Mission Statement

The Office for Institutional Equity (OIE) provides education and support for the Duke University and Duke Health community to advance Duke's shared values of respect, trust, inclusion, discovery, and excellence. OIE responds to and supports the prevention of complaints of discrimination, harassment and sexual misconduct. OIE also publishes the annual Affirmative Action Program and can provide education, data and other resources to support hiring and promotion practices to encourage diversity. Finally, the office offers outreach, education, team building & coaching, and diversity publications in support of the Duke community. OIE collaborates internally and externally to best leverage its resources to support all students, staff and faculty at Duke.


In 1972, Chancellor John S. Blackburn created the Equal Opportunity Office to ensure university compliance with equal opportunity and affirmative action legislation. The office, directed by George S. Kantor, reported to the Chancellor until 1985. The office was renamed the Opportunity Development Center in 1982. Three years later, President Keith Brodie abolished the office but appointed former director Dolores S. Burke as Special Assistant to the President, who later became Special Advisor to the Executive Vice President for Administration, to oversee the defunct office's functions. In 1995, President Nannerl Keohane established the Office of the Vice President for Institutional Equity, which became the Office for Institutional Equity in the 2004/2005 academic year.