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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
Yale Grad Students’ Fast Ends: What Did It Achieve?
Protesters drew attention to labor conditions on the campus and their struggle to get administrators to bargain with their union. But the university still refuses to come to the table.
Bowie State Sends Hundreds of Graduates Out Into the World, and Mourns Another
A week of celebration turned to sadness at a historically black college after a ROTC cadet was slain in a possibly racist attack.
Middlebury Punishes 67 Students for Charles Murray Protest
The sanctions ranged from probation to official discipline, with more-severe punishments going to those who continued to protest after the speaker left the lecture hall.
What Trump’s Proposed 2018 Budget Would Mean for Higher Ed
A number of student-aid programs would be eliminated, the NIH and NSF would suffer major cuts, and the arts and humanities endowments would be phased out. But the plan may change significantly in Congress.
Your Daily Briefing, a New Feature for Chronicle Subscribers
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.
Georgetown U. Professor Doesn’t Shy From a Fight With the Alt-Right
The scholar has drawn vicious attacks online after a confrontation that got Richard Spencer kicked out of a gym. Unfazed, she fights back.
Trump Administration Is Expected to Propose 18% Cut in NIH Budget
In a document posted online and then removed, funding for the National Institutes of Health would drop from $31.8 billion to $26 billion. But Congress may ignore the plan.
Iowa Faculty, Resigned to Harreld’s Leadership, Still Waiting for Results
The controversy over Bruce Harreld’s hiring has quieted, but many faculty members remain dispirited by challenges facing the university.
How Baylor’s First Female President Plans to Move Past the Sex-Assault Scandals
Linda A. Livingstone, dean of the George Washington School of Business, said she is confident that cultural change can happen on the Texas campus.
Why a Fafsa Tool’s Continued Outage Hits Community Colleges So Hard
The government has pledged to get a key Fafsa-filing resource back online by the time the next financial-aid season begins. But for many students, the current season hasn't even started yet.
Bro Adams Announces Resignation as NEH Chairman
Mr. Adams is set to resign on the same day that President Trump is expected to propose cuts in many government programs in his latest budget plan.
Black Student’s Stabbing Death at U. of Maryland Is Being Investigated as a Hate Crime
The university police on the College Park campus say the student arrested in connection with the attack was part of a Facebook group known as “Alt-Reich Nation.”
Attempt to Get Trump’s Tax Returns May Have Alerted IRS to Data Tool’s Vulnerability
A newsmagazine says the FBI questioned a suspect in such an attempt last fall. The IRS says it learned of the data-retrieval tool’s vulnerability about the same time, before taking the tool offline in March.
U. of Maine Approves a Restructuring of Its Presque Isle Campus
The step is another in a series of cost-cutting consolidations the system has taken or is considering across its seven campuses.
Appointments, Resignations, Deaths (5/26/2017)
The director of the Aspen Institute Arts Program was named president of the Juilliard School, and the president of the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology was appointed secretary of the U.S. Air Force.
Fellowships (5/26/2017)
Both the American Council on Education and the National Association of College and University Business Officers have announced their 2017-18 fellows.  
What Industry Wants
Intel’s director of university programs talks with The Chronicle about the challenges of aligning curricula with reality.
College as the ‘Gateway Drug’ to Rootlessness
In a new book, two English professors analyze the writer Wendell Berry’s depictions of how higher education harms communities.
What I'm Reading: ‘Why Write?’
A book by an English professor advises academics, and everyone, on the pleasures and perils of writing.
What Will It Take to Change the Presidency?
Most community-college leaders are white men. The next generation demands diversity.
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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