Who We Are


Message from the Vice President

Welcome to the Office for Institutional Equity (OIE) website. Our office of specialized professionals are dedicated to serving the Duke University and Duke University Health System communities regarding occupational enrichment through diversity, inclusion, affirmative action, employment equity, harassment prevention, and other work-related initiatives focused on the quality of life and effort at Duke. We hope you find our website helpful.

Benjamin D. Reese, Jr., Psy.D.



Our Mission Statement

Under the auspices of the President, the Office for Institutional Equity provides institutional leadership in enhancing respectful, diverse and inclusive work and learning environments for the Duke Community. We provide a range of services that uphold values of equity and diversity, as well as support compliance efforts in the areas of equal opportunity, affirmative action and harassment prevention.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

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. [More]

Equal Opportunity & Affirmative Action

Duke University's equal opportunity policy is an important part of our compliance with federal and state laws and regulations and more importantly, guides us in our institutional commitment to diversity and fairness. The Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action (EO & AA) programs offers university-wide guidance on Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act, and Title IX of the Education Amendments Act and the Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistant Act. The office serves as the University's liaison the federal government in matters related to contract compliance concerning equal employment opportunity. EO/AA develops the University's Affirmative Action Plan, oversees it implementation, reviews employee recruitment, hiring and other personnel actions. EO/AA also offers technical assistance, consultation and resources for individuals and departments. [More]

Harassment Prevention, Nondiscrimination & Title IX

The Harassment Prevention, Nondiscrimination & Title IX area administers Duke's Harassment Policy. This program is responsible for implementing and monitoring Duke's Harassment Policy and provides advice, assistance and education to individuals and groups on issues concerning harassment prevention and complaint handling.

This program area also addresses gender equity and Title IX issues in the workplace and educational contexts.

Additionally, this program also monitors Duke’s requirement for prompt and equitable resolution of complaints from faculty, students, staff and the public alleging all forms of discrimination, including those based on disability. OIE works in collaboration with the Disability Management System Office and other units to ensure compliance with the American with Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation Act. OIE also provides training to the Duke community related to the ADA and Rehab Act. [More]