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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 Resources
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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.

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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.

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Services and Resources

Davenport's DEI office is committed to enhancing our learning, living and work environment. Listed below are links to a variety of information resources for students, staff and faculty.

Diversity and Equity News
Illinois Regulators Are Investigating a Psychiatrist Whose Research With Children Was Marred by Misconduct
A former University of Illinois at Chicago researcher is at the center of an inquiry by a medical-licensing and disciplinary board.
Temple Board Condemns Professor Who Criticized Israel but Defends His Freedom of Speech
Marc Lamont Hill, a professor of media studies and urban education, sparked a furor when he advocated “a free Palestine from the river to the sea,” a phrase that has been used by some anti-Israel terror groups.
How Can Colleges Help Liberal-Arts Majors Enter the Job Market? Here’s What You Told Us.
A greater investment in professional development, syllabi that focus on skills, and a touch of the liberal arts in professional majors: These are among the proposals from newsletter readers.
The Daily Briefing
The Daily Briefing tells individual subscribers everything they need to know about higher ed. Here’s a sample.
U. of Minnesota’s Presidential Search Provokes Key Question: What’s Behind Door No. 2?
The search is down to a sole finalist after two contenders declined to be publicly named, and one regent says the imperfect process may also have violated open-meetings laws.
How U. of Michigan Appealed to Low-Income Students With a Colorful Invitation — and a Promise of Aid
In an experiment described in a new working paper, the university made a letter promising financial aid seem like a golden ticket.
2 Wisconsin Chancellors, Tainted by Controversies, Are Denied Raises
Joe Gow brought an adult-film star to the La Crosse campus for free-speech week; Beverly Kopper’s husband was found responsible for sexually harassing employees at UW-Whitewater.
Bridging the Gap Between Science and Government
Administrators in new roles work to shape federal science policy and help university researchers communicate the value of their efforts.
How Scandal and Severance Enrich Private-College Presidents
The Chronicle’s 2018 executive-compensation report, on the presidents of private colleges, demonstrates that leaving a college under a cloud can result in a lot of greenbacks along with the pink slip.
Silent Sam Protesters at Chapel Hill Embrace a New Tactic: a ‘Grade Strike’
Teaching assistants at the University of North Carolina’s flagship are threatening to withhold thousands of student grades unless the administration withdraws its plan to keep the Confederate statue on the campus.
Fallout From For-Profit College Chain’s Closure Could Have Been Prevented
The Education Corporation of America’s problems were well-known. Why was its accreditor surprised?
Saudi Partnerships Are Too Valuable to Give Up, MIT Report Concludes
Despite mounting evidence that Saudi Arabia’s leader was directly involved in Jamal Khashoggi’s assassination, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and other colleges are hesitating to cut lucrative ties with the country.
Transitions: New President for the College of Charleston, Quinnipiac U. Names New Chief of Staff
Andrew T. Hsu, the College of Charleston's next president, is provost at the University of Toledo. Quinnipiac's new vice president and chief of staff comes from Yale University.
A Climate Scientist Takes On Deniers, Including the Denier in Chief
Katharine Hayhoe, an atmospheric scientist at Texas Tech University, relies on her religious faith, as well as her work, to hope that climate change will be acknowledged and dealt with.
How One University Uses ‘Sneaky Learning’ to Help Students Develop Good Study Habits
The strategies that students employ are typically based on intuition, not science. How can colleges persuade them to learn more effectively?
What Would It Take to Keep Campus Protests Safe? One Idea: a ‘Mobile Force Platoon’
A proposal for the University of North Carolina system has drawn fire for its steep cost and for what one critic termed its “totalitarian” approach.
You’ve Heard the Conservative Case Against Higher Ed. But Have You Read the Novel?
If you were to build a religion around the most extreme higher-ed stereotypes peddled by the likes of Breitbart and Campus Reform, Trigger Warning would be its sacred text.
Professors Share: The Moment That Changed the Way I Teach
We asked a few well-regarded instructors to tell us about an experience that marked a turning point in their approach to the classroom. Here’s what they had to say.
Amazon Mania Revealed These 3 Things About Higher Ed
Proposals to the giant online retailer as it sought a second headquarters showed universities’ openness to collaborate with industry and with one another.
Moody’s Gives Higher Ed a Negative Outlook, Again
The main reason for the finding, according to the credit-rating agency, is low revenue growth from tuition.
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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