A message about the Chauvin trial verdict from DHVI Leadership:
It is incumbent upon us as Americans to recognize the significance of the verdict in the Chauvin trial. It is undoubtedly a landmark in our country’s journey to become a more just version of itself. It is a signal to our country that we should respect each other as people first beyond our race, economic status, orientation, political ideology, religion, gender, or ethnicity. However, let us not be mistaken in thinking this verdict means change. Change will not come from any single verdict, but instead comes from each of us deciding to value one another. That is what the George Floyd death has meant for this nation. It has caused each of us to ask do we really value the community of people around us that speak, look, and even vote differently than we do. While Americans of color took a collective sigh of relief yesterday, it is not a time for rejoicing in victory. The work to eliminate social injustice and prejudices of all types is not complete. Instead, each of us should reflect on yesterday’s events and ask ourselves since the summer of 2020 what have I learned about myself and my beliefs. We hope that after that period of reflection you will decide to stand with the DHVI leadership in denouncing and eliminating discrimination against all underrepresented groups of people. When we individually make that decision, then collectively change will occur.
The Duke Human Vaccine Institute is a highly collaborative research institute and a diverse community committed to the principles of excellence, fairness, and respect for all people. Furthermore, we believe that a diversity of perspectives will lead to the most innovative solutions for addressing the world's public health problems.
What does Diversity & Inclusion mean at DHVI?
Diversity is any dimension that can be used to differentiate groups and people from one another. It means respect for and appreciation of differences including: race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, physical ability or attributes, national origin, social class, religious/ethical values, political beliefs, work experiences, life styles and cultures.
Inclusion is involvement and empowerment, where the inherent worth and dignity of all people are recognized. An inclusive environment promotes a sense of belonging, values and practices respect for the talents, beliefs, backgrounds, and ways of living of its members, ensuring the opportunity for each person to achieve his or her full potential.
DHVI Diversity & Inclusion Committee
The DHVI Diversity & Inclusion committee is composed of faculty, staff, and students from the Research and Administration areas. The committee aims to promote and foster a diverse and inclusive environment that embraces individuality and acceptance, encourages openness and engagement, and leverages our collective differences to maximize the potential of the individuals and the Institute. The goal of the committee is to raise awareness, diversify applicant recruitment and provide guidance, mentoring, and opportunities to all individuals within DHVI to foster the achievement of personal, professional, and Institutional goals.