Teaching for Equity Fellows Program

Engaging Issues of Race & Identity in Classrooms and Curricula

What is the Teaching for Equity Fellowship?

“This workshop has been extremely valuable for my growth as an individual and as an educator, and has given me the unmatched opportunity to get to know some of my colleagues in a much deeper level than I otherwise could.” 2015-16 Participant

The Teaching for Equity Fellowship, open to faculty of all ranks, is a year-long series of workshops that provide tools for addressing issues around identity, race and racism in our classrooms. Developed by the Duke Human Rights Center in the Franklin Humanities Institute, these workshops directly address issues raised by students—from all backgrounds—who report feeling at times isolated and marginalized in class. Over the course of the year, faculty fellows will become attuned to implicit assumptions about values, standards, and cultural norms attached to racial and other identities. And they will gain specific skills and strategies to create a classroom culture that benefits all our students. This program is sponsored by the Office of the Provost and Trinity College of Arts & Sciences.

Applications for 2017/18 Session

Read more about the Teaching for Equity Fellowship Program in DukeToday.

Benefits to Faculty Fellows

  • One-on-one workshop with the faculty facilitators for inquiry and coaching
  • Learning to integrate an identity and racial equity, power and privilege lens in your classroom, both in terms of curriculum content and pedagogical practice;
  • Enhancing your teaching abilities by building curricular design and discussion facilitation skills;
  • Developing a deep awareness about student experience in Duke classrooms;   
  • Creating syllabi that promote successful learning for all of your students;
  • Gaining a shared language and analytical framework about the dynamics of power, privilege and oppression;
  • Participating in a cross-disciplinary faculty group that provides opportunities for collaboration and mutual support to practice integrating this lens into curriculum and classroom practice;
  • Becoming part of a community of experienced and reflective practitioners who can lead and mentor others campus-wide;
  • Helping establish Duke University as a leader in preparing and supporting faculty in the context of creating a welcoming campus culture.


This workshop series is open to all Trinity College of Arts & Sciences teaching faculty, in any rank. You must be able to attend the Foundations workshop and at least five additional workshops during the year.