For so many American colleges and universities, this is seen as the most important item on their agenda.

Duke Today reports:

Trustees Address University Efforts on Equity, Inclusion and Anti-Racism

The Duke University Board of Trustees endorsed the university’s efforts to advance diversity, equity, inclusion and anti-racism in a wide-ranging series of sessions and conversations at its quarterly meeting Friday and Saturday. The meeting was conducted entirely online.

The trustees heard interim reports from President Vincent E. Price and the university leadership about efforts to address commitments made in June as American society confronted the legacy and ongoing challenge of systemic racism in the wake of violent actions against Black women and men that prompted continuing nationwide protests. An update will be provided to the university community by mid-October.

The trustees also unanimously approved Price’s recommendation to name the Sociology-Psychology Building on Duke’s West Campus after the late Wilhelmina Reuben-Cooke, who was one the first five Black undergraduates at Duke and went on to a distinguished career as a scholar, academic leader and trustee of both Duke University and The Duke Endowment. (Read more about the naming of the Reuben-Cooke Building in Duke Today.)

The trustees heard reports and engaged with university leadership on a number of areas, including the current status of Duke’s response to COVID-19, updates from Strategy Teams 2021 and 2030, and first-year impressions from Vice President and Vice Provost for Student Affairs Mary Pat McMahon and Vice President for Institutional Equity Kimberly Hewitt.


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