Teaching for Equity Fellows Program

Engaging Issues of Race & Identity in Classrooms and Curricula

What is the Teaching for Equity Fellowship?

"This program has opened my eyes to the fact that not all students currently thrive and learn equally at Duke. As teachers we are responsible for making sure all of our students have the same experiences and opportunities. TFEF gives you the tools to be a better educator." – 2017-18 Faculty Fellow

The Teaching for Equity Fellowship (TFEF) is a year-long series of workshops that give faculty tools to better engage all students in our classrooms, labs, and learning spaces. The workshops are specifically designed to address a number of teaching and mentoring topics that may arise around race and identity. Faculty fellows gain specific skills and strategies to create a culture that improves learning for all our students. The Duke Human Rights Center at the Franklin Humanities Institute developed the program, and it is sponsored by Trinity College of Arts & Sciences and the Office for Faculty Advancement.

The Fellowship includes a two-day framework session in August or September, and seven monthly four-hour workshops that build skills and support your ability to improve culture, understand and work with students, and reflect on curriculum and inclusive teaching practices.

Applications for 2018/19 Session

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

Benefits to Faculty Fellows

  • Learn concrete skills and strategies to strengthen your ability to teach and support students from diverse backgrounds;
  • Develop knowledge on how to handle challenging topics around race and identity that may arise in learning environments;
  • Acquire teaching skills and resources that will bolster faculty learning and professional development;
  • Enhance your teaching abilities by building curricular design and discussion facilitation skills;
  • Develop a deep awareness about student experience in Duke classrooms;
  • Create syllabi that promote successful learning for all of your students;
  • Gain a shared language and analytical framework about the dynamics of power, privilege, and oppression;
  • Integrate equity practices in your classroom through curriculum and pedagogical practice;
  • Gain a cohort of faculty to collaborate and network with


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.