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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.


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
In a Polarized Climate, Libertarian Students Look for Common Ground
Activists who recently gathered for the International Students for Liberty Conference spoke out about where they fit into the sharply partisan debates playing out on their campuses.
Professor Who Urged an Election Recount Thinks Trump Won, but Voting Integrity Still Concerns Him
"The 2016 election is pretty well settled," says J. Alex Halderman, "but I am extremely worried about what is going to happen in 2018 and 2020."
Why Trans* Students Matter
The author of a recent book on transgender college students worries about Trump's rollback of Obama-era protections and advocates moving beyond "best practices" for inclusion.
Your Daily Briefing, a New Feature for Chronicle Subscribers
We've started a new email, for subscribers only, that briefs readers on everything they need to know in higher ed to start the day. Here's a sample.
Trump Administration Rescinds Obama-Era Guidance on Transgender Students
A "Dear Colleague" letter from the Education and Justice Departments says that "there must be due regard for the primary role of the states and local school districts."
College Board Seeks to Tighten SAT Security Worldwide
The company that owns the admissions test is taking steps to prevent leaks and dissuade potential cheaters after a wave of test stealing led to canceled exams in China last year.
Jerry Falwell Jr. Has the President’s Ear. Should Higher Ed Speak With Him?
Many college leaders are more than willing to see the Liberty University president champion deregulation. But fewer are eager to be associated with his political views.
Researchers Are Divided as FDA Moves to Regulate Gene Editing
To supporters, the agency is simply trying to keep up with the science. To detractors, it’s a reach for authority so broad as to go beyond any reasonable definition of the Food and Drug Administration’s mandate.
In Free-Tuition Proposal, Wisconsin Student Activists Seek to Keep the Pressure On
While the proposal to make tuition free for black students made headlines, University of Wisconsin at Madison students say they’re thinking strategically. And the university says it is making strides.
Iowa Bill Would Force Universities to Consider Political Affiliation in Faculty Hiring
A state senator who previously has taken shots at higher education describes his new measure as intended to reduce professors’ partisan slants while making them better known to students.
Meet the Math Professor Who’s Fighting Gerrymandering With Geometry
Moon Duchin has helped create a program to train mathematicians to be expert witnesses in court cases over redrawn electoral districts. She explains why it’s "the right moment" to pursue this new approach.
Dean at Georgia Tech Will Be New Chancellor of UC-Davis
Gary May, dean of engineering, will succeed the controversial Linda P.B. Katehi, pending board approval, on August 1.
Grad Student Finds Lost Novel by Walt Whitman That Hints at 'Leaves of Grass'
The tale was published anonymously in an obscure New York newspaper in 1852, before the writer won fame for his poetry.
Job-Killing Computerization Sets Its Sights on the University Researcher
At this past weekend’s annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, scientists also heard broader warnings about the threats to American workers posed by computerized automation.
Feeling Under Siege by Trump, Scientists Plot Their Response
Researchers’ anxiety was evident at the AAAS meeting in Boston over the weekend. They want to push back against attacks on science, but don’t want to be seen as just another political interest group.
What's Up With Hive, a Nascent Successor to Yik Yak
Yik Yak, an app notorious for anonymous gossip, generated controversy on campuses. Its successor focuses on productivity.
Red and Blue Roommates
Matt and Zain have been friends since third grade. One voted for Donald Trump. The other is Muslim. A friendship is being tested.
Behind Ugly Locker-Room Talk, Divisions of Class and Race
An ugly episode of locker-room talk at Amherst College exposes deeper divisions of class and race.
Professors Can Help Make a Project Fly
One way to obtain buy-in from wary faculty members is to highlight how a project would improve teaching and learning.
Appointments, Resignations, Deaths (2/24/2017)
Marvin Krislov, president of Oberlin College, was hired to lead Pace University, and Joe Biden, the former vice president of the United States, will head new academic centers at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Delaware.  
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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