Duke University received a $10 million gift from the Duke Endowment to improve its diversity and anti-racism initiatives. $10.5 million will be used to recruit and retain diverse faculty and $5.5 million to combat racism and develop a more inclusive environment.
University president Vincent Price said increasing faculty is a critical component of their efforts to advance racial equity and the grant will help them recruit and support the faculty leaders of tomorrow. He also announced an update to the university’s anti-racism program, which includes the expansion of its diversity hiring program and a comprehensive climate assessment to eliminate disparities in the workplace.
As part of its anti-racism program, the university has renamed the Thomas Jordan Jarvis dormitory to West Residence Hall. The decision was based on the fact that Jarvis was “an avowed white supremacist implicated in the Wilmington Insurrection of 1898.