Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action

Duke is committed to creating a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. One way we do this is by upholding federal laws that promote equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, sex, or age.

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 race, color, religion, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, sex, age, or genetic information, 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)

In addition to complying with federal regulations, we create an annual affirmative action plan (AAP) for Duke University and Duke University Health System. The plans include those policies, practices, and procedures we implement to ensure equal employment opportunity.

The process for developing the plans allows us to engage in self-analysis and discover any barriers to equal employment opportunity. The plans serve as a guide in monitoring progress and developing operational processes to enhance equal opportunity in all sectors of employment at Duke. View an executive summary of our current plans:

Duke’s President, Chancellor, and Senior Leadership Support Duke’s Commitment to Providing an Equitable Workplace

Duke University and Duke University Health System are committed to affirmative action and fair employment. In our classrooms, clinics, offices, and other workplaces, we believe in giving everyone the opportunity to succeed. Our commitment to principles of fairness and respect for all helps create a climate that is safe 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 opportunities in education, research, and patient care.

Each year we prepare and maintain an Affirmative Action Program (AAP) 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 making our commitment to diversity come alive.

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 review this AAP carefully, giving particular attention to issues that affect your area of responsibility. Share the plan with your staff and encourage them to use the information as a tool to develop strategies for addressing equity and diversity 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 must make it our own personal commitment as well.

Thank you.

President Richard H. Brodhead and Dr. A. Eugene Washington