Effectively Engaging all Students in Classrooms, Clinics, and Curricula

What is the Teaching for Equity Fellowship?
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 in 2015 and has built a network of over 150 alumni fellows from 8 cohorts across Duke. The 2020-2021 cohort is  sponsored by the Office for Faculty Advancement, Trinity College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Medicine. 

Final Zoom workshop for the 2019-2020 cohort.

“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 at a much deeper level than I otherwise could.” 2015-16 Fellow

“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 Fellow

I gained a tremendous amount of knowledge about thoughtful and equitable pedagogy development. There were ideas introduced to me that I had never heard before. In fact, I don’t know how else faculty can learn about these concepts without taking this type of an anti-oppression course. -2019-2020 Fellow

This year, the Fellowship includes a two-day virtual framework session in August, and fifteen two-hour Zoom workshops throughout the academic year that build skills and support your ability to understand and work with students, and improve your curriculum and inclusive teaching practices.

Benefits to Faculty Fellows

  • Picture1Learn 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.

I have observed greater enthusiasm from the residents in clinic. Residents mention in their faculty evaluations of me that they feel heard and respected and that is due to my improved teaching skills as a result of TFEF. -2019-2020 Fellow

[The facilitators] were so proficient at designing a workshop environment/space that was conducive to unpacking new ideas, uncomfortable ideas, and ideas that could deepen our understanding about the student experience. -2019-2020 Fellow

Leadership Team

Dr. Tema Okun has 30 years of experience as an educator, teacher, and trainer focused on racial equity and justice. Along with Krista Robinson-Lyles, she has been co-facilitating the Teaching for Equity Fellows Program at Duke University for five years. She was a member of the Educational Leadership faculty at National Louis University in Chicago and has taught undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral level students in educational leadership and education. She is the author of the award-winning The Emperor Has No Clothes: Teaching About Race and Racism to People Who Don’t Want to Know (2010, IAP) and the widely used article White Supremacy Culture. She publishes regularly on the pedagogy of racial and social justice.

Dr. Krista Robinson-Lyles is the founder and president of Hope Education Group. She has 27 years of experience working in the field of education, serving as a consultant and coach in support of teaching and leading for equity. Her scholarly interests include culturally relevant pedagogy, the praxis of teaching for racial equity and its impact on student experience, and mindfulness as a practice for centering wellness in the midst of working for racial justice.  She is a contributing author to Paradigms of Research for the 21st Century: Perspectives and Examples from Practice. Along with Tema Okun, she has been co-facilitating the Teaching for Equity Fellows Program at Duke University for five years.

Emily Stewart is co-founder and director of the Teaching for Equity Fellows Program. She is a skilled facilitator who brings a decade of experience working with young people, designing workshops, and advocating for social justice in both nonprofit and higher education settings. As the Assistant Director of the Duke Human Rights Center at the Franklin Humanities Institute, she works with students, faculty and staff on rights-based programming and racial justice initiatives. 

Workshop schedule:

Introductory Framework Training via Zoom (required):
Monday, August 3 and Tuesday, August 4 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Workshops – All sessions are held on Fridays from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. via Zoom. Fellows commit to participating in 12 of the 15 sessions. 
Friday, August 28
Friday, September 18
Friday, October 2
Friday, October 16
Friday, October 30
Friday, November 13
Friday, December 4
Friday, January 8
Friday, January 22
Friday, February 12
Friday, February 26
Friday, March 12
Friday, March 26
Friday, April 9
Friday, April 23

Apply by June 29, 2020

Complete the online application here. 

If you have questions about the program, please contact Emily Stewart emily.stewart@duke.edu.


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