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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

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.

Sanford Collective Action Plan
While diversity, equity and inclusion have long been among the school’s set of core values, the Sanford School has developed a collective action plan to fight social bias, discrimination and racism. Developed in 2020, the action plan organizes our school-wide efforts and commitments and lays out metrics and timelines for implementation and transparent reporting for each commitment to fight social bias, discrimination and racism. The goal of the 2020 Collective Action Plan is to create a community that embraces all its members and educates leaders who are prepared to engage policy problems in ways that include the perspective of structural racism and inequality. Read more about the Sanford collective action plan here. 

Sanford Committee on Diversity and Inclusion
In 2015, we founded the Sanford School’s Committee on Diversity and Inclusion (CDI). Approximately 25 students, staff, faculty and administrators make up the CDI’s working group. Professors Jay Pearson and Kate Whetten organize and facilitate the committee’s activities and forge connections between Sanford and support resources across Duke’s campus.

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