Back to Home
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
UVa Employee, Who Clashed With White Supremacists on Campus, Suffers a Stroke
If Tyler Magill's condition is linked to the violence at a Friday march, it could raise further questions about the university's approach to securing its campus.
U. of Florida Denies White Supremacist Richard Spencer's Request for Event Space
Florida's president, W. Kent Fuchs, said the rhetoric of racists and white nationalists was "repugnant" and "counter to everything the university and this nation stands for."
The KKK Once Gave UVa $1,000. These Professors Want the University to Admit It.
As the University of Virginia grappled with the issue of white supremacists who stormed the campus this past weekend, administrators faced another problem: their institution’s historical ties to the Ku Klux Klan.
Enrollment Managers’ No. 1 Job: Communicating With Campus Leaders and Professors
Newly retired as Purdue University’s enrollment chief, Pamela Horne reflects on the importance of explaining all that data — and the value of college.
One Way to Improve Your College Town: Pay Your Faculty to Live There
The University of the Ozarks is offering bonuses to employees who buy homes in Clarksville, Ark. The benefit is one of several initiatives colleges are deploying to try to develop their local communities.
Troubled Charlotte School of Law Will Close Its Doors, Reports Say
The for-profit institution lost access to federal funds in December and lost its license to operate in North Carolina last week.
Your Daily Briefing
We’ve started a new email, for individual subscribers only, that briefs readers on everything they need to know in higher ed to start the day. Here’s a sample.
Charlottesville Violence Sparks New Worries About Safety During Campus Protests
Texas A&M University canceled an outsider’s planned "White Lives Matter" event as experts warned colleges to be prepared for violence like what occurred this past weekend in Virginia.
Did UVa Miss Signs of Looming Violence?
Professors and activists say university officials failed to spot indications of a melee in the making, leaving students vulnerable.
Why Universities Are Unlikely to Heed Calls for Punishing Students at Rally
After internet sleuths identified some participants in a white-nationalist rally as students, calls poured in for their colleges to expel them or take other disciplinary action. Colleges’ options, however, are limited.
Teaching: What Works In and Around the Classroom
This new resource brings together insights about teaching and learning. Here's a sample.
Here's What Betsy DeVos Told the Associated Press About Higher Ed
The education secretary spoke about sexual assault and race-conscious admissions, in addition to other topics.
Are Small Colleges Doomed? Not So Fast
A study finds that 67 percent of small and midsize private institutions are at or above the threshold of financial viability.
Beyond a President’s Worst Fears, a Mob With Torches Arrived
"Violence was no longer hypothetical," Teresa Sullivan says as she recounts the events of Friday night, when a large throng of white-supremacist protesters pushed through UVa’s campus.
Explore the States Data
Sort data on nearly 50 measures to see how your state is doing in comparison to others.
When White Supremacists Descend, What Can a College President Do?
The chaos in Charlottesville, Va., this weekend added a dangerous element to what was already expected to be a contentious climate when students return to college this fall.
As White Supremacists Wreak Havoc, a University Becomes a Crisis Center
The University of Virginia canceled a day of programming as alt-right marchers clashed with counter-protesters in Charlottesville. Scenes of violence were broadcast nationwide.
White Nationalists’ March at UVa Ends in Violence at Statue of Thomas Jefferson
Several attendees struck others with torches, and the police arrested at least one person, according to news reports. The university’s president, Teresa A. Sullivan, condemned the violence.
U.S. Asks Court to Put Hold on Lawsuit as It Reviews 2011 Title IX Guidance
The Education Department asked for a 90-day suspension of proceedings in a lawsuit over its guidance on campus sexual-assault policy, because it is “reviewing” the guidance at the center of the case.
For One Astronomer, a Solar Eclipse Illuminates Progress for Women in the Field
In the 19th century, as an eclipse neared, the U.S. government refused to send female scientists to get a closer look. Times have changed, but the discipline still struggles with harassment and sexism.
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. 

Group: 
This is a closed group. Only a group administrator can add you.