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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


We Are All Trayvon

A Morning with Sybrina Fulton

Jan. 20th @ 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Location: Davenport University Lettinga Campus - Sneden Auditorium and Meeting Halls

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

This event will also be live-streamed at the following locations, and through :

  • Lansing Campus: Room 305
  • Holland Campus: Room 214
  • Flint Campus: Room 103
  • Warren Campus: Room 325
  • Traverse City Campus: Suite 104
  • Kalamazoo Campus: Room 2

Sybrina Fulton is dedicating her life to transforming family tragedy into social change. Since the death of her 17 year old son, Trayvon Martin, during the violent confrontation in 2012, Fulton has become an inspiring spokesperson for parents and concerned citizens across the country.

The publicity surrounding Trayvon’s death and the ensuing trial catapulted the country into national debate. Despite the intense struggle of losing a child, Fulton has become a role model to many by turning her grief into advocacy. Remaining strong throughout the trial and ensuing months, she lends her voice to speak against violence towards children and the need to build better, safer communities for all.

Discussion Guide

Documented Featured Film Showings

Feb. 16 @ 12 p.m. - 2 p.m.

Feb. 18 @ 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Location: Davenport University Lettinga Campus - Sneden Auditorium 

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

In 2011, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas outed himself as an undocumented immigrant in the New York Times Magazine. Documented chronicles his journey to America from the Philippines as a child; his public struggle as an immigration reform activist/provocateur; and his journey inward as he reconnects with his mother, whom he hasn’t seen in 20 years. A broken immigration system leads to broken families and broken lives.

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, 2013, and 2014 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."



HEED Logo 2014