Racial Equity

How might we examine and invigorate Duke’s commitment to equity and justice in civic engagement work?

Duke Civic Action Plan

In response to the need for racial equity training outlined in the Civic Action Plan, the Duke Office of Civic Engagement organized a Racial Equity Institute Phase I workshop for 45 members of the Duke community to learn about the historical roots and modern manifestations of racism and how to disrupt its powerful influence. Following this two-day intensive workshop, participants attended three follow up sessions led by Ronda Taylor Bullock of we are (working to extend anti-racist education) to continue exploring ways to create a more racially equitable campus. To further develop critical consciousness around racial equity, members of the Duke community are invited to participate in the Racial Equity Learning Arc, a cohort-based series of workshops led by The Equity Paradigm.

The Office of Civic Engagement and the Duke Human Rights Center at the Franklin Humanities Institute (DHRC@FHI) are collaborating to provide the Racial Equity Learning Arc as an opportunity to deepen and broaden the dialogue and action around racial equity. The DHRC@FHI coordinates the Teaching for Equity Fellowship program at Duke and brings a valuable perspective for integrating a racial equity lens into the work of the university.

Racial Equity Learning Arc

Duke staff and faculty who have completed Racial Equity Institute’s (REI) Phase I workshop are invited to join a cohort-based series led by Alexa Broderick of The Equity Paradigm. This series is intended to connect people within a community to build on existing foundational knowledge to further develop critical consciousness around issues of race. The Learning Arc consists of six sessions; participants attending 5 of the 6 sessions will receive a subsidy to attend a REI Phase II session. Registration is limited. Participants must have completed an REI Phase I training (or near equivalent).

Key objectives for the 6-session Learning Arc:

  1. Continue building a shared language and socio-historical context around race, equity, and inclusion that creates the conditions for staff members to operate in meaningful ways that disrupt inequity
  2. Provide opportunities to expand Duke University’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. Identify and interrogate cultural norms, behaviors, ideals and expectations that unintentionally perpetuate white supremacy and begin developing strategies to mitigate inequity as it occurs implicitly and explicitly


About the facilitator: Alexa Broderick is a diversity, equity and inclusion researcher, coach, designer, practitioner, and facilitator with extensive experience in designing adult learning experiences that improve organizational culture and disrupt inequity. As a racial equity organizer and status quo disruptor she is passionate about achieving systems-wide change through the development of a racial equity lens. Alexa specializes in helping organizations and individuals understand themselves and their work in the context of equity, while helping them hone and develop critical mindsets and competencies that can be used to interrupt oppressive systems, implicit biases, and behaviors that perpetuate inequity.


Racial Equity Resources

Racial Equity Institute

Organizing Against Racism

we are (working to extend anti-racist education)

The Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity

Dismantling Racism Works

The Equity Paradigm

Office for Institutional Equity