Racial Equity Learning Arc

The Racial Equity Learning Arc, a cohort-based series of workshops created and facilitated by Alexa Broderick of The Equity Paradigm, is open to Duke staff and faculty who have completed the Racial Equity Institute’s Phase I workshop (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.

The application for the 2020-2021 cohort has now closed. Please check back in Summer 2021 for information about future programming.


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

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.


Why Racial Equity?

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

Duke Civic Action Plan

Guided by the priorities set forth in the Civic Action Plan, the Duke Office of Civic Engagement offers racial equity training to members of the Duke community. In Spring 2018, the DOCE provided a two-day Racial Equity Institute (REI) Phase I workshop followed by facilitated sessions led by Ronda Taylor Bullock of we are (working to extend anti-racist education). In an effort to further deepen racial equity learning, the Office of Civic Engagement forged a collaboration with the Duke Human Rights Center at the Franklin Humanities Institute (DHRC@FHI) to sponsor the Racial Equity Learning Arc designed and led by The Equity Paradigm.

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

Duke Teaching for Equity Fellows Program