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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
At Harvard Admissions Trial, a Dean Defends Decades of His Work
William R. Fitzsimmons, who has led the university’s admissions program for more than 30 years, was questioned on Tuesday by lawyers in a case that is challenging Harvard’s race-conscious policy.
There’s a Newfound Enthusiasm for Women’s Colleges. But Can They Keep It Going?
Social changes like the #MeToo movement have opened students’ eyes to the benefits of women’s colleges, their leaders say.
2 Academic Groups Urge U. of Michigan to Use Restraint in Clash Over Letters of Recommendation
The American Political Science Association and the American Association of University Professors asked the university to rethink its response to faculty members who decline to support students bound for Israel.
DeVos Calls Democratic Senator’s Public Criticism of Draft Title IX Rules ‘Unbecoming and Irresponsible’
In a clash of tweets, the education secretary said Sen. Patty Murray was seeking to “sow fear and falsehood.”
Can an Innovative Online College Help Adults Stay Employed?
Foundry College is designed to prepare adults for middle-skill jobs that won’t leave them vulnerable to losing their livelihoods to a robot in the years to come.
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MIT Plans $1-Billion Project to Develop Artificial Intelligence — and to Tackle Challenges the Technology Will Create
Fueled by $650 million in gifts so far and 50 faculty hires, a new college will break down interdisciplinary silos and explore both the future and implications of the growing field.
U. of Texas Overhauls Program on Masculinity to Avoid Stigma
MasculinUT will continue to focus on reducing sexual assault, but the program will move away from the campus mental-health center.
American U. Professor Is Awarded $1.33 Million in Age-Discrimination Lawsuit
Loubna Skalli Hanna’s lawyers argued that the provost’s denial of her bid for tenure was unlawful.
Harvard Admissions Trial Opens With Arguments Focused on Diversity
In a packed courtroom, the lawyer representing critics of the university’s undergraduate admissions policy said, “Diversity is not on trial here.” Harvard’s lawyer suggested that without such a policy, the courtroom would not be as diverse as it is.
How Henrietta Schmerler Was Lost, Then Found
Almost 90 years ago, a young anthropologist was murdered in the field. The case still speaks volumes about sexual assault and how we explain it away.
How a Low-Profile Leader Made Big Changes at Indiana U.
With little fanfare, Michael McRobbie has brought about a renewal on a campus where many once felt progress had halted.
Harvard’s Race-Conscious Admissions Policy Goes on Trial on Monday. Here’s What to Expect.
The latest front in the fight over affirmative action opens in a federal courtroom in Boston and could have lasting implications for colleges nationwide.
At Stanford, a Conservative Student Was Confronted at a Pro-Kavanaugh Event. Now He’s Pressing Charges.
The dust-up was just one of several campus clashes this week as some students celebrated the appointment of the newest Supreme Court justice.
Miami U. Senior Wins Chronicle’s Award for Young Journalists
Megan Zahneis, a student at the university in Ohio, was honored with The Chronicle’s 2018 David W. Miller Award, which is presented to the top intern who worked at The Chronicle during the previous year.
New Roles Focus on First-Generation Students’ Issues
More four-year colleges are hiring managers to foster a sense of community among first-generation students.
How 3 Colleges Changed Their Sexual-Assault Practices in Response to a National Survey
The survey, sponsored by the Association of American Universities, prompted more hiring for Title IX offices and other shifts to improve how campuses respond to reports of sexual misconduct.
For U. of Virginia’s Miller Center, a Reckoning in the #MeToo Era
Complaints about sexual harassment inside the esteemed public-policy institute have provoked a difficult reflection about how big donors and scholars alike let its culture go so wrong.
Transitions: Samuel Merritt U. Selects New Leader, U. of Mississippi Names Chief of Research
Ching-Hua Wang will become Samuel Merritt's second president in November. Josh Gladden has served as Ole Miss's interim vice chancellor of research since 2016.
Chancellor Dies at Southern Illinois U.
Carlo D. Montemagno had led the university’s Carbondale campus since August 2017.
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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