OUE's Commitment to Diversity, Inclusion, and Anti-Racism

The Office of Undergraduate Education (OUE) actively promotes Duke’s strong commitment to the educational value of diversity across schools and units. Duke recruits a richly diverse student body reflecting a broad spectrum of national origins, races, ethnicities, religions, socio-economic backgrounds, physical abilities, sexual orientations, and gender identities. We believe that diversity fosters innovation, creativity, and excellence, and that it prepares our students to become leaders. 

OUE works with our partners across campus to cultivate an inclusive, welcoming, and respectful learning and living environment so that students inside the classroom and beyond can explore and examine their identities and values. We also encourage students to interact with those whose identities and world views are not their own, as it is through respectful and open dialogue that our students will grow in their understanding of themselves as citizens of our nation and the world.

The Office of Undergraduate Education also believes that diversity and inclusion is not enough and that we must commit to being actively anti-racist in our work.  We condemn the systematic and continued injustices against people of color, and we pledge to take tangible actions that address bias and hate in proactive and continuous ways. As we carry out our mission of providing a transformative undergraduate education for ALL undergraduates, we also commit to the ongoing work of dismantling injustice and inequity.

Initial Actions on Anti-Racism
  • In June of 2020, Vice Provost of Undergraduate Education Gary Bennett, along with Vice Provost of Students Affairs Mary Pat McMahon, sent a message to undergraduates outlining our initial commitments to address the impact of racism as it relates to the undergraduate living and learning community. 
  • President Price sent a message to the Duke Community in October of 2020 outlining university-wide anti-racist initiatives, including those related to undergraduate education.  
  • Duke's central anti-racism website states: we are committed today and throughout the future of Duke to addressing systemic racism on our campus and setting an example for our nation and the world.  We fully support these ideals and encourage students, faculty, and staff to take advantage of the site's many resources.
  • Internally, OUE has formed an Anti-racism Working Group, whose mission is to affirm, develop, and strengthen racial equity in OUE by continuously challenging our existing systems and implementing new policies and practices that provide our BIPOC community with the infrastructure to thrive at Duke.  This group's efforts have so far resulted in specific recommendations for staff development, communications, and recruitment and hiring.  Implementation is ongoing.