Book of the Month
Strategic Diversity Leadership: Activating Change and Transformation in Higher Education
By Damon A. Williams
Publisher: Stylus Publishing, LLC
Publication Date: May 28, 2013
In today’s world – whether viewed through a lens of educational attainment, economic development, global competitiveness, leadership capacity, or social justice and equity – diversity is not just the right thing to do, it is the only thing to do! Following the era of civil rights in the 1960s and ‘70s, the 1990s and early 21st century have seen both retrenchment and backlash years, but also a growing recognition, particularly in business and the military, that we have to educate and develop the capacities of our citizens from all levels of society and all demographic and social groups to live fulfilling lives in an inter-connected globe. For higher education that means not only increasing the numbers of diverse students, faculty, and staff, but simultaneously pursuing excellence in student learning and development, as well as through research and scholarship – in other words pursuing what this book defines as strategic diversity leadership. The aim is to create systems that enable every student, faculty, and staff member to thrive and achieve to maximum potential within a diversity framework.
You can read an interview with the author here.
Minority Health Observances
From CDC Office of Minority Health and Health Equity (OMHHE)
25 Years a Champion for Health Equity!
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the CDC Office of Minority Health and Health Equity (OMHHE)! During these 25 years, OMHHE has advanced the science and practice of eliminating health disparities and inequities –or health differences that are systematic, unfair, and avoidable--by, for example, collaborating with others across CDC in publishing manuscripts exploring topics such as health life expectancy by race, sex, and geography and contributing to the 2011 CDC Report on Health Disparities and Inequalities.
Throughout the year, several events are observed to highlight minority health, health equity, health disparities and the work being done at CDC to eliminate them.
You can see a list of highlighted annual events on this page.
Black History Month
Association for the Study of African American Life and History
Black History Month was founded by the Association for the Study of African American Life & History (ASALH), which was established on September 9, 1915 by Dr. Carter G. Woodson, the Father of Black History. ASALH continues his legacy of speaking a fundamental truth to the world--that Africans and peoples of African descent are makers of history and co-workers in what W. E. B. Du Bois called, "The Kingdom of Culture." ASALH's mission is to create and disseminate knowledge about Black History, to be, in short, the nexus between the Ivory Tower and the global public. Learn more about ASALH's history here.
Black History Month: A Medical Perspective
The Medical Center Library & Archives provides the services and collections necessary to further educational, research, clinical, and administrative activities in the medical field. Services are available to Duke Medicine faculty, staff, and students in the School of Medicine, School of Nursing, allied health programs, and graduate programs in the basic medical sciences. The Library also serves Duke Hospital and Health System.
You can find information about prominent African Americans in the field of medicine here.