Duke University

Signatory: Sally Kornbluth, Provost

Joined: November 2015

Contact: Camille Jackson, Director of Communications- Duke Council on Race and Ethnicity

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Under the Duke Council on Race and Ethnicity (DCORE), a university-wide audit of all research on women and girls of color was conducted by a dedicated graduate research assistant, Britt Jenkins, a master’s student in the Sanford School of Public Policy. The audit revealed:

  • Research on social interventions and policy research distinguishes Duke. A number of the research involving women and girls of color involves policy research on social interventions that focus on examining the specific stressors and inequities that impact marginalized groups from a gender and racial perspective.
  • Duke Health has committed resources to research that accounts for specific circumstances of women and girls of color. Significant research has centered on HIV/AIDS interventions in Africa, but has also reviewed more localized health impacts on women of color. This research also extends to the domestic front, which examines linkages between obesity and depression as well as its psychological health impact on women in communities of color.
  • Duke has a community that supports the political and cultural contribution on women and girls of color.  From documentaries that examine the contribution of women and girls of color to modern day social movements, to the impact of director Shonda Rhimes on television, or of popular artists like Beyonce on culture to artists-in-residence that continue to contribute to visual culture around the experience of women and girls within communities around the world.  Cultural significance has also translated into a broader based examination on international feminist movements, particularly the evolving role of women in political movements within the Arab Spring, Latin America and in the United States.
  • DCORE is now affiliated with the feminist journal, Meridians: feminism, race, and transnationalism, edited by Professor Paula Giddings, Smith College. Duke is offering a spring course on women of color and respectability politics co-taught by Prof. Giddings and Adriane Lentz-Smith of the Duke history department. It will coincide with a special issue of Meridians on respectability.
  • With leadership by Professor Holloway, Duke now offers two new fellowships, one undergraduate and one graduate. The Graduate School at Duke offers “The Graduate School Summer Research Fellowship For Women and Girls of Color” and the Undergraduate Dean’s Office of Trinity College offers the “Dean’s Summer Research Fellowship.” Last spring Duke senior Jenna Peters was awarded the inaugural fellowship for a summer research project in Kenya on girls high school engineering club.


“I’m looking forward to the ways in which DCORE’s collaboration with the journal meridians: feminism, race, and transnationalism -especially our curriculum project- becomes the notable signature of our effort to support this initiative. Our forward-looking ethic—that we will celebrate and encourage the promise and potential of women and girls of color—will continue to center our participation in this project.”

Karla FC Holloway, James B. Duke Professor of English, professor of African American Studies, and professor of law


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