Diversity and Inclusion

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.

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Duke Human Vaccine Institute Asian American and Pacific Islander Profiles

Bhavna Hora Profile
Bishem Thakur Profile
Thynn Thane Profile

Local organizations:

LGBT Center of  Raleigh

Center of Latin American and Caribbean Studies

Duke University Bouchet Society
The Duke University Bouchet Society primarily supports graduate students from underrepresented groups in the pursuit of scholarly excellence in the natural sciences, technology, engineering and math.

Duke University Chinese Students and Scholars Association
Duke Chinese Students and Scholars Association is one of the largest Chinese students group on campus, serving the Duke Chinese community for more than 20 years. In the past years, DCSSA organizes diverse social and academic programs to support and enrich graduate and professional student life here on Duke Campus.

Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity
We strive to achieve an inclusive campus climate for students, staff, faculty, and alumnx with marginalized sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions through education, advocacy, support, mentoring, academic engagement, and providing space.

DukeMed Pride
DukeMed Pride is a Duke University School of Medicine and Davison Council-funded organization that works to provide a safe space for LGBTQ medical students and their allies.

Muslim Students Association
The Muslim Students Association (MSA) strives to represent Muslim students at Duke, and foster campus and community-wide engagement with Islam and Muslims.

Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE)
WiSE serves as a liaison between women science and engineering students and the administration, and sponsors events in which women faculty members and students in science and engineering can come together and share experiences and ideas for change.

Jewish Life at Duke
The Freeman Center for Jewish Life serves as a home away from home for all those seeking to engage with the Jewish community while at Duke.

Mary Lou Williams Center For Black Culture
The Mary Lou Williams Center for Black Culture strives to promote racial understanding, build community, and foster an appreciation for and increase knowledge of Black people, Black history, Black culture, and the vast contributions of people of the African Diaspora.

International House Women's Center
To provide educational programs, services and advocacy to Duke global community on campus as well as outreach to the greater Durham area.

Duke Affinity Groups

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Diversity & Inclusion Groups, Programs and Resources

Duke Diversity & Inclusion
Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas—an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.

Duke BioCoRE
The Duke BioCoRE Program engages undergraduates, graduate students and faculty in a supportive community of scientists excited about the biosciences, and provides opportunities for student research and career development for all participants.

Duke Office for Institutional Equity
The Office for Institutional Equity is a team of specialized professionals dedicated to serving the Duke University and Duke University Health System communities regarding occupational enrichment through diversity, inclusion, affirmative action, employment equity, harassment prevention, and other work-related initiatives focused on the quality of life and effort at Duke.

The IDEALS Office
The Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Advancement, and Leadership in the Sciences​ (IDEALS) Office contributes to the diverse scientific climate within the Biomedical Graduate Programs in the School of Medicine. The office works to bring talented underrepresented graduate students and postdoctoral scholars to the Duke University School of Medicine and to enrich their experiences over the course of their training and studies.

Mulitcultural Resource Center
The Duke University School of Medicine Multicultural Resource Center (MRC) was established in 2000 to help the School of Medicine achieve and deliver a culturally competent medical education. The MRC thereby assists with the preparation of learners, staff, and faculty to work and live in a world of diverse people who differ along the lines of culture, faith, gender, sexuality, and socio-economic backgrounds.

Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS)
The Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science is an inclusive organization dedicated to fostering the success of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans, from college students to professionals, in attaining advanced degrees, careers, and positions of leadership in STEM.

Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS)
The Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) is one of the largest communities of underrepresented minorities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Students attend this conference to present their research, enhance professional development skills, explore graduate schools, and network.

National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity
The National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity is an independent professional development, training, and mentoring community for faculty members, postdocs, and graduate students. We are 100% dedicated to supporting academics in making successful transitions throughout their careers.