Our Work in 2016-2017

Faculty Focus

  • New Faculty Orientation - Held in August 2016, included Implicit Bias Training
  • Diversity & STEM Pathways Director - John Blackshear - appointed by Dean Arlie Petters
  • Teaching for Equity - year-long workshop/training series - 2nd cohort supported by Provost Kornbluth & Trinity College of Arts & Sciences
    • Assessment from 1st cohort
      • More than 90 percent have a deeper understanding of how racial dynamics impact classroom culture in general, and how these dynamics impact Duke University culture
      • More than 80 percent gained a greater awareness of the experiences students are having in classrooms at Duke University
      • More than 90 percent will use the strategies they have learned
      • More than 90 percent said the program has made me a better teacher

Student Focus

  • Bus Ad Campaign - Belonging @ Duke
  • First-Year Student Programming Through Dorms - Lead is John Blackshear
  • Hosted U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrrera, November 17 - organized by Latino/a Studies in the Global South (Claudia Milian)
  • Asian American Studies - continuing work to determine what might address the needs of our Asian American students.
    • Two external reviewers to come to campus - focus group, discussion of short term/long term solutions - Oct. 5-7.  Leo Ching leading this effort.
  • Hosted Hidden Figures author Margot Shetterly on Nov. 10.
  • Supported 74 students to attend a January 14th showing of Hidden Figures with six women and Black faculty members, and to engage in a discussion afterwards. In conversations afterwards students asked multiple questions such as: why did it take 60 years to tell this story? What other stories haven’t been told? What has changed for women/minorities/women minorities in science? Has anything changed? What pushed NASA to employ black women? Would it have happened if national security wasn’t the issue? How true is the story vs what Hollywood wanted to present? The feedback from the faculty members was overwhelmingly positive. 
  • Communications challenge - need coherent packaging of population segmented curriculum such as Asian American studies, Jewish Studies, African American Studies, etc.
  • Addressing the needs of Duke's Indigenous Student Population - explore partnering with UNC-Chapel Hill
  • University Course - focus on race - Lead is Sandy Darity - Read DukeToday article.