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.
Our Mission Statement
Under the auspices of the president, the Office for Institutional Equity provides institutional leadership in enhancing respectful, diverse, and inclusive work and learning environments for the Duke community.
We offer a range of services that uphold values of equity and diversity as well as support compliance efforts in the areas of equal opportunity, affirmative action, and harassment prevention.
Harassment Prevention, Nondiscrimination, and Title IX
Cynthia Clinton, Vice President for Harassment Prevention and Nondiscrimination
Title IX Coordinator
Ericka Lewis, Equal Opportunity Compliance Investigator
Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Students
Responds to protected-class-based discrimination, harassment including sexual misconduct matters. This area also implements and monitors Duke’s harassment and discrimination policies. We provide advice, assistance, and education to individuals and groups concerning harassment prevention and non-discrimination, including handling complaints. We also address gender equity in the workplace and classroom, working to ensure that Duke complies with Title IX, a federal law banning sex discrimination.
Reporting an Incident
Use the confidential online Incident Reporting tool to provide OIE with preliminary information concerning incidents of protected status harassment, discrimination and related misconduct involving students, faculty, or staff. OIE will respond to all submissions regardless of the nature of the report, and will forward it to the office responsible for addressing it, as appropriate. Though the form may be submitted anonymously, Duke University cannot provide supportive measures (such as academic accommodations, no-contact orders, safe housing options, changes of work schedules) with anonymous submissions. In addition, anonymous reports may also impact the University's ability to investigate and/or take disciplinary action
Affirmative Action Programs, Inclusive Hiring & Promotion Practices and Data Gathering
Sophia Brelvi, Director of Affirmative Action and Compliance Programs
The Office for Institutional Equity is responsible for preparing Duke’s three annual Affirmative Action Plans and for implementing and strategies and policies for inclusive hiring, recruitment, and retention practices. These practices and policies guide 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 prohibit discrimination in all employment transactions.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Leigh-Anne Royster, Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Robert Crouch, Director for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Pam Bivens, Assistant Director for Diversity & Inclusion
The diversity, equity, and inclusion area provides consultation, needs assessment, strategy design, coaching, educational workshops, and learning solutions related to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We also offer the Duke University Health System (DUHS) Diversity Education for Staff course to improve patient-centered care. Our programs are designed to raise awareness, increase understanding, and enhance skill development to optimize the working and learning environments at Duke.