Inclusion & Power Dynamics Workshop Series Held in October 2018

2nd series to be held during spring semester

Current events have stimulated much discussion around issues related to power dynamics and appropriate behavior in a diverse workplace, in both academia and society at large. The Duke Institute for Brain Sciences, the Duke Office of Faculty Advancement, and the Office of the Vice Dean for Faculty in the School of Medicine invite faculty, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, residents, research associates, and staff to attend a series of practical, informative workshops on topics such as:

  • Identifying and addressing unprofessional behavior in the workplace
  • Understanding Duke resources available to address inappropriate behaviors
  • Gaining new perspectives on the role of power in professional relationships
  • Developing skills in navigating the difficult conversations these issues raise

Expected Outcomes

Workshop attendees will receive practical guidance on how to respond to unprofessional behavior; build awareness of and best practices for personal behavior and communication; and learn how to create a healthy, inclusive work environment. These three workshops will start the conversation on these important issues. Stay tuned for follow-up workshops on mentorship, mindfulness, and bystander and ally training. 

Workshops on Oct. 1, 12 & 24; Duke Resources Handout Available

The year-long series begins with three workshops in October, all scheduled around lunchtime at various locations. The workshops are free but registration is required. Registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis until sessions are filled. Lunch will be provided; please note any dietary requirements on the registration form. Participants are welcome to attend 1, 2, or all 3 of the workshops as scheduling allows. Registrants will be asked to fill out a pre-workshop survey to assist with program assessment.

1. October 1, 2018, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., DIBS Multipurpose Room (B035); lunch provided

Duke Resources for Dealing with Unprofessional Behavior in All Its Forms

Have you ever felt uncomfortable in a work situation, but were unsure where to turn or uncertain about what would happen if you reported it? Has someone turned to you for help, but you were unsure how to help them? This session will provide information and guidance. Panelists will include student and faculty ombuds, representatives from the Office of Institutional Equity, the Women’s Center, and the Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity; Vice Dean for Faculty, School of Medicine, and Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement. At the end of the session, participants will be able to make an informed decision about when to report an incident and which office to call, and will know what to expect after reporting. 

A handout with information about Duke Resources to Address Misconduct in the Workplace was provided to attendees at this and subsequent workshops. You may find it HERE. 

2. October 12, 2018, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Trent Semans Great Hall; lunch provided

Interactive Session on Power Dynamics with Theater Delta

Many of us have experienced uncomfortable or even inappropriate situations. We may have wished we’d said or done something different in the moment. Or perhaps we’ve been the one who said or did something regrettable, and wished we had better tools to repair the relationship. In this session, interactive acting troupe Theater Delta will help us to understand the perspectives of diverse individuals as they find themselves in common uncomfortable research-related scenarios. Actors will engage the audience to discuss the scenarios while remaining in character. Participants will gain increased awareness of other perspectives, a common language for discussing these issues, and ideas for navigating the complexities of diversity and power in the research environment.

3. October 24, 2018, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Searle Center; lunch provided

[Note: This session is FULL; you may register to be placed on the waiting list and we will notify you if space becomes available.]

Having Those ‘Difficult’ Conversations

How do you have the “hard talks” about unwanted or unprofessional behavior? Do you avoid them, dread them, or regret what you said afterward? Scientists often receive little training in how to communicate effectively and with empathy, a skill that is necessary regardless of position. This workshop will provide tools and hands-on practice to successfully navigate such conversations in an open and welcoming environment. Participants will learn how to recognize and manage their own emotions, how to focus on outcomes rather than distractions, and how to maintain and even strengthen relationships through these conversations. Facilitators: Dr. Ann Brown, Vice Dean for Faculty in the School of Medicine, and Dr. Cathie Siders, a psychologist specializing in organizational consulting and executive coaching.

This workshop series is funded by an award from the Duke Office of Faculty Advancement to Kathryn Dickerson, Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences; Shabnam Hakimi, Center for Cognitive Neuroscience; Melissa Segal, Neurobiology; and Nicole Schramm-Sapyta, DIBS.  

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