Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

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Fostering an Inclusive Environment

We live, learn, and work in a world that is increasingly diverse, and it’s our diversity that adds depth, richness and excitement to the experience of being a part of the Duke community.  

As the demographic landscape continues to shift and expand on both a national and global level, so too the opportunities to expand our individual and collective knowledge, understanding and skills for working effectively with people who may have different world views, perspectives, backgrounds, values and experiences than our own. Creating a climate where everyone feels valued, respected and included is more important than ever.


A Message from OIE...

In alignment with our mission, the Office for Institutional Equity
is committed to respectful dialogue and the fostering of a diverse and inclusive community.
Although recent campus, local, national, and international issues may prove challenging,
sharing different perspectives can foster a more dynamic and inclusive community.
However, to truly promote understanding and education, this sharing of different
perspectives must respect the dignity and worth of each human
being and reflect the wide range of human
experiences, beliefs, and practices.



How We Can Help

We offer wide-ranging services that help address questions such as these that can arise in the minds of managers and staff alike:

  • How do you 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 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 a work culture and climate where diversity not only survives and is tolerated but also thrives and flourishes?

We partner with leaders, managers, faculty, staff and administrators across Duke University and Duke University Health System to address questions such as these in order to help create a climate where people, across all of their differences and similarities, truly feel that they have a "place at the table" that really matters.

When we understand, respect and utilize the collection of similarities and differences available in the Duke community and tap our diversity to creatively solve complex problems and address shared goals, the possibilities are limitless.

Diversity Toolkit

The "Diversity Toolkit" has been compiled as part of OIE’s ongoing effort to provide resources to the whole Duke community, including all staff, faculty, and students across the University and the Health System. Each and every one of us carries responsibility for our workplace culture and educational climate at Duke. The toolkit can be used as an adjunct to the educational programs OIE already offers to departments and teams, or as a resource in developing strategies and plans to improve inclusion and engagement within a new initiative. The Diversity Toolkit provides links to publications (books, journals, reports, etc.), as well as links to electronic sources (websites, blogs, etc.). In the rapidly evolving field of diversity and inclusion, it is critically important that higher education and healthcare professionals keep abreast of research, new theories and approaches to diversity and inclusion, as well as strategies to enhance equity and high performance within the educational, healthcare and work environments of Duke. We will regularly expand the resources within this Diversity Toolkit, so we hope that you will visit it often and share its content with your colleagues. We also welcome your feedback about its usefulness and/or other resources that we might include.

Education, Facilitation and Consultation

Our staff provides consultation, needs assessment, strategy design, coaching and a range of dynamic educational workshops and learning solutions designed to raise awareness, increase understanding and enhance skill development to optimize the working and learning environments at Duke.

Workshops, retreats and presentations are customized to address a broad range of diversity and inclusion topics including:

  • Creating an inclusive and respectful workplace
  • Cross-cultural communication (including intercultural awareness)
  • Leading and managing diverse teams
  • Sex and gender diversity education
  • Breaking the cycle of subtle bias, stereotypes, prejudice and discrimination
  • Developing diversity leadership teams and committees
  • Search committee strategies for identifying qualified, diverse talent pools and conducting an equitable process

Our efforts address various dimensions of diversity through enhancing, developing and sustaining a climate of inclusion in which people feel valued and respected.

If you are interested in tapping the expertise of our office for the area you manage, you can contact Paul James, Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion division of our office. He will direct you to the most suitable resource person on our staff for the desired areas of growth and enhancement.