Celebrating Juneteenth, and Our Continued Commitment to Change
As we approach Juneteenth, a celebration of the emancipation of slaves that originated in the state of Texas, we reflect on Duke’s commitments to anti-racism from one year ago and our continued journey to support equity at our university and in our country. I continue to feel hopeful about what is possible at Duke and feel distressed about the rising number of hate crimes targeting people of marginalized identities in the US and across the world.
OIE is engaged in several exciting initiatives to support the University’s goals and to provide education and support. If you are interested in hosting a workshop in your unit, please complete an Educational Request.
On Thursday, June 17th, OIE hosted a general meeting to provide information about University policy and to hear concerns about discrimination issues at Duke. More engagement of this nature is planned for the future.
Learn more about the event on Duke Today.
— Kimberly Hewitt, Vice President for Institutional Equity & Chief Diversity Officer, June 16, 2021
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.
Forbes has named Duke University one of the “Best Employers for Diversity” in 2020, the second consecutive year. Duke placed 8 out of 500 companies in the annual ranking, which Forbes released on January 21. Duke ranked first for companies headquartered in North Carolina and in the education industry. Read article in Duke Today.
Seven Honored by Cook Society for Service To Duke and the Wider Community
Each year, the Samuel DuBois Cook Society recognizes community members who follow Doctor Cook's example of social activism and leadership. This year's celebration will was held virtually on Tuesday, February 23, 2021 and honored the following: Charles Becton, De’Ja Wood, Michael Cary Jr., Nolan Smith, Tom Bonfield, Ajenai Clemmons, and Richard Powell.
Duke University's response to the COVID-19 pandemic is focused on the safety of staff, faculty, students, health care providers, and the public we serve. Out of an abundance of caution, the Office for Institutional Equity will hold all OIE investigations remotely via Zoom.
Duke is dedicated to creating a work and learning environment that is free from harassment and discrimination. If you have a concern about either of these issues, the Office for Institutional Equity is here to help. We can answer your questions, connect you to resources, or help you file a complaint. Duke policies prohibit retaliation against anyone for coming forward with a concern or for submitting a complaint.
Duke is proactive in its efforts to address and reduce instances of sexual misconduct, including sexual violence, in order to create and maintain a welcoming learning and working environment. It’s our responsibility to ensure compliance with federal law by demonstrating that our programs are operated in a manner consistent with Title VII and Title IX regulations and provisions, as well as the Violence Against Women Act.
Duke University's response to the COVID-19 pandemic is focused on the safety of staff, faculty, students, health care providers, and the public we serve. Out of an abundance of caution, the Office for Institutional Equity will hold all OIE workshops and meetings remotely via Zoom.
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 Health System Educational Diversity Education
Until further notice, the Duke University Health System (DUHS) Diversity Education for Staff course has been postponed. OIE is working to develop alternative tools to continue to help health care workers become aware of unconscious biases and stereotypes that may influence their ability to provide patient-centered care. We will update our pages as resources become available.
Affirmative Action Programs, Inclusive Hiring & Promotion Practices and Data Gathering
The equal opportunity and affirmative action (EO/AA) area offers university-wide guidance on Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act, and Title IX of the Education Amendments Act and the Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistant Act. We also serve as the university's liaison to the federal government in matters of contract compliance concerning equal employment opportunity. EO/AA develops the university's Affirmative Action Plan, oversees its implementation, and reviews employee recruitment, hiring, and other personnel actions.