November 20, 2023

The Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity has officially joined the Mapping the Movement for Racial Equity in Education and Beyond project, an initiative by the Dudley Flood Center for Educational Equity and Opportunity. The goal for this project is to establish a visible network of organizations actively engaged in education and racial equity work throughout the state of North Carolina.

Educational programming comprises a fundamental portion of the Cook Center’s efforts, with dedicated programs for high school, undergraduate, and graduate students as well as postdoctoral associates and faculty members. Some of our signature programs include, but are not limited to:

  1. Young Scholars Summer Research Institute is a three-week program that provides high school students enrolled in Durham Public Schools (DPS) with training to enhance their writing, research, and presentation skills.
  2. In partnership with the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics (NCSSM), the Cook Center provides one-on-one mentorship through current research projects and independent student projects with researchers and faculty affiliates.
  3. The Global Inequality Research Initiative (GIRI) seminar, offered every semester through Duke, is an interdisciplinary, vertically integrated research course that emphasizes a judicious application of mixed methods from the social sciences and humanities.
  4. The Inequality Studies minor is a way for Duke students to advance their understanding of the causes and consequences of inequality and pursue research around issues of social equity.
  5. The Diversity Initiative for Tenure in Economics (DITE) program aids economists from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups through mentoring and workshops.

As part of the Mapping the Movement project, the Cook Center joins other NC-based organizations across the fields of education, nonprofit and community-based work, research, philanthropy, and policy.