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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
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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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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
Turning Point USA Is Accused of Abandoning Kent State Chapter Following Diaper Fiasco
The ex-president of the campus chapter says the conservative organization’s top leaders muzzled her and threw her group "under the bus" after its October event was lampooned on social media.
How These Professors Assign Their Own Books With a Clean Conscience
Putting one’s own work on the syllabus can be logical. But the mild self-enrichment — or appearance of such — has some academics jumping through hoops to avoid it.
After 2016 Election, Campus Hate Crimes Seemed to Jump. Here’s What the Data Tell Us.
Reports of ugly incidents were all over the news in the weeks after Donald J. Trump’s surprising victory. Recently released government statistics help paint a picture of what really happened on campuses.
Running Out of Time in the Land of Opportunity
She’s an undocumented student fearing the death of DACA. He’s a Haitian citizen with a deadline to leave the United States. They’ve fallen in love. What do they do now?  
Inside Auburn’s Secret Effort to Advance an Athlete-Friendly Curriculum
Documents show that academic leaders discussed tailoring programs for the specific benefit of athletes, and no one is seriously asking if that’s a problem.
She Wrote a Farewell Letter to Colleagues. Then 80,000 People Read It.
Erin Bartram reflects on her overnight transformation from spurned scholar to prophet of the academic jobless. 
A College Designed for Adults
At College Unbound, a new institution in Rhode Island, the curriculum and services reflect the life and work experiences of older students. “We’ve tried to become what they needed,” says Adam Bush, its provost.
Bill Would Hold College Presidents Accountable for Sexual Abuse by Employees
The legislation, introduced in the U.S. Senate, would require campus leaders to certify annually that they have reviewed all incidents of sexual misconduct reported to the Title IX coordinator, among other things.
The New Landscape for International Students
President Trump’s efforts to limit travel to the United States from several countries have affected many would-be international students. Here’s what American colleges are doing to attract them anyway.
Professors and Free Speech
Some professors nowadays fear for their jobs or their safety on account of their views at a time of high partisan tensions. Here are the stories of several professors in the cross hairs, and how their colleges responded.
Harnessing the Power of the Developing Brain
What professors — and students — should know about the advantages and limitations of the teenage brain.  
How One Campus Is Dealing With Its Ties to a 20th-Century White Supremacist
Universities are often called upon to remove the names of racists from their buildings. But as one campus reveals, the more complex the figure, the more difficult the project.
Inside the Process That Jump-Starts Federal Sex-Harassment Lawsuits
Filing charges with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is a necessary prelude to pursuing a federal case. Here’s what the data show about who files and what happens next.
The 7 Things Students Think About When Choosing a College
Those who enroll in public institutions tend to think about affordability first, while those who opt for private colleges are more likely to rely on reputation, a study finds.
Michigan State’s Faculty Senate Votes No Confidence in Embattled Trustees
It’s yet another sign of the tensions that have continued to simmer on the campus since the recent sentencing hearings for Larry Nassar, formerly a sports doctor at the university, who abused at least 265 young women and girls.
Princeton Professor Cancels Course After His Use of a Racial Slur Angered Students
The university affirmed its values of free speech and inclusivity after Lawrence Rosen used the word three times in a discussion of hate speech.
Garrison Keillor Says He Was ‘Embarrassed’ by Now-Removed Plaque at U. of Minnesota
The former radio host and writer, who has been accused of sexual harassment, says he “never wanted” a place on the university’s Scholars Walk.
The Daily Briefing
The Daily Briefing tells individual subscribers everything they need to know about higher ed. Here’s a sample.
Harvard’s Next President: Another ‘White Male Economist Named Larry’
At a moment when gender and race are on everyone’s mind, the selection of Lawrence S. Bacow to lead America’s oldest university seems like a return to the past.
Bringing Back Adult Students Takes More Than a Catchy Campaign
As many states and universities make efforts to help former students earn their degrees, the University of Memphis seems to have found a winning formula.
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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