Critical Race Training in Education

Duke University

Undergraduate

Mailing Address
2080 Duke University Road
Durham, North Carolina 27708
Phone
(919) 684-8111
School Information
Duke University is a private research university in Durham, North Carolina, with 10 different colleges/schools (Trinity College of Arts & Sciences, School of Law, Divinity School, Graduate School, School of Medicine, School of Nursing, Pratt School of Engineering, Fuqua School of Business, Nicholas School of the Environment, Sanford School of Public Policy) and 12 research institutes (Institute of Policy Sciences & Public Affairs, John Hope Franklin Institute at Duke University, The Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University, Social Science Research Institute, Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, Duke Global Health Institute, Duke Institute for Brain Sciences, Duke Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Duke Energy Initiative, Information Initiative at Duke, Duke Science & Society, Duke Center for Genomic and Computational Biology). The university has over 3,800 faculty and 15,600 students. (Source: https://facts.duke.edu/)
General Information
In addition to mandating anti-racist education for faculty, staff, and students, Duke University has taken the step of investing $16 million from its endowment to support anti-racist initiatives. Additionally, due to student pressure, the Jarvis residence was renamed, due to the namesake's "racist history". Further changes are to be expected, as anti-racism committees have been launched in individual colleges. See developments below:

Activity

  • Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training

    New Anti-Racist education will be implemented for faculty, staff, and students.

  • Curriculum Changes and Requirements

    Students will be required to learn the “nature of structural racism and inequity, with special focus on our own regional and institutional legacies.”

  • Program and Research Funding

    $16 million will be invested from the Duke Endowment for anti-racist initiatives.

  • Symbolic Actions

    Jarvis Dorm was renamed as West Residence Hall, due to the namesake’s “racist history”.

  • Symbolic Actions

    Trinity College of Arts and Sciences started a faculty anti-racism committee.

  • Symbolic Actions

    The Office of Undergraduate Education has formed an "Anti-racism Working Group", which will aim to " affirm, develop, and strengthen racial equity in OUE by continuously challenging our existing systems and implementing new policies and practices that provide our BIPOC community with the infrastructure to thrive at Duke."

  • Resources

    Duke University School of Medicine is joining the Anti-Racist Transformation in Medical Education Community of Practice cohort.

  • Resources

    The English Department, "established a ad-hoc Committee on Anti-Racism, which 'has set up a series of workshops this spring on issues of race and academic fields, and will bring recommendations for concrete action items' to the English faculty later in the spring semester," according to the Duke Chronicle.

  • Curriculum Changes and Requirements

    The English Department announced that "a new diversity requirement has been added to the English major." The chair of the committee on anti-racism said, “It is now written into the structure of our major that no student majoring in English will graduate without serious study of writers of color and/or literary methods imbued with anti-racism."

  • Resources

    The university will offer a course called “The Invention and Consequences of Race," which will "provide foundational knowledge about and explore the origins and meanings of the concept of race."

  • Resources

    The School of Medicine's Office of Diversity and Inclusion offers Anti-Racism resources, including "White privilege: Unpacking the invisible knapsack," "An anti-racist reading list from Ibram X. Kendi," and "A message to white allies from a Black anti-racism expert: You’re doing it wrong."

  • Faculty/Staff Requirements

    The Office of Undergraduate Education will, "Hire external consultants to provide training to staff" and "Invest in anti-racism training for all OUE staff."

  • Resources

    The Office of Undergraduate Education established an Anti-Racism Working Group

  • Resources

    The university president said, "In the past year, Duke convened well over 100 programs and online events focused on racial justice, many in collaboration with outside experts and organizations. Last summer’s Living While Black symposium brought together members of the Duke community for conversations on race and bias. This winter, participants in our four-day Faculty Symposium on Dismantling Racism@Duke explored ways to recognize and address inequities at the individual, interpersonal, and institutional levels. The Working@Duke magazine launched a new Working Toward Racial Justice series. The Office of Faculty Advancement is hosting ongoing workshops and trainings for faculty and department leaders focused on confronting discrimination and bias in the academy, mentoring underrepresented faculty, and fostering an equitable and inclusive learning environment."

  • Faculty/Staff Requirements

    The university "implemented implicit bias training for hiring managers."

  • Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training

    The university "incorporated racial equity sessions into new student orientation."

  • Symbolic Actions

    The university president said, "The Offices of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education and the Vice President and Vice Provost of Student Affairs created the Campus Climate Committee, a task force of students, faculty, and administrators focused on fostering an inclusive and engaging campus climate for all undergraduate students. We are also expanding the newly-created student ombuds office as we return to normal campus operations this fall, to serve as a neutral and confidential source of information and resources for students concerned about aspects of the Duke experience."

  • Program and Research Funding

    Through the Duke Endowment, "the Provost has funded 17 projects focused on Reckoning with Race, Racism and the History of the American South, all led by Duke faculty members and many including staff, students and community members."

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Last updated January 8th, 2022