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Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity and inclusion are central to the mission of the Sanford School of Public Policy.

As a leader in the field of public policy studies, the Sanford School has a responsibility to grapple with tough questions related to the major challenges of our time. As recent events have demonstrated, diversity and inclusion are central among these challenges.

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  • Kate Whetten and Deondra Rose headshots

    2015-2016 Diversity Committee Chairs

    Assistant Professor Deondra Rose (left), Professor Kathryn Whetten

    In 2014-2015, Duke University's Diversity Task Force recognized the "inherent value" of diversity in its final report.

From Duke students' Demands of Black Voices to Trinity College of Arts & Sciences Dean Valerie Ashby's letter about diversity in the parents' newsletter, the Sanford School is both listening to the broader discussion and pursuing our own community-driven agenda for staff, faculty and students. Sanford's dean, Kelly Brownell, serves as co-chair of the Duke Task Force on Hate and Bias Issues.

Sanford's agenda focuses on improving the school structure and environment, faculty recruitment and retention, and the curriculum.

The Sanford Committee on Diversity and Inclusion (CDI), established in 2015, strives to create a working and learning environment that lives up to the mission of the Sanford School of Public Policy and includes representatives from a diverse range of Sanford's communities, including students, staff, faculty and administrators.

We welcome your participation on the committee. Sign up here.


Safe Space

While Sanford strives to achieve a culture change that reflects the goals set out in the diversity and inclusion agenda, there is a need as well for a physical space, open to all, where conversations around these issues can be started or nurtured amongst allies.

The location of this physical space is Rubenstein Hall 120. Please stop by! Or email us for details.