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Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

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.

Upcoming DEI Events

Most events are streamed live and can be viewed at For a complete list of upcoming events, see the Cultural Engagement Calendar

Just as you are.

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.

Be part of global acceptance.

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.

Hispanic Advocate Award 

Davenport University was the 2014 recipient of this award from the Committee to Honor César E. Chávez, a local community-collegiate collaborative for advancing the interests of Hispanics.


Excellence in Diversity Award

Davenport University has been recognized as a 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 recipient of the INSIGHT Into Diversity Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award. This prestigious honor is awarded " based on [the] institution’s exemplary diversity and inclusion initiatives, and includes all aspects of diversity including gender, race, ethnicity, veterans, people with disabilities, and members of the LGBT community."

HEED Logo 2014

2016 Diversity Award

The Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce Diversity Visionary Awards recognizes individuals and organizations for their exemplary efforts, advancements and contributions to ensure diversity, inclusion and equity within their own institution or community. In 2014, Davenport University was one of two finalists for this competitive award. In 2016, Davenport University was the recipient of this prestigious award. Watch this video to learn more about our DEI approach.


In April 2016, Davenport University achieved Level I Partner Designation designation regcognizing "the contribution and the commitment the University has given to understanding the significance of racial justice in the workplace" and the University's efforts to become a racism-free community.