A Monthly Update About Inclusive Work Across Duke from OIE

November 2020

Duke Softball Bullpen with posters containing affirmations by the team

Duke Softball Takes on Social Injustice Through Unity

by Marissa Young, Head Coach

"We are one within Duke Softball, so when one hurts, we all hurt. The opportunity to be there, learn more, and be vessels of change for our hurting teammates is one we have and will continue to be committed to."


New Title IX FAQ Page

OIE has launched a new FAQ page about the new federal Title IX regulations and how they apply in Duke policies in procedures.


Watch the Discussion from OIE's Diversity Informational Breakfast

With almost 300 online participants, the 2020 Diversity Informational Breakfast gave the Duke community exciting presentations from diversity leaders and an expert panel discussion about the challenges of achieving racial equity during a raging pandemic in a highly contested election year.



Workshop Helps Faculty Create an Equitable Research and Learning Environment

What would you do if you suspected that attacks on the credibility of your student’s research proposal were based on race? How would you broach such a conversation to gain clarity on the situation while also supporting the student? What is the appropriate role for faculty when engaging in such conversations? On October 22nd, Sherilynn Black and Kimberly Hewitt led an online workshop entitled, "Your Role as Faculty in Confronting Racism and Fostering an Equitable Climate."


Finding Transformative Paths During a Challenging Academic Year

Dean John Blackshear (Left) and Dean Martin Smith

Deans John Blackshear and Martin Smith recently engaged faculty and students from the Trinity College of Arts & Sciences in an hour-long discussion ranging from the social climate and student experience at Duke, to the challenges posed by COVID-19, and a passionate exchange about anti-racism.


Duke Endowment to Increase Inclusion

A $16 million grant from The Duke Endowment will amplify Duke University’s efforts to recruit diverse faculty and develop programming that enhances an inclusive environment, President Vincent E. Price announced in October.


Civic Engagement After the Election

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The Duke Office of Durham & Community Affairs offers tips to keep engaged after polls have closed.


Study Finds Race Shapes Life Without Parole Sentences

A team of researchers from the Wilson Center for Science and Justice at Duke Law examined more than 1,627 cases in which life-without-parole was imposed from 1995-2017 in North Carolina. They found profound racial inequities in sentencing.


Call for Nominations for the Samuel DuBois Cook Society 2021 Awards Ceremony

Cook Society Logo and Image of Dr. Cook

Each year, the Samuel DuBois Cook Society recognizes community members who follow Dr. Cook's example of social activism and leadership. Nominate a Duke faculty member, employee, or student by January 6, 2021. Presentations will be made at the annual awards ceremony on Tuesday, February 23, 2021 via Zoom.


Nominations Open for 2020-21 Presidential Awards

The deadline to nominate individuals and teams for the highest honor given to staff and faculty members is December 7, 2020.


Nasher Exhibit RESIST COVID / TAKE 6

RESIST COVID | TAKE 6 exhibit at the Nasher

RESIST COVID / TAKE 6 examines the fight against the coronavirus and how it disproportionately affects people of color, as well as a fight against another illness – racism.


Duke Scholar Confronts Structural Racism in Scientific Funding

Duke neuroscientist Kafui Dzirasa, MD, PhD, K. Ranga Rama Krishnan Association Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, published a series of four opinion pieces in scientific and layperson media outlets to address the structural racism in scientific funding.


Duke Health's Moments to Movement Initiative Progresses

In a recent virtual town hall, Duke Health leaders met to discuss a progress report on the Moments to Movement initiative launched to stand against systemic racism and injustice. The town hall covered the DUHS plans for change that will focus on people and environment, patient care, and community health.


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Funding Opportunities

Summer Research Fellowship for Research on Racism and Systemic Inequalities
Duke Graduate School
Deadline: Late November 2020

2021 Faculty Advancement Seed Grants Request for Proposals
Deadline: December 1, 2020

Reckoning with Race, Racism, and the History of the American South
Duke Office of the Provost
Deadline: February 1, 2021

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Trainings & Workshops

Fri, Nov 20 | 1:00 PM
Duke Political Science: Race, Ethnicity and Politics Workshop: Sergio Garcia-Rios (Cornell University)

Wed, Dec 02 | 12:00 PM
LearnIT@Lunch Series Inclusive Zoom Events and Activities: Making your meetings accessible

Mon, Dec 7 | 9:30 AM
Duke Faculty Advancement: Inclusive Faculty Searches Workshop
SPEAKERS: Kimberly Hewitt, Vice President for Institutional Equity, and Abbas Benmamoun, Vice Provost of Faculty Advancement and Professor of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

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Meetings & Events

Fri, Nov 20 | 12:00 PM
CCN Colloquium Series: "Dehumanizing Attitudes and Support for Punitive Criminal Justice Policy in the U.S." - Ashley Jardina (Duke)

Tue, Nov 24 | 12:00 PM
Duke Political Science: Perinatal Mental Health & Maternal Wellness Panel: Challenges & Opportunities in the Context of COVID-19 & Mental Health Disparities

Tue, Dec 01 | 8:30 AM
School of Medicine Faculty Development: How to Respond Effectively to Incidents of Harassment


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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