‘Good Question’ answered: Valerie Ashby on diversity in higher ed

In the latest edition of the Kenan Institute for Ethics’ “Good Question” series, Valerie Ashby, Dean of Trinity College of Arts & Sciences, offers insight about how diversity plays a pivotal role on today’s college campus.

Ashby, who took on the role as Trinity’s Dean in 2015, she said she was lucky to inherit a diverse senior leadership team made up of Duke faculty and staff of different genders, race and ethnicities with backgrounds in everything from art to architecture and medicine. Weekly meetings with the group means “I never have to worry about whether or not we can find an answer to a complex problem,” she said, because of all the different ways the team approaches issues that face the university.

“At Duke, diversity is just who we are,” she said.

Read more of Ashby’s ideas on diversity and how it’s played an important role in her life in her Good Question profile.