Preliminary Strategic Plan for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

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On June 17, 2020, President Price wrote a letter to the entire Duke University community, charging us to come together to combat racism and inequality.

“We must take transformative action now toward eliminating the systems of racism and inequality that have shaped the lived experiences of too many members of the Duke community,” he wrote. In his letter, he set forth specific goals for Duke University and asked for a preliminary implementation proposal from the deans of each school by September 1.

At the Law School, we have spent the intervening weeks advancing our own learning and self-reflection. We have held listening sessions, facilitated conversations, and convened panel discussions on everything from racism in the classroom to police misconduct. Simultaneous with these activities, we have been drafting a proposal to respond to President Price’s call. Our Diversity & Inclusion Committee tasked a subcommittee of faculty, staff, and one student to work directly with the Dean to develop a plan to assess systematically the Law School’s current culture, population, processes, and curriculum and to implement diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives to foster a strong, supportive, and anti-racist community. This preliminary strategic plan reflects that work, with substantial additional input from the Senior Leadership Team and broader Diversity & Inclusion Committee.

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Serena Tibrewala JD/LLM ‘21

Tranae Felicien ‘22

Bella Walker ‘22


Sylvia James '96 

Michelle Park Chiu '06 

Linton Mann III '07