At the Duke Global Health Institute, we believe diversity is a catalyst for new ideas and creativity. We seek to advance health equity globally and within our own communities through collaborative efforts that are strengthened by respect for and engagement with different perspectives, disciplines, and personal backgrounds and lived experiences.
Our vision is that the DGHI community becomes a living example of the success of equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) in its work, policies and community. We strive to achieve this vision by ensuring that the insights and recommendations of the DGHI Equity Task Force are implemented in a way that emphasizes the importance of EDI across all of the institute’s missions and activities.
Dr. Mercedes Bravo was appointed as DGHI’s Associate Director for EDI in fall 2022. In this role, Dr. Bravo advises DGHI senior leadership on approaches to advancing EDI across the Institute; participates in Duke-sponsored trainings related to equity, diversity, and inclusion; and works to identify and introduce EDI best-practices to DGHI. Dr. Bravo’s research, which focuses on environmental exposures, social/structural determinants of health, and health disparities, is complementary to her EDI role. She is especially interested in research that promotes health equity through better characterization of disparities in exposures and health outcomes for underserved, underrepresented and potentially vulnerable populations.
Maria Mushi is Co-Director of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at DGHI and has a background in Social and Behavioral Health. Maria is a Project Manager with the Global Emergency Medicine Innovation & Implementation (GEMINI) Research Center, where she supports research projects in Tanzania, Nigeria and Brazil. She works closely with Dr. Bravo to identify EDI priorities and strategies at DGHI, support their implementation, and promote the integration of EDI across the Institute. Maria also belongs to the School of Medicine’s Unit Leadership Alliance, the formal community of Faculty and Staff Program Directors.