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.

Newest Episode of Voices in Equity Podcast Now Available

Newest Episode of Voices in Equity Podcast Now Available

How exactly can we support Black-owned businesses and entrepreneurship in Durham, North Carolina, especially in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic? Join us as we explore collaborative efforts to foster a more inclusive and supportive environment for Black entrepreneurs.

Cook Center Director Sandy Darity Recognized as Duke Centennial Trailblazer

Cook Center Director Sandy Darity Recognized as Duke Centennial Trailblazer

Dr. William “Sandy” Darity Jr. been recognized as a Duke Centennial Trailblazer, an initiative by Duke University to honor 100 years of accomplishments and recognize “the faculty and staff leading us into the next century”.

Register Today: Fall 2024 Cook Center Courses Available at Duke University

Register Today: Fall 2024 Cook Center Courses Available at Duke University

The Cook Center is offering two courses during the fall 2024 semester, including “History of Inequality” and “Environmental Justice: Unearthing Disparities, Building Equity”. Students can register now through Duke’s Add/Drop period, ending 9/6.

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

Proposals Due for Advancing Black Intellectualism Conference (Virtual), Open to Undergraduates, Graduate Students, Faculty and Practitioners

Out of Many, One: Reflections on Race and Language (Conversation in Rubenstein Library, 3:30pm)

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

Register for Fall ’24 Cook Center courses now through 4/11

Webinar, 4/25 at 12pm EST – Doing Latinx Studies as a Stratification Economist: A Case Study of the Mariel Boatlift, presented by Dr. Stephan Lefebvre

Advancing Black Intellectualism Conference (Virtual Opportunity), 5/16-5/17

NGIN Cityscapes Summit on economic development in Durham, NC featuring speaker William Darity, 5/15-5/17

Building Inclusion into Research: Language Matters (Virtual Duke Research Town Hall)

Proposals Due for 2024 Color of Education Summit

Sixth World Conference on Remedies to Racial and Social Inequality, 9/3-9/5

Enroll in Fall ’24 Cook Center courses now through 9/6 (Drop/Add period)

“Behind the Data: Quantitative Approaches in Interdisciplinary Racism Research” Conference in Bayreuth, Germany featuring speaker William Darity, 10/23-10/25