OIE Diversity Newslinks

Diversity Newslinks is a web-based publication of the Duke University Office for Institutional Equity and provides up-to-date information related to issues of diversity, inclusion and cultural competence in healthcare, higher education and areas that impact our workplaces and communities. We cover a broad range of topics and provide a balance of theory and practical advice. Book reviews are also included in each issue. Please subscribe to be notified when a new issue is released.

New! Duke University Institutional Statement of Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas- an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.

Featured Book

The Birth of a Nation: Nat Turner and the Making of a Movement

Edited by Nate Parker
Publisher: Atria/ 37 INK
Publication Date: September 27, 2016

The book provides a supplement to the movie; however, it is more than just a tie-in. The book seeks to educate the reader and viewer as to Nat Turner’s legacy and influence. By bringing together an array of artists and intellectuals, this book speaks directly to Turner’s importance throughout history and especially his relevance to contemporary social relations.

The Birth of a Nation, presents the philosophy and craft behind the making of the film, situating the film’s relevance not only within cinematic history but also within the greater dialog of...More in our current issue.


Hispanic Heritage

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

Every year, National Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15. While the "month" spans through two calendar months, it is observed to recognize the Hispanic and Latino American heritage, culture and contributions. Here are eight amazing facts about the Hispanic community in the United States:

1. Hispanics are no longer the fastest growing minority group. Latinos are no longer be the fastest growing minority group in the United States -- according to data from the United States Census Bureau, while non-Hispanic whites are still the largest racial group in the country (197.8 million), Asians were the fastest growing minority group in the United States in 2013 -- but that's not to say they won't be the predominant minority group in the future.

2. Hispanics influence food culture. Data from The NPD Group has found that one of the areas the U.S. will see the biggest change over the next five years, courtesy of the rising minority population, is its food culture. In their report -- titled "The Future of Eating: Who’s Eating What in 2018?" -- the authors of the report reveal that the future generation will opt for "from-scratch preparation"...More in our current issue.

Duke Spotlight

A Talk with Ravi Bellamkonda, Vinik Dean of the Pratt School of Engineering


Interviewed by Bob Crouch

In September, I asked Ravi Bellamkonda to respond to a series of questions to learn more about his passion and vision for diversity as he began his new role as the Vinik Dean of the Pratt School of Engineering at Duke University.

Prior to becoming Dean, Bellamkonda served as the Wallace H. Coulter Professor and Chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University.

Dean Bellamkonda was an invited speaker at the Office for Institutional Equity’s Annual Retreat held on August 15, 2016. At that time, Dean Bellamkonda shared his background and interests prior to embarking on this new role at Duke. During the retreat, he further shared his vision for the Pratt School of Engineering which sparked our interest to delve further into learning more about his extensive work and fascinating background. The following reflect a series of questions and Dean Bellamkonda's responses... More in our current issue.


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