Continuing Our Commitment: Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee (EDI)

By Jamie Botta


Guided by the leadership of EDI Vice Chair Danielle Elliott Range, MD, and Staff Director Kelly Macklin, our EDI Committee continues to make strides toward creating a welcoming environment for faculty, staff, and trainees with various perspectives and backgrounds. Over the past year, Range has worked with the committee to create a diversity strategic plan that aligns with Duke’s tripartite mission of patient care, research, and education. We would also like to recognize Anne Buckley, MD, PhD, for her contribution to the department’s EDI mission, and for being a dedicated steward of our organization.

Range has spent nearly 20 years in the education, research and practice of pathology. She works with other School of Medicine EDI leaders to advance the Moments to Movement strategic plan. As a member of the Durham and Duke communities, she sees her role as an opportunity to enhance relationships across diverse communities as it relates to pathology workforce, research, education, and clinical practice. 

Highlights of the EDI Committee’s achievements and activities:

  • Budget for departmental EDI work with approval from Chair Jiaoti Huang, MD, PhD, making it possible to underwrite projects
  • Continued to honor the legacy of Donald Love by distributing The Donald Love Service Award to two individuals since re-establishing it in 2022. Hosted a celebration for Mr. Love’s family and former awardees
  • EDI Book Club has hosted four meetings since launching in June 2022, with books being purchased from the budget from a local Black-owned bookstore
  • Underrepresented Minority (URM) mentorship in department, including virtual shadowing for undergrads with attendings
  • Attendance at numerous EDI meetings, conferences, workshops, and other events, inside and outside Duke
  • Memberships in external EDI organizations, including Association of Pathology Chairs (APC), National Medical Association (NMA)
  • Recruitment of speakers on EDI topics at multiple Grand Rounds
  • Digital signage runs content to make us more visible to each other
  • Weekly newsletter announcements
  • EDI webpage features links to committee member activities and resource libraries: EDI library with multiple books purchased and donated; established webpage links to library eBooks