About DiversifyIT

Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas—an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.

Our Mission

To encourage the Duke IT community to join the conversation about the value of differences in the workplace while advancing inclusion and diversity in our community by providing professional development, networking, and outreach opportunities.

Who We Are

DiversifyIT is a voluntary group of Duke professionals working in the information technology (IT) field who seek to address issues of diversity in the IT workforce.  Beginning as the “Women in Tech” group focusing on gender and technology, the group expanded its scope in 2015 after a panel discussion at Duke’s Tech Expo addressing all issues of diversity in IT.

This became the first in a series of four sessions moderated by Paul James from Duke’s Office for Institutional Equity (OIE). The series is developed for the entire Duke University and Health Systems IT community. You can view the original panel discussion on the TechExpo site.  


DiversifyIT Committee Members:

Programming:

  Laura Webb, Project Manager – Office of Information Technology

  La’Shawnda Kendall, Assistant Director, Special Projects – Alumni Affairs

  Jason Gordon, User Services Specialist – Research Data Security

Community Engagement:

  Bryn Smith, Systems Admin – Office of Information Technology

  Edward Gomes Jr., Senior Associate Dean – Trinity Technology Services

  La’Shawnda Kendall, Assistant Director, Special Projects – Alumni Affairs

 Jen Vizas, Director, Projects, Service Adoption & Engagement – Office of Information Technology

Marketing/Communications:

  J. Caitlyn Hill, Systems Admin – Office of Information Technology

Data:

  Alton Kearney, Analyst, IT, Sr. – Office for Information Technology

  Jason Gordon, User Services Specialist – Research Data Security

  Edward Gomes Jr., Senior Associate Dean – Trinity Technology Services

Sponsors:

Martay Smith, HR Manager – Office of Information Technology

Paul James, Assistant Vice President – Office for Institutional Equity

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