Last summer, Duke University and the School of Medicine took steps to acknowledge and address systematic racism, both within their institutions and across the nation. Emphasis was given to the effects racism has on Black communities and individuals. On June 16, Duke University held "Living While Black," an all-day symposium bringing together distinguished Black faculty, students, and staff. Speakers discussed the history of race and racism within Duke and the United States, their personal perspectives as Black individuals at Duke, and steps to chart a path toward an equitable, anti-racist future. Later that day, Dean Mary Klotman, MD, addressed race and racism within the Duke University School of Medicine with "Turning a Moment into a Movement: Dismantling Racism in the Duke University School of Medicine." Klotman acknowledged the grief and anger Black individuals and communities are feeling and vowed that the School would make structural changes to become a more equitable institution.
Following the "Living While Black," symposium, Duke Health created Moments to Movement (M2M)
, which is Duke Health’s collective stand against systemic racism and injustice. Beginning in the summer, Duke Health launched a four part M2M a Series on Race and Social Justice. The series includes the following panels:
- 6/25/2020, Virtual Leadership Briefing: Black Men @ Duke and in America
- 7/23/2020, Virtual Leadership Briefing : Black Women @ Duke and in America
- 9/17/2020, Stand By Me: Allies on Racism and Social Injustice
- 11/12/2020, Clinicians on Racism and Health Inequities
In addition to the above mentioned series, virtual town halls were held where leaders in Duke University Health System (DUHS), Duke University School of Nursing (DUSON), and Duke University School of Medicine (DUSOM) discuss Duke Health’s M2M.
10/20/2020, DUHS M2M Town Hall
Hosted by A. Eugene Washington, MD, chancellor for health affairs at Duke University and president and CEO of the DUHS, Duke Health team members gathered in a virtual town hall to learn about progress on Moments to Movement. DUHS leaders shared action plans for advancing racial, social and health equity.
Joining Washington during the town hall were William J. Fulkerson, Jr., MD, DUHS executive vice president; John Sampson, MD, PhD, PDC president; Katie Galbraith, MBA, FACHE, Duke Regional Hospital president and interim head of community health; Rick Shannon, MD, Duke Health chief quality officer; and Rhonda Brandon, DUHS chief human resources officer and senior vice president.
11/2/2020, DUSON M2M Town Hall
DUSON team members highlighted six concrete recommendations for improving racial equity.
Joining A. Eugene Washington, MD, chancellor for health affairs at Duke University and president and CEO of the DUHS, for the hour-long discussion were DUSON Dean Marion E. Broome, PhD, RN; DUSON Associate Dean Brigit M. Carter, PhD, RN; and representatives from three of the school's nine racial justice committees.
12/7/2020, DUSOM M2M Town Hall
DUSOM addressed its progress and future plans to dismantle systematic racism and create a more just, diverse, and equitable school and community.
This event was hosted by Chancellor Eugene Washington, MD, and moderated by Dean Mary Klotman, MD. Panelists included Coral May, MPA, Director, School of Medicine Human Resources Service Center, Kenyon Railey, MD, Assistant Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health; Judy Seidenstein, Associate Dean and Chief Diversity Officer, Kevin Thomas, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine, and Laine Thomas, PhD, Associate Professor of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics.
This blog post was contributed by Assistant Director and Technical Services Head Lucy Waldrop.