Learning Opportunities

Please explore this menu of learning options that have been vetted and approved by The Office of Diversity and Inclusion as foundational elements for Dismantling Racism and Advancing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for leaders in the School of Medicine.

(Target Audience: SoM Leaders, Faculty, Staff)

The School of Medicine's Office of Diversity & Inclusion is excited to announce two upcoming opportunities to participate in “Teaching & Leading Equity NOW” – our encore racial equity workshop series designed to ground participants in a shared language, a shared framework, and a shared history to inform strong racial equity practices.

To date five cohorts (~350+ staff, faculty and learners across SoM) have partaken in this dynamic seminar series originally piloted in 2020 in partnership with the CTSI. Facilitated by content experts Drs. Tema Okun and Krista Robinson-Lyles, each 2.5 hour virtual workshop is designed to be interactive and uses a blended learning approach including reflection, large and small group discussion, application and integration to one’s work/role.

  • Cohort 6: February 2, 9, 16, and February 23, 2022 from 8:00 am - 10:30 am
  • Cohort 7: March 30, April 6, 13, and April 20, 2022 from 8:00 am - 10:30 am

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    • Session 1: Community Building & Defining Racism This initial workshop begins the task of building the learning community as it delves into defining racism as more than personal, as institutional, cultural, systemic and pervasive.
    • Session 2: History and Lessons for Today Examines how our history brought us to this moment as well as what we can learn from history in the form of racial equity principles to guide strong anti-racist practice.
    • Session 3: The Three Expressions of Racism Offers an analytical framework for understanding how racism and white supremacy operate. This framework is also useful for considering how to collectively embed and apply a racial equity lens.
    • Session 4: Onward: Application for Dismantling Racism The concluding workshop invites participants to raise questions and concerns as they apply what they have learned to their practice, teaching, mentoring and work environments by providing facilitated space for problem-solving and planning. 

    (Target Audience: Duke Health Leaders, Managers & Supervisors)

    The Foundations program will focus on self-reflection of racism, how to address microaggressions and other difficult situations at work, best practices for being an upstander, and action planning to make a difference in your circle of influence. The goal is to strengthen your capabilities in leading others so they are empowered to make changes and hold difficult conversations within the team, your communities, and at home. These cohort discussions, resources, and application journal are offered to provide a safe space for learning, dialogue and growing together as leaders.

    Attend a series of four 1-hour facilitator-led, cohort sessions to explore race and social justice issues. You will be with the same cohort for all sessions to explore and learn together in an environment of trust. Multiple session series are currently available in January and February 2022.

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    Learning Goals

    • Create a brave space for you to “lean in” and have an honest dialogue about race
    • Help you become more aware of your level of racial competence
    • Learn how to frame a conversation about race with your team
    • Practice in a safe space with potential difficult discussions
    • Inspire you to take action and keep learning how racism lives in us and in the world


    • Session 1: Locating Ourselves and Beginning the Journey
    • Session 2: Developing a Shared Language and Widening our Lenses
    • Session 3: Leaning In and Speaking Up
    • Session 4: Building Support and a Plan for What's Next

    NOTE: Sessions will build on one another and be enriched by consistent attendance from all cohort members. Please plan to attend each session! Session details and logistics communication will be sent from the DHLeadersThrive@Duke.edu mailbox.

    (Target AudienceDuke Health Leaders, Managers & Supervisors who have completed the Foundations Course OR Teaching & Leading Equity Now)

    As leaders of Duke Health, we are responsible for setting the direction and culture of our community. It is imperative that we show solidarity in countering racism and health disparities. The cohort sessions, partner dialogues, and accompanying resources and accompanying application guide are offered to provide a safe space for learning, dialogue, and growing together as Leaders at Duke.

    The goal of the Advanced Course is to build on the Foundations course to strengthen your capabilities to lead others so collectively you are empowered to make changes on the team, within your communities, and at home. During a time that is testing the longstanding traditions of society, our hope is that you have the tools that you need to be the change you want to see in the world.

    Attend a series of four 90 minute facilitator-led, cohort sessions. You will be with the same cohort for all sessions to explore and learn together in an environment of trust. Multiple session series are currently available in January and February 2022. 

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    Learning Goals:

    • Engage with colleagues in a brave space for you to “lean in” and have an honest dialogue about race
    • Deepen your awareness of your level of racial competence
    • Learn new tools for growing your racial competence, including both recognition and intervention skills
    • Expand your understanding of race and racism through an historic lens
    • Practice with potentially difficult discussions in a safe space
    • Develop your skills for holding people accountable and encouraging their racial development

    Attend a series of four 90-minute facilitator-led, cohort sessions.  You will be with the same cohort for all sessions to explore and learn together in an environment of trust.


    • Session 1: Building our Cohort to Deepen the Journey
    • Session 2: Widening our Lenses to Include Racial History
    • Session 3: More Skills and Practice in Leaning In and Speaking Up
    • Session 4: Building Support and a Plan for What's Next

    Duke is committed to rigorous, equitable, and inclusive searches to recruit and hire the most talented faculty. A redesigned online workshop, formerly known as Inclusive Faculty Searches, is offered for all faculty search committee members, search committee chairs and administrators supporting the search. This workshop is organized in partnership with the Office for Institutional Equity. Sessions are led by colleagues and experts who are available to assist departments with different aspects of the search, as well as share resources, strategies and best practices for each stage of the process. 

    Next session is Thursday November 18th, 9-12pm


    Join an Rx Racial Healing Circle to promote racial healing and relationship-building. Participants will engage in a storytelling experience to work toward dismantling racism by embracing our common humanity. Jettisoning the belief in a human hierarchy is a process of “unlearning” as much as learning. Racial healing workshops and experiences can be helpful in this unlearning process. They have been successfully used with thousands of people over several decades.

    Next Session is November 8th 2-4pm and is coordinated by the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences Inclusion & Power Dynamics Series.


    Additional sessions for SoM audiences will be scheduled upon request. Contact: ODI@duke.edu

    (Target Audience:  Managers Who Lead Teams)

    This interactive full day virtual workshop facilitated by The Management Center helps managers incorporate an equity lens in applying practices such as giving feedback, developing staff, delegating projects and responsibilities, and managing up.  Feedback shared from previous SoM participants includes:

    • Practical tips, excellent examples and direct application to our work environment”
    • “Frank discussion about implicit biases and favoritism filters”
    • “The skills are very actionable in a day-to-day setting”
    • “The more I am confident in good management skills the more I can use them outside of my circles of comfort and familiarity”

    Sessions for SoM audiences will be scheduled upon request. Contact: ODI@duke.edu

    REI’s two-day Phase 1 training is designed to develop the capacity of participants to better understand racism in its institutional and structural forms. Moving away from a focus on personal bigotry and bias, this workshop presents a historical, cultural, and structural analysis of racism. With shared language and a clearer understanding of how institutions and systems are producing unjust and inequitable outcomes, participants should leave the training better equipped to begin to work for change.


    Triangle-area REI trainings

    Once registered, please send a copy of your registration confirmation information to ODI@duke.edu

    What is the Racial Equity Learning Arc? The Racial Equity Learning Arc is a cohort-based series of workshops developed and facilitated by Alexa Broderick of The Equity Paradigm that is open to Duke staff and faculty who have completed the Racial Equity Institute’s Phase I workshop, Teaching & Leading Equity Now, (or a near equivalent). This six-session series is intended to connect people within a community to build on foundational knowledge to further develop critical consciousness around issues of race.

    Key objectives for the 6-session Learning Arc:

    1. Establish and continue building a shared language and socio-historical context around race, equity, and inclusion (developed in REI Phase I) that creates the conditions for faculty and staff members to operate in meaningful ways that disrupt inequity
    2. Provide opportunities to expand Duke’s learning community around racial equity
    3. Deeply examine the relationship between power and whiteness, and interrogate the ways in which racism and white supremacy manifest in outcomes and experiences individually, interpersonally, institutionally, systemically, and culturally
    4. Draw connections between personal lived experiences, norms and behaviors to the broader context of structural power, privilege and oppression
    5. Build competency around anti-racist organizational development and begin developing goals and strategies that holistically improve equitable outcomes and experiences in offices and programs across Duke

    The Equity Paradigm is a group of diversity practitioners, adult learning facilitators, researchers, organizers, change agents, and passionate social justice activists who are dedicated to equipping mission-driven leaders and organizations with the language, tools, mindsets and strategies for holistically advancing equity in their spheres of influence. In doing so, we focus on building context through a historical and systemic analysis of the disparities and social ills plaguing our society, allowing our clients to develop more meaningful and impactful solutions and approaches to their most complex challenges.

    Sessions for SoM audiences will be scheduled upon request. Contact: ODI@duke.edu

    Duke P.R.I.D.E. Training is the Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity’s (CSGD) signature educational program aimed at increasing awareness of issues impacting those with marginalized sexual orientations, gender identities and gender expressions (SOGIE). All members of the Duke community, including students, staff, and faculty, may attend. 

    As a whole, Duke P.R.I.D.E. training addresses intersectionality and acknowledges multiple identities including race/ethnicity, nationality and religion throughout the training. It is designed to equip individuals with helpful tools to assist them with responding to and dismantling cissexism and heterosexism at Duke and beyond.

    The newly revamped training will consists of 4 one-hour-thirty minute foundational training sessions:  

    1. Foundational Training 1: On Language and Identities
      Focuses on language, terminology, and the complexity of identity in relation to other marginalized identities alongside marginalized sexual orientation, romantic orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions.
    2. Foundational Training 2: On Privilege and Oppression
      Further explores systems of privilege and oppression and how they support and uphold allosexism, cissexism, and heterosexism alongside other systems that benefit some at the expense of others.
    3. Foundational Training 3: On Allyship and Action
      Provides concrete actions one can take to provide tangible support, engage in advocacy, and move towards greater social equity for individuals with marginalized sexual orientations, romantic orientations, gender identity, and gender expressions.
    4. Foundational Training 4: On OurStory: Past, Present and Future
      Retells the whitewashed history of modern LGBTQIA+ movements in ways that unearth and center the voices of the trans women and people of color who birthed them and concludes with envisioning a more equitable future.

    Sessions for SoM audiences will be scheduled upon request. Contact: ODI@duke.edu