How might we examine and invigorate Duke’s commitment to equity and justice in civic engagement work?
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 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 provide the Racial Equity Learning Arc, a cohort-based series of workshops led by Alexa Broderick of The Equity Paradigm.
Racial Equity Learning Arc
The Racial Equity Learning Arc is open to Duke staff and faculty who have completed the Racial Equity Institute’s Phase I workshop or a near equivalent. 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. The 2018-2019 Learning Arc has now concluded. Please check back in late summer/fall 2019 to apply for the upcoming cohort.
Key objectives for the 6-session Learning Arc:
- 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
- Provide opportunities to expand Duke University’s learning community around racial equity
- 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
- Draw connections between personal lived experiences, norms and behaviors to the broader context of structural power, privilege and oppression
- 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.