Office for Faculty Advancement
The Office for Faculty Advancement has awarded seed grants to 14 faculty-led projects exploring new ideas and expanding existing initiatives to promote an equitable and inclusive academic environment at Duke. The theme for this cycle was "Confronting Racism and Bias: Fostering an Inclusive Community." Faculty Advancement Seed Grants provide a financial head start for novel faculty development initiatives within academic units.
This forum will convene monthly during 2021-2022 for presentations and discussions of themes proposed by AAHVS graduate students, faculty and teaching staff. Themes will address one or more of the following goals: share anti-racist methodologies and strategies already in use; identify opportunities to incorporate anti-racist pedagogies into teaching practices; and identify areas in AAHVS curricula in which pedagogies and approaches to disciplinary content can be implemented or augmented.
This book club aims to confront racism and bias by facilitating the exploration of inclusion and professional advancement issues faced by Black faculty and staff. “Belonging While Black at Duke” will encourage members to build bridges with each other and explore issues found in a predominantly white institution.
The goal of this project is to raise awareness of racial justice and equity at each component of the research lifecycle by developing a streaming podcast, “Breaking Research Barriers.” This monthly podcast will consist of conversations with research leaders to elicit actionable and applied strategies to ensure racial justice and equity in clinical research.
This project seeks to establish new connections between the Duke University Marine Lab and Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) community leaders in Beaufort, NC. A monthly lunch-and-learn for all participants will be supplemented by a final all-hands meeting during Black History Month for a shared meal and storytelling. Invitees, format and assessment metrics will be refined through an initial development period.
This project will establish a Coalition for Occupational Therapy Advocates for Diversity chapter at Duke. Two graduate assistants will lead the development and implementation of the chapter, which will contribute to national efforts to create a more diverse workforce in occupational therapy and local efforts to foster interprofessional dialogue and community engagement.
This new course is a dedicated space for PhD students to expand their awareness of the contributions of professionals in their field who have an identity different from their own, are from a historically underrepresented identity for their field and/or engage in work on issues of diversity, equity and inclusion. The course will enhance academic communities and support students and research collaborators through culturally-responsive scholarship and teaching, and will provide a space for recognition, inclusion and equity among peers.
The Anti-Racism Instructor Preparatory Academy will draw on expertise from the Center for Documentary Studies and its network of community partners, artists and activists. Pulling from case studies, testimonials from students and instructors, the creative energy and feedback of artists and conversations with communities, participants will develop tools to build syllabi which reflect all makers and are equipped with the skills to facilitate contentious conversations among their students ensuring their classroom and research practices are equitable and anti-racist.
The goal of this project is to mitigate racism and bias-influenced outcomes in health professions education programs through interprofessional collaboration. Participation in this project can empower all faculty, instructors, and other interprofessional health professions educators (HPEs) to act as upstanders, or someone with integrity and courage who recognizes when something is wrong, acts to make it right, and hopefully prevents it from happening again. To assist in this process, the following will be developed and implemented: 1) develop an educational toolbox, including a training manual, and 2) conduct workshops using didactic education, trigger films, and simulation. Trigger films are short educational video vignettes that illustrate a specific theme and focus on social guidance themes that engage the affective domain. Newly created scenarios will present a social or practice issue intended to trigger a response by the viewer, and initiate participant reflection and discussion by highly trained facilitators. These tools will guide standardization and sustainability of a proposed educational program.
This project seeks to provide a holistic and comprehensive approach to confronting racism and bias by combining four unique learning experiences into a year-long integrated learning series. Designed to address participants’ understanding of racism and bias at the individual, interpersonal and institutional levels of change, the series will be piloted and assessed with faculty, staff and affiliates of Duke’s Social Science Research Institute.
This project seeks to improve the department’s collective ability to recognize racism within its walls and respond to it effectively through a series of events. The events will bring department members together for education and training in developing a climate promoting anti-racist principles, and will train faculty to lead future sessions.
The Department of Cultural Anthropology will conduct a year-long effort to promote diversity, inclusion, equity and belonging across its faculty and graduate program. This work will involve reevaluating internal policies and procedures through an equity lens to ensure that all voices are heard and that everyone has the resources to work sustainably in the department. The department will offer workshops and trainings, provide fee waivers for graduate students from historically marginalized communities and rethink the graduate curriculum.
The aim of this project is to advance faculty skills, develop an enhanced anti-racist curriculum and foster a more inclusive and equitable culture in the Department of Evolutionary Anthropology. A new working group of faculty, postdocs and graduate students will develop flexible teaching modules on topics including race and scientific racism. The group will also convene a departmental forum for seminars from invited experts, reading groups and discussions about race and racism in the discipline and the academy.
To provide more opportunities for Computer Science students, faculty and staff to collectively learn about racism, bias and their impact on the discipline (its environment and technology) the “Identity and Computing Lecture Series” will include a department-specific workshop and a series of invited talks from experts on various topics of identity, racism, bias and their impact in the field.
Writing Studio consultants are faculty, graduate students and undergraduates who meet with Duke writers for discussions of any aspect of their writing. To deepen consultants’ knowledge of anti-racist theory and to expand their application of anti-racist pedagogy, the Writing Studio will host three scholars on race, writing centers and writing pedagogy to conduct virtual seminars with Writing Studio consultants.