Duke University Campus Wide Event: "Living While Black"

Tuesday, June 16, 2020 - 9:00am to 3:30pm



This campus wide event will include a combination of research talks, human stories, and actionable items for faculty, students and staff across the institution.

Living While Black will bring together a distinguished group of speakers from our Black community at Duke: students, staff and faculty. The event will amplify the lived experiences of the Black members of our community through presentations by our Black faculty scholars on the background, dimensions, and impact of racism and racist policies and structures. We will also hear personal perspectives and insights from members of the student and staff communities. Importantly, we will also have an opportunity to discuss actionable steps that the institution will take to move forward.

Living While Black is jointly organized by the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement and the Office for Institutional Equity, with leadership by Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement Dr. Sherilynn Black.

Registration Required

If you are a member of the Black community at Duke and would like to share a story about your experiences on campus, visit this link. Your narratives will be shared with senior leadership to inform further actions related to inclusion and equity at Duke for all students, faculty and staff. All submissions are fully anonymous.


Preliminary agenda, check the Duke Faculty Advancement website for updates.

Session 1: How Did We Get Here?

9:00 – 10:10 a.m.    

Kimberly Hewitt, Vice President for Institutional Equity 
Del Wigfall, Professor of Pediatrics
Vincent E. Price, President
Adriane Lentz-Smith, Associate Professor of History
Jay Pearson, Assistant Professor in the Sanford School of Public Policy   

Session 2: Being Black in America

10:10 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.    

Tyson Brown, Associate Professor of Sociology
Patrick Smith, Associate Research Professor of Theological Ethics and Bioethics
Gwenaëlle Thomas, Ph.D. Student in Neurobiology
David Moore, Undergraduate Student
De’ja Wood, Undergraduate Student
Parker Martin, MPP ’20 
Eduardo Bonilla-Silva, James B. Duke Distinguished Professor of Sociology
Guy-Uriel Charles, Edward and Ellen Marie Schwarzman Professor of Law
Ebony Boulware, Eleanor Easley Chair in the School of Medicine
Mark Anthony Neal, James B. Duke Distinguished Professor of African and African American Studies
Joseph Winters, Alexander F. Hehmeyer Associate Professor of Religious Studies and African and African American Studies
Patrice Douglass, Assistant Professor of Gender, Sexuality & Feminist Studies   


12:20 – 1:00 p.m.   


Session 3: Being Black at Duke

1:00 – 2:15 p.m.    

Narratives from Students and Staff   

Gary Bennett, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education
Chandra Guinn, Director of the Mary Lou Williams Center for Black Culture
Quinton Smith, Assistant Director of the Mary Lou Williams Center for Black Culture
Bibi Gnagno, Director of Academic Engagement, Academic Advising Center
Martin Smith, Assistant Professor of the Practice of Education 
Ashleigh Rosette, Associate Professor of Business Administration
Charmaine Royal, Associate Professor of African and African American Studies
Valerie Ashby, Dean of Trinity College of Arts & Sciences
Stelfanie Williams, Vice President for Durham Affairs
Felicia Tittle, Executive Director of Recreation and Physical Education
Paula D. McClain, Dean of the Graduate School   

Session 4: How Do We Move Forward?

2:15 – 3:30 p.m.    

Sherilynn Black, Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement 
Sally Kornbluth, Provost
Trina Jones, Jerome M. Culp Distinguished Professor of Law
Abbas Benmamoun, Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement 

Email oie-help@duke.edu with any questions.

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