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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
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.

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.

Resources

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
Adjuncts at Colorado Community Colleges Lack Academic-Freedom Protections, AAUP Says
The association cites an adjunct's firing as evidence of broader problems in the treatment of part-time instructors.
A Woman Leader Advises: Get the Right Credential
Judy L. Genshaft, president of the University of South Florida, is among the still-small group of women who lead research universities. Her advice to others? Get the right credential, and be prepared for the demands and sacrifices of the job.
For Community-College Presidents, a Challenging Role Yields High Turnover
The top job is changing rapidly, and a number of long-tenured leaders are retiring. That has put their offices in a state of flux.
Moody's Calls Trump’s Proposed Budget Cuts a Credit Negative for Higher Ed
Steep cuts in research funding and the elimination of some programs would hurt higher education, a report says.
No-Confidence Vote Exposes Racial Tensions Among Faculty at Kentucky State U.
Some professors at the historically black university complain of racial disparities in promotion and tenure, but the incoming president vows to strive for reconciliation.
Chapel Hill Replaced KKK Name, but Not the Debate
As University of North Carolina officials try to make a building renaming into a teaching moment, some students describe a lingering discontent over the campus climate.
Regional Labor Panels Are Hailed as Likely to Improve Colleges’ Relations With Adjuncts
At a national gathering of people who hammer out academic labor contracts, both sides saw value in having colleges collaborate in dealing with contingent faculty unions.
Weeks After Charles Murray’s Visit, Middlebury Continues to Debate the Contours of Free Speech
Students and faculty are still divided over whether the controversial political scientist should have been given a platform on their campus. They view the dialogue that has emerged as important work.
With IRS Data Tool Down, Lawmakers Ask Education Dept. to Help Students
The bipartisan group of legislators urged the department to help states devise work-arounds, such as pushing back deadlines for financial-aid applications, among other things.
At Moment of Danger, NIH’s Director Is Seen as Its Chief Protector
President Trump wants to cut the agency’s budget by nearly 20 percent. Like other directors before him, Francis Collins is now thrust into a position at odds with his president.
A Defender of Impoverished Students, and a Scholar of Their Struggles
Sara Goldrick-Rab, a sociology professor at Temple University, describes how college costs and financial-aid structures cut out low-income students. This is part of a special series of video highlights from SXSWedu, produced by The Chronicle.
How a Big Bet on Higher Education Split a State in Two
Six decades ago, North Carolina banked on its research universities to revive its economy. The plan worked, but it left much of the state behind.
Appointments, Resignations, Deaths (3/31/2017)
A new president will lead Yale-NUS College, in Singapore, and the University of Oregon’s School of Law appointed a new dean.  
What I'm Reading: ‘Drive’
After reading a book about what drives people, a professor turned his attention to his students’ internal motivations.
A Venerable Resource for Collaborations
Colleges that want to develop or maintain productive team efforts can look to the Association for Collaborative Leadership.
‘How to Think Clearly’
Eugenia Cheng, an accomplished pianist, mathematician, and YouTube personality, proposes that learning advanced math has value beyond calculating your mortgage.
4 Consortia and Their Advice for Colleges
How they started, what they focus on, and what they have to suggest.
How Colleges Cut Costs by Embracing Collaboration
More private colleges want to form partnerships to share administrative expenses. But such coordination isn’t easy.
Selected New Books on Higher Education
Among the latest titles are guides on how to become a public scholar and how to do undergraduate research.
Hookup Culture Varies at 3 Types of Catholic Colleges
A professor of theology delves into how the cultural pressure to engage in casual sex affects students at different religious institutions.
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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