Mission Statement

The primary goal of the Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Anti-Racism (IDEA) Graduate Committee is to enrich and support the graduate student community in the Duke Biology Department by promoting equity and reducing bias; combating racism in STEM and academia; embracing diversity; and building respect and inclusivity among all members of the department. We particularly seek to support and serve those community members who are minoritized or marginalized. We strive to promote departmental structural and policy changes that foster inclusion and equity, actively correct for current and historical bias, and create accountability, with the goal of creating safer spaces for individuals from all marginalized backgrounds and identities. 

IDEA members receiving the Dean’s Award for Inclusive Excellence in 2019

(Updated December 2020)