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Educational Resources on Difference

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. It also uses several adult learning paradigms to encourage self-reflection and group exchanges that align with the health system’s values.



Staff Diversity Training

New Course Name, “Duke Health: Empathy, Belonging and Cultural Education”

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  • Course Name: Duke Health: Empathy, Belonging and Cultural Education
  • Course Code: LA_JA180206

Staff will be provided with a new and timely awareness and understanding of diversity and inclusion and belonging, cultural competence, implicit bias, microaggressions, and the utility of the CultureVision™ tool to deliver patient-centered, culturally competent and safe care.

In support of improving patient care, the Duke University Health System Department of Clinical Education and Professional Development is accredited by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), to provide continuing education for the health care team.

DUHS is accredited by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) and is authorized to issue the IACET CEU.

Duke University Health System Department of Clinical Education and Professional Development designates this live activity for a maximum of 2.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nurse CE: Duke University Health System Department of Clinical Education and Professional Development designates this activity for up to 2.25 credit hours for nurses. Nurses should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in this activity.

Pharmacy: Duke University Health System Department of Clinical Education and Professional Development designates this knowledge-based activity for a maximum of 2.25 ACPE credit hours. Universal Activity Number: 0851-0000-17-192-L04-P




CultureVision Tutorial

CultureVision is an online database that gives Duke caregivers access to information about 75 ethnic groups, religious groups, and additional communities for use in providing culturally competent patient care. The Office for Institutional Equity provides subscriptions for Duke doctors, nurses, and other patient-facing caregivers for easy online access while on a Duke Health System campus location using a PIN station or any computer that is part of the Duke Health intranet. The video below provides a step-by-step guide for accessing and using CultureVision.

Subscribe to the CultureVision Newsletter that helps Duke Health professionals stay informed about news, events, programs, and issues surrounding diversity, equity, and inclusion in the health system and beyond.

See earlier newsletters CultureVision communications, including newsletters and announcements, here.



Contact Us

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

Email Pamela Bivens, Diversity & Inclusion Educator

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DUHS Diversity Committee Lunch & Learns

Are you interested in learning more about diversity, inclusion, and intercultural awareness? Duke Lunch & Learn Sessions are are great way to join an interactive session that's focused on creating authentic dialogue around a variety of topics. If you have more information about Lunch and Learns within the Duke community, please email Pam Bivens.


Special Seminars and Other Events

Date   Event Title
Mondays   Weekly Guided Meditation Sessions | 12:30-1:00 PM | Duke Cancer Center Quiet Room
Nov 11, 2019   Our Stake as White People in Racial Justice | Durham Regional Hospital
Nov 14, 2019   2019 OIE Informational Breakfast | Durham Regional Hospital


Continuing Education Articles

Volunteer DUHS staff diversity educators receive continuing education articles, with vocabulary words and their definitions. Selected articles are from scholarly clinical and other journals, reputable news outlets, etc. For example, articles include ‘Cultural Competence: Glimpsing the World Through Our Patient’s Eyes as We Guide Their Care,’ ‘What’s Race Got to Do With Medicine?,’ ‘The Importance of Diversity in Nursing: Breaking Down Stereotypes and Inclusivity Barriers,‘ and ‘In Focus: Reducing Racial Disparities in Health Care by Confronting Racism.’ Diversity-focused vocabulary comes from interest organizations’ glossaries, universities, on-line dictionaries, etc. Some vocabulary words include atavism, bear, demi-sexual, ethnorelativism, femme, gender variant, sapphic, and tribalism.

Access the articles here


Intercultural Education Resources

Duke Global Map

The Duke International Patient Services Office for the Duke Hospital Diversity Committee, TAPESTRY, created a Duke Global Map that shows the diversity of Duke Health employees. To contribute to the map, place your phone in camera mode and scan the QR code below. It will pull a link to the Diversity Map Participation Form. Complete the fields and submit.


You may have heard of intersectionality - "the theory that the overlap of various social identities, such as race, gender, and sexuality, contributes to the systemic oppression and discrimination experienced by an individual" - but don't know how to compare your level of oppression with others. Now, you can!

Intersectionality Score Calculator
Adjust the sliders according to your identity factors to determine your intersectionality score. You can use it to know who is more marginalized.

Professor Kimberlé Crenshaw began to use the word “intersectionality” to deal with the fact that many of our social justice problems like racism and sexism are often overlapping, creating multiple levels of social injustice.” TEDWomen 2016, “The Urgency of Intersectionality” (Run Time: 18:48)

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