The Center for Equity in Research, established in early 2021, is addressing the profound challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic and racial reckoning that unfolded during the summer of 2020. These challenges highlighted, among many things, a common thread around equity in health and research that has been a CTSI priority for years.
The vision for this new Center is to provide leadership, guidance, and resources to improve equity and thwart bias and racism in research. The Center will operationalize CTSI’s longitudinal strategy to fully integrate equity at every level. This strategy applies an equity lens to existing services and infrastructure and will evolve as new initiatives and projects are launched and expanded.
Planning for the Center for Equity in Research was already underway before the devastating events of 2020 prompted CTSI to quickly deploy a more organized initiative to integrate equity throughout the institute by creating the Equity in Research (EIR) Core which is focused on elevating, advancing, and accelerating equitable, inclusive, and anti-racist research. The EIR core is at the heart of the work of the Center for Equity in Research as it leverages the recent work of EIR to promote diversity, inclusion, and equity throughout the research enterprise at Duke.