Getting everybody in the game - and on the same team

Innovation relies on our ability to harness the power that lies in difference. While research proves diverse teams outperform groups who are more alike - that only happens when each individual can be one's authentic self, confident in sharing one's opinions, ideas and perspectives.

Diversity is critical. Inclusion makes it a winning business strategy.

Hearing all sides and valuing differing perspectives is difficult, but it's also essential. That mindset is what builds trust, so that classmates and colleagues can understand each other as people and therefore unlock the power of dissimilar viewpoints. That's why we focus on getting everyone in the game - and then work to ensure people are on the same team.

Office of Community Engagement and Inclusion

This office focuses on initiatives that support an inclusive and welcoming environment where difference is celebrated and every member of our community of students, staff, and faculty feels an authentic sense of belonging. 

Meet our Assistant Dean of Community Engagement and Inclusion

Meet our Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Events and Activities

From small group conversations on specific topics to large scale celebrations of different kinds of diversity in Fuqua's community, the Office of Community Engagement and Inclusion is involved in a wide range of events and activities for the Fuqua community, and keeps students, faculty and staff updated on these and other opportunities with weekly newsletters.

  • Inclusive and Courageous Leadership featuring professional and academic experts promotes the need for diversity and inclusion in the business world.
  • Inclusion Week is an annual event dedicated to generating awareness and understanding of diversity through compelling student events and featured guest discussions.
  • Identity Workshops are held for students, staff and faculty to explore intersectionality and how identity impacts experience.
  • Defining Allyship offers a panel and ongoing conversations to define allyship at Fuqua.
  • Racial Equity Institute’s Groundwater Workshop is a featured workshop exploring structural racism.
  • Daring Dialogues is an ongoing series of facilitated conversations on topics that can be challenging or stigmatizing. Participants learn about the experiences of others, ask questions, and share views in a structured and supportive setting. Community members can explore different identities and experiences, and engage in critical conversation.
  • Thought Leader Lunches are designed for faculty and staff and have covered many topics, including mental health and race.
  • Implicit Bias Training - by tailoring training materials provided to the CEO Diversity and Inclusion signatories, of which Duke is one, to the Fuqua community, the Gender Equity Working Group and other student leaders hosted implicit bias training to all Daytime MBA students, with a plan to make it available to all students, faculty and staff in 2021.

Key Relationships

The Office of Community Engagement and Inclusion builds relationships and interacts with a range of internal and external partners on community initiatives that bring us together outside of the classroom to explore these concepts. 

Students

Our team partners with and supports the work of Fuqua's student organizations, including diversity clubs and the MBA Association - Diversity and Inclusion subcabinet in student government, on initiatives that foster an inclusive, welcoming, and understanding environment. These clubs facilitate opportunities both for interpersonal connection and enhancing our collective diversity. We also provide guidance to all student organizations about creating inclusive workshops and conferences, and provide inclusive leadership training.

Staff

We are privileged to have great partnerships with all Fuqua departments including the Office of Student Life, the Career Management Center, Admissions, the International Programs Office, and Development & Alumni Relations which help elevate and extend our community engagement work in different ways. Our team is also engaged with faculty who have conducted leading-edge research in the diversity and inclusion space.

Duke University

Our Office of Community Engagement and Inclusion works with many Duke organizations supporting students from diverse backgrounds including the Mary Lou Williams Center for Black Culture, the Office of Student Affairs, the Women’s Center and the Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity. We also maintain working partnerships with Duke University’s Chief Diversity Officer and Office of Institutional Equity to strengthen this work across the broader Duke campus community.

Alumni

We collaborate with Fuqua’s alumni, including Minority Alumni Advisory Board  to help build a strong relationship with Fuqua's current student body and to engage in activities including personal mentorship, career advice, expertise, and potential speaking opportunities.

Industry Experts

We regularly connect with diversity and inclusion experts and leaders in industry, such as Bank of America, FactSet, Cognizant, the NBA, and Deloitte, to share best practices and inform the strategic direction of Fuqua's work.

Peer Institutions

We are proud to be a key part of a network of diversity and inclusion professionals in academia who connect regularly to discuss initiatives and best practices, and partner on creating content for inclusive leadership curriculum.

Community Resources

We seek to increase the representation of backgrounds and viewpoints in our classes, foster networks of social and professional support for different communities throughout their program, and actively engage business leaders, employers, and recruiters in the job-search process

Underrepresented Minorities

We focus on fostering a supportive network for Black/African American, Latinx/Hispanic, and Native American students within and beyond Fuqua. Learn More

Student selfie with Malala Recart

Women

Fuqua's entire community is committed to creating an environment where female-identifying leaders thrive, and to elevating awareness about the powerful impact they make when they engage, contribute, and have their voices heard in the workplace. Learn More

Military group photo from Fuqua's Veterans Weekend

Veterans

From the Duke Armed Forces Association to F.I.V.E. STAR, we focus on building community for members of the armed services even before you apply to Fuqua. Learn More

Colorful banners from LGBTQ Weekend

LGBTQ+

From Fuqua Pride to Reaching Out, we focus on building the pipeline of LGBTQ+ talent into business. Learn More

Thought Leadership

We are privileged to have faculty who deeply research the drivers of diversity and inclusion. Their expertise helps businesses understand and identify the value of diversity; understand and identify why systemic racism and gender and other bias persists; and understand how we eradicate them.

Duke Fuqua Insights

    Some of the world’s most renowned scholars in diversity and inclusion call Fuqua home. Their scholarship is generating insights like the unintended effect of "Lean In" messaging, the impact of military service on some job-seeker's prospects, the natural hair bias limiting job opportunities for Black women, and the negative perception of male leaders who ask questions.

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Checking Boxes is Not Enough in Ensuring Diversity

Checking Boxes is Not Enough in Ensuring Diversity
Dean Bill Boulding discusses the latest challenges facing business leadership.

Gender Parity in an MBA

"If the highest percentage of women in one cohort can make such a difference for all our career trajectories through this program - imagine what business more broadly would look like if this was normal in the middle and top levels of all companies and top schools?"

Culture, Career, and the Carolinas

"As a third generation Army officer, walking away was especially tough for me, but after I completed the goals I had set for my military career it was time to move on to a new challenge."

Strong Relationships

"The Black and Latino MBA Organization (BLMBAO) and the Business in Africa (BIA) club discussed some of the most challenging things in society and created an environment where we could be open and inquisitive at the same time."

Empowering Students

"I needed something that would cut through the sound bites and similarities to know whether or not I, an openly gay individual, would belong."