Duke receives $16 million to increase faculty diversity, inclusion

Duke receives $16 million to increase faculty diversity, inclusion

Duke University has announced a $16 million grant from the Duke Endowment in support of efforts to increase faculty diversity and campus inclusion.

The funding will support the university’s Diversity, Inclusion, and Anti-Racism Initiative and includes $10.5 million for the recruitment and retention of faculty from underrepresented groups — including training programs and resources for search committees to ensure that searches for new faculty are rigorous and inclusive — as well as the recruitment of diverse faculty in specific academic areas.

The remaining $5.5 million will support programs designed to enhance the university community's understanding of historical and current racism, combat racism on campus and more broadly, and create a more inclusive environment for faculty, students, and the broader Duke community.

"Increasing faculty diversity is a critical component of our efforts to advance racial equity at Duke, and this grant will help us recruit and support the faculty leaders of tomorrow," said Vincent E. Price, the university's president. "We are very grateful for the support of the Duke Endowment as we work to build an even brighter future for Duke."