Diversity and Inclusion


The Department of Biostatistics & Bioinformatics recognizes that the diversity of its community – including faculty, trainees, staff, and students – is an essential component of our mission to improve biomedical research and human health through the application of quantitative science and the incorporation of innovative technologies. With leadership from the Committee on Culture, Diversity, and Inclusion, we are committed to proactively fostering an inclusive environment in which diverse perspectives and backgrounds are welcome and thrive. Specifically, we recognize and embrace our shared humanity, strive to see each of us live up to our full potential as scientists, as educators, as trainees, as managers, as administrators, as members of society and our community. We celebrate each other's successes, strengthen each other in adversity, and recognize our independent as well as shared ambitions.

In our effort to support diversity and inclusion, we recognize that the ongoing injustice of implicit and structural racism, particularly against Black and Indigenous people of color, must be proactively addressed. In addition, Latinx, Asian and Asian-American colleagues and students have also faced bias and discrimination. We are committed to taking action to dismantle racism in all forms. Our faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to speak openly, honestly, and without retribution about experience with racism and necessary improvements. We will not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, nationality, language, sexual orientation, disability, or religion. 

  • Conduct open searches for faculty and staff. 
  • Annually review and strengthen the statement of support for diversity and inclusion within all job postings.
  • Have a diverse set of speakers for events and speaker series hosted by the department with nominations accepted by all members of the department.
  • Provide implicit bias and anti-racism training for the department.
  • Maintain and disseminate resources for self-education on structural racism and anti-racism.
  • Provide transparency through our Departmental Faculty Handbook regarding the process of hiring, mentoring and promotion.
  • Provide formal mentoring to all junior faculty through a committee with 3 mentors.
  • Maintain funding (10% effort) for the role of Associate Chair for Diversity and Inclusion.
  • Engage with faculty, staff and students directly and through the Committee on Culture, Diversity and Inclusion to identify new areas for progress.
  • Help underrepresented students in the department find communities to support them across Duke. 
  • Create a safe, inclusive environment for all our faculty, trainees, staff, and students.
  • Recognize and reinforce ethical behavior and science.
  • Recognize and reward contributions that enrich each other, our department, our institution, our communities.
  • Reaffirm our common humanity and celebrate our differences.

Our Chair Dr. David Page and the leadership team consisting of Warren Kibbe, Laine Thomas, Huiman Barnhart, Steven Grambow, Andrew Allen and Susan Halabi are committed to the preceding statements and to facilitating a diverse and inclusive culture thorough out the department and in their own actions. 

Dr. Laine Thomas was named Associate Chair for Diversity and Inclusion in September 2019. Dr. Thomas leads the departmental Committee on Culture, Diversity and Inclusion and serves as a liaison to Duke Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) and School of Medicine Inclusion Council.

Detailed information, expectations, current goals and progress for this role can be found here. Your feedback is always welcome. 

The following initiatives were prioritized by a process of engagement with all members of the Committee, first to brainstorm initiatives of potential interest and then an anonymous survey gauged level of interest and willingness to lead and/or participate. 

  • Student sub-committee: work with students to address student needs 
  • Work with Education Program to develop strategies and resources for recruitment of under-represented minority students.  Multiple scholarship funds have been created and current work seeks external funding to expand.
  • Community Outreach working group: provide exposure and experience to Durham high school students
  • Survey/Focus groups: how to better support the department?


Committee Chair: Laine Thomas

Ama Aidoo Ben Goldstein Terry Hyslop Liz Nichols Jessie Tenenbaum
Sophia Anderson Steven Grambow Andrzej Kosinski Alejandro Ochoa Ying Sun
Hussein Al-Khalidi Joshua Granek Tingxuan Li David Page Congwen Zhao
Shannon Clarke Susan Halabi Roland Matsouaka Alyssa Platt Yunji Zhou
Oana Enache James Herndon II Janice McCarthy Frank W. Rockhold  


  • SACNAS - The Duke Chapter of the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanos and Native Americans in Science
  • Bouchet Society - The Duke University Bouchet Society primarily supports graduate students from underrepresented groups in the pursuit of scholarly excellence in the natural sciences, technology, engineering and math.
  • oSTEM - (“out” STEM) An international organization dedicated to educating and fostering leadership for LGBTQ communities in the STEM fields.
  • International House - Provides educational programs, services and advocacy to Duke global community, offering extensive cross-cultural information and training to enhance the mission of the university.
  • DukeF1RSTS - First Generation Graduate School Network
  • Duke Disability Alliance - The mission of Duke Disability Alliance (DDA) is to promote advocacy and awareness of issues concerning students with disabilities, physical or otherwise.
  • Student Affairs -  Provides programs and services that support the growth of Duke students, enhance their intellectual, social, cultural and physical development, and complement Duke’s academic excellence. 
  • Duke Groups - Students are invited to explore over 400 campus groups available through student affairs.