Training, Workshops, and Educational Sessions


Duke University's response to the COVID-19 pandemic is focused on the safety of staff, faculty, students, health care providers, and the public we serve. Out of an abundance of caution, the Office for Institutional Equity will hold all OIE investigations, meetings, and workshops remotely via Zoom.



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Duke is committed to support its diverse community by providing a variety of training and workshops designed to help Duke staff comply with university regulations related to discrimination, harassment, sexual misconduct, discrimination, and equal opportunity. The Office for Institutional Equity also offers customized workshops on intercultural education and building cultural competence, anti-racism, the power of diversity, unconscious bias, applied skills in conflict avoidance and resolution, and more. In addition, we provide resources and support specific to the Duke Health community.

Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct Education

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The Office for Institutional Equity offers a tailored, one hour educational sessions about the Policy on Prohibited Discrimination, Harassment, and Related Misconduct and your responsibilities as a Duke administrator, supervisor, manager, director or chair.

In addition to important content, these sessions will utilize case scenarios to facilitate learning focused on the core components of the harassment policy, how to identify sexual harassment, best practices for responding to harassment concerns, reporting requirements, and resources to support you and your department in harassment prevention and compliance.

Retaliation for Supervisors and Managers

Duke is committed to encouraging and sustaining work and learning environments that are free from prohibited discrimination and harassment. Under Duke’s policies, employees are encouraged and have the right to seek support, use available resources, and report concerns. As such, our policies prohibit retaliation against employees for doing so. The Office for Institutional Equity offers a 1-hour session using examples and scenarios to help supervisors and managers identify retaliation and understand their responsibilities to avoid and respond to it.

The Blurred Line Between Misconduct and Challenging Behavior

Daily workplace interactions and practices can lead to situations involving tension, a sense of inequities, or non-compliance with our policies and behavioral expectations. While these situations naturally occur, they can sometimes present challenges. Moreover, it is not unusual for a set of circumstances to involve several dimensions of conduct warranting a myriad of appropriate responses.

To build and enhance skill-sets for identifying and responding to such situations, the Office for Institutional Equity has developed a 1.5 hour educational session for Duke administrators, chairs and deans. Important content is delivered through the use of a case study scenario. Facilitated group discussions with OIE content experts will be the focal point. The case study scenario will include core facts that help participants identify potential issues of challenging behavior and possible violations in policy. The session will help participants identify the components of the various issues and best practices for responding. Available Duke resources that can help in addressing these matters will also be included in the educational session.

Contact Cynthia Clinton, Assistant Vice President for Harassment & Discrimination Prevention and Compliance | Title IX Coordinator, for more information.


Request an Educational Session

Request an educational session with our online Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct Education Request form.


Diversity, Intercultural, and Inclusion Education

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We live, learn, and work in a world that is increasingly diverse. Our diversity adds depth, richness, and excitement to the experience of being a part of the Duke community. As the demographic landscape continues to shift, we receive more opportunities to expand our skills for working effectively with people who have different worldviews, perspectives, backgrounds, values, and experiences. Creating a climate where everyone feels valued, respected, and included is more important than ever.

We partner with leaders, administrators, managers, staff, and faculty across Duke University and Duke University Health System to address these types of questions to help facilitate a climate where all people feel comfortable and will celebrate their differences and similarities so they can truly feel that they “belong at the table." Our staff provide expertise covering an expansive range of dynamic, adult-focused educational workshops and learning solutions for Duke departments and teams to help raise awareness, increase understanding and empathy, and enhance skill development to improve working and learning environments at Duke.

Customized Strategies in Diversity, Belonging, and Inclusion Engagement

We will help you address challenging workplace questions:

  • How do I work successfully with people from a wide variety of backgrounds, age groups, work experiences, values, and beliefs?
  • How can our differences and similarities be understood and leveraged?
  • What does it take to tap into the creativity and innovation inherent in a diverse team environment?
  • What are the skills required to harness the power of multiple viewpoints and different life experiences to increase innovation, creativity, and high-performance results?
  • What are the qualities of an inviting work culture and climate where diversity not only survives but thrives and flourishes?

We partner with leaders, managers, faculty, staff, and administrators across Duke University and Duke University Health System to address questions like these and help create a climate where people, with all of their differences and similarities, truly feel that they “belong at the table."

Leadership & Organizational Development, and Long-term Planning

We offer various tools and approaches to help Duke leaders develop strategic plans that address the evolving needs of their organization. Through assessment tools, coaching, team building, and retreat facilitation, we help teams create environments where everyone feels respected, included, and safe. By implementing a range of tailored approaches and organizational leadership research, we create customized coaching for Duke teams and leaders to help them embrace diversity and sharpen their intercultural awareness in five areas:

  • Team building
  • Workforce culture
  • Strategic planning
  • Student engagement (undergraduate and graduate)
  • Goal setting

We will work with you to focus on your needs and create a customized curriculum that will identify specific outcomes tied to your unit's measurable growth over time. Our program helps prepare the Duke community to reflect and build on a wide range of human experiences, ways of knowing, and practices — all of which are at the core of our leadership and organizational development programs and strategies.

Contact Robert Crouch, Director for Diversity and Inclusion, if you have a questions or would like more information.


Request Training

Request training with our Online Intake Form.


Duke University Health Diversity Education for Staff

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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. Through this course, they recognize how diversity and inclusion, cultural competence, and implicit bias affect their view of patients and colleagues. This training has been developed using evidence-based research integrating The Joint Commission standards that directly affect patient safety and quality of care.

Learn more about the "Duke Health: Empathy, Belonging and Cultural Education II" online modules.


Contact Us

Interested in learning more about or scheduling a DUH diversity educational session?

Email Pamela Bivens, Assistant Director for Diversity and Inclusion