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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
What’s Required of a Professor Who Learns of a Student’s Rape? One University Seeks a Nuanced Answer
The University of Oregon will no longer require professors to notify authorities if students divulge that they’ve been raped. The new approach is notable for its detail and the debate that surrounded it.
‘Harvard Crimson’ Site Is Hacked to Take Jabs at Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg
The founder and CEO of Facebook, and Harvard's most financially successful dropout, gave the commencement speech there on Thursday afternoon.
Appeals Court Refuses to Reinstate Trump’s Travel Ban
After judges once again reject the president’s policy, it may now be headed for a hearing by the Supreme Court.
Here’s How a Student ‘Unit Record’ System Could Change Higher Ed
The government is banned from collecting and reporting the earnings of graduates. But that’s exactly what would-be college students need to know, say supporters of the latest push to make it happen.
Lawmakers Show Sympathy for Trump Plan to Squeeze Research Costs
The Trump administration wants to cut indirect-cost payments to universities that win research grants. That might not hurt Harvard, a witness told a House panel, but could hurt "the broad research mission."
5 Forces That Drive Administrative ‘Bloat’
Colleges are hiring professional staff members to respond to broader forces that are changing higher education, experts say.
How Can Colleges Respond to Extremist Activity Among Students?
The University of Maryland student who was charged with fatally stabbing Richard Collins III last week followed a far-right, racist Facebook page. But when it comes to speech and expression, there are limits on what officials can do.
Meet the Professor Who’s Writing a Trump-Based Lesson Plan on the Go
A Pace University professor spends six to eight hours a day consuming the news and then turns it back on his class.
UC-Berkeley Fires Professor Accused of Harassing Students
Blake Wentworth, whose lawyer denied the assertions on his behalf, had been suspended since last June.
NLRB Issues Second Decision Allowing the Unionization of Undergraduates
The National Labor Relations Board has cleared the way for student workers at the University of Chicago’s libraries to hold a union vote.
Education Dept. Will Reconsider Grant Applications Rejected for Formatting Problems
After initially saying the rejections were not reversible, Betsy DeVos, the education secretary, said 77 Upward Bound applications would get a second look.
Top Federal Student-Aid Official Resigns Over Congressional Testimony
James W. Runcie, chief operating officer of the Education Department’s Office of Federal Student Aid, quit in a dispute over his scheduled testimony about improper payments in student-loan programs.
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.
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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