Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Welcome to the Doctor of Physical Therapy at Duke! Our program is committed to diversity, inclusion, and celebrating everyone that enters our program. We know that beginning in the department will be a transition for you and your family and would like to make this transition as comfortable as possible. In addition to the faculty and staff within the Doctor of Physical Therapy program,  Duke also has many resources on campus that can help to support you in your new life in Durham, North Carolina.

Inspired by the amazing video highlighting Black women physicians at Emory University’s School of Medicine, the Duke University School of Medicine’s DPT and OTD programs celebrate Black History Month.

Upcoming Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Events at Duke
Click here to see events at Duke focusing on diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Moments to Movement
The Duke University School of Medicine is committed to dismantling racism and to better understanding the root causes, harms, and strategies to reduce racial inequity. This commitment, known as Moments to Movement (M2M), extends within our institutional walls, our surrounding community, and our nation.

The Anti-Racism website is Duke’s central repository of information about anti-racism work, including data regularly collected and publicized to monitor progress, details of new and ongoing programs, research highlights, and educational and training materials for wider use across the Duke community.

DPT Walk for Solidarity
Members of DPT and Duke Orthopaedics joined hundreds of Duke health care workers across divisions in Duke Health's Walk for Solidarity in support of racial justice and equality, carrying the message that Duke stands stronger together. The “Moment to Movement” gathering included words from President Price, Chancellor Washington, and others and was part of a national movement of “White Coats for Black Lives” with many wearing white coats as a sign of support. 

DiversiTea Newsletter
The Duke DPT DiversiTea Newsletter was created by graduate Alexis M. Lacewell. The intent of the newsletter is to create a sustainable, interactive collection of work that embodies diversity, equity, and inclusion. Content for each newsletter can be submitted by students, faculty, and/or staff; submissions contain both historical and current events, and the content is multimodal, including art, music, literature, dance, etc. Each issue of the newsletter is followed by a DiversiTea & Coffee session where individuals from the program gather to discuss their favorite pieces from the issue and to have a dialogue about how the topics covered intersect with and apply to the practice of physical therapy. The purpose of the DiversiTea Newsletter is actualized when people apply what they have learned from the content and dialogue to positively influence the area of physical therapy in which they are most ingrained (i.e. admissions, community outreach, teaching, patient care, leadership & advocacy, etc.).


OIW Resources, Readings, and Updates

Dr. Erica Taylor, OIW Chair, presented Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion @Duke Ortho : Moving Forward During a Movement at the July 13, 2020, Faculty Meeting. See her slides here.

Professor Ashleigh Rosette, Associate Professor of Management and Organizations and a Center of Leadership and Ethics Scholar at the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. She is also a Fellow at the Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity, and Gender in the Social Sciences, video on 5 Things Leaders Must Consider to Effectively Address Racial Inequality

The On Being Project is an independent, nonprofit media and public life initiative, founded by Krista Tippett, a Peabody Award-winning broadcaster, a New York Times bestselling author, and a National Humanities Medalist. Here she revisits a 2015 New York Times essay by Eula Bliss on White Debt, or listen to their discussion on Whiteness on a recent podcast.

Resources for Institutional Efforts Resources

Resources for Engaging in Anti-Racism Work and Practicing Solidarity

Resources for Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) to Engage in Self-Care

Community Engagement

To allow members of the Duke community to access the June 16, 2020 Living While Black event, Duke has posted the videos of the four sessions online, available to any member of the Duke community with a Duke NetID.