campus and setting an example for the nation and the world. Efforts will be focused and sustained, with clear goals and transparency as we work toward them.  

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This website is a central repository of information about Duke University's anti-racism work, including data regularly collected and publicized to monitor progress, details of new and ongoing programs, research highlights, and educational and training materials for wider use across the Duke community.


Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Resources

Resources for Students 
  • Duke-SACNAS: The Duke University Chapter of SACNAS (Society for Advancement of Hispanics/Chicanos and Native Americans in Science) is a student group dedicated to fostering the success of Hispanic/Chicano and Native American scientists in science.
  • Duke University Black Student Alliance: The Duke University Black Student Alliance promotes academic achievement and intellectual pursuit, cultivates dynamic leadership, and strives to eliminate social barriers for all.  Ultimately, the Black Student Alliance recognizes the humanity of others and demands that they do the same.
  • Duke Student Affairs - Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity: The Duke Student Affairs - Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity is committed to achieving an inclusive campus climate for students, staff, faculty, and alumni with marginalized sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions through education, advocacy, support, mentoring, academic engagement, and providing space.
  • Duke University Center for Muslim Life: Duke University Center for Muslim Life is committed to enriching the lives of Muslim students and the whole campus through events and activities that cater to the spiritual, social, and intellectual needs of Duke students.
  • Bridging Opportunities & Networking in Diversity (BOND) Council: Bridging Opportunities & Networking in Diversity (BOND) Council is a collaboration of student leaders from graduate level organizations who offer programming, service, and social events within the Duke Medicine community. The goal of the council is to support and foster inter-professional collaboration and innovation while providing peer to peer mentoring.
  • Duke International House: Duke International House provides educational programs, services, and advocacy to Duke global community on campus as well as outreach to the greater Durham area.  They also offer extensive cross-cultural information and training to enhance the diversity mission of the university.
  • Duke University Career Center: The Duke University Career Center assists students in their journey of career development and job-related pursuits. Toward this end, they have curated a resource hub to provide information for Duke undergraduate and graduate students. The Career Center values and acknowledges the importance of recognizing intersectionality and diversity within groups and encourages students and alumni to explore all resources with which they identify.
Resources Campus-Wide
  • Duke Office for Institutional Equity: The Duke Office for Institutional Equity provides institutional leadership in enhancing respectful, diverse, and inclusive work and learning environments for the Duke community. The Duke Office for Institutional Equity offers a range of services that uphold values of equity and diversity as well as support compliance efforts in the areas of equal opportunity, affirmative action, and harassment prevention.
  • Duke HR Diversity & Institutional Equity Policies​: The Duke HR Diversity & Institutional Equity Policies offers comprehensive details about Duke’s Human Resources policies regarding diversity and institutional equity.
  • Multicultural Resources Center: The Multicultural Resources Center assists with the preparation of learners, staff, and faculty to work and live in a world of diverse people who differ along the lines of culture, faith, gender, sexuality, and socio-economic backgrounds.
  • Duke’s Samuel Dubois Cook Society: The mission of the Society is to recognize, to celebrate, and to affirm the presence of African American students, faculty, and staff at Duke University.
  • Duke Health Disparities Consortium (DHDC): The Duke Health Disparities Consortium (DHDC) is an interdisciplinary consortium of Duke faculty, staff and learners (students, residents, fellows) who are engaged/interested in health disparities work.
  • Diversity Toolkit: Diversity Toolkit is a one-stop resource for diversity education.


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