For 18 years, A Commitment to Growing an Inclusive Workplace – Duke Today – DC Initiative on Racial Equity
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Dr. Bob Crouch, director for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Office for Institutional Equity, has dedicated his career to one goal: helping make Duke a welcoming community where everyone can feel safe, included and respected.

He’s built a reputation one training, one relationship and one coaching session at a time.

“What’s so important to me is how people treat one another,” Crouch said. “A lot of what I’ve done that has been rewarding is I have made some significant contributions to building relationships.”

In individual sessions or large group settings for Duke’s Office for Institutional Equity (OIE), Crouch has facilitated trainings, consulted and coached staff and faculty to foster a welcoming environment across Duke.From left to right, Bob Crouch poses with Dr. Sherilynn Black, EDI Faculty Award recipient and Dr. Margaret Muir, EDI Staff Award recipient during the 2020 Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Awards, held prior to COVID-19. Photo courtesy of OIE.

After 18 years at Duke – a period in which he conducted approximately 750 trainings and reached thousands about a range of topics, from implicit bias to microaggressions and fostering respect and communication — Crouch will retire on Dec. 31.

Working@Duke spoke with Crouch about h


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