Advancing social equity through research, programming, and policy

Advancing social equity through research, programming, and policy

The Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity at Duke University is a scholarly collaborative that studies the causes and consequences of inequality and develops remedies for these disparities and their adverse effects.

Apply Today: 2024 Young Scholars Summer Program

Apply Today: 2024 Young Scholars Summer Program

The 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.

Announcing our Inaugural Class of Distinguished Fellows

Announcing our Inaugural Class of Distinguished Fellows

Recognizing individuals whose research and work, across fields, has demonstrated an extensive passion and tenacity for investigating and understanding the disparities that exist throughout modern society.  

Honoring William E. Spriggs: Cook Center Career Achievement Award

Honoring William E. Spriggs: Cook Center Career Achievement Award

The Cook Center recognizes Dr. William Edward Spriggs as the first recipient of the Cook Center’s Career Achievement Award. Spriggs was a champion for workers’ rights and racial justice.

Professional headshot of Dr. William Darity

A Message from Our Director, Dr. William A. Darity Jr. ("Sandy")

The Cook Center stands as a beacon of scholarly collaboration, delving into the multifaceted causes and consequences of inequities across economic, political, social, and cultural dimensions. Our mission is clear—not only understand the roots of inequality but, more importantly, to assess existing and develop new tangible remedies that directly address the adverse effects of unfair disparities. We seek to unite Duke’s intellectual strengths as we build an outstanding research center devoted to the study of human disparity, especially group-based disparities. 

Events & Important Dates

Duke Event Calendar

Deadlines & External Opportunities

Hank and Billye Suber Young Scholars Spring 2024 Writing Workshop

Add/Drop Period Ends for Spring 2024 Cook Center courses at Duke University

Howard University’s AEA Summer 2024 Training Program for Economics Undergraduates Application Deadline

Inaugural Jerome M. Culp, Jr. Critical Theory Lecture with Duke Law

Let’s Talk Racism Conference at North Carolina Central University, 3/15-3/16

Young Scholars Application for Summer 2024 Program Open Now Through 3/31