By William H. Frey
At its optimistic best, America has embraced its identity as the world's melting pot. Today it is on the cusp of becoming a country with no racial majority, and new minorities are poised to exert a profound impact on U.S. society, economy, and politics. The concept of a "minority white" may instill fear among some Americans, but William H. Frey, the man behind the demographic research, points out that demography is destiny, and the fear of a more racially diverse nation will almost certainly dissipate over time.
Through a compelling narrative and eye-catching charts and maps, eminent demographer Frey interprets and expounds on the dramatic growth of minority populations in the United States. He finds that without these expanding groups, America could face a bleak future: this new generation of young minorities, who are having children at a faster rate than whites, is infusing our aging labor force with vitality and innovation. In contrast with the labor force-age population of Japan, Germany, Italy, and the United Kingdom, the U.S. labor force-age population is set to grow 5 percent by 2030.
Diversity Explosion shares the good news about diversity in the coming decades, and the more globalized, multiracial country that the U.S. is becoming.
Frey, W. H. (2015). Diversity explosion: How new racial demographics are remaking America. Washington, DC: The Brookings Institution.
Black History Month
The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture
"The African American experience is the lens through which we understand what it is to be an American."
-Lonnie G. Bunch III Founding Director, NMAAHC
The National Museum of African American History and Culture is the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture. It was established by Act of Congress in 2003, following decades of efforts to promote and highlight the contributions of African Americans. To date, the Museum has collected more than 36,000 artifacts and nearly 100,000 individuals have become charter members. The Museum opened to the public on September 24, 2016, as the 19th and newest museum of the Smithsonian Institution.
The NMAAHC is a public institution open to all, where anyone is welcome to participate, collaborate, and learn more about African American history and culture. In the words of Lonnie G. Bunch III, founding director of the Museum, “there are few things as powerful and as important as a people, as a nation that is steeped in its history.”
As part of our annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration, Phil Freelon, FAIA Architect of Record & Design Team Leader for the National Museum of African American History & Culture, served as the keynote speaker. We were delighted to learn about his work in designing this stunning building, as well as others across the nation. You can read more about the celebration here and here.
Have you gone? If not, plan a visit by visiting this link!
Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture. A people’s journey, A Nation’s story. Washington, DC. https://nmaahc.si.edu/
A Talk with Dr. Nadine Barrett
Interviewed by Bob Crouch
In November, Dr. Nadine Barrett was asked to share with me information regarding her multiple leadership roles at Duke. She was also asked to respond to a series of questions about her work, passion and vision for diversity and inclusion.
Prior to joining Duke, Dr. Barrett was the Director of Community Programs at the Susan G. Komen for the Cure organization; where she led several funded community engagement programs to reduce breast cancer disparities and successfully engaged domestic and international affiliates to strategically identify community needs and allocate resources to increase breast cancer screening and reduce mortality.
Dr. Barrett has been a speaker and participant in efforts around diversity, inclusion and health care disparities; providing educational seminars and forums throughout the Duke, local, regional and national communities.
Dr. Barrett is the recipient of several awards and honors, including the American Sociology Association’s Minority Fellowship Doctoral Award, NIH Postdoctoral Fellowship in Health Services Research at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill and the Martin Luther King, Southern Christian Leadership Conference Drum Major for Justice Award for her work in community health.
-Robert T. Crouch, Ed.D, Assistant Director, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Duke University Office for Institutional Equity
Many in the Duke community may not be aware of the many contributions you make here in our community. Please share with us about your multiple leadership roles and work here at Duke.
As a Medical Sociologist with 20-years of experience engaging diverse health systems and communities, I have devoted my career to reducing health disparities among disadvantaged and vulnerable populations. Currently, I serve as the inaugural director of both the Office of Health Equity and Disparities at the Duke Cancer Institute and the Duke CTSA Community Connections and Collaborations Core, Center for Community and Population Health Improvement. I am also a faculty member in the Department of Community and Family Medicine’s Division of Community Health.
In its first five years, under my leadership the Office of Health Equity and Disparities team within the Duke Cancer Institute has created a strong platform for authentic community engagement, research and innovative training. As the first director, I apply my expertise, vision and direction to strategically address cancer disparities through three core program goals: (1) Increase access and utilization of cancer services from screening to survivorship through Community and Patient Navigation; (2) Develop and implement tailored interventions and training to increase diversity and inclusion in research, clinical trials and the workforce; and (3) Facilitate and conduct authentic community engaged research and programs to reduce cancer disparities.
