Movements to Movement

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Moments to Movement (M2M) is Duke Health's collective stand against systemic racism and injustice. The name signifies going beyond passive moments of reflection and becoming more active as we build a movement to make lasting change for our patients, their loved ones and each other.

Moments to Movement is our pledge to stand against racism in all its forms, to be self-aware and to make equitable choices daily. That is how we create a community that is stronger, healthier and more just.

M2M Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Message from the Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

DUSON Community Members,

In June 2020, Duke University President Vincent Price, addressed our Duke community about the racism and inequality that plagues our communities and challenged us all to “take transformative action now toward eliminating the systems of racism and inequity that have shaped the lived experiences of too many members of the Duke community”.

The faculty, staff, students, and alumni at the Duke University School of Nursing (DUSON), took his words and put them into action. With the President’s Duke Strategic Framework, Toward Our Second Century, and Duke University Chancellor for Health Affairs, A. Eugene Washington’s, Moment to Movement (M2M) as our guide, we formed the DUSON Racial Justice Task Force and developed our own guiding principles:

  • Eliminate systemic and systemic practices of racism which have fostered structural inequalities, challenges, and deficiencies in DUSON
  • Target the distribution of resources and access to opportunity to racial groups that have experienced systemic and institutional discrimination and oppression
  • Create new systems, policies, and practices that institutionalize equity and support sustainable, transformational change

Our Racial Justice Task Force encompasses diverse representation of the members in our community, who were charged with taking a deeper look into the policies, procedures, methodologies, and curricula of our programs. This group identified the gaps and developed and/or made specific, measurable, and actionable recommendations and strategies to improve the individual and system structures within our walls.

With our perseverance, action, and commitment to the improvement of our environment, and our educational and administration practices, we will continue to take the stand to facing our own systems and biases and rewrite the narrative of DUSON.

Each of us has a vital role in this work and we look forward to continuing the personal and professional growth in our community.


Brigit Carter, PhD, RN, CCRN
Associate Dean, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Monica Russell, MHA, MBA
Program Director
Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

M2M Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Our Stand Against Racism

Duke University School of Nursing, as part of the Duke Health family, stands against racism!

Our Pledge to Our Patients, Our People and the Communities We Serve

Good health doesn't begin in the hospital or the clinic. It starts in our communities, our homes, our schools and our workplaces. It involves mind, body, and spirit. Caring for all three is the reason Duke Health exists. In the Duke Health family, we believe that racism is a public health crisis and that our communities have no place for hatred. We believe that delivering exceptional care, groundbreaking research, and top-notch education requires us to identify forms of racism and hate and to join forces against them. We are committed to working together to do just that.

Health care is more than job it's calling. In answering that call, we've dedicated our lives to advancing the health of everyone and promoting healthy communities. Each of us has a moral responsibility to stand against racism and hate in all its forms, to be self-aware, and to make equitable choices daily.

Visit the DUSON Stands Against Racism Pledge

Members of the DUSON community share the reason they choose to make this stand.

Members of the DUSON Community joined Duke Health to honor the one-year anniversary of the Moments to Movement Initiative.

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