Benjamin Reese is vice president of the Office for Institutional Equity at Duke University and Duke University Health System and a licensed clinical psychologist. His office oversees diversity, inclusion, affirmative action/equal opportunity activities and harassment/discrimination prevention for the university and the health system. He is also an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Community & Family Medicine.
Before assuming this role, Reese served as the assistant vice president for cross-cultural relations at Duke. For almost 40 years, Reese has worked as a consultant to educational institutions, profit and nonprofit corporations, and health care organizations in the areas of organizational change, conflict resolution, race relations, cross-cultural education, diversity and inclusion.
Before moving to North Carolina, he was the associate executive director of the Fifth Ave. Center for Counseling and Psychotherapy in New York City, a practicing clinical psychologist, the ombudsperson for the Rockefeller Foundation, and founder and director of The Institute for the Study of Culture and Ethnicity in Manhattan.
He has represented both the International Council of Psychologists and the World Federation for Mental Health (Non-Governmental Organizations) at the United Nations. He currently serves on the boards of Wake Technical Community College, the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education (founding member and conference chair), One World Market and The Forest at Duke (retirement community).