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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
In Trump Country, College Is a Leaky Lifeboat
As an Indiana county tries to stay afloat in a 21st-century economy, local colleges prove to be an integral part of the future.
Appointments, Resignations, Deaths (3/3/2017)
Government officials moving into higher education include Janine Davidson, former under secretary of the U.S. Navy, who will lead Metropolitan State University of Denver, and John Kerry, the former U.S. secretary of state, who will join Yale.  
Commentary: Where Do Students Learn About Fake News? In Freshman Comp
Teachers of these courses find themselves positioned as our society’s first line of defense.
Cybersecurity, Rising
Working to meet a national shortage of computer-safety personnel, colleges find customers and complications.
Commentary: Islands Are Not the Answer
Instead of individual sanctuary declarations, colleges and universities need to take collective action to defend DACA and undocumented students.
Defending Diversity
Without gauges of effectiveness, diversity policies can be legally risky.
Information Literacy
Teaching students to separate fact from fiction has become a priority after an election in which false "news" played a large role.
How Studying Classroom Diversity Helped the U. of Texas Win Its Case
Gary Lavergne used qualitative and quantitative evidence to demonstrate the benefits of racial diversity.
Innovations in Cybersecurity Benefit Graduates and the Nation
Colleges with programs that go beyond just teaching code may do more for the country than help students find jobs.
Harassment Vigilance
Scholarly societies and academic departments are becoming more vigilant about monitoring and preventing sexual harassment in their profession.
The Scholars Who Study the Working Class
Not everyone in academe is oblivious about what’s happening in middle America.
Cultural Divide
Some professors see the election as a sign that they should reach out to people who hold different views. Others are doubling down.
What Colleges and Associations Have Done to Combat Harassment
Recent actions by departments and scholarly groups show a new focus on what happens at social events.
Title IX Due Process
In what many see as a much-needed shift, colleges are paying more attention to the rights of the accused in sexual-assault cases.
How One College Put Information Literacy Into Its Curriculum
A professor of library science at Purdue University talks about efforts there to bring information literacy into the classroom.
Commentary: Hope and Care Can Bridge the Divide
A first-generation student from a small, conservative town explains how faculty members hold the key to reaching students like him.
‘When You’re Starving, Everything Smells So Good’
A homeless student wondered why her college cafeteria didn’t take food stamps. Now she’s part of a nationwide effort to make that happen on more campuses.
At Kent State, a Different Kind of Demonstration Wins Over Critics
Members of the men’s basketball team went into the stands and invited people of different races onto the court for the national anthem.
Inside 3 Lawsuits Brought by Accused Students
Here’s what’s at stake in several of the legal cases pursued by students who say they were falsely accused of sexual misconduct.
Reckoning With History
American colleges are in a unique position, both practically and morally, to do justice to their own history of slavery.
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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