DGHI Diversity & Inclusion Committee

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DGHI is committed to increasing diversity and inclusiveness in our community. We believe that we learn from each other and that we often learn the most from those who are different from ourselves. We also believe that diversity is a catalyst for new ideas and creativity. It is the nature of global health that we derive strength from our different perspectives, disciplines, and personal backgrounds as we build partnerships locally, nationally, and globally. Our faculty, staff, and students share a commitment to the mission and vision of DGHI.

DGHI strongly endorses Duke University’s position on 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.

The DGHI Committee on Diversity and Inclusion was established in 2013 to create a working and learning environment that embodies the mission and vision of DGHI. The committee includes representatives from our students, staff, faculty, and administrators.

Our Mission

To promote and uphold basic rights and values of equity, inclusivity, and mutual respect regardless of race, ethnicity, age, gender identity or expression, ability status, profession, religion, immigration status, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic status in the learning and working environment of DGHI and to acknowledge and appreciate the contributions of all individuals to the overall mission of DGHI.

Our Vision

To create a community and a culture that is built on and promotes equity, collaboration, belonging, and mutual respect in our academics, research, and all other activities in line with the overall vision of DGHI.

Our Top Priorities

  • Promote awareness regarding Diversity & Inclusion Topics
  • Host events such as listening sessions, lecture series, and cultural events
  • Receive feedback from the DGHI and Duke communities on improvement




To find Duke events related to Diversity & Inclusion, go to the Duke Calendar

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Dominator culture has tried to keep us all afraid, to make us choose safety instead of risk, sameness instead of diversity. Moving through that fear, finding out what connects us, reveling in our differences; this is the process that brings us closer, that gives us a world of shared values, of meaningful community. Bell Hooks

Committee Members

Carla MenaCarla A. Mena

Bilingual Project Coordinator, Center for Health Policy & Inequalities Research

Diversity is part of my everyday life, as I live in a bilingual and bicultural world. I am honored to be part of the DGHI Diversity & Inclusion Committee. The committee allows us to build a strong community, by sharing our professional and personal experiences to create a safe space for our students, faculty, staff, collaborators, and visitors. LEARN MORE

Chisom NwaneriChisom Nwaneri

(CHEE-sum WAH-nair-ree)
Student, Master of Science in Global Health

What diversity and inclusion means to me is summed up nicely in this quote by Verna Myers, “Diversity is being invited to the party. Inclusion is being asked to dance.” As a woman and a person of color, I believe the marriage of diversity and inclusion is essential for creating new ideas and allowing individuals to bring their authentic selves to the table.


Heather Tunnell

Grants & Contracts Administrator

DGHI includes a diverse population spanning many cultures. My objective on the committee is to create an inclusive work culture that honors and celebrates all backgrounds and perspectives. Through education and communication, I will help facilitate change in our community and create an inclusive and respective workplace. LEARN MORE

Dennis ClementsDennis Clements

Professor of Pediatrics and Global Health

We cannot possibly know what we haven’t experienced – that is why we need others to inform us. LEARN MORE


Kimberly WalkerKimberly M. Walker

Associate Director, CHPIR / DGHI Diversity & Inclusion Co-Chair

Diversity and inclusion means appreciating differences, such as, what makes a person unique, how their experiences have shaped their view of life, and how their culture affects how they maneuver through society then practicing acceptance so that we get closer to reaching a place of equity. LEARN MORE

Margaret LillieMargaret Lillie

Student, Master of Science in Global Health

I hope to promote conversations that lead to action in order create a more engaged and inclusive community at DGHI. By promoting an inclusive and diverse environment we can allow space in which everyone feels welcome to tell their stories and share their knowledge.


Saikiran GudlaSaikiran Gudla

Student, Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience and Global Health

Diversity and inclusion represent values in a society that not just respects but also appreciates the numerous differences between the people. Many challenges and inequities persist in our society, but we can start alleviating some of these problems by keeping ourselves accountable and finding new ways to promote and encourage differences in all sectors in this university.

Sara LeGrandSara LeGrand

Assistant Research Professor of Global Health / DGHI Diversity & Inclusion Co-Chair

I serve on the committee because diversity, inclusion and equity are deeply  important to me both personally and professionally. I am proud to work with other DGHI Diversity & Inclusion Committee members to continue efforts to make DGHI a more diverse and inclusive environment. LEARN MORE


Sarah Martin

DGHI Assistant Director for Graduate Admissions and Special Projects

I asked to serve on the DGHI Diversity and Inclusion Committee because community is important to me. I want to be an engaged member of my work community, and more importantly, I want to help create a supportive and connected environment for all global health students at Duke.  This committee connects me to larger discussions of inclusivity at Duke which directly informs my work with prospective and current students from diverse backgrounds. LEARN MORE

Shashika BandaraShashika Bandara

Student, Master of Science in Global Health

I hope by being part of this committee, I can help to create an environment where everyone at DGHI can be comfortable regardless of the diverse background, origin, identity or opinion. I believe that creating such an environment will result in better performance at every level, a welcoming attitude for inclusivity, wonderful friendships and good times. LEARN MORE


Tammy SorrellTammy Sorrell

Assistant Director of Operations & HR Manager

In my role as HR manager for the Institute, and for me as a person, it is essential that everyone have a voice. Being on the Diversity & Inclusion Committee allows me to go beyond my job responsibilities to actively participate in creating an inclusive environment where all community members are valued and there is a level playing field for employee success. LEARN MORE

Tammy SorrellGavin Yamey

Professor of the Practice of Global Health and Public Policy

Duke faculty play many different roles—from teaching to leading research teams to hiring and mentoring junior staff. In every one of these roles, we have a tremendous opportunity (and a solemn responsibility) to prize diversity and inclusion. We are all enriched as a result.”. LEARN MORE


Hy HuynhHy Huynh

Associate in Research, International Sector, Center for Health Policy & Inequalities Research

Inclusion goes beyond promoting ideas of diversity and involves working towards systemic transformation so that people from all different and marginalized backgrounds feel welcome, supported, and valued. I serve on the committee because inclusion doesn’t just happen naturally. Inclusion involves a lot of intention and sustained effort from everyone in our community. LEARN MORE



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