Equal Opportunity & Affirmative Action


Letter from Richard H. Brodhead & William J. Fulkerson

Ltr from Brodhead and Fulkerson Duke University and Duke University Health System are committed to affirmative action and fair employment. In our classrooms, clinics, offices and other workplaces, we believe in giving everyone the opportunity to succeed. Our commitment to principles of fairness and respect for all creates a climate that is favorable to the free and open exchange of ideas. We know that our differences are a source of strength that help foster new opportunities in education, research and patient care.

Each year we prepare and maintain an Affirmative Action Plan (AAP) in accordance with federal regulations. The process of completing this plan gives us an opportunity to review our institutional policies and shine light onto areas where we have room for improvement in making our commitment to diversity come alive.

Since the adoption of Duke's first affirmative action plan in 1970, we have made great progress toward making our community an inclusive one. However, there is still work to be done. We ask you to review this year's AAP carefully, giving particular attention to issues that affect your area of responsibility. Share the plan with your staff and encourage them to use the information as a tool to develop strategies for addressing equity and diversity issues. Our commitment to diversity is a fundamental principle of this university's mission, and to realize its full benefit, we all must make it our own personal commitment as well.

Thank you.

President Richard H. Brodhead and Dr. William J. Fulkerson
2015 Affirmative Action Plan

Equal Opportunity & Affirmative Action Program

The Office for Institutional Equity is responsible for preparing the University's annual affirmative action plan, and for implementing and monitoring the Equal Opportunity Policy. This Policy guides our institutional commitment to diversity and fairness regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, disability or veteran status, and prohibits discrimination in all employment transactions. Our primary role is to:

  • Develop and implement Duke's affirmative action programs
  • Conduct federally mandated workforce analysis
  • Provide consultation services, education and training
  • Serve as liaison between Duke and the federal and state agencies in areas of contract compliance, reporting and regulatory matters.


Affirmative Action Plans (AAP)

In addition to complying with federal regulations, the annual affirmative action plans (AAP) for Duke University and Duke University Health System define an affirmative action program as a management tool. The plans include those policies, practices and procedures that we implement to ensure equal employment opportunity. The process for developing the plans allows us to engage in self-analysis for the purpose of discovering any barriers to equal employment opportunity. The plans serve as a guide in monitoring progress and developing operational processes to enhance equal opportunity in all sectors of employment at Duke University and Duke University Health System.

Federal Laws on Employment Discrimination

As a federal contractor and recipient of federal funds, Duke University and Duke University Health System are subject to laws and regulations set forth by the federal government to address discrimination in employment decisions on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, disability, national origin, or veteran status.

Managing Diversity at Duke: A Toolkit for Managers

Tools such as recruitment checklists, forms, and best practices, are available to managers and hiring professionals at Duke.

Other Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Resources