Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

Mission Statement

The Pharmacology and Cancer Biology Department is committed to creating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment for all of its members. As a community, we firmly believe that transformative research goes hand-in-hand with fostering an inclusive environment and training the next generation of scientists from a diversity of backgrounds and life experiences. As scientists, we know that we are strongest when we leverage the talents of a diverse community.

Creating an Inclusive Environment

The Department of Pharmacology and Cancer Biology is committed to a providing an inclusive and respectful working environment. Our dedication to diversity, equity and inclusion is exemplified by the people we hire and the culture we create. We believe everyone plays a role in creating a safe and welcoming environment, and we do not tolerate any form of harassment, discrimination, or racism. We expect the highest standards of professional and personal behavior from all members of our community – faculty, postdocs, students and staff.


We do not tolerate discrimination or harassment in any form. If you experience or witness any harassment or discrimination, or have a concern about the behavior of any member in our department, you have a number of options for reporting your concerns:

  • Contact your mentor or supervisor.
  • Fill out this PCB Whistleblower Form to anonymously contact the PCB Chair.
  • Contact any of the following people and/or offices:

Colin Duckett
Interim Chair, Vice Dean for Basic Research

David MacAlpine
Pharmacology DGS

Ann Marie Pendergast
Molecular Cancer Biology DGS

Jamie Baize-Smith
Pharmacology/MCB DGSA

Sarah Goetz
PCB Women in Science mentor

Johnna Frierson         
Assistant Dean, Graduate and Postdoctoral Diversity & Inclusion;
Director, IDEALS Office

Beth Sullivan
Associate Dean for Research Training

Jean Spaulding, M.D.
School of Medicine Ombudsperson
Email: ombudsman@mc.duke.edu

Ada Gregory
Undergraduate Student Ombudsperson
Office of Interdisciplinary Programs

Duke Office of Institutional Equity (OIE) OIE is the office responsible for responding to complaints of discrimination, harassment and sexual misconduct at Duke. The OIE website has detailed information for how to file a complaint or report an incident.

The Ombudsperson Duke has an ombudsperson available to provide confidential guidance for students and faculty.

The Graduate School's comprehensive guide to resources for reporting discrimination, harassment, and sexual misconduct.

The PCB Diversity & Inclusion Committee is committed to supporting trainees while providing opportunities to learn and improve upon our mission. Want to support our dedication to a safe and inclusive environment that we can all thrive in? Do you have ideas for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion initiatives you’d like the PCB department to implement? We’d love to hear from you!