Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee

Mission Statement

To facilitate a culture in Duke PopHealth where diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) are respected and intentionally valued by implementing thoughtful, practical, iterative and innovative strategies that can serve as a model for our constituents.

Duke University Institutional Statement of Commitment to Diversity and 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.


Top Priorities

  1. Recruitment, retention and mentoring of minority students
  2. Recruitment, retention and success of minority faculty and staff
  3. Equity and transparency in pay, hiring, retention and promotion 
  4. Creating an environment welcoming across diverse backgrounds 
  5. Health disparities and community outreach
  6. Social justice


Center for Multicultural Affairs Mary Lou Williams Center for Black Culture Duke Office of Religious Life
Duke Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity Muslim Life at Duke Diversity Newslinks
Duke Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) Office of Student Conduct Diversity Toolkit: Publications and Videos
Duke Reach Student Health Harassment Prevention Advisors
International House (IHouse) Women's Center Ombudsperson
Jewish Life at Duke Center for Race Relations Title IX Coordinator
School of Medicine Office of Diversity & Inclusion Racial Equity & Self-Education Tools LGBTQ+ Pride Month and Resources
Disability at Duke Disability Management System (DMS) Duke Health OutList


Please visit the Duke Calendar for events related to Diversity & Inclusion.

Committee Members

Tomi Akinyemiju
Tomi Akinyemiju, PhD
Vice-Chair, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Assoc. Prof. in Population Health Sciences
Valery Arevalo
Valery Arevalo
Clinical Research Coordinator
Devon Check, PhD
Devon Check, PhD
Assistant Professor in Population Health Sciences
Yujung Choi
Yujung Choi, MSc
Clinical Research Coordinator I
Kate Ehle
Kate Ehle, MSW
Clinical Research Coordinator
Dr. Michael Fern
Michael Fern, PhD
Managing Director, Population Health Sciences
Debra Henke
Debra Henke
Senior Clinical Research Specialist
Molly Hoffman
Molly Hoffman, MPH
Associate in Research
Dr. Anna Hung
Anna Hung, PhD
Assistant Professor in Population Health Sciences
Dr. George Jackson
George Jackson, PhD
Professor in Population Health Sciences
Ashwini Joshi
Ashwini Joshi, MPH
Associate in Research
Dr. Hannah Lane
Hannah Lane, PhD
Medical Instructor in Population Health Sciences
Molly McFatrich
Molly McFatrich, MPH
Administrative Director
Kevin McKenna
Kevin McKenna, MPH
Research Program Leader
Avalon McMullan
Avalon McMullen
Program Director
Dr. Emily O'Brien
Emily O'Brien, PhD
Associate Professor in Population Health Sciences
Dr. Jessica Pritchard
Jessica Pritchard, PhD
Research Program Leader
Dr. Sudha Raman
Sudha Raman, PhD
Assistant Professor in Population Health Sciences
Nidhi Sachdeva, MPH
Nidhi Sachdeva, MPH
Senior Research Program Leader