Diversity, equity and inclusion are central to the mission of the Sanford School of Public Policy.  As a leader among institutions specializing in public policy studies, Sanford has a responsibility to address tough questions and to engage a highly diverse population of faculty, students, and staff in its mission to effectively do so.

About Us

Following the Duke University Diversity Task Force, CDEI helps promote diversity, equity and inclusion at Sanford - including school structure and environment, faculty, staff and student recruitment and retention, and education.


CDEI launched in 2015 and has two faculty co-chairs, a fellow, and volunteer students, staff, and faculty. CDEI seeks to help Sanford be a welcoming place, where -  regardless of your race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, country of origin, immigration status, class, or religion - you can be your whole and authentic self.


We span all of Sanford--from admissions to alumni, curriculum to social life. We've conducted trainings, lectures, group discussions, forums, film screenings, surveys, lunch & learns, and more. We collaborate with other Sanford groups like Policy in Living Color, Sanford Women in Policy, PridePol and others.



Sanford's Dean, Judith Kelley, was the first recipient of the Brownell-Whetten Diversity and Inclusion Award for her commitment to inclusion. At the time, Kelley was serving as Sanford's Senior Associate Dean. Kelley had been an active supporter of the school’s Committee on Diversity and Inclusion and had worked to ensure that the faculty recruitment process incorporates efforts to consider diverse candidates.

More about Judith Kelley

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Creating Inclusive Community at Duke

Shandiin Herrera PPS'19 received the 2019 Terry Sanford Leadership Award for her work to create an inclusive community for Native students at Duke. Herrera grew up on the Navajo Nation. She says she found Sanford to be an especially welcoming place on campus.