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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. Learn More >






Spring 2020 EDI Winners Dr. Sherilynn Black, EDI Faculty Award recipient, and Dr. Margaret Muir, EDI Staff Award recipient

EDI Awards honors Dr. Sherilynn Black and Dr. Margaret Muir for their individual contributions and dedication toward enhancing diversity and inclusion within the Duke and Duke Health Community. Learn More >


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Cook Winners 2020

Cook Society Honors Lives Led in Service at Duke and in the Community

Cook Awards honors 'Mickey' Michaux and Duke faculty, staff and students for building stronger communities. Read more on Duke Today >

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Complaints and Concerns

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.

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Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct Education

The Office for Institutional Equity offers tailored educational sessions for Duke deans, administrators, chairs, supervisors, managers, or directors. Topics include how to identify and respond to sexual harassment, dealing with retaliation, and the blurred line between misconduct and challenging behavior.

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Educational Session Form


Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action

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.

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Diversity and Inclusion Services

We work with Duke leaders, managers, faculty, staff, and administrators to help them build a healthy, thriving work environment where all team members feel valued and respected. Our trainings, workshops, presentations, and strategy design services empower learners to work effectively with those who have different worldviews, perspectives, backgrounds, values, and experiences.

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Intake Form


Duke University Health System Educational Diversity Education

The Duke University Health System (DUHS) Diversity Education for Staff course helps health care workers become aware of unconscious biases and stereotypes that may influence their ability to provide patient-centered care. The Duke Health: Empathy, Belonging, and Cultural Education course has been developed using evidence-based research integrating The Joint Commission standards that directly affect patient safety and quality of care. It also uses several adult learning paradigms to encourage self-reflection and group exchanges that align with the health system’s values.

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