Back to Home

Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

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.

Upcoming DEI Events

Most events are streamed live and can be viewed at For a complete list of upcoming events, see the Cultural Engagement Calendar

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.

Awards and Recognitions


Best for Vets: Colleges 2017

Davenport has once again been honored by the Military Times in its Best for Vets: Colleges 2017 rankings. The eighth annual rankings factor in the results of Military Times’ comprehensive school-by-school survey of veteran and military student offerings and rates of academic achievement. As with all Best for Vets rankings, Best for Vets: Colleges 2017 is an editorially independent news project that evaluates the many factors that help make colleges and universities a good fit for service members, military veterans and their families. More than 500 colleges took part in this year’s detailed survey. This is Davenport’s second year to make the list!


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 

Davenport University was the 2014 recipient of this award from the Committee to Honor César E. Chávez, a local community-collegiate collaborative for advancing the interests of Hispanics.


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."

HEED Logo 2014

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.'