Statement on Racism and Discrimination
A Message from our Chair, Edward G. Buckley, MD
Posted: June 9, 2020
The past few months have been an unusual and heartbreaking time in our lives. Dealing with the stress of a global pandemic has been, and continues to be, difficult and has caused stress beyond what we thought to be imaginable.
As we navigate the pandemic, the acts of racism, hatred and cruelty that have occurred recently against Mr. George Floyd in Minneapolis, Mr. Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia and Ms. Breonna Taylor in Louisville have added to the burden we face. This behavior is unacceptable, and it is time that we come together in unity to respect inclusion and justice for all people.
To reiterate messages from Duke senior leadership over the past few days, Duke and the Duke University School of Medicine condemn acts of violence and hatred and affirms that every person has the right to feel safe, accepted, heard and valued at our institution and in our community.
Bringing people together from a broad spectrum of perspectives enhances our ability to solve complex challenges. We know this because we see it every day at Duke as our faculty, students and staff work together to make a positive difference.
We reject the unacceptable acts that reflect deep injustices and disparities and we pledge to bring the power of our research, education and health care missions to expose and correct the underlying forces at the root of these injustices.
May we be mindful, respectful and inclusive of each other. Thank you for your commitment to the Duke Eye Center and Duke Health during this extraordinary time.
Vice Dean for Education, School of Medicine
Chair, Department of Ophthalmology
Vice Chancellor for Duke-National University Singapore Affairs
James P. and Joy Gills Professor of Ophthalmology
Professor of Pediatrics
Duke University Medical School
Duke Leadership Messages and Resources
- Message from the Duke Dean of Medicine Mary E. Klotman, MD
- Message from Duke President Vincent E. Price
- Turning a Moment into a Movement: Dismantling Racism in the Duke University School of Medicine and Beyond
- Duke School of Medicine Office of Diversity and Inclusion
- Anti-racism resources
Diversity and Inclusion at Duke Ophthalmology
In the Department of Ophthalmology and Duke Eye Center, we emphasize strategies to promote a united commitment to providing excellent care, the pursuit of knowledge, and dissemination of information to the next generation of clinicians, scientists, and staff. Our ultimate goal is to attract, cultivate, and retain the best and brightest from all walks of life and backgrounds. We believe that the emergence of new ideas from different perspectives catalyzes innovation and success. In support of our mission, we view diversity, defined as encompassing all aspects of human differences, as a fundamental pillar to fostering an inclusive working and learning environment, where all individuals feel respected, are treated fairly, provided work-life balance, and an opportunity to excel in their respective fields.