Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action

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Equal Opportunity Statement:

Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status. Duke also makes good faith efforts to recruit, hire, and promote qualified women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans.

In accordance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Duke prohibits discrimination based on sex. Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination. Duke has designated a Title IX coordinator in the Office for Institutional Equity.

Our role in equal opportunity and affirmative action

The Office for Institutional Equity is responsible for preparing Duke’s annual Affirmative Action Plan, and for implementing and monitoring the Equal Opportunity Policy. This policy guides our institutional commitment to diversity and fairness regardless of age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status, and prohibits discrimination in all employment transactions. Our primary role is to:

  • Develop and implement Duke's affirmative action programs

  • Conduct federally mandated workforce analysis for faculty and staff

  • Provide consultation services, education, and training

  • Serve as liaison between Duke and the federal and state agencies in areas of contract compliance, reporting, and regulatory matters

Affirmative Action Plan (AAP)

Each year, the Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action section of OIE develops three Affirmative Action Plans (AAPs) not only in accordance with federal regulations, but also to serve as management tools. These Plans include those policies, practices, and procedures that reinforce and ensure our commitment to equal employment opportunity. In addition, these Plans describe Duke’s faculty and staff populations, population trends, and workforce analytics.

The process for developing the Plans allows us to engage in self-analysis and discover any barriers to equal employment opportunity at Duke. The Plans serve as a guide in monitoring progress and developing operational processes to enhance equal opportunity in all sectors of employment at Duke. While complete versions of the affirmative action plans are available to the Duke community upon request, the following are extracts that provide an overview:

Leadership Support

Duke University and Duke Health are committed to affirmative action and fair employment. In our classrooms, clinics, laboratories, offices, and other workplaces, we believe in giving all employees the opportunity to succeed. Our commitment to principles of fairness and respect for all creates a climate that is safe, inclusive, and welcoming for all. We believe in the free and open exchange of ideas and understand that our differences are a source of strength that help foster new advances in education, research and patient care.

Each year we prepare and maintain an affirmative action program in accordance with federal regulations. The process of completing this plan gives us an opportunity to review our institutional policies and shine light onto areas where we have room for improvement in strengthening our commitments.

Since the adoption of Duke's first affirmative action program in 1970, we have made great progress toward making our community diverse and inclusive. However, there is still work to be done. We ask you to carefully review the documents released as part of this year's program, giving particular attention to issues that affect your area of responsibility. Please share the plan with your staff and encourage them to use the information as a tool to develop strategies for addressing equity issues. Our commitment to fostering a workplace in which all members are respected and valued is a fundamental principle of this university's mission, and to realize its full benefit, we all must make it our own personal commitment as well.

Vincent E. Price - President, Duke University

A. Eugene Washington - Chancellor of Health Affairs, President and CEO, Duke Health

February 2019