I also direct the Community Engagement Core within the Duke CTSI. I work with a phenomenal team to develop and implement an infrastructure designed to strengthen the capacity of the research enterprise and diverse stakeholders to engage in partnered research across the translational spectrum. In ten months this team has developed a suite of programs and services to build capacity, and facilitate connections and collaborations, and to conduct community driven research, generate and fund new and innovative research ideas, and provide training and resources to enhance stakeholder engagement in Duke Health research.
What led you to Duke to fulfill your current role?
The long story….My life experiences as an undocumented immigrant coming to the United States from England, the challenges I witnessed as my mother worked hard, often holding three jobs to ensure I had access to the opportunities the United States had to offer, and my extensive experience working with and living in diverse and at times, impoverished communities led me to both acknowledge the depth of inequality, the need for equity, and the amazing opportunity for collective greatness through an authentic appreciation of diversity. My role at the DCI was new, and allowed me to work with our stakeholders to develop an Office of Health Equity and Disparities that will work to address critical needs in community engagement, diversity in research, and health disparities education and training programs. Building the Office from the ground up with an amazing team and our diverse community partners has been truly rewarding.
Full text of the interview can be read here.
Established on September 9, 1915 by Dr. Carter G. Woodson, we are the Founders of Black History Month and carry forth the work of our founder, the Father of Black History. We continue his legacy of speaking a fundamental truth to the world–which 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. We labor in the service of Blacks and all humanity.
As we come to the end of year we reflect on the relevance of the 2016 theme, Hallowed Grounds: Sites of African American Memories. From port cities where Africans disembarked from slave ships to the battle fields where their descendants fought for freedom, from the colleges and universities where they pursued education to places where they created communities during centuries of migration, the imprint of Americans of African descent is deeply embedded in the narrative of the American past. These sites prompt us to remember and over time became hallowed grounds.
We continue to partner with the National Park Service to increase the profile of the national treasures, including the Carter G. Woodson Home Site that highlight our history and culture.
ASALH has selected, The Crisis in Black Education as the 2017 Black History Theme. The theme for 2017 focuses on the crucial role of education in the history of African Americans. ASALH’s founder Carter G. Woodson once wrote that “if you teach the Negro that he has accomplished as much good as any other race he will aspire to equality and justice without regard to race.”
Association for the Study of African American Life and History. (2017Executive Summary).The crisis in black education. Washington, DC. Retrieved from https://asalh100.org/
Duke University's Black Student Alliance
For the purposes of intellectually, socially, and culturally enriching the Duke community, the Black Student Alliance promotes academic achievement and intellectual pursuit, cultivates dynamic leadership, and strives to eliminate social barriers for all. Ultimately, the Black Student Alliance recognizes the humanity of others and demands that they do the same.
Duke University Black Student Alliance. Retrieved from http://www.dukebsa.org/
Women's History Month
2017 Theme and 2017 Honorees
National Women's History Month 2017 Theme- "Honoring Trailblazing Women in Labor and Business"
The 2017 theme for National Women’s History Month honors women who have successfully challenged the role of women in both business and the paid labor force. Women have always worked, but often their work has been undervalued and unpaid.
The 2017 Honorees represent many diverse backgrounds and each made her mark in a different field. Additionally, the Honorees’ work and influence spans three centuries of America’s history. These women all successfully challenged the social and legal structures that have kept women’s labor underappreciated and underpaid.
Facing stark inequalities in the workplace (lower wages, poor working conditions, and limited opportunities), they fought to make the workplace a less hostile environment for women. They succeeded in expanding women’s participation in commerce and their power in the paid labor force. As labor and business leaders and innovators they defied the social mores of their times by demonstrating women’s ability to create organizations and establish their own businesses that paved the way for better working conditions and wages for themselves and other women.
They proved that women could succeed in every field. While each Honoree is extraordinary, each is also ordinary in her own way, proving that women business and labor leaders can and should be considered the norm. Most importantly, the 2017 Honorees paved the way for generations of women labor and business leaders to follow.
2017 National Women's History Month Honoree
Community and Economic Development Organizer
National Women’s History Project. (2017 Theme). Writing women back into history.Santa Rosa, CA: Strategic Communication Consultants. Retrieved from http://www.nwhp.org/womens-history-month/2017-honoree-nominations/
The Duke University Women’s Center is dedicated to helping every woman at Duke become self-assured with a streetwise savvy that comes from actively engaging with the world. We welcome men and women alike who are committed to gender equity and social change.
Duke University Women’s Center: Student Affairs. Durham, NC. Retrieved from https://studentaffairs.duke.edu/wc
Women's History Month Video- Women of War
Find out the surprising stories of the unexpected ways women have served their countries in times of war.
History. (2016). Women of war. Women’s History Month Videos. Online News: A&E Networks. Retrieved from http://www.history.com/