Why Urban Education?

Helping all children succeed academically begins at Davenport University. Davenport’s College of Urban Education promotes equity, creativity and opportunity for all children. Delivering an equitable education leads to increases in engagement and performance and, ultimately, higher academic achievement. Davenport is generating an impact that begins early in children’s lives and leads to higher education and higher paying jobs for the future. Imagine how, together, we can extend that impact to children in urban districts, throughout Michigan and across the nation.

Together we can transform the landscape of urban education, meeting the unique educational demands of K-12 urban classrooms. Davenport University’s College of Urban Education offers master’s, bachelor’s and certificate programs to support career goals for both teaching and leading in urban schools.

Our partners

Davenport University partners with school systems and community organizations to provide real-world opportunities for training urban educators.

Our partnerships include: 

  • Detroit Public Schools Community District
  • Grand Rapids Public Schools
  • Grand Rapids Urban League
  • Michigan Education Corps
  • Michigan Elementary and Middle School Principals Association  (MEMSPA)
  • Muskegon Heights Public School Academy System
  • National Heritage Academies

Meet the team

Davenport’s College of Urban Education team comprises individuals with over 30 years of experience, collectively. Areas of expertise include elementary and secondary teaching and educational leadership as well as certification in online learning instruction. We offer students mentorship to guide them to become an in-demand urban educator.

Susan Gunn

Susan Gunn, Ph.D.

Dean, College of Urban Education
Image of Rashid Faisal, Ed.D.

Rashid Faisal, Ed.D.

Associate Professor and Department Chair, College of Urban Education