Learn about EDI

Be open to learn, unlearn, and relearn.

Duke University School of Medicine and the Duke community offer a variety of opportunities to improve your understanding of equity, diversity, and inclusion.  

Please explore this menu of learning options that have been vetted and approved by the Office of Equity, Diversity & Inclusion as foundational elements for dismantling racism and advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion for staff, faculty, and learners in the School of Medicine. 

Learning Opportunities

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. You may request an Rx Healing Circle for your Department, Center, or unit. 

Request an Rx Racial Healing Circle   

Additional sessions for School of Medicine audiences will be scheduled upon request.  

Duke students, faculty, and staff can access the entire LinkedIn Learning online training library anytime, anywhere. 

Key LinkedIn Learning features include more than 13,000 courses covering business, technology, and creative topics, an easy-to-use interface, a personalized learning experience powered by the LinkedIn network, a Q&A feature that fosters interactive peer-to-peer and learner-to-instructor learning across LinkedIn's 590M+ professional community. 

The LinkedIn Learning Library contains more than 100 courses and learning paths focusing on equity, diversity, and inclusion, including: 

Access LinkedIn Learning's entire library using your NetID  

Join colleagues from medical schools across the nation as we learn from Icahn School of Medicine, Mount Sinai. 

Their national “Chats for Change” (C4C) series focuses on providing helpful tools to disrupt racism and create new structures and mental models that are anti-racist or anti-oppressive. These sessions are packed full of rich anti-racism content that we can all benefit from. 

Review scheduled chats and register 

Our Mt. Sinai colleagues have also have graciously extended an open invitation to its Transformational Tools Workshop Series. These workshops are open to anyone invested in transformational, anti-racist, and systemic change at their institutions. Although these sessions are designed to build on one another, they can also be used independently. 

See upcoming workshops 

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:  

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

About REI

Triangle-area REI trainings

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.

The Personal Work of Racial Justice is a two-day workshop series designed to clarify and support the internal personal work we need to do in order to live into our commitment to racial justice facilitated by content experts Drs. Krista Robinson-Lyles & Tema Okun.

This series is for you if you would like to:

  • take a deep dive into the personal practice of racial justice;
  • engage in deep reflection about your personal commitment to racial justice and equity and how we live into that commitment;
  • engage in and draw from somatic practices, including working with the breath, silence, journaling, guided visualization, and music;
  • meet and collaborate in small and large group formats;
  • engage with reading and other support materials;
  • translate reflection into action; 
  • come ready to offer vulnerability and take appropriate risks, as well as deepen your individual and collective understanding of how we care for ourselves and each other as we work for racial justice.

Prerequisites: Attendance at one if not more basic workshops on how white supremacy and racism operate. If you are wondering what white supremacy is (beyond the Proud Boys and the KKK) and/or how it applies to you, this is not yet the workshop for you. Participants need some experience intentionally navigating white supremacy culture, some level of awareness related to the rage, hurt, shame, defensiveness, and other emotions that racial (in)justice provokes, as well as some experience naming and wrestling with the contradictions that this work requires. 

An application is required to participate in this workshop. 

Respectful use of gender-affirming language is essential to providing inclusive healthcare for the LGBTQ+ community. 

Quality Interactions offers a free mini-course to boost your LGBTQ cultural competency and help you and your staff deliver inclusive care in a welcoming environment. Use this 15-minute module to enhance your understanding of respectful pronoun use in patient interactions.

Take free mini course on LGBTQ+ pronoun use.

The Teaching for Equity Fellowship (TFEF) is a year-long series of intensive professional development workshops that equip educators with tools for engaging diverse groups of learners in classrooms, clinics, and other learning spaces. 

Workshops are specifically designed to prepare participants to address important teaching and mentoring topics that center around race and identity. TFEF fellows gain advanced skills and strategies to create more equitable, diverse, and inclusive learning cultures where all learners can thrive. 

The Teaching for Equity Fellowship has been running at Duke University since 2015, including faculty cohorts from all the professional schools and specific cohorts for Health Professions Educators in the Schools of Medicine and Nursing. 

Teaching for Equity Fellows: 

  • Learn concrete skills and strategies to teach and support learners from diverse backgrounds; 
  • Gain practical experiences alongside peer educators with individual feedback from experts on how to effectively navigate topics about race and identity across learning environments; 
  • Acquire facilitation techniques and resources to bolster learning and professional development; 
  • Enhance abilities to design curricula and facilitate impactful discussions; 
  • Develop a deep awareness about learner experiences in academic medicine; 
  • Create syllabi that promote successful knowledge and skill transfer for all learners; 
  • Gain a shared language and analytical framework about the complex dynamics of power, privilege, and oppression; 
  • Integrate equity practices in the classroom through curriculum and pedagogical practice; 
  • Become part of a cohort of 20-25 peers and 250 alumni fellows for networking and collaboration.

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For more information about these and other EDI learning opportunities, please contact us.

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