The Office for Institutional Equity has designed educational topics to help build and maintain an inclusive and welcoming environment at Duke. The instructional themes are intended to raise understanding of diversity, equity, and inclusion issues while also deepening engagement with and between individuals throughout the Duke community. Race, ethnicity, gender equity, gender identity, religion, language, abilities/disabilities, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, immigrant experience, age, federal regulations, Duke policies & procedures, and other dimensions of diversity have all been considered when building the curriculum. This results in carefully constructed educational offerings that weave together respect for a diverse range of backgrounds, identities, and community experiences.
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This interactive workshop focuses on foundational concepts related to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and skill building toward culture change. Participants will:
- Engage terms and definitions related to building inclusive and equitable communities.
- Understand how DEI concepts relate to workplace culture and community building.
- Apply understanding of concepts to real-world examples.
- Develop individual and collective action strategies for implementing change.
Designed for staff, student, and faculty learners.
This session is designed for individuals who serve on DEI committees in their units. At least two members of a unit’s DEI committee must attend the session together.
This session engages in activities to deepen the relationships between committee members and offers frameworks for strategic planning. Participants will engage in skill-building around foundational DEI planning and/or advancing DEI plans to the next level.
The Office for Institutional Equity provides several resources related to compliance, including strategies to support alignment with the provisions of the Duke Policy on Prohibited Discrimination, Harassment and Related Misconduct (the Policy). One resource is training and educational workshops that focus on the Policy, its procedures and its reporting obligations. In this workshop, participants will receive content, as well as opportunities to engage in an interactive manner that reinforces the learning content. Participants will receive relevant information about the Policy’s scope, what are various types of prohibited conduct, how to recognize conduct that might implicate the Policy, prohibited retaliation, reporting obligations and how to encourage a work and/or learning environment that aligns with the Policy. The workshop will also include an overview of the various complaint handling procedures.
- Engage in a variety of interactive exercises that involve real life scenarios.
- Engage in opportunities for real time responses to Policy-related situations and/or video content.
- They will receive material designed to equip them with the knowledge to utilize resources (such as OIE).
- And they will learn techniques to initially respond to reported concerns or conduct in an appropriate manner.
Designed for staff, student, and faculty learners.
This workshop engages with search practices, including search committees on equitable practices throughout the search process. Participants will be better equipped to proactively implement beneficial strategies pertaining to:
- Recruiting a diverse candidate pool
- Assessing positive and negative biases
- Understanding resources OIE can provide to support your search
- Incorporating equitable evaluation measures
- Exploring best practices that are congruous with departmental and institutional priorities
The topics and techniques covered in this workshop are beneficial for those tasked with making recruitment and retention decisions.
Designed for staff and faculty learners.
This session will cover general information about generational diversity. Participants will learn about the general characteristics attributed to generational differences and how they may impact workplace engagement. Particular attention will be devoted to more recent generational and workplace developments related to changes in technology, access, values, and skills. Participants will engage in activities that will help them develop capacity for identifying assumptions and expectations that may be connected to their generation, build skills for addressing any generational differences that cause concern or conflict, and examine strategies for creating more inclusive and effective intergenerational workplaces.
This session will help participants understand and practice cultural humility to be better equipped to communicate across differences. It is designed to be an introspective session focused on individual exploration and relational skill building. Participants will examine their own social identities, views, perspectives, and values to better understand their unique lenses with respect to their engagement in the world. Participants will practice dialogues across differences to build capacity in cultural humility. Participants should be prepared to share their own identity and experiences in this session.
This session will cover foundational principles of racial inequity as they show up in the characteristics of a culture (it will not explore the development and/or activity of hate groups). Participants will learn from examples of how interrupting racial inequity operates in general, as well as how individuals are socialized around principles of interrupting racial inequity. Participants will utilize activities to think about ways to disrupt racial inequity and shift towards deeper introspection that builds empathy and understanding.
This session will utilize the foundational principles of interrupting racial inequity taught in session I. (It will not explore the development and/or activity of hate groups). Participants will learn from examples of how interrupting racial inequity operates in general, as well as how it is enacted specifically within workplaces. Participants will utilize activities to think about ways to disrupt racial inequity and shift towards deeper inclusion that helps build equity throughout the workplace.
This session will offer general information about considerations for how gender and sexuality show up in everyday workplace practices. Participants will receive foundational terminology related to various aspects of the LGBTQIA+ community including a specific focus on gender identity and expression, pronoun use, and workplace inclusion considerations. Participants will engage with interactive work around creating inclusive and equitable environments specifically related to diversity in sexuality and gender identity.
This session will offer general information about health considerations related to serving the LGBTQIA+ community. Participants will receive foundational information about health disparities and diversity of health approaches/needs related to sexual and gender identity. Participants will engage with interactive work around creating inclusive and equitable health and healing experiences specifically related to sexuality and gender identity.
This session will offer foundational information about microaggressions and implicit bias. In this interactive session participants will learn how to define these and related terms and how to understand and address issues of bias as they show up in the workplace within our Duke community. Participants will have an opportunity for skill building around response and prevention of microaggressions in our community and will develop a deeper understanding about how to recognize and intentionally challenge implicit bias.
This session will cover the foundational concepts of ableism. Ableism is the structural oppression of groups and individuals based on ability and/or disability. This session will discuss how ableism exists as a system and manifests in the workplace and our communities. Types of diversity in ability such as neurodiversity and physical differences will be discussed. This session will also touch on disability justice. Participants will engage activities to deepen their knowledge about ableism and approaches to disrupting structural barriers that persist to exclude groups based on different abilities.
This session will cover the basic principles of a Trauma Informed Approach in the workplace. Trauma Informed Approaches have been shown to reduce turnover, build team cohesion and productivity, reduce health concerns and disparities, and contribute to equity/inclusion in the workplace. Participants will learn about the foundational principles of Trauma Informed Approaches and how they can be useful in leadership and supervisory roles. Participants will learn of examples for employing trauma informed approaches in their supervision and leadership. Participants will also have opportunities for practice and skill building utilizing a trauma informed lens.
This session will cover foundational concepts around trans* identity. Participants will explore gender identity and threats to inclusion around diversity in gender identity and expression. The session will also examine transphobia and cissexism. Participants will engage in activities that will help them take the next steps in their work and/or community/personal lives toward inclusion and equity development specific to gender identity, expression, and medical care.