The Sanford School’s mission is to improve lives by researching the most pressing public policy issues and preparing students for lives of leadership, civic engagement and public service. Diversity, equity and inclusion are among the school's core values. We invite you to explore this section of the website, and get involved.



Jay A. Pearson is the Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Associate Professor in the Sanford School of Public Policy, Associate Research Professor of Global Health, Faculty Research Scholar of DuPRI's Population Research Center, Associate of the Duke Initiative for Science & Society, and Affiliate Faculty Member of Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy.

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Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Cassandra Boyd directs Sanford’s DEI efforts. 

 “I hope to pinpoint opportunities for others to embrace radical hope and healing, encourage others to be seen authentically —as well as see beyond themselves, see beyond the training from people who loved and nurtured them, see beyond the data, and see the light shining on everything and everyone,” she says

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Vision & Commitment

Our Vision

Our vibrant and diverse community of faculty, students and staff shares a commitment to the mission of the Sanford School. It is the nature of public policy that we draw strength from our different disciplines, perspectives and personal backgrounds, and we pride ourselves on collaboration and a strong sense of community. Moreover, we live in a diverse world, and to produce great research that matters and to empower and inspire future leaders, we embrace diversity. Each member of the Sanford community is committed to upholding these values and to ensuring that all are welcome here.

Courses & Resources


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Safe Space

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Resource Library

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The Sanford School’s Committee on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is made of faculty and staff who connect with the wider Sanford community to advance diversity, equity and inclusion.

Co-chairs: Mallory SoRelle and Cassandra Boyd.

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Advancing Racial Equity at Duke

"We are committed today and throughout the future of Duke to addressing systemic racism on our campus and setting an example for our nation and the world." - Duke President Vincent Price

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