History of the Diversity Committee

  • Committee established in 2002 by faculty members and included faculty, parents and external community members
  • School culture assessed in 2003 by Changeworks, a national organization. Focused on race and racial diversity
  • VISIONS, Inc. continued assessment of school in 2004. Diversity workshops provided for faculty, leadership, parents and Board members. Identified “isms” at Duke School, such as classism, racism, sexism, etc.
  • Fuqua Focus Group in 2005, surveyed African American families to determine what attracts them, why they leave, what they need and how Duke School addresses their needs
  • In 2005, renamed as steering committee to advise the Leadership Team and Board of Trustees
  • A Board level committee was formed in 2008 and the previous committee continued at the community level to do operational work. Board committee focus was strategic. A mission statement, charge and goals were defined and approved by Board of Trustees
  • In 2007, a school wide community meeting focused on diversity. Three themes emerged:
  1. We must attract, retain and embrace faculty, staff, families and students of color.
  2. We must strive to recognize, embrace and celebrate the diversity and multiculturalism that already exist within our community.
  3. We need to ensure that our curriculum and all our messages communicate clearly to our children about diversity and multiculturalism in age appropriate ways so they can understand, accept and appreciate differences.
  • Affinity parent groups were established in 2008 and included 1) Parents of children of color, 2) Parents of adopted children, 3) Parents of children of divorce 4) Single parents 5) LGBT parents 6) Parents striving to raise children who embrace multiculturalism 7) Parents of children with learning challenges
  • Board of Trustees participated in a diversity workshop, facilitated by VISIONS, Inc. in February 2009.
  • Consultant, Ian Symmonds, analyzed the community to determine priorities of the school to help set the 2015 strategic plan


Duke School Board of Trustees recognizes the importance of diversity as stated in the school’s mission and diversity mission statements. The Board Equity & Justice Committee will guide the school’s strategic planning for and about diversity, will help develop diversity objectives and will review the school’s policies and governance on an ongoing basis to ensure they promote diversity. The committee will take actions to guarantee that adequate resources are allocated to forward Duke School’s equity and justice work. The committee will be charged to provide diversity education to the board and ensure the board considers the diversity implications of its decisions.