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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.

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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.

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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.  

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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.