A Monthly Update About Inclusive Work Across Duke from OIE


Title IX

What You Need To Know About New Title IX Rules

Working with with various representatives from Duke administrative units over the past several months, the Office of Institutional Equity produced a new Policy to meet the Department of Education's August 14 deadline to adopt the Department of Education's sweeping changes to how Title IX reports are addressed in a subset of cases.


Duke Begins Taking Steps To Build a Renewed Community

"We must take transformative action now toward eliminating the systems of racism and inequality that have shaped the lived experiences of too many members of the Duke community. That starts with a personal transformation, and I’m prepared to do that work. It must end in institutional transformation, and that is the hard work before all of us. And that is my responsibility: to put my full energy as president behind that effort.

That work begins today. I commit the university to the following actions, which, in recognition of anti-racism’s vital importance to every level of institutional activity, are embedded within all five core aspects of Duke’s strategic framework, Toward our Second Century."

— President Vincent Price

Stemming from the June 16th Living While Black online event, President Vincent Price charged the University community to take up the effort and begin transforming the systems of inequality at all levels during his Juneteenth address. The commitment begins with a plan to grow the diversity of Duke's faculty, staff, and students, with a focus on Black, Indigenous, and people of color.


Racial Equity Program Incorporated Into Duke New Student Orientation

Orientation module developed to examine identity, culture and racial justice within the context of the Black Lives Matter movement.


Student Farmers Donate Fresh Produce To Local Communities in Need

This summer, the Duke Campus farm donated more than 1.5 tons of fresh produce to vulnerable populations through the Duke-student-created Root Causes, an agency that combats food insecurity in Durham.


Duke & UNC Student-Athletes Stand United Against Social Injustice

Duke volleyball players Mackenzie Cole, Ade Owokoniran and Kincey Smith recently spearheaded a powerful collaboration with the University of North Carolina volleyball team called Bigger Than Blue.


Men's Basketball Leads Black Lives Matter Rally

Duke University student-athletes held a peaceful protest and conversation on campus Thursday bringing together hundreds of Blue Devil staff, student-athletes and coaches in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.



Lisa Pullen Davis, PhD, MSPH
Imagine the strength that it takes
To remain composed and sit professionally in place
When you are deemed invisible, dismissed or reproved
By someone that communicates, behaves or manages like a fool
Time has shown you which path to take
Wisdom guides you when you’re about to break
Imagine how cool it could be
If you were evaluated by your work
Rather than the color that someone else sees.
Copyright © by Lisa Pullen Davis.

Mental Health Inclusion Must Start in Higher Ed

Stephanie Robertson

"Disclosing my struggles was far from easy. Most people with a mental illness live in fear of others finding out, even though studies say that at least one in four adults has a diagnosable condition. However, a large part of my role is to create a culture that is inclusive and welcoming to all, and I know that I need to share my truth to create a space where others feel they can do the same."

Stephanie Robertson,
Director of Community Engagement and Inclusion at Fuqua School of Business and OIE Diversity Leader, contributer to Inside Higher Ed.

Duke Hospital's History: A Conversation About Race and Memory

Tuesday, September 22 | 12:00-1:00 PM
Damon Tweedy, MD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Jeffrey Baker, MD, PhD, Director, Trent Center for Bioethics, Humanities & History of Medicine; Professor of Pediatrics and History

Join Duke faculty physicians for an online discussion about Duke's segregated hospital wards, the ways the civil rights movement successfully challenged the inequities in medical care for Black people, and a look into current racial disparities in medicine.

2021 Faculty Advancement Seed Grants Request for Proposals

Deadline: December 1, 2020
Duke University is committed to advancing faculty excellence by fostering an inclusive and respectful environment where all faculty can thrive. The Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement furthers that commitment by supporting all faculty and their academic programs. Seed grants are intended to provide a financial head start for novel faculty development initiatives within academic units (schools, departments, divisions, centers and institutes) that aim to foster a sense of community and a welcoming and respectful climate for all members.

Link to OIE Training, Workshops, and Educational Sessions

OIE Training, Workshops, and Educational Sessions

Duke is committed to support its diverse community by providing a variety of training and workshops designed to help Duke staff comply with university regulations related to discrimination, harassment, sexual misconduct, discrimination, and equal opportunity. The Office for Institutional Equity also offers customized workshops on intercultural education and building cultural competence, anti-racism, the power of diversity, unconscious bias, applied skills in conflict avoidance and resolution, and more. In addition, we provide resources and support specific to the Duke Health community.


Duke University Institutional Statement of Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas—an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.

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