Education

⚠ NOTICE

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 unless otherwise indicated.

 

Education and support on key issues related to diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging

 

NEW Fall 2021 Workshop Series

The Office for Institutional Equity is pleased to announce a series of new workshops designed to provide education and support on key issues related to diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging. The workshops are open to the Duke community, in particular to staff interested in increasing skill and workplace culture in their departments. Registration is required for each session.

DEI Building Blocks: Creating meaning, shared language and manageable action

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.

Facilitated by Leigh-Anne Royster, Assistant Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; Sophia Brelvi, Director of Affirmative Action and Compliance Programs

  • October 25, 2021 | 9:00 AM (90 minutes) | In Person: Gross Hall 270 (50 Max Enrollment) | REGISTER
  • November 8, 2021 | 1:00 PM (90 minutes) | In Person: Penn Pavilion Garden Room (50 Max Enrollment) | REGISTER

Please contact Timothy McDermott if you have any questions or concerns.

 

Discrimination and Harassment: What do I do when I am confronted with a problem in my unit that might be discrimination, harassment or sexual misconduct?

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.

Participants will:

  • 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.

Facilitated by Cynthia Clinton, Assistant Vice President for Harassment & Discrimination Prevention and Compliance, Title IX Coordinator; Ericka Lewis, Deputy Title IX coordinator for Students, Equity Compliance Investigator

  • October 26, 2021 | 1:00 PM (90 minutes) | Virtual Offering (250 Max Enrollment) | REGISTER
  • November 17, 2021 | 9:00 AM (90 minutes) | Virtual Offering (250 Max Enrollment) | REGISTER

Please contact Timothy McDermott if you have any questions or concerns.

 

Equitable Hiring Practices: Strategies for increasing the diversity in your unit and beginning to create a positive climate in which to bring new staff

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
  • Developing a well-rounded shortlist, including appropriate screening questions
  • 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.

Facilitated by Kimberly Hewitt, Vice President for Institutional Equity & Chief Diversity Officer; Sophia Brelvi, Director of Affirmative Action and Compliance Programs

  • October 27, 2021 | 2:00 PM (90 minutes) | Virtual Offering (250 Max Enrollment) | REGISTER
  • November 11, 2021 | 2:00 PM (90 minutes) | Virtual Offering (250 Max Enrollment) | REGISTER

Please contact Timothy McDermott if you have any questions or concerns.

 


 

Evergreen Opportunities

We offer a variety of educational, training, and consulting opportunities. Below are a few of the available topics.

Anti-Racism & Racial Injustice

Racial Injustice and Supporting the Black Community: A Dialogue
This session provides an overview of the association among the terms racial injustice, white privilege, and systemic racism. It includes relevant descriptions, terminology and recent video footage relating to these terms and concepts. The goals of the session are to: (1) provide participants with the opportunity to engage in meaningful dialogue with their colleagues by sharing their personal experiences, feelings, and perspectives in a safe space, and (2) provide suggestions of how they can support the Black community and other marginalized groups in the quest for racial justice. During this session, participants are expected to remain respectful and to help promote healing by sharing their voice and listening to one another with empathy and support.

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Microaggressions

Managing and Responding to Microaggressions: Encouraging Thoughtful & Respectful Interactions
Microaggressions are the everyday verbal, nonverbal, and environmental slights, snubs, or insults, whether intentional or unintentional, which communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative messages to target persons based solely upon their marginalized group membership (Sue 2010). In many cases, these hidden messages may invalidate the group identity or experiential reality of target persons, demean them on a personal or group level, communicate they are lesser human beings, suggest they do not belong with the majority group, threaten, and intimidate, or relegate them to inferior status and treatment. This workshop defines and identifies the different types of microaggressions that may be experienced in the workplace. Strategies and considerations on how to react and respond to microaggressions are discussed. We also explore how we respond as a witness or perpetrator. This will be achieved through dialogue and interactive exercises.

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DUHS Staff Training Modules

Duke Health | Cultural Competence: Building Cultural Awareness, Competence, and Humility
A 20 minute online training offered through the Duke Learning Management System (LMS) designed for current and new Duke Health staff. Questions about this training should be directed to entity HR leader or Pam Bivens.

Duke Health | Human Difference: Implicit Bias, Inclusion and Belonging
A 25 minute online training offered through the Duke Learning Management System (LMS) designed for current and new Duke Health staff. Questions about this training should be directed to entity HR leader or Pam Bivens.

Duke Health | Collecting Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity for Clinical Staff or Collecting Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity for Non-Clinical Staff
A 30 minute online training offered through the Duke Learning Management System (LMS) designed for current and new Duke Health staff. Learners specify whether they are clinical or non-clinical. Questions about this training should be directed to entity HR leader or Pam Bivens.

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Hiring and Supervision

Equitable Search Practices
This workshop engages with search committee members 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, developing a well-rounded shortlist, including appropriate screening questions, incorporating equitable evaluation measures, and 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.

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Coaching and Consultation

The Office for Institutional Equity offers coaching and consultation services to groups and individuals. Through the coaching process, participants are engaged in a series of discussions and activities that assist them in self-examination, cultivating an appreciation of various perspectives, identifying respectful behaviors, and assistance with determining personal responsibility in creating a respectful and inclusive environment in the workplace. Consultation services provide an in-depth assessment and intervention that includes interviews with management, documents and data (corrective actions, performance actions or plans) that reflect workplace climate and behaviors. Vehicles for securing information also include questionnaires, focus groups, educational sessions, and leadership development programs. The coaching model is partly built around reaching consensus of understanding, acceptance and commitment by all involved. Collaboration between the coach/facilitator and coached individual or team on strategies and resolutions are identified, in addition to teh creation of a behavioral expectations plan for the future. Examples of topics and content reviewed during the coaching and consultation process include: Racial Justice, Microaggressions, Implicit Bias, and Respect in the Workplace.

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