SAMSI Policies

SAMSI, from its inception in 2002, has been committed to respect for and support of the values of inclusiveness, diversity, freedom of expression and respect for all peoples, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, religion, age, national origin, class or disabilities.  SAMSI’s devotion to these values continues unchanged.

The Directorate of SAMSI wants to emphasize to all people that they and their privacy will be respected in all spaces at SAMSI.

SAMSI Policy on Harassment or Assault

Harassment of any individual for any reason is not acceptable at SAMSI. In all cases, it undermines SAMSI’s commitments to respect the dignity and worth of all individuals.

Any person who feels that she/he has been the victim of harassment while engaged in any SAMSI sponsored activity is encouraged to report the situation through the process described below to access appropriate facilities for adjudication and support.

Because SAMSI is a consortium of three universities, the appropriate office for reporting incidents of harassment varies according to the circumstances involved.

For any incident involving a Duke employee, or for any incident occurring at the SAMSI offices in Research Triangle Park, on the Duke University campus or in other Duke facilities, or for any incident at an independent facility not located on one of the three partner university campuses, report should be made to the Duke University Office for Institutional Equity and directed to the attention of Cynthia Clinton, Assistant Vice President. Her contact information is:

Office for Institutional Equity Website:
Cynthia Clinton: or (919) 668-6214

The Duke Office for Institutional Equity will be able to assist anyone making a report in accessing systems for adjudication and resources for personal support. In the event that the event involves a person or persons employed by other academic institutions or firms, the Duke Office may assist in contacting those institutions to engage them in appropriate actions.

The Duke University Harassment Policy and Procedures can be found at: under the headings “Knowledge Base” / “Policies, Statements and Procedures”.

For any incident involving an employee of North Carolina State University or for any incident occurring on the campus of NCSU, report should be made to:

Dr. Linda McCabe Smith, Vice Provost for Institutional Equity and Diversity: 919-513-0574

The NCSU Discrimination, Harassment and Retaliation Complaint Procedure can be found at:

For any incident involving an employee of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH) or for any incident occurring on the campus of UNC-CH or in any other UNC-CH facility, report should be made to the University’s Equal Opportunity and Compliance Office as follows:

Equal Opportunity and Compliance Office Website:
Report and Response Coordinators (a resource for all types of reports) are:
Ew Quimbaya-Winship: or (919) 843-3878
Rebecca Gibson: or (919) 445-1578

The UNC-CH Policy on Prohibited Discrimination, Harassment and Related Misconduct can be found at:

Recent and future SAMSI activities:

SAMSI also participates in a variety of activities through the Math Institutes Diversity Committee

  • Conversations with Minority Scientists, MAA Committee on Minority Participation-North American Institutes Informal Gathering. January 7, 2008 at the Joint Mathematical Meeting, San Diego CA
  • Modern Math Workshop, October 14-15-2009, Dallas, TX
  • Modern Math Workshop, September 29-30, 2010, Anaheim, CA, SACNAS 2010
  • Modern Math Workshop, October 2-3, 2013, San Antonio, TX, SACNAS 2013
  • Modern Math Workshop, October 15-16, 2014, Los Angeles, CA, SACNAS 2014

Together with the other NSF mathematical sciences institutes, SAMSI has recently secured supplemental NSF funding that will allow for the long term planning of an entire portfolio of activities including the Modern Math workshop series, the Workshop Celebrating Diversity series, the Minority Professional Development workshop, the Careers for Minorities workshops, the Careers for Women workshops, the Blackwell Tapia Conferences and some activities in conjunction with the Association for Women in Mathematics.