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Anti-racism & Allyship

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Anti-racism is the policy or practice of opposing racism and promoting racial tolerance. Allyship is the lifelong track of building relationships based on trust, consistency, and accountability with marginalized individuals and/or groups of people.

As part of Duke Law's overall diversity and inclusion initiatives, faculty, students, and staff are committed to providing a truly welcome space for everyone to learn, work, and grow. An essential part of this requires educating ourselves to be able to identify racism when it shows up and how best to respond to it. The following resources – articles, books, audio roundtables, video presentations, TV shows, films, and faculty commentary – have been curated by the Duke Law Anti-Racism Project and Ebony Bryant, director of diversity initiatives at Duke Law, as tools to help the Law School community to be better advocates for anti-racism and allyship. As the work continues at Duke Law, this page will be updated to reflect that work.

Policing in America: How Did We Get Here, Where Do We Go?

On July 9, 2020, Dean Kerry Abrams hosted a conversation with Duke Law faculty members on the current state of policing throughout the United States, with an emphasis on how policies and biases impact communities of color. The panel consisted of Professors Brandon L. Garrett, Lisa Kern Griffin, H. Timothy Lovelace, Jr., Darrell A. H. Miller, and was moderated by Jesse McCoy, supervising attorney for the Duke Civil Justice Clinic.

Introduction to Anti-Racism & Allyship

The Duke Law Anti-Racism Project, a student-led group, made this presentation to the Duke Law community on June 7, 2020. It offers a framework for anti-racism work intended to be accessible, and give the Duke Law community the language to move forward implementing long overdue changes.

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A Message from Dean Kerry Abrams
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Dean Kerry Abrams

On June 10, 2020,  Dean Abrams sent a message to alumni, detailing some of the first steps that students, faculty, and staff are taking to stand up against racial injustice and ensure Duke Law is "a place where all races, genders, and backgrounds can thrive."

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Diversity & Inclusion
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Ebony Bryant

For more information about Duke Law's diversity and inclusion initiatives involving students, faculty, and alumni, please contact Director of Diversity Initiatives Ebony Bryant.

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Duke Law Anti-Racism Project
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A newly established student organization at Duke Law under the Center for Law, Race, and Politics.