Racial Equity Learning Arc

The Racial Equity Learning Arc, a cohort-based series of workshops created and facilitated by 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 build a learning community for participants to develop shared language and analysis around diversity, inclusion, and equity. Participants will interrogate structural racism and the way it manifests in our individual experiences, organizational dynamics, and systemic outcomes.

The application for the Fall 2023 Racial Equity Learning Arc are now open and closes August 17th, 2023.


Interested in participating? Please hold your calendar to attend at least 5 of the 6 Fall 2023 Sessions (on Zoom):

  • September 13, 2 – 4 p.m.
  • September 20, 2 – 4 p.m.
  • September 27, 2 – 4 p.m.
  • October 11, 2 – 4 p.m.
  • October 18, 2 – 4 p.m.
  • October 25, 2- 4 p.m.
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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 Facilitators

The Equity Paradigm is a group of diversity practitioners, adult learning facilitators, researchers, organizers, change agents, and passionate social justice activists who are dedicated to equipping mission-driven leaders and organizations with the language, tools, mindsets and strategies for holistically advancing equity in their spheres of influence. In doing so, they focus on building context through a historical and systemic analysis of the disparities and social ills plaguing our society, allowing their clients to develop more meaningful and impactful solutions and approaches to their most complex challenges.

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