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Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Equipping and supporting faculty, staff and students for inclusive excellence at DU

We 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. DEI is the framework for the way we engage talent and use resources, including but not limited to physical and fiscal, to conduct business as we equip students, staff and faculty for an inclusive way of being and leading in the world.

Initiatives and Opportunities
DEI Vision

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.

Inclusion Initiatives

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.

Resources

The Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion offer many resources. Below are ways that Davenport can help you.

In Addition, students can access the resources below for other services.

Diversity and Equity News
Obamacare Repeal Could Bring Relief for Colleges, Uncertainty for Adjuncts
Republicans in Congress are working to roll back the Affordable Care Act. What its replacement could mean for higher ed and its work force is anybody’s guess.
How Hard Is It for a University to Revoke a Ph.D.?
The case of a Trump aide who bowed out of a White House post after reports that she had plagiarized parts of her dissertation raises questions about what actions an institution can take.
DeVos Takes Center Stage: Highlights From Her Confirmation Hearing
The education-secretary nominee avoided specifics as senators pressed for her positions on issues including student debt, regulations on for-profit-colleges, and Title IX.
Janet Napolitano, U. of California System President, Is Being Treated for Cancer
She was hospitalized on Monday because of side effects from her treatment, which is nearly complete, according to a statement from her office.
Anchorage Faculty Senate Votes No Confidence in U. of Alaska President
The university's consolidation of its education programs on the Juneau campus has faculty members at Anchorage worried about the future of their own campus.
Leader of For-Profit College Says He Was Fired for Sheltering Homeless Student
The president of Vatterott College at Kansas City says he allowed the student to stay in the library on a freezing night.
5 Things to Know About Betsy DeVos
A primer on President-elect Donald J. Trump’s pick for education secretary, whose confirmation hearings begin today.
On Eve of Trump Inaugural, Harvard Official Takes Key Title IX Post at Education Dept.
Mia Karvonides will advise top people at the department’s Office for Civil Rights and will help enforce the federal gender-equity law.
Following Plagiarism Reports, Trump Aide Bows Out of White House Post
Two news organizations discovered evidence that Monica Crowley had plagiarized parts of a book as well as passages from her doctoral dissertation at Columbia University.
Idaho State Settles Sex-Harassment Suit for $170,000
An employee who worked for the university's Museum of Natural History said she'd been assaulted by her boss and then punished by the institution after she complained.
A New Panel Tackles a Familiar Challenge: How to Make the Ph.D. Serve a Broader Need
Graduate programs in the sciences serve faculty members, universities, and research agencies very well, says the leader of a committee convened by the National Academies. But too often, students and employers don’t come out ahead.
The Need for More M.D.-Ph.D. Hybrids, and What Colleges Are Doing About It
Physician-scientists are uniquely adept at translating basic discoveries into cures. But graduate programs aren't producing many such scholars.
The Fine Art of Sniffing Out Crappy Science
Two professors at the University of Washington want to teach students how to survive the avalanche of false or misleading data shaken loose by shifts in media, technology, and politics.
Blue Bubble in a Red State
Like many flagships, the University of Kansas is a liberal enclave, separated from many of the communities it was created to serve. What responsibility do those campuses have to make the bubble more porous?
What 4 Colleges Are Doing to Groom New Leaders
Rutgers, for example, runs a leadership-development institute — for grad students.
How to Cultivate Faculty Leaders
To build pools of potential leaders, colleges are trying to change the negative ways administrative roles are viewed, and give faculty members structured opportunities to learn behind the scenes.
One Professor Looks to Lead as a Way to Push Change
Through a University of Georgia program, Sheneka Williams hopes to enter higher-education administration.
‘Uncharted Waters’ for Higher Education in the Trump Era
As the president-elect prepares to take office, many questions remain about his education policies. But his rhetoric is already having an impact on campuses.
Appointments, Resignations, Deaths (1/20/2017)
The University of Miami’s provost was appointed George Washington University’s president, and Harvard’s Title IX officer will direct the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights.  
City College of San Francisco, Which Fought Accreditor, Wins Back Full Recognition
The community college battled vigorously over the past few years to avoid losing its accreditation.
Davenport Earns Visionary Award for 2016

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.

Rhae-Ann Booker
Executive Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI)
Lettinga Campus

Rhae-Ann Booker serves as the Executive Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) at Davenport University. She earned both her MSW and PhD in Evaluation, Measurement and Research Design at Western Michigan University, and her BA in Sociology at Calvin College. Her research interests include diversity strategies, organizational development, and college access. She leads strategic planning and the development of training curricula and programs to strengthen skills and commitment for compositionally and behaviorally advancing inclusion.  She is also a certified Cultural Intelligence (CQ) facilitator. 

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