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The Purpose Project at Duke Announces Race and the Professions Fellows

The Purpose Project at Duke has announced the inaugural cohort of the Race and the Professions Fellowship, a year-long program that will explore the challenges of racial inequities and the work of antiracism in the professions, the broader community, and the world.  

More than 200 graduate and professional students applied to the fellowship. The 28 fellows represent eight schools, eight Trinity departments, and three interdisciplinary programs. 

In a series of online sessions, fellows will engage with scholars, activists, artists, and practitioners working on issues of race. During the summer, fellows can pursue an optional, funded project that aligns with the vision of the fellowship. 

“In creating the fellowship, we wanted to bring together a diverse group of graduate and professional students who are eager to think collaboratively and work through matters of race in the context of the professions into which they’ll step when they leave Duke, said A.J. Walton, associate director of The Purpose Project. “Our hope is that the fellowship will provide fellows with insight and imagination in ways that reframe what they believe is possible in dismantling racialized systems.” 

Funded by a grant from The Duke Endowment, The Purpose Project at Duke is a multi-year, campus-wide initiative focused on integrating a focus on character, purpose, and vocation into undergraduate, graduate, and professional education. The initiative is hosted by the Kenan Institute for Ethics in collaboration with the Divinity School and the Office of Undergraduate Education