Office of the Dean
Valerie S. Ashby, Ph.D., Dean of Trinity College

Staff Thank You, Invitation & Support Services

February 24, 2017

Dear Staff, 
Thanks to all of you, Trinity College is a high performing, collaborative, innovative, and thriving organization. I want you to know that the faculty, students and I see your efforts and that we sincerely appreciate all that you do.
I write today to invite you to participate in Implicit Bias Training. We offered this training to direct reports of the Dean's Office in the fall of 2015 and many of you also expressed an interest. More information on this training is provided below.

Valerie S. Ashby
Dean of Trinity College of Arts & Sciences

Implicit Bias Training in the Workforce - Trinity Staff Sessions

We have arranged for the Office of Institutional Equity to lead conversations about workplace bias for our staff members. Ben Reese (at right), vice president for institutional equity, and his staff are offering this training broadly across Duke. Due to importance of this topic and the impact biases can have on our environment and culture, we want to make this training opportunity available to as many staff as possible. These roughly two-hour conversations are another way to show we place a high importance on ensuring our work culture is engaging, inclusive, and open.

Registration - Please select the dates you could be available through this survey. We will contact you as soon as possible with your class time.

Trinity Wins 2017 Duke Women's Basketball Dean's Challenge

On January 12, Trinity College staff and their families filled an entire corner of Cameron Stadium and cheered Duke's women basketball players against rival UNC. Thank you for supporting our student athletes--and for helping Trinity College to win the 2017 Dean's Challenge. We crushed the other  Duke schools in attendance and pep rally spirit. I want to especially thank Mary Jacobs, my administrative manager, for organizing this staff appreciation event. The pregame supper in Penn Pavilion was festive!

Trinity's Ed Gomes Recognized at Samuel DuBois Cook Annual Dinner

Edward Gomes, senior associate dean for Trinity Technology Services, received a "Sammie" award at the 20th Annual Samuel DuBois Cook Society dinner on February 21st. He was recognized for his activism and community leadership. Ed helped launch an internship program focused on expanding the number of women and minorities in technology by providing mentoring and job training to students and recent graduates from Durham Tech and North Carolina Central Universities. He  implemented one of the first Duke surplus computer donation programs supporting Durham public schools and non-profits. Ed is a committed and longtime community volunteer, currently serving as chair of the board of directors of the African American Dance Ensemble. He was chairperson of the board of directors for St. Joseph’s Historic Foundation/Hayti Heritage Center, chaired the organizing committee of the Bull Durham Blues Festival for several years, served on the board of directors for the Volunteer Center of Greater Durham, and was a member of Durham’s Centerfest organizing committee. He was also a charter member and treasurer of the Durham Rotary E-Club which spearheaded a collaborative project to provide water to a girls’ school in Arusha, Tanzania.

2017 Cook Society Award Winners: Professor of the Practice David Malone (Education), President Richard Brodhead, Pratt graduate student Juan Ramirez, Trinity undergraduate student Henry Washington, Trinity Technology Services Dean Ed Gomes, Professor Wahneema Lubiano (AAAS), FMD staff member Leonidas Nelson

Resources & Support

A lifeline for caregivers

Get help caring for aging relatives through Duke’s Family Support Program:

Support Staff Seeking Career in Office Management

Applications for the ninth class of the Office Staff Development Program are being accepted from eligible University and Health System staff with a manager recommendation through March 17. The program provides training and development in clerical office management skills with the aim of helping employees qualify for a variety of career advancement opportunities at the University and Health System. See:

Learn IT @ Lunch Program

The OIT Learn IT @ Lunch series is an opportunity to learn about technology in a relaxed lunch environment. This series runs during the fall and spring academic semesters. All Duke staff and faculty are welcome to participate. Each session includes a presentation followed by a Q&A period. No pre-registration is required; however, seat is available on a first come, first served basis. Feel free to bring a brown bag lunch with you. See schedule: