Historic Durham Bus Tour part I

On the 4th of May, the first of two bus tours set off. Organized to show the amazing history of Durham, the hour-long tour traveled to places such as Hayti, Main St. at Fayetteville, and more.

Pictures of the first bus tour

Ice Cream Social!

DiversifyIT kicked off the 2017-2018 year with an ice cream social at the Technology Engagement Center on West Campus.  An ice cream truck from The Parlour parked outside the building, and everyone got a ticket for ice cream.  There were dozens of interesting conversations and visitors from across Duke, both the University and Health Systems.


Ice Cream Social

What would we DO?

Our headliner event for 2017-2018, “What would we DO?” was a great success! We met at the Full Frame theater at American Tobacco Campus. We had about 60 people who watched skits, discussed them, and then discussed how to change them.

DiversifyIT co-chairs Jason Gordon (back), and Bryn Smith (front). Martay Smith (right) is our HR sponsor.

The rest of the story

Dr. Ben Reese, head of Duke’s Office of Institutional Equity


Gender-surprise skit before the surprise – these employees are discussing a problem, and who they should bring in to fix it.


Gender-surprise skit after the surprise – note the unhappy body language of the character on the far end of the table. Two of the seated characters did not realize that the helper character was female. One was just mildly surprised, but the other was actively belligerent. After the reset, one of the other male employees challenged the angry one in the moment, and the dialogue changed considerably.


Pictured: DeAnna Hall, with microphone. After each skit, the audience had the opportunity to ask questions and suggest variations on the skit for resetting.


Tracy Futhey, chief information officer and VP of Information technology.


Bryn Smith, co-chair of DiversifyIT

Welcome to DiversifyIT

The demographics of IT professionals at Duke show that Duke has around twice the number of women in its ranks than Facebook or Google have.  The same holds true for racial statistics. This is terrific, it shows we’re way ahead of the industry as a whole. The problem is that the percentage of women in the IT workforce at Duke is around 30%. The story is similar when you look at race statistics, etc.

The DiversifyIT committee grew out of a discussion group that met at TechExpo several years ago. The committee seeks to further the conversation about all sorts of minority and underrepresented groups, ranging from LGBTQ+ to disabilities, etc.

Join us!

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Valuing Inclusion, Promoting Awareness, Engaging Conversation

What does IT Diversity look like at Duke?



Why Diversify IT?

  • By 2022 there will be more than 1.2 Million jobs in the U.S. that require computer science and programming skills, but only 480,000 computer science graduates to fill those jobs, according to The Bureau of Labor Statistics.
  • By 2020 females aged 25-44 are predicted to be the second largest group in our workforce. In total, females are 57% of US workers, according to the US Census in 2013 (assumed both facts were from US Census 2013).
  • In 2014 at Carnegie Mellon University the incoming computer science class was 40% female. Additionally, UC Berkeley’s female computer science majors outnumbered the males for the first time since 1993. 

Please let us know if you have any suggestions for upcoming programs by emailing

Jason Gordon at jason.gordon@duke.edu or Bryn Smith at bryn.smith@duke.edu