Understanding and Confronting Racism

From the Duke Office of Institutional Equity 

Resources for Understanding and Confronting Racism and Its Impact

... and I prayed to God to make me strong and able to fight, and that’s what I’ve always prayed for ever since. — Harriett Tubman - The Photographic Life of Harriet Tubman

During this time of community pain, anguish, reflection and a longing for impactful action, we hope that the information on this page will be useful as we work to do our part as individuals and Duke community members to identify a positive path forward. You will find a collection of resources including books, articles, events and programs about a range of topics addressing different facets and dimensions of structural racism and inequities, and how each one of us can help build the transformed university and community we need to address them. As a Duke community with its own difficult history of racism and discrimination, particularly towards Black people, the path towards racial equity is one that has included progress and challenges, but we are hopeful that the galvanizing spirit of this tragic moment and our collective community's talents and energy will merge to create a trajectory towards a better tomorrow.

We will update this page as new content becomes available. Please share this page with others and also share with us any resources we may have overlooked by contacting the OIE Webmaster.


Kimberly Hewitt
Vice President for Institutional Equity & Chief Diversity Officer

Abbas Benmamoun
Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement

Updated: August 12, 2020

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