OIE Diversity Newslinks

Diversity Newslinks is a bi-monthly web-based publication of the Duke University Office for Institutional Equity and provides up-to-date information related to issues of diversity, inclusion and cultural competence in healthcare, higher education and areas that impact our workplaces and communities. We cover a broad range of topics and provide a balance of theory and practical advice. Monthly book reviews are also included in each issue. Please subscribe to be notified when a new issue is released.

Highlights from the May/June Issue

Book of the Month

How I Shed My Skin: Unlearning the Lessons of a Racist Childhood by Jim Grimsley

How I Shed My Skin: Unlearning the Lessons of a Racist Childhood

By Jim Grimsley

Publisher: Algonquin Books
Publication Date: 4/14/2015

“White people declared that the South would rise again. Black people raised a fist and chanted for Black Power. Somehow we negotiated a space between those poles and learned to sit in classrooms together . . . Lawyers, judges, adults declared that the days of separate schools were over, but we were the ones who took the next step. History gave us a piece of itself. We made of it what we could.” —Jim Grimsley

Brief review in our May/June issue.

May Is . . .

May is Asian-Pacific American History Month

Asian-Pacific American History Month

Asian-Pacific Americans have made enormous contributions to American society and culture through their patriotism, inventions and hard work in countless endeavors. May is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month – a celebration of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States.

The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the generations of Asian and Pacific Islanders who have enriched America’s history and are instrumental in its future success. [More in May/June issue]

Duke Spotlight

Duke Law panel audience

A Panel Discussion on Police Brutality & Race at Duke Law

Streamed live on Sep 15, 2014

Sparked by the Michael Brown shooting in Missouri, a panel was held at Duke Law, sponsored by the Black Law Students Association and the Center on Law, Race, & Politics.

Panelists included Dr. Mark Anthony Neal, Professor of Black Popular Culture in the Department of African & African-American Studies at Duke University; Dr. Karla Holloway, Professor of English, Law, and Women's Studies; Daryl Atkinson, attorney with the Southern Coalition for Social Justice (SCSJ); Melvin Tucker, criminal justice and litigation consultant for law enforcement cases. [More in May/June issue]


At the end of April, the Office for Institutional Equity released online training on sexual harassment and sexual violence for all Duke employees. The objectives for the training were to help employees identify sexual and related misconduct as defined by Duke's policies, understand how to report misconduct directed towards them, and understand their responsibilities for reporting possible misconduct by students. The training for supervisors and managers also explained their additional responsibilities regarding how to respond to reports of sexual misconduct and related misconduct involving students or employees. Departments or offices interested in additional training on this topic--or on any issue related to discrimination or harassment--should contact OIE at 919-684-8222.

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