Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Upcoming DEI Events
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.
- Participate in Cultural Engagement Events and Observances
- Develop New Programs
- Serve on the DEI Council
- Strengthen your global and intercultural competency by participating in trainings
Awards and Recognitions
2016 ERG & Council Honors Award
The Davenport University Diverisity, Equity and Inclusion Council was selected as one of the Top 25 employee resource groups and councils. This annual national award recognizes and honors the outstanding contributions and achievements of Employee Resource Group, Business Resource Groups and Diversity Councils. It was established in 2008 by the Association of ERGs & Councils, a practice group of diversity and inclusion consulting and training firm PRISM International, Inc.
Hispanic Advocate Award
Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award
Davenport University has been recognized as a 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 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 includes all aspects of diversity including gender, race, ethnicity, veterans, people with disabilities, and members of the LGBT community."
2016 Diversity Award
The Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce Diversity Visionary Awards recognizes individuals and organizations for their exemplary efforts, advancements and contributions to ensure diversity, inclusion and equity within their own institution or community. In 2014, Davenport University was one of two finalists for this competitive award. In 2016, Davenport University was the recipient of this prestigious award. Watch this video to learn more about our DEI approach.
Level 1 PRFC Partner
In April 2016, Davenport University achieved Level I Partner Designation recognizing "the contribution and the commitment the University has given to understanding the significance of racial justice in the workplace" and the University's efforts to become a racism-free community.
Michigan Veteran-Friendly School
In 2016, Davenport University was recognized as GOLD-level Veteran Friendly School by the Michigan Veteran Affairs Agency for the second year in a row! The Michigan Veteran-Friendly School program recognizes academic institutions of higher learning committed to supporting the needs of student veterans and dependents. The program awards Gold-, Silver- and Bronze-level status to institutions that offer veteran-centric services and programs.
Corp! Salute to Diversity 2016 Diversity Business Leader
In 2016, Dr. Rhae-Ann Booker, executive director of diversity equity and inclusion, was recognized as a Corp! magazine 2016 Salute to Diversity Award winners. This award recognizes outstanding leadership in diversity and multiculturalism in the state of Michigan and 'celebrates Michigan's leaders who have displayed significant achievement in diversity.'