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Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Our mission is to cultivate a community where similarities and differences are understood, respected and valued. We promote full participation of all community members and support multiple perspectives and diversity of thought. D.E.I. is the framework for the way we do business as we equip students, staff and faculty for a certain way of being and leading in the world.

Upcoming DEI Events

All events will be streamed live. The live stream can be viewed at

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage

Sept. 25th @ TBD

Location TBD

In partnership with Latin American's United for Progess, this event celebrates Hispanic Heritage in the greater Holland area and includes speakers, dancers, and authentic Hispanic food.

Presidential Lecture Series presents Josh Sundquist

DU Common Read: Just Don’t Fall

Oct. 14th @ 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

6191 Kraft Avenue S.E., Grand Rapids, MI 49512

Josh Sundquist is a Paralympic ski racer and bestselling author who has been featured on CNN and in USA TODAY and has spoken across the country to groups ranging from Fortune 500 companies to inner city public schools to the White House.

Just as you are.

We invite you to join us as we band together across our campuses to ensure all DU community members have equal and fair access to all opportunities and to dismantle discrimination of any kind, including race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic class, national origin, physical ability, age, religious affiliation, or veteran status.

Be part of global acceptance.

We invite you to gain understanding and increase your diversity skills! Join other Davenport students and faculty who want to be diversity innovators by checking out activities and sharing your ideas.

Excellence in Diversity Award

Davenport University has been recognized as a 2012 recipient of the INSIGHT Into Diversity Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award. This prestigious honor is awarded " based on [the] institution’s exemplary diversity and inclusion initiatives, and include all aspects of diversity including gender, race, ethnicity, veterans, people with disabilities, and members of the LGBT community."



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