Racial Equity Plans and Resources

Abbas Benmamoun.Since its launch in summer 2017, the Office for Faculty Advancement (OFA) has committed itself to advancing equity for all the members of the Duke community. Diversity, equity and inclusion are core values driving our mission to advance and strengthen academic excellence. We do not consider equity work to be distinct from the rest of our efforts. Rather, this work weaves itself into all of our initiatives, because a truly equitable academic environment is a necessary prerequisite to the success of all faculty and to successfully carrying out Duke’s academic mission. We have developed a plan that demonstrates our office’s values and priorities. Our plan is adaptive and will continue to evolve to ensure that we are responsive to the needs and expectations of all faculty at Duke. — Abbas Benmamoun, Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement

OFA Racial Equity Plan

Fostering Racial Equity and Promoting Inclusive Excellence for Faculty at Duke: The Office for Faculty Advancement is committed to advancing racial equity efforts. Here we provide the specific action items that describe how we plan to implement this work and how we will measure its effectiveness.

OFA Special Events

Faculty Development

  • Workshops: Selected workshops in our FAS and LAUD series provide learning opportunities and resources for faculty and unit leaders on a range of racial equity issues. Recent workshops include:
    • Promoting an Equitable Learning and Research Environment for Your Students (article and resources)
    • Your Role as Faculty in Confronting Racism and Fostering an Equitable Climate (article)
    • Fostering a Positive and Equitable Culture in Your Academic Unit (resources)
    • Mitigating the Impact of COVID-19 on the Academic Progress of Underrepresented Faculty (resources and recording)
    • Confronting Systemic Racism as an Academic Leader (resources)
    • Systemic Racism and Its Impact on Creating a Diverse Faculty in Higher Education (resources)
    • Engaging with Students around Race and Racism (resources)
    • Actualizing Racial Equity Throughout the Faculty Hiring Process  (resources and recording)
    • Supporting Your BIPOC Faculty Colleagues: Guidance for Senior Faculty, Chairs, and Deans (recording)
    • Discussing Difficult and Controversial Topics in the Classroom (article)
    • Keeping Afloat: Strategies for BIPOC Early Career Faculty (resources)
    • Revisiting Mentorship: Strategies for BIPOC Early Career Faculty (resources and recording)
  • Teaching and Leading for Equity & Teaching for Equity Fellows: OFA offered a new four-part workshop series, Teaching and Leading for Equity, and sponsored the participation of 25 faculty in the 2021-2022 Teaching for Equity Fellows year-long series of workshops.

Building Community

Educational Opportunities

Funding Opportunities and Recruitment

Readings and Resources

Institutional Response

  • Racial Equity at Duke: This repository of information includes data regularly collected and publicized to monitor our progress, details of new and ongoing programs, research highlights, and educational and training materials.
  • Racial Equity Advisory Council: The council serves as an advisory body to the executive leadership of Duke University and is guided by four subcommittees of experts.
  • Campus Survey: More than 12,800 people participated in Duke’s first-ever university-wide climate survey in April 2021. The results will inform policies and practices to help the university build a more equitable community and set a baseline by which Duke’s racial equity work will be measured for years to come.