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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.


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
A Case of Mistaken Identity Spurs Hateful Messages for a Sikh Professor
The website Campus Reform corrected an article that initially purported to show the professor (it was actually his brother) giving two middle fingers to Trump Tower. But not before the hate started pouring in.
When Substance Abuse Hits the C-Suite
The University of Southern California’s cautious response to a former dean’s drug-fueled double life highlights an uneasy balance of compassion and accountability that such cases often evoke.
Groups Call on Civil-Rights Official to Reject ‘90 Percent’ Statement on Campus-Rape Cases
The National Women’s Law Center, joined by more than 50 other groups, said in a letter that Candice Jackson’s remark last week sent a “destructive and inaccurate message.”
Need Dorms? Here’s One College’s ‘Crazy’ Idea to Recycle 3 Buildings
Instead of demolishing and rebuilding the 55-bed residence halls, Goucher is moving them, intact, to another spot on the Maryland campus.
Former Top Official in Obama’s Education Dept. Is Named President of ACE
The American Council on Education’s choice is Ted Mitchell, under secretary of education from 2014 to 2017, who will take office as the Trump administration seeks to dismantle some of his policy priorities.
Students Accused of Sexual Assault Have the Government’s Ear. What Are Their Goals?
These students and their allies stress that they want the campus disciplinary process to be fair. But that’s not all they’re fighting for.
Adjunct at BYU-Idaho Says She Lost Her Job for Facebook Post Supporting Homosexuality
A practicing Mormon, Ruthie Robertson said she was given the chance to remove the post, but she stood by her beliefs, which she said she had never expressed in the classroom.
Texas A&M Removes Provost Over Conflicts of Interest
The office of the provost paid her spouse more than $114,000. The university acted after an investigation cited the provost for five breaches of the code of conduct.
President Trump Made a Promise to Black Colleges. It Hasn’t Happened.
The White House Initiative on HBCUs was to be moved from the Education Department to the West Wing.
Heard About the Facilities Arms Race? One Professor Says You Should Be Skeptical
Kevin R. McClure keeps a list of news articles that describe a boom in campus amenities. He questions that phenomenon and whether those projects are really driving up tuition.
‘If There’s an Organized Outrage Machine, We Need an Organized Response’
In a time when scholars’ comments can bring them under intense scrutiny, professors contemplate ways to actively support their colleagues.
U. of Central Florida Student Says He Was Suspended for Viral Tweet of Ex’s Apology
After Nick Lutz graded his former girlfriend’s letter of apology with a red pen and posted it on Twitter, it was retweeted more than 100,000 times. He says the university told him he had violated rules of conduct on disruption and cyberbullying.
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Medical-School Dean Is Said to Have Led a Secret Life With Illicit Drugs and Prostitutes
In a bombshell report, the Los Angeles Times says a prolific fund raiser and renowned eye surgeon at the University of Southern California was also a wild partyer. He has since stepped down.
Former Medical Dean at U. of Southern California Was a Drug User, Newspaper Reports
Carmen Puliafito was with a young woman in a hotel room last year when she overdosed, and he partied on the campus with small-time criminals, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Key Democrat Calls for DeVos to Remove Top Civil-Rights Official
Sen. Patty Murray of Washington urged the education secretary to remove Candice E. Jackson after her “callous” comments on campus sexual assault.
Buildings That Foster Collaboration
Colleges have put up a wide range of buildings designed to give scholars with divergent interests reasons to talk with one another. Now the interdisciplinary approach includes the humanities and even the arts.
How the Survey Was Conducted
How Colleges Can Use Big Data to Encourage Better Management
Ten years of "Great Colleges to Work For" survey results have shown increasing sophistication in how college leaders are using faculty and staff engagement data to improve the campus workplace.
Where Is Academe’s Collegial Buzz? The Locus Has Shifted
Ease of communication, the rise of dual-career households, and an unrelenting pressure to produce scholarship have rewoven the social fabric of academic departments.
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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