Benjamin D. Reese

Benjamin Reese, PhD, Vice President of the Office for Institutional Equity at Duke University and Duke University Health System (retired)

Dr. Reese (pronouns: he/him) is a clinical psychologist and an adjunct professor in the departments of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Community Medicine & Family Health, and Psychology and Neuroscience at Duke University. He is the former Vice President for Institutional Equity and Chief Diversity Officer for Duke University and the Duke University Health System.

Dr. Reese has served as the Associate Director of the Fifth Avenue Center for Counseling & Psychotherapy in New York City, the founder and Director of the Institute for the Study of Culture & Ethnicity, and the Ombudsperson for the Rockefeller Foundation.

He has 50 years’ experience in the fields of implicit bias, race relations, and diversity, inclusion and equity strategy, in person and online. Dr. Reese is a highly sought after national and international speaker, workshop facilitator and consultant to higher education, healthcare, not-for-profit organizations, and the corporate environment. His over 100 consultations include implicit bias workshops for over 50 colleges and universities in North America, as well as the U.S. Secret Service, and the U.S. Justice Department. He has provided invited addresses and workshops on various diversity and inclusion topics at Tel Aviv University, Hebrew University, the University of Canterbury in New Zealand, the University of Adelaide in South Australia, the University of East London and Coventry University in the United Kingdom, as well as presentations in Ireland, China, Haiti, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Argentina, Brazil, and Bermuda.

He has represented both the International Council of Psychologists and the World Federation for Mental Health (non-governmental organizations) at the United Nations. Dr. Reese is a past president of the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education (NADOHE) and served on its founding board.  He is a member of the North Carolina Advisory Board of the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival and is a Board Member of The Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University.

Dr. Reese has garnered numerous awards and citations. In 2016, the North Carolina Business Journal awarded him their Lifetime Diversity Achievement Award in recognition of almost 50 years of leadership in the areas of race relations and diversity